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October 5, 2021 | Katie Mosher

An oyster growing demonstration in Stump Sound NC. Photo by Justin Kase Conder

An oyster growing demonstration in Stump Sound NC. Photo by Justin Kase Conder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jane Harrison, jane_harrison@ncsu.edu, 919-513-0122

Governor Roy Cooper has officially declared North Carolina Oyster Week to be Oct. 11 through 15. The statewide “shellebration” will feature a series of in-person and virtual events for the public to engage with oyster growers and harvesters, seafood restaurants, seafood retail markets, recreational outfitters, coastal conservation and education organizations, and seafood festivals. (See the list of events below; some will be taking place outside of the Oct. 11 – 15 timeframe.)

“North Carolina has a valuable and productive coastal ecosystem and many champions who work to protect it. North Carolina oysters, as a keystone species, benefit the state’s marine and coastal environments with food provision, filtering capacity, and fish habitat,” Gov. Cooper’s proclamation states.

N.C. oysters on the half shell. Photo by Justin Kase Conder.

N.C. oysters on the half shell. Photo by Justin Kase Conder

North Carolina Sea Grant, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources are organizing the NC Oyster Week festivities in partnership with the NC Oyster Trail. Events will occur along the coast and in the Triangle region, and are listed on the websites of the NC Oyster Trail and NCDNCR.

October is a key month for N.C. oysters harvested from state waters. “The wild-caught season begins on Oct. 15 and continues through April,” says Jane Harrison, North Carolina Sea Grant’s coastal economics specialist.

For those who crave oysters all year, Harrison adds that cultivated, or farmed, oysters always are available. “The idea that oysters can only be eaten in ‘R’ months — that is, September through April — is a misconception,” she says. “You can eat cultivated oysters any day with a ‘Y.’ In other words, Monday through Sunday, all year long.”

North Carolina Oyster Week events will include both cultivated and wild-caught oysters. For example, on Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m., a live-streaming event on YouTube will feature oyster farmer Ryan Bethea of Oysters Carolina, who will delve into the variety of oysters available on our coast.

On Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., Shuckin’ Shack in Surf City and Wrightsville Beach Brewery near Wilmington will host in-person parties for folks to sample these succulent shellfish. Both establishments are part of the NC Oyster Trail, which offers year-round opportunities to taste, learn about, and protect oysters. The Trail’s mission is to help sustain and grow N.C. oyster supply and demand, resulting in economic, environmental, and social benefits to the state’s seafood industry and coastal communities.

NC Oyster Week Events

Earp’s Seafood Market

Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
1414 S Saunders Street, Raleigh

For every N.C. oyster purchase you make the week of October 10 – 16 at Earp’s, receive a free bottle of sauce for your seafood cooking adventures. Cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, teriyaki marinade, hot sauce — go wild!

Volunteer Event: Shoreline Monitoring and Clean-Up

Monday, Oct. 11 | 9 – 11 a.m.
Morris Landing, 898 Morris Landing Road, Holly Ridge

Join the North Carolina Coastal Federation to assess the development of shoreline oyster reef and salt marsh restoration projects along the coast. No special skills or knowledge are required. Volunteers will also clean up marine debris from the marsh.

Tidewater Oyster Bar

Monday, Oct. 11 – Friday, Oct. 15 | 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
8211 Market St Unit DD, Wilmington, NC 28411

$1.50 N.C. oysters all week long! Tidewater Oyster Bar offers farm-raised oysters from Stump Sound, Topsail Sound, Masonboro Sound, Beaufort, and other N.C. locales. Their menu features oysters on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller, oysters bienville, blackened oysters, oyster chowder, steamed oysters, and even fried oyster po’ boys. Yum!

Mandolin

Monday, Oct. 11 – Saturday, Oct. 16
2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh

Mandolin is a premier destination for celebrating North Carolina cuisine and has been named one of the “50 Best Southern Restaurants in America.” As usual, they will offer their N.C. oyster happy hour from Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, $1.50 each. And Chef Sean Fowler will offer baked N.C. oysters throughout the week.

Seaview Crab Company

Monday, Oct. 11 – Friday, Oct. 15
Wilmington (multiple locations), Leland, Spout Springs, Stanford

Seaview Crab Company is dedicated to providing fresh seafood, including N.C. oysters, to their customers. Be sure to visit them during NC Oyster Week for their oyster specials. Ask to sample their many varieties of cultured and wild oysters so that you can get exactly what you’re looking for.

Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar

Monday, Oct. 11 – Friday, Oct. 15
2000 Sailfish Drive, Manteo

Blue Water Grill’s signature oyster shooter will feature an N.C. oyster for NC Oyster Week. Their daily oyster happy hour (4 – 6 p.m.) is your chance to get N.C. oysters for $1 each!

St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar

Monday, Oct. 11 – Friday, Oct. 15
223 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh

St. Roch Fine Oysters & Bar is dedicated to the soulful, seafood-focused cuisine of New Orleans. They will be offering a special week-long Oyster Happy Hour from 4 – 6 p.m. the week of Oct. 11 – 15, $1.50 each.

Seabird

Oct. 11, 14, and 15
1 S. Front St., Wilmington

Set in a historic building in downtown Wilmington, Seabird celebrates the seasonality of the seafood and ingredients found in North Carolina and its storied coast. Chef Dean Neff has collaborated with oyster man Matt Schwab of Hold Fast Oyster Company to source oysters farmed exclusively — and named for — Seabird! Visit from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, 14, 15, and enjoy all the shucked Seabirdie oysters you can eat for just $1/each!

Meet Oyster Grower Ryan Bethea

Tuesday, Oct. 12 | 2:30 pm
This is a virtual event.

Ryan Bethea started oyster farming on Harkers Island because he wanted to make a difference in providing fresh and local seafood. His job has connections to the food industry, to sustainability, and to the culture of N.C. seafood. Join us as we talk with Ryan about why he got into aquaculture, the challenges he’s faced, and the importance of education in his field.

Catch

Oct. 12 – 16
6623 Market Street, Wilmington

Catch Restaurant prepares modern seafood cuisine with international flair. On Wednesdays, they serve local oysters half off. During NC Oyster Week, ask for their “Dirty South Oysters,” local oysters roasted on the half shell stacked with pimento cheese, herbies collards, bacon pimento cheese, and butter crunch.

Wrightsville Beach Brewery

Friday, Oct. 15 | 5 p.m.
6201 Oleander Drive, Wilmington

Wrightsville Beach Brewery is committed to serving sustainable seafood and only serves oysters from North Carolina — and from within 60 miles, whenever possible. Kick off the start of the wild oyster season with a mini party at the Brewery on October 15th.

Locals Oyster Bar

Wednesdays in October: Oct. 13, 20, 27
Inside Transfer Co. Food Hall, 500 E. Davie Street, Raleigh
Inside Durham Food Hall, 530 Foster Street, Durham

Locals Oyster Bar is a taste of the coastline in the middle of landlocked North Carolina. Every Wednesday during October you can order their $1.50 local oysters all day, all night. Enjoy!

Roast for the Coast at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Friday, Oct. 15 | 5 – 8 p.m.
13460 NC Highway, Surf City

Join Shuckin’ Shack in Surf City for their first oyster roast of the season. Slurp down oysters while you listen to tunes from the band Back of the Boat. The event will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation and feature local Permuda Island oysters from Three Little Spats Oyster Company, which is co-sponsoring the event.

Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Saturday, Oct. 16 | 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
6800 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head

The Festival celebrates and honors North Carolina’s coastal seafood heritage. Listen to some great music, check out a working commercial fishing vessel, and don’t miss the oyster shucking demos at 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.!

Media Photos

Seabird Restaurant in Wilmington, N.C. Photo by Justin Kase Conder

Photo by Justin Kase Conder

A delectable display of N.C. oysters. Photo by Justin Kase Conder

Photo by Justin Kase Conder

Four people enjoy NC oysters and wine with Stump Sound, N.C., in the background. Photo by Justin Kase Conder

Photo by Justin Kase Conder

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