Staff and volunteers from the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office were proud to attend Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar and Wine Café’s annual Oystoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 13.  Around 200 attendees enjoyed unlimited oysters on the half shell and a variety of cooked oyster dishes from local restaurants. Some of the North Carolina oyster growers at the event included Slash Creek, Hatteras Salts, Devil Shoal and Savage Inlet. Local restaurants including Blue Water Grill, Lucky 12 Tavern, Two Roads Tavern and Max’s Pizza served a variety of cooked oyster dishes, hoping to win the crowd favorite. Oyster shooters, pickled oysters, oyster soup, oysters Rockefeller and even oyster pizza was up for the vote.

The federation’s table included educational materials highlighting the natural history and life cycle of oysters, along with some live spat for attendees to see up close. Many attendees were intrigued to see these live juvenile oysters. Volunteers and staff members worked diligently to ensure that all oyster shells were recycled while educating guests on the value of the shells and how they’re used in the restoration projects. Coastal Provisions generously donated proceeds from this event to the federation to support our work restoring water quality and habitat in North Carolina.

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