Ocean State Oyster Festival

(9.17) This was a big hit last year when it debuted. Let’s hope it’s an annual thing now. Head over to the Riverwalk along South Water Street this Saturday for the Ocean State Oyster Festival.

Highlighting fine local food, beer, wine, and refreshments, local bands & DJs, activities for kids, culinary exhibitors, educational exhibits, a shucking contest and yes, even a rare appearance by our mascot, Oscar!

This event is a celebration of Rhode Island’s unique oyster culture. Did you know?

More than 6.4 million Rhode Island oysters were sold for consumption in 2013, according to Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).

The number of aquaculture farms has increased from 37 in 2010 to over 50 in the last year.

This is a big deal, and it was once a really big deal right here in town. The pictures below of the old Narragansett Bay Oyster Co. are from the panels displayed up on the Washington Bridge Linear Park. This enormous pile of oyster shells was right down on Gano Street!

The festival day is divided into two ticketed sessions: 11-4 and 4-9.  Rain or shine — it’s under a tent. Partial proceeds go to Save the Bay’s after school programs. Facebook event page.

$30 day of, under 12 free, 11am to 9pm, Saturday, September 17, Riverwalk Park, 243 South Water Street, (directions)

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