With the inspiration of Asian and Latinx cultures mixed with southern recipes, the culinary industry in the Carolina’s has a wide array of dishes that celebrate its rich history. This fall they shine a light on one of its popular items, the oyster.
“With the support of our dedicated committee of volunteers, the Town of Ocean Isle Beach, many of our local businesses and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, the NC Oyster Festival is your destination for fun,” says the events page.
Oysters reefs have a unique habitat in North Carolina, providing many ecological and economical benefits to the state. The oyster habitat sits among reefs with both deep and low relief patch settings — a feature unique to the North Carolina shore.
The main events take place on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the festival hosts the North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championship, where contestants race to shuck the most oysters. In addition to the shucking and eating contests, the festival also features a variety of other activities, including:
- Live music from local and regional bands
- Arts and crafts vendors
- Children’s activities
- Food and drink vendors
- Oyster sampling
More than 30,000 people are expected attend the festival. It’s free for children 12 and under and costs $5 for adults. If you plan to attend the festival, it is recommended to bring cash, as most vendors don’t accept credit cards.