Bivalves by the water: Newport Oyster Festival at Bowen's Wharf, presented by Santa Margherita and featuring Rhode Island Growers, is coming up May 20-22 and tickets are for for sale here! Oyster Festival tickets are $25 each day for Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22nd. Advance purchased tickets include four free oysters and a beverage. What's better than freshly harvested oysters, curated with wine and prosecco pairings and a chance to learn about how you're helping the ecosystem just by eating oysters? Supporting sponsors are Stella Artois and Bully Boy Distillers: so you know every palette is in for a phenomenal treat.
Salt Pond Oysters, Photo courtesy of David Roebuck
The night of Friday May 20th come find your pearl on the waterfront: Newport Oyster Festival Opening Night Party to Benefit the Ocean State Aquaculture Association. Tickets are $125 and limited to 150 people, but will include all you can eat freshly shucked oysters, Open Bar featuring Santa Margherita wine and prosecco pairings, Bully Boy spirits, Stella Artois beers and a variety of different oyster based delicacies -- a true ocean to table experience as well as the launch of the new Rhode Island Oyster Trail.
Bowen's Wharf has been working hard with Dave Roebuck from Salt Pond Oysters to bring this festival together. We feel strongly about supporting local business, bringing growers together with restauranteurs, oenophiles, and fostering ocean based industries, which is why our 12+ growers on site will be there to show your their shucking skills and give you the inside story on aquaculture. Meet the men and women of Ocean State Shellfish Cooperative, Salt Pond Oysters, Venus Oyster Co., Jonathan Island Oyster Co. as well as Walrus and Carpenter, and many others! On site restaurants include: Fluke Wine, Bar & Restaurant, Matunuck Oyster Bar, and 22Bowen's, Diego's and The Wharf Pub just to name a few. Don't miss your chance to enjoy this unique new Newport festival, receive the Event Program and Oyster Guide all at the anchor of Newport: Bowen's Wharf.
Matunuck Oysters, Photo courtesy of Trixie Wadson/Bowen's Wharf Co.
(Lead photos courtesy of David Roebuck and Trixie Wadson/Bowen's Wharf Co.)