Kick Off for Oyster Fest 2017
Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival will host their third-annual Oyster Fest Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18, from 6 to 8:00 p.m., in Jacoby’s Storehouse Plaza View Room. Oyster farmers from Humboldt Bay will be shucking oysters on the half shell, including appetizers and a no-host bar with local beverages. Oyster Fest 2017 Poster Contest submissions and vintage Oyster Fest posters will be on display along with information about local oyster farming. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Arcata Main Street’s Plaza Watershed Program. $15 per person tickets, which covers all the food, are at Arcata Main Street’s office, 761 8th St., and at the door.
The event is co-sponsored by Pacific Seafoods, with oysters being donated, shucked and presented by Coast Seafood, Humboldt Bay Oyster Co., Aqua-Rodeo Farms, North Bay Shellfish and Hog Island Oyster Co.
“As a farmer, I enjoy the opportunity to showcase my product at the Oyster Festival Kick Off event and talk with people about my farm on the bay. That personal contact with people enjoying my oysters is always a good time. I take a lot of pride in what I do and really enjoy sharing it with my neighbors,” said Todd Herpe of Humboldt Bay Oyster.
Arcata Main Street has been cultivating local culture through Oyster Fest for over 26 years. The evening will also include an overview of the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival and the Plaza Watershed Program.
Coast Seafoods Company, who has partnered with Pacific Choice Seafoods, has been a leader in local shellfish production since 1946. As a local shellfish grower and steward of Humboldt Bay since 1955, Coast Seafoods’ goal, like all local growers, is to produce the perfect oyster that reflects the beauty of the natural environment in which it is raised.