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shelton’s 30th annual oyster fest

October 1, 2011
oysters

the oyster shuckers

 

from a young age, i have always been a seafood fan.  my one hangup has usually been that it has to be cooked (although i am gradually working on that!).  for a birthday a few years ago, my parents took myself and a friend out to jeff ruby’s steakhouse in downtown cincinnati.  i honestly can’t remember why i thought i liked oysters, but we ordered some as an appetizer and i was in for a BIG surprise!  my biggest mistake was that i started to chew the raw oyster instead of simply slurping it down… let me repeat – BIG mistake!

 

raw oysters

oysters on the half shell

 

needless to say, from that day forth i made sure to stay away from oysters on the half shell.  since that time i have grown to love roasted oysters, grilled oysters, fried oysters, basically any kind of oyster that is cooked, but i still won’t go near a raw oyster and to be honest, i probably never will.  tomas on the other hand is an oyster fanatic!  when we got engaged, his two requests for the wedding were an oyster bar of some sort and good scotch.  since moving to seattle, he has scoured the city trying to find delicious oysters… it has not been hard to do!

 

panko

panko fried oyster

 

pike place market alone has several vendors as well as restaurants featuring local varieties, such as elliot’s oyster house, and pike place fish where they are famous for shouting out everyone’s orders and throwing fish at innocent by-standing tourists.  at melrose market, which has several different very cool shops located within it and is where we got all our goodies for our cookout last weekend, there is a store where mostly oysters are sold from taylor shellfish farms.

 

clam pasta

linguini with clam sauce

 

atop of all these fantastic shops and eateries stands one of our favorite restaurants in seattle, and is where the inspiration for the oyster bar at our wedding came from.  the walrus and the carpenter is a tiny little restaurant located behind a bike shop and cafe in ballard.  there is always a variety of oysters to choose from, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and the food is incredible.  our favorite dish is the grilled sardines – they are plate licking good, i’m telling you!

 

salmon plate

salmon & fried bread with honey

 

so with all this obvious love of oysters, when tomas learned of an oyster fest a few months back, he marked it on his calendar then and there!  luckily, his mom has been staying with us and is also an oyster fanatic so we picked up and drove down to shelton, washington this afternoon to take part in the shelton SKOOKUM rotary club’s 30th annual oyster fest!  we were genuinely shocked by the size of the festival and the amount of vendors serving a plethora of yummy dishes.  we dabbled in a little bit of everything, including the impressively large and crowded beer garden!  the things on our menu included coconut fried shrimp, fried garlic, panko fried oysters, roasted oysters, clam chowder, shrimp gumbo, egg rolls, linguini with clam sauce, grilled salmon with fried bread with honey, mushrooms stuffed with crab & cheese, and of course oysters on the half shell!

 

taylor shellfish

taylor shellfish's display

 

i think tomas’s only disappointment was that there weren’t more local oysters to try… i know his fantasy was to gorge himself on oysters all afternoon 😉  despite all of that, i am definitely looking forward to heading back down to shelton next year for their 31st annual oyster fest and gorging myself full of all their delicious goodies again!

 

mom and son

two very happy oyster fans

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharon Hoverson permalink
    October 2, 2011 10:28 am

    I’m drooling over the linguine and clams! Your oyster palette has come a long way!!

  2. October 2, 2011 1:35 pm

    the clam sauce was great, but the noodles were a little plain… your seafood linguini puts this one to shame mama!

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