18th annual Wellfleet OysterFest
This weekend October 13 & 14 from 10am -5pm
The 18th annual Wellfleet OysterFest is this weekend,
October 13 & 14 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm each day, rain or shine.
Enjoy freshly harvested oysters and clams plus other New England specialties, live music, a fine art and craft show, culinary programs, educational talks, children's activities, shellfish farm tours and a road race.
Tickets to the Wellfleet OysterFest are on sale now.
Ticket prices are $10 per day and children 12 and under are free.
Wellfleet residents will be admitted free on Sunday with proof of residency. Click here to get your tickets now!
A Shucking Good Time!
Don't miss the event that started it all - the annual Shuck Off.
A highly competitive oyster shucking competition where cash prizes are awarded and the winner qualifies to complete in the
National U.S. Oyster Shucking Championship.
The Shuck Off begins at 1pm each day on the Main Stage.
Hone Your Culinary Skills
Each year the Wellfleet OysterFest features a variety of culinary programs to help you up your game. This year, you can learn to shuck like a pro at Go Shuck Yourself, learn more about taste of place in Taste of the Merroir and Terroir and explore various species of clams in Clam Slam: Clams 3 Ways led by guest Chef Marc Orflay, Culinary Director of ReelHouse in Boston. Click here to learn more or get your tickets now!
Haven't you Always Wondered?
Learn about a variety of environmental and marine issues or participate on the OysterFest Spelling Bee (yes, it's for quahogs and littlenecks alike)! This years topics include: shellfish farm tours, a history of the Wellfleet oyster industry, the latest on right whales, marketability of those pesky green crabs, how you can help sunfish, an update on horseshoe crabs and hear about a family's six month journey at sea. Click here for the schedule.
Keep it Clean
The Wellfleet OysterFest is taking steps to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible. Please bring your own reusable non-glass water bottle to refill at our water stations sponsored by Whole Foods Market.
Please pay attention to the waste station signs and help us dispose of our trash responsibly to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly event.
Support Our Sponsors
The extensive educational and entertainment opportunities presented at the 'Fest are made possible through the support of dozens of local businesses. We extend our most sincere thanks to the following partners for helping to make the event possible:
Whole Foods Market, Sam Adams, Pro Event, MA Frazier Enterprises, Cape Destinations, Wellfleet Shellfish Company, WOMR Radio, My Generation Energy, Dexter Russell Knives, Cape Cod 5, AT&T, Renewal by Andersen, Ole Imports, Truro Vineyards, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Party Cape Cod, Agway of Cape Cod, Wellfleet Marine Corporation and the Boathouse, Johnson Golf Management,
P-Town Pedi Cabs and The Furies.
Special thanks to our friends at Stonewood Products, Foxes Cape, Cape Fishermens Supply, Nickerson Funeral Home, Down Cape Realty, and the Town of Wellfleet for their partnership.
Volunteers Still Needed
The Wellfleet OysterFest is organized by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, a handful of volunteers throughout the year, three staff people and over a hundred volunteers on festival weekend. An event the size of the OysterFest takes incredible planning and could not survive without community involvement.
Have a fun volunteer experience, gain community service hours and help make the 'Fest better than ever this year!
To volunteer email [email protected].
SPAT - Protecting & Sustaining Our Shellfish Industry
The Wellfleet OysterFest is produced by non-profit organization Wellfleet SPAT, Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, Inc.
SPAT is devoted to sustaining Wellfleet's shellfishing and aquaculture industries. Even the name honors the oyster. The acronym SPAT is also the name for a newly attached baby oyster.
Proceeds from the 'Fest fund the organization's educational mission which includes a college scholarship program, community grant awards and initiatives to help the shellfishing industry. To date, SPAT has reinvested more than $458,000 back in the local community.
Read about SPAT grant recipients here.