Many folks don’t realize it but Rhode Island is home to nearly 50 oyster farms, with each one producing its own, signature oyster. The Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival is your opportunity to sample many of these varieties – and all in one sitting!
An inaugural event, the 2016 Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival’s primary goal is to bring the best of Rhode Island’s oyster growers together with a select group of local restaurants at historic Bowen’s Wharf, home of the 25 year-old, annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival.
During the Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival, you’ll have the opportunity to learn insider information on oyster conservation and the oyster industry, as well as meet the growers themselves. Live music and contests – oyster shucking, cooking, eating – will keep you entertained.
You’ll learn why oyster beds are an important part of healthy seas, providing important, nursery habitats for other sea creatures, act as natural water filters, and protect against shoreline erosion.
Watch teams of expert oyster shuckers disrobe thousands of delectable oysters, then – best of all – you’ll get the chance to TASTE the oysters! Sample raw oysters, steamed oysters, roasted oysters, oysters Rockefeller, fried oysters, stewed oysters, oysters on the half shell, and, much more, as prepared by some of the best local and regional chefs Rhode Island has to offer! Beverages, various dipping sauces, and sides will also be available. YUM!
Bowen’s Wharf is also home to numerous, unique shops and galleries that will be hosting their own, special oyster exhibits, talks, tastings, and sales of oyster accessories for both the novice and the expert.
So come on out and slurp a wide variety of Rhode Island oysters, meet the growers, and feel good about it because your attendance helps maintain a healthy aquaculture and local environment!
2016 Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival
May 21st – 22nd, 2016 11am to 5pm both days
Bowen’s Wharf – 13 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
For a full schedule and more details: www.bowenswharf.com
You can also keep track of updates as they happen on the Oyster Festival Facebook page
Newport Waterfront Oyster Festival Lodging
Hotel and motel blues got you down? The next time you’re in Newport, try one of the many, quality Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, instead! Newport’s B&B’s offer deep-dish amenities, personal service, delicious, get-you-on-your-feet breakfasts, and insider info about what to do and where to go. One experience with REAL hospitality and you’ll NEVER book a stay at a mediocre hotel or motel again. Give yourself the fgift of real comfort with a stay at a Newport County Inns and Bed & Breakfast.