Oyster season gets festive send-off
If, as Andrew Carnegie had it, the first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell, then don't be late to Woodberry Kitchen's oyster festival.
The restaurant celebrates oyster season with an outdoor festival Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be live jazz, local wines and beer, and oysters in lots of incarnations. Raw oysters. Grilled oysters. Oyster fritters. Oyster stew. Even oyster shooters, served in shot glasses with alcohol of some sort. (I'm told Corey Polyoka, Woodberry's lead mixologist, is still thinking up the concoctions.)
Hot dogs and grilled asparagus will be available for non-oyster eaters.
The restaurant had a similar festival in September, another "r" month. Oyster selection starts dropping off in May, and the bivalves disappear from the menu in summer until they become more plentiful again in the fall, said Andy Tzortzinis, who does PR for Woodberry.
"It's sort of, celebrate of another great oyster season and the beginning of a great summer," Tzortzinis said.
Admission is free. All of the food will be offered a la carte, with nothing over $5.
Rain date is May 16.Shucking oysters at Woodberry. Sun photo by Lloyd Fox