They say it was a brave man, or woman, who was the first person to eat an oyster. With that in mind, just wait until you see the sweeping display of raw courage at the Second Annual Block Island Oysta’ Fest, hosted by and on the grounds of the Block Island Maritime Institute on Saturday, August 25.
If this year’s event is anything like last year’s, it will be the bivalve bash of the season. Last year, almost 400 people turned out and just about 4000 oysters were consumed from six different oyster farms in Rhode Island. The competition for speediest shucker will be fast and furious, as participants work their knives and their signature techniques around shell after shell, releasing the sweet meat of the sea in the quest for sweet victory, bragging rights, and prizes.
The event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $25 per person for lotsa oystas, lotsa hot dogs, chips, wine & beer, music and more. Kids under 8 enter free, as long as they are with a parent. While the oysters will be in the raw, we suggest casual attire for the humans.