One of our favorite Cape Cod festivals returns for its fourteenth year this October! The 14th Annual Wellfleet OysterFest will take place October 18-19, 2014 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. The two-day festival celebrates local famous oysters, clams and shell fishing traditions. It’s not all about the oysters though! The festival offers a variety of local cuisine, arts and crafts, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, fun stuff for the kids, live music and a 5k road race. Read on to learn more about the 2014 Wellfleet OysterFest.
Benefits of Eating Oysters
Did you know that oysters once outranked beef as the largest source of protein in the United States? Since that time, over harvesting has led oysters to become more of a delicacy that is typically enjoyed only seasonally. Oyster lovers binge on the slippery mollusks for their taste as well as their nutritional benefits. In addition to being high in protein, oysters are also low in fat, contain Omega-3 fatty acids and offer essential minerals including iron, zinc, copper and Vitamin 12. Oysters are also said to be an aphrodisiac, but we can’t say for sure whether more Cape Cod babies are born nine months after the OysterFest or not.
Food at the Wellfleet OysterFest
Whether you are looking to supplement your oyster consumption or avoid oysters entirely, there are plenty of other food options at the Wellfleet OysterFest. Local favorites such as clam chowder and typical festival fare like kettle corn keep taste buds watering. There are also meat and vegetarian options available from the more than 30 Wellfleet OysterFest food vendors. Local beer and wine vendors are also on hand to provide liquid sustenance for those 21 and over.
Wellfleet OysterFest Shuck-Off
Oysters, shells and knives combine in a blur of shucking frenzy at the Wellfleet OysterFest Shuck-Off. Contestants are given 24 oysters to shuck as quickly as possible, but time is not the only matter of importance. Quality and safety are also judged by aesthetic presentation; broken shells, massacred oysters and any amount of bloodshed can lead to costly time penalties. Last year’s winner shucked 24 oysters in two minutes and five seconds but was given a final time of three minutes and six seconds after penalties. If shucking dynasty requires a little bloodshed, do you have what it takes to shuck-off?
Parking at the Wellfleet OysterFest
An estimated 25,000 people attended the Wellfleet OysterFest in 2013, so the bottom line with parking and transportation is Be Patient. Shuttle service is well organized and free from designated parking areas, so follow directions and take your time. Wellfleet OysterFest shuttles run about every 20 minutes and drop off from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm. If you prefer to walk, additional parking with walking access to the festival is located at the Wellfleet Elementary School.
Directions to the Wellfleet OysterFest
A day trip to the Wellfleet OysterFest gives visitors staying in lower Cape Cod at Chatham Gables Inn the perfect opportunity to explore the outer cape. All it takes is a drive north on historic Route 6A about 21 miles from Chatham. When you return from the festival, you will enjoy immersing yourself once again into our warm and relaxed ambiance. The Chatham Gables Inn provides the classic Cape Cod experience within a short stroll to great beaches and the many shops, galleries and restaurants found on Main Street in centrally located Chatham MA.
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