The Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting and the Town of Wellfleet have determined that it is necessary to postpone the Annual Wellfleet OysterFest previously scheduled to take place on October 16 and 17. This postponement is an unavoidable consequence of the ongoing public health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even before the 2020 pandemic forced shutdowns, the Wellfleet Fire and Police departments expressed a concern and need for an enhanced crowd control plan in the interest of public safety. In 2019, the Wellfleet OysterFest attracted more than 23,000 people, two-thirds of whom attended on Saturday. The board recognized this was potentially affecting the attendee experience and is committed to reimagining OysterFest to better showcase the shellfishing community, enhance the attendee experience, increase safety and fulfill the organization’s mission to preserve, protect and promote Wellfleet’s historic shellfishing industry.

Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting looks forward to celebrating Wellfleet’s shellfishing legacy through a reimagined Wellfleet OysterFest in October 2022. Until then, there are many ways to support Wellfleet’s shellfishing community. This summer, SPAT will offer shellfish farm tours, so participants can visit a working aquaculture site and learn more about the process of growing and harvesting oysters and clams. Freshly harvested Wellfleet shellfish can be ordered through the Wellfleet Shellfishermen’s Farmers Market or a variety of other fishmongers or seafood retailers on the Cape. To register for a tour or place a shellfish order, visit wellfleetspat.org.

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