“Get Outta Town” is your guide to weekend events in 11 State of Jefferson counties. Experience some of the events that the North State has to offer. This week’s A News Cafe “Get Outta Town” highlight is the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, ranked 7th among the top 10 food festivals in the world by Away.com.
Some information about the festival from redwoods.info, the official travel site of Humboldt County:
The Festival has become a tradition for local restaurateurs, executive chefs and caterers to show off their culinary skills by preparing oysters in every imaginable way. Try them roasted, barbecued, fried, on the half shell or on pizza, secret sauces and with wild abandon. With imagination and flair, one can eat away the entire day. The coals glow hot from early morning ’til the last oyster has been shucked.
Crowds throughout the day top 15,000 to 18,000, keeping local food vendors more than busy. Almost all of the festival vendors are chefs from Humboldt County’s most appreciated restaurants, who compete in the annual oyster tasting competitions to claim the auspicious award of ‘Best Oyster of the Festival’ and ‘Peoples’ Choice.’
The Oyster Festival includes 35 food vendors serving over 100,000 oysters and non-oyster options, live entertainment, local craft beer and wine, farmer’s market, the “oyster calling” contest, food judging and a “shuck and swallow” contest.
What: 20th Annual Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival
When: Sat., June 19, 2010 – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Arcata Plaza, Downtown Arcata. Off-site parking and shuttle service (9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) available at Arcata High School, Humboldt State University (14th and Union) and on Samoa Blvd (two blocks west of K Street).
For more information, photos and details, visit oysterfestival.net.
Visit the following sites for information about events in ten other North State counties.
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Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your NorthState weekend events to firstname.lastname@example.org.