Wellfleet Oysterfest

Oysters will enjoy their 15 minutes of fame tomorrow and Sunday when the Wellfleet OysterFest takes place on Main Street and at other venues in town. In addition to the oyster shuck-off, the weekend will include taste testings, live music, shellfish farm tours and more.

The Wellfleet OysterFest will take place tomorrow and Sunday, October 20, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The festival will be held rain or shine on Main Street in Wellfleet and will feature freshly harvested oysters and clams plus other New England specialties, live music, an arts and crafts show, culinary programs, educational talks, children’s activities, shellfish farm tours, a 5K road race, pickleball round robin and the annual shuck-off.

Tickets to the festival are $10 per day per person, with children 12 and under admitted free.

Cash prizes are available for the shuck-off, which begins at 1 PM each day on the main stage. In addition to a $1,000 cash prize, the winner of the shuck-off will qualify to compete in the National US Oyster Shucking Championship in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Register to compete in the shuck-off at wellfleetspat.org.

New this year: The nonprofit group Eating with the Ecosystem will feature local underappreciated seafood species to help locals and visitors diversify their seafood diets to better support the marine ecosystem and the fishermen who depend on it.

Also this year, the festival is eliminating the use of plastic. All food vendors will be serving food items on backyard compostable paper goods, and beverages will be dispensed in cans or reusable stainless steel cups. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable non-glass water bottles to refill at water stations.

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