The first Bonthe Oyster Festival was held in May 2017. The festival brought together oyster harvesters from the Sherbro area to celebrate and promote the 'Sherbro Oyster' brand. Participants took part in a recipe competition, promoting alternative ways of preparing the oysters, and tested novel ways of presenting the products. The festival tested the idea of a women's marketing cooperative to coordinate harvesting efforts and add value to the Sherbro Oyster brand. They were joined by the Try Women's Oyster Harvesting Association, a similar organisation set up with the aims of safeguarding their resource and upgrading their product, and have several years of experience of doing so.
The festival was sponsored by the council and Radio Bontico, the local station.
Speaking to Radio Bontico
Project PI Dr Francis Murray and Co-I Dr Richard Wadsworth speak to Radio Bontico about the 2017 Bonthe Oyster Festival, what it involves and its importance for the residents of the Bonthe Municipality.