Oysters & Wine - a shucking workshop

This afternoon will see you safely shucking (and eating!) your own oysters, how to truly appreciate the variety of flavours Australian oysters have to offer, try them with different dressings and obviously pair them with the perfect wine! 

Using specialized mesh gloves and Inox oyster shucking knives, we'll teach you different ways to shuck at home and about the background of Australian oysters. You'll certainly be able to impress your guests at your next dinner party with your new skills and knowledge (or keep your newfound ability secret and just shuck in private)! As we all know, oysters and -sparkling- wine go hand in hand so we'll finish the workshop with a wine and oyster tasting. Learn how to pair different sorts of (seasonal) oysters with the perfect wine. 

If you're looking for a bit of fun and yum, this is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon or a great present to give to an oyster loving friend.

After a brief introduction, we'll start the demonstration on the anatomy of oysters and how to properly open them. After this, you'll be given an hour to shuck (and eat!) oysters from your workstation and try different dressings with your freshly shucked bivalves. Whilst shucking, the trainer will roam the room and help when needed. Once we've finished, we'll gather around and you'll be taught and given a taster of different varieties of Austalian oysters and given a chance to pair them up with several wines.

Available for purchase on the day : Purchase a basic shucking set consisting of an oyster knife with safety rubber mat for $ 15 or order a Deluxe set consisting of 2 different oysters knives with a mesh glove for $ 90 (mesh gloves rrp $125). The latter will be ordered in and posted to students.

Materials List

Please wear closed shoes (no heel) as you'll be working with knives. Casual clothes, aprons provided.


Maria Barkman

Maria Barkman is a hospitality trainer by profession who set up Sydney Oyster Girls in 2015. Sydney Oyster Girls is a concept catering business that sees engaging and energetic staff roam functions with a oyster belt around their waist, from which they shuck and serve fresh oysters to the guest. Due to the overwhelming positive response from the guests, Maria decided she'd loved to share her passion and the fun of opening (and eating!) oysters with more people . She thought up the 'Oysters & Wine' workshop which teaches the participants more about various Australian oysters, have them shuck their own and pair them with delicious wines.