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Wellfleet OysterFest

Submitted by on September 27, 2014 – 8:30 amNo Comment

massachusetts_wellfleet_oysterfestThe 14th annual OysterFest takes place in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both October 18 and 19, 2014.

A family festival, it celebrates the town’s famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions with something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, walking tours, live music, a road race, and the annual Oyster Shuck-Off competition.

Road Trips Foodies will be especially interested in the culinary programs, which range from cooking demos and cook book signings, to the ‘Fest’s own signature programs Shucky’s Day and Taste the Terroir.

This year, Taste the Terroir will be combined with elements from Shucky’s Day to form a unique new program called Taste the Terroir and Merroir, set for 1 p.m. October 19. (Due to the times of the tides during festival weekend, Shucky’s Day will not be offered this fall.) These programs take place in the lower level of Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

Terroir is the French word translated as “a sense of place” which is embodied in certain characteristic qualities found in an agricultural product such as cheese or wine. Merroir is the French word for the same expression of place when referring to things from the sea. Just as soil type, climate and location of vineyards impacts the flavor of wine, so the region, water quality and temperature, surrounding sea life and harvesting methods affects the taste of oysters.

The ‘Fest is produced by Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization devoted to fostering a greater understanding of the town’s shellfishing industry, to preserve its history and traditions and protect its harbor, aquaculture and wild fisheries.

(Image courtesy of Wellfleet Oysterfest)

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