OysterFest Just Around the Corner
Oysters plus a Whole Lot More!
(Wellfleet, Mass…September 12, 2016) The 16th annual Wellfleet OysterFest is just weeks away! This year the event will be held on October 15 & 16 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm each day. This two-day family festival celebrates the town’s famous oysters and clams and there is something for everyone: local cuisine, a fine arts and crafts show, educational programs, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, walking tours, live music and a road race. The premier attraction is the famous Oyster Shucking competition. It is sure to be a weekend full of hometown flavor and big time fun!
“The Wellfleet OysterFest also helps bring awareness to a host of environmental and marine issues. This year, we are highlighting marine pollution and what the public can do to help. After all a healthy ocean means a healthy shellfishery!”, said SPAT Executive Director Michele Insley.
Whole Foods Market, the Premier Event Sponsor, will operate two water bottle refilling stations to encourage people to drink tap water and reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles. “Whole Foods Market North Atlantic Region is thrilled to be partnering with Wellfleet SPAT for the second consecutive year. Our shared commitment to helping maintain healthy seafood populations, restore ecosystems, and build a more sustainable seafood supply for everyone, makes our partnership a true win-win!”, said Jean-Philippe Scioville, Marketing Field Associate with Whole Foods Market North Atlantic.
A panel discussion on “Tackling Marine Debris” moderated by Heather Goldstone, Science Editor with WCAI, Cape Cod’s NPR station will take place at the Wellfleet Public Library on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Panelists will include representatives from partnering organizations: Ocean Conservancy, The 5 Gyres Institute, Center for Coastal Studies, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
This program will set the stage for a screening of feature film Sonic Sea, which will be held at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater at 7pm that evening. Sonic Sea was co-produced by the National Resources Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare about the effects of oceanic noise pollution on marine life. Tickets for the screening may be purchased through the WHAT Box Office.
Non-profit organization Ocean Conservancy has joined the ranks of like-minded festival partners and come on board as an event sponsor. Ocean Conservancy will support the film screening. They will operate an outreach booth at the ‘Fest to let people know about their work to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges utilizing science-based solutions. “We are honored to be a part of OysterFest,” said Julia Roberson, Vice President of Communications at Ocean Conservancy. “Oysters help keep our ocean and coasts healthy, and as an added bonus – they taste delicious! Ocean Conservancy is proud to support this festival and look forward to a weekend of conversation about how we can and help keep our ocean healthy so that oysters and other marine life can thrive.”
The Wellfleet Recycling Committee will host The 5 Gyres Institute who will also have an outreach booth at the ‘Fest. Event sponsor Sam Adams will be pouring beer into compostable plastic cups. Food vendors and raw bars have agreed not to use Styrofoam serving containers. “Our sponsors, partners and vendors are going the extra mile in support of this message”, says Michele Insley. “In fact, there will be more surprises!” Click here for a complete Schedule of Activities.
Tickets to the Wellfleet OysterFest are on sale now through the event’s website and Facebook page. Ticket prices are $10 per day and children 12 and under are free. Click here to get your ticket now!
Become a volunteer and be a part of the most popular fall festival on Cape Cod! Volunteers are needed before, during and after the ‘Fest for admissions, merchandising, the Family Fun Area, cooking demonstrations, educational programs, oyster shell recycling, set-up, clean-up and more. For more information or to volunteer click here.
SPAT – Protecting & Sustaining Our Shellfish Industry
The Wellfleet OysterFest® is produced by non-profit organization Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc. SPAT is devoted to sustaining Wellfleet’s shellfishing and aquaculture industries. Even the name honors the oyster. The acronym SPAT is also the name for a newly attached baby oyster.
Proceeds from the ‘Fest fund the organization’s educational mission which includes a college scholarship program, community grant awards and initiatives to help the shellfishing industry. To date, SPAT has reinvested more than $380,000 back in the local community.
In 2015 alone, SPAT invested $125,000 in the Aquacultural Research Corporation a local seed hatchery and research facility; designated $60,000 toward a loan program for Wellfleet shellfishermen in collaboration with the Community Development Partnership; and contributed $15,000 toward the town of Wellfleet’s benthic mapping study.