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It’s About Shucking Time! The Oyster Fest Returns to Fort Pierce

The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest

It’s About Shucking Time! The Oyster Fest Returns to Fort Pierce

Ft. Pierce, FL – The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest returns to Veteran’s Memorial Park and River Walk Center on April 24th & 25th

The Fort Pierce Oyster Fest celebrates the Fort Pierce Waterfront and all of its bounty with delicious oysters, tasty seafood dishes, ice-cold beer, tropical, drinks, a fun lineup of entertainment, and a wonderful assortment of arts and crafts and nautical themed vendors with unique merchandise booths to shop and explore.

The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
Organizers say, that in addition to chefs preparing and serving up oysters, there will also be plenty of other delicious seafood and landlubber delights across from the main stage including lobster, shrimp, crabs, fish, and a shell of a lot more.

Music will include everything from Rock, Country, and Blues as well as Island and Caribbean tunes performed by acts like BambooKeith Anthony BarbrieJohnny Debt Prestage, Davee Bryan, and the duo of Bobby Gugliuzza and Paul Granato. Be sure to visit the festival’s website for performance times.

The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
The Oyster Fest bars will be serving ice-cold beer, tropical drinks and tasty libations in addition to your choice of Oyster Shooters made with select brands of Vodka or Local Craft Beer.
While at the festival, be on the lookout for the opportunity to meet a real mermaid. Children will love the kids’ fun zone where you can pay per play all day.

The Fort Pierce Oyster Festival has been dedicated to saving its shells and is on track to have contributed more than 25 tons of these shells to the Oyster Reef Restoration Projects.

The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest

Oysters provide several critical ecosystem services such as filtering nutrients and particles from the water and food for shorebirds and marine animals. Unfortunately, it is estimated that oyster populations have been reduced by 85% globally.

This year, the Fort Pierce Oyster Fest is proud to be working again with the Florida Oceanographic Society and their FLOOR program.

The FL.O.O.R. (Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration) program actively engages the public in restoring oyster reef habitat. Oyster shells are collected weekly from local restaurants as part of the Florida Oceanographic Society shell recycling program. Then, with the aid of volunteers, FLOOR restores oyster habitat by constructing reefs with the bagged shells. Shucked shells are the foundation of oyster reef construction.

During preparation, a team of Oyster Shuckers separate and drop the top half of the oyster shell into collection bins. Event guests eating these oysters are asked to save the bottom half of their shells by placing them into 5-gallon pails that are located next to trash receptacles throughout the festival.
We can all do our part in helping to restore the oyster reef habitat by “Saving your Shells”
The Oyster festival typically brings in 15,000 attendees a year. Opportunities are still available for sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and oyster shuckers.
The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest

 

2021 Oyster Menu

Raw Shucked Oysters, Steamed Oysters, Oyster Po’ Boys, Charbroiled Oysters, Oyster Fritters, Oysters Rockefeller, Grilled Oysters, Fried Oysters, Oysters Italiano, New Orleans Style Oysters Etouffe, and a Seafood Jambalaya with Oysters.

For more information, please visit the festival’s web site: www.fortpierceoysterfest.com or contact Kathy Gilbert at POTTC Events (561) 792-9260.

The Fort Pierce Oyster Festival will also be accepting non-perishable food donations for the Treasure Coast Food Bank in receptacles located at the main stage.

Regarding public safety, Oyster Fest organizers take the Coronavirus very seriously and have implemented several measures to help protect festival patrons, vendors and event staff. Booths and dining areas will be spread out and sanitizing stations will be provided and placed throughout the venue. Additionally, visitors are advised to wear masks, frequently wash their hands and observe social distancing guidelines.

Location: Veterans Memorial Park / Riverwalk Center 600 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Dates & Event Hours: April 24th & 25th, 2021 Saturday 10am to 6pm, & Sunday 10am to 4pm

Admission is Free – Free Parking at the City Parking Garage – Event is Pet Friendly

The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest
The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest

The 10th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Fest is sponsored in part by POTTC Events, Professional Concessions Inc., Southern Eagle Distributing, Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Seltzer, Michelob Ultra, Mermaid Vodka, Sailfish Brewing Company, City of Fort Pierce, Giant Recreation World, Hometown News, Coast 101.3 FM, 99.7 Jack FM, B94.7 FM, Wave 92.7 FM, 103.7 WQOL FM, Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast, Treasure Coast.com, Vero Vine, Macaroni Kid Port Saint Lucie, Treasures of Fort Pierce, Ocean Blue Graphics and the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

For more information, please visit www.fortpierceoysterfest.com

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