Like oysters? Then check out the 2nd Annual Newport Oyster Festival, which runs May 19-21, an event that proved very popular in its inaugural outing last May.
An opening-night party kicks off the weekend on Friday, with ticket sales capped at 200 and sales ending May 18. The $150 ticket not only gets you all the oysters you can slurp from local purveyors and Caribbean music from Panoramic View (they also play the following night), it also benefits the Ocean State Aquaculture Association and SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, to further the state’s significant aquaculture industry and education at sea, respectively. The event also features curated cocktails created in collaboration with Rhode Island Distributing & Hospitality Solutions. In a literal ocean- and farm-to-table experience, guests will get signature festival drinks and non-seafood grub to nosh on.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $25 in advance and include tickets for four oyster serving from your choice of 13 different Rhode Island growers, plus a beverage, with tickets for additional oysters costing $2 each. Tickets sold at the door (the Pilot House) are $35 and may not include free oysters or beverages. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Chef’s best picks for the weekend will also be on sale as appetizer portions under the tents, courtesy of The Wharf Pub and Matunuck Oyster Bar (and they’re not all oyster dishes, if oysters aren’t your thing). There’s live music daily (the Copacetics, Chelley, Bill & Dyl, The New40 and the Atwater-Donnelly Duo, and Cee Cee and the Riders), a shucking contest at 3 p.m. on Sunday, and a sweets tent in front of 22Bowen’s.
For more info on all-things oyster festival, visit www.bowenswharf.com/newport-oyster-festival