Annual Wareham Oyster Festival shells out good times on May 28

By Lydia Goerner | May 28, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Vendors provide fresh, raw shellfish with plenty of options for toppings.

Older couples in love and young children alike did not clam up when it came time to slurp raw shellfish at Wareham’s Oyster Festival on May 28.

The event, which took place on Main Street, featured warm weather and live music, which guaranteed a good turnout and full stomachs at the fourth annual festival.

Friends and shellfishers Peter Reed and Phil Wentworth attended the festival for the first time and raved about what a wonderful thing it is to have in the community.

“These are only our first dozen oysters,” Reed said. “We’re going to try them all.”

Vendors from multiple states set up at the festival.

Employees from the Big Rock Oyster Company brought 4,500 oysters and 1,200 clams from Cape Cod to serve at the festival, saying the event is a great day for business.

Matunuck Oyster Farm from Rhode Island was also represented, as Frank Zymanski served up oysters on the half shell with lemon wedges.

“Our restaurant got voted one of the top ten oyster bars in the country,” Zymanski said. This is the oyster farm’s third year dishing out shellfish at the Oyster Festival.

Other oyster vendors included Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms and Indian Cove Aquaculture.

Shellfishermen Phil Wentworth (left) and Peter Reed enjoy the first of many oysters. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
The Sands family happily slurps their shellfish. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Margie Connolly (left) and Bob Connolly try oysters from Indian Cove Aquaculture in Wareham. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Nolen Mounier, 11, samples Big Rock Oysters with his dad Roy after finishing the Oyster Festival 5K. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Lindsey's Family Restaurant set up a table and sold bowls of seafood bisque for those who needed a break from raw oysters. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Big Rock Oyster's Tim Killeen (left), Scott Thompson (center) and Alex Ellis serve thousands of oysters during Sunday's festival. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Matunuck Oyster Farm, a Rhode Island vendor, supplied shellfish at the Oyster Festival for the third year. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
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