Awww shucks, yesterday was such an amazing day at the Newport Oyster Festival. Let’s just say that (now) I’m a big fan of Rhode Island-grown oysters. Did you know that RI is home to upwards of 45 oyster farms? I am so impressed! After tasting from 13 different oyster farms at the festival I can tell you that the flavors are distinctive to each farm and absolutely delicious. (Pssst) Block Island oyster were my number one!
The festival gave me the opportunity to sip wine, slurp oysters, and watch growers shuck alongside a select group of local restaurants on site. Oysters, lobster rolls, chowder and great company were all close at hand! I purchased tickets in advance that included free oysters and a beverage from one of their sponsors: Santa Margherita, Stella Artois and Bully Boy Distillers. I sipped a Bully Boy wheat based vodka and soda water with my first round of oysters and it was perfection!
I tasted my way through the tent and had the opportunity to meet the growers and learn all about aquaculture. What’s better than eating freshly harvested local oysters, curated with wine, prosecco, and cocktails pairings?! Most importantly Aquaculture and Reef Restoration educators were on site from The Nature Conservancy, URI/Sea Grant giving guests the chance to learn about how they’re helping the ecosystem simply by eating oysters. It was a shuckin’ awesome day to be a Rhode Islander! I look forward to next year’s festival and hope you’ll join me in tasting and preserving Rhode Island grown oysters.
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