On Friday, Dec. 7, Backstreet Pub in Beaufort hosted NC Fest and invited the North Carolina Coastal Federation to attend and benefit from the event. The chill in the air that evening was quickly forgotten when pub employees dumped buckets of freshly roasted oysters on tables and attendees swarmed to grab an oyster before they all disappeared until a new batch could be cooked. Shells from the empty oysters were recycled and given to the federation to be used for future shoreline reconstruction projects.

In addition to the oysters, there was hot soup and beer from Waterman’s Brewing. For every pint of Waterman’s beer purchased, $1 was donated to the federation. The federation was also on site with a donation bucket and informational materials for existing and potential new members who attended the event.

A huge thank you goes out to all the attendees and volunteers who came out to support the federation’s cause, as well as Backstreet Pub for hosting the event and inviting the federation to attend.