The first annual Oysterfest, during the last weekend in August was a huge success. Four thousand oysters were shucked and eaten by over 400 people on a perfect afternoon. Over twenty people showed up to compete in the Oyster shucking contest. It was won by Block Island born and raised Perry Phillips of Block Island Oyster Company. We turned over the BIMI oyster lease to he and Dave Deffley and they are doing a great job!
The Block Island Maritime Institute and Block Island Oyster Company hosted an event for the Taste of Block Island at BIMI on the last weekend of September. It almost felt like a summer day on the island. Dave Deffley and Perry Phillips gave a short talk about oyster farming and the BI Oyster Company, all while shucking oysters in front of a very attentive crowd.
Once they had a few plates ready, the group gathered around to slurp down raw oysters with lemon or cocktail sauce. They were delicious! Thanks to all for coming out and making the event such a great success!
Future plans are to collaborate with Pond and Beyond Kayak Tours or BI Ocean Adventures to take a kayak or paddleboard trip to the oyster lease area on the Great Salt Pond, followed by oyster tasting at BIMI.
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