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Island Creek Oyster Festival, Duxbury Beach, MA, September 12, 2009

The Island Creek Oyster Festival, an afternoon-long, sustainable event, is set to take place September 12th, 2009 from 3-11 p.m. on Duxbury Beach. This year’s festival will highlight the best in local oysters, food, music, and beer. Now in its fourth year, this premier food event is on track to be bigger, better, and more ecologically friendly than ever before.

As many as 3,000 attendees will flood Duxbury Beach for the afternoon-long event where up to 40,000 Island Creek oysters will be donated and shucked by IC farmers as well as dozens of volunteer shuckers from up and down the East Coast. In addition, 18 of Boston’s most celebrated chefs including Jasper White, Jody Adams, and Chris Schlesinger will be plating small bites of dishes made with locally sourced ingredients like striped bass, dayboat scallops, Island Creek-raised pigs, and more. Guests can enjoy Harpoon Brewery beers, three lively local bands, and a family-friendly kids’ zone that will be open to all attendees from 3-6 p.m.

This year, the Island Creek Oyster Festival is attempting to go as green as possible. The Festival plans to donate all oyster shells to the New Hampshire oyster shell recycling project; chefs and beverage sponsors will use compostable plates, glassware, and utensils; and attendees will be asked to participate by lending a hand in all recycling efforts.

Tickets for the Island Creek Oyster Festival go on sale July 4, 2009 (online at or by stopping in the Island Creek Oysters Shop between 7am and 2pm Monday-Friday, 287 Park Street in Duxbury (cash or check only).

Tickets are $50 for general admission (children under age 12 are free) which includes admission into the event, live music, and unlimited portions of the chefs’ dishes as well. Beer/Oyster tickets can be purchased for $5 at the event. V.I.P. tickets are $150 and include access to the V.I.P. tent where guests can enjoy unlimited oysters, beer, food, and cocktails.

When: Saturday, September 12th, 2009, 3pm-11pm
Where: Duxbury Beach Park, Duxbury, MA
Who: Those lucky enough to attend. Tickets sell out quickly. Families strongly encouraged
What: An all day family festival celebrating the mighty oyster in the company of great friends

3pm / Festivities begin: Kids Zone, Harpoon Beer, Island Creek Oysters

5pm / Festivities Continue: 15 of Boston's Premiere Chefs prepare dishes, Harpoon Beer, Island Creek Oysters, Slurping Contest Prelims, Local Favorite Cheech and the Raggae Bubblers hits the Stage

8pm / Festival Hits Full Stride: Harpoon Beer, Island Creek Oyster, Slurping Contest Finals, Headlining Band the Heavyweights

Please Note: We're only going to be accepting cash and checks at the festival this year--credit cards can not be used, and there won't be any ATM's on site...


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