150,000 People Attend "Oyster Fest 22"
By Chris O'Neill
The Oyster Bay "Oyster Fest" has resumed in style - after a three year hiatus - suspended due to the Covid pandemic. Over 150,000 people thronged the festival, coming by car, bus and train.
The weather was perfect, and people were happy to resume a now well established north shore tradition, featuring the bounty of the sea - locally caught oysters, clams, mussels, and lobster.
"Delicious food, various merchandise, amusement rides, a waterfront family zone and the list goes on and on and on," said Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino. " For all the excitement, Oyster Fest '22 had something for everyone."
According to the Oyster Fest organizers, the festival featured 35 oyster shuckers - opening 15 oysters per minute. The Festival saw over 60,000 fresh oysters served to hungry guests, and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association cooked and served over 2,500 pounds of lobster.
It is "good to see all these smiling faces happy to be here,” stated Beverly Zembko of the Oyster Bay Rotary Club. "People have missed it and are due for a comeback.”
The Oyster Fest which was held in Theodore Roosevelt Park, featured rides and games, in addition to all the fresh seafood being served.