Newport and oysters go together like Newport and, well, pretty much everything wonderful. Whether you’re a lifelong lover of these magnificent mollusks or looking to expand your epicurean horizons, there’s no better time or place to do so than during the Newport Oyster Festival this May 21st and May 22nd.
From Rhode Island’s Rich Waters
Rhode Island may be small, but it’s mighty -- particularly when it comes to the bounty of bivalves found in its waters. What makes Rhode Island’s oyster offerings so extraordinary? Each oyster draws its distinctive flavor from the environment in which it is grown, and Rhode Island’s endless miles of clean coastline serve as the perfect host for more than 45 oyster farms.
While you may love to slurp this succulent, slippery shellfish, you may not know exactly how they make their way from the tide to the table. The Newport Oyster Festival gathers together everyone from growers to the chefs themselves for an up-close-and-personal look at the state’s fascinating aquaculture with oysters at the savory spotlight.
Get Your Oyster On
The festivities kick off on Friday with an Opening Night Party. This elegant evening of “Oysters and Wine” features all-you-can-enjoy freshly shucked oysters and accompanying sauces, hors d’oeuvres, curated wine pairings, signature drinks, and an open bar -- all to benefit the Ocean State Aquaculture Association & SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.
The oyster-rific fun continues on Saturday with the Newport Oyster Festival at Bowen’s Wharf. Presented by the renowned Santa Margherita Wine Group and featuring 13 different growers, the event is the perfect way to sample a selection of these briny beauties. But that’s not all. There’s also plenty of entertainment to go along with all that eating, including on-site aquaculture educators, a shucking contest and live music. And remember: Oysters taste just as delicious in all kinds of weather, so the fun goes on -- rain or shine!
The shining pearl of it all? Every time you eat an oyster you help the local ecosystem. Find out how -- and so much more -- while slurping and sipping to your heart’s content during the Newport Oyster Festival. Purchase your tickets today!