The Austin Oyster Festival will celebrate it’s fifth year serving up sea worthy delectable dishes, drinks and entertainment. The festival takes place Saturday, Feb. 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at the French Legation Museum, and is presented by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Farmers Market, and benefits Central Texas Food Bank.
Food & Drinks
This year’s Austin Oyster Festival will highlight Jeri’s Seafood’s Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable by Eddie V’s executive chef Chris Bauer, along with specialty cocktail made Deep Eddy Vodka, a Bloody Mary Bar, and beer from Blue Point Brewing Company.
This year’s VIP Lounge will feature a 3 p.m. oyster happy hour with special oyster tastings, including those prepared by Chef Bauer, Chef Shane Stark of Mongers Market + Kitchen, Chef Russell Dougherty of The Little Darlin’, and Chef Michael Paley of Central Standard.
The Austin Oyster Festival Raw Bars will include Jeri’s Seafood Gulf oysters and premium East Coast oysters served on the half shell with a choice of Deep Eddy Lemon mignonette, caramelized shallot mignonette, roasted serrano or lime crème fraîche, as well as East Coast oyster shooters and Deep Eddy Orange Vodka-glazed, grilled and chilled Gulf shrimp served with a Cajun remoulade.
The Grill Bar will feature smoked bacon Oysters Rockefeller, fresh grilled oysters with roasted garlic and anchovy butter, Creole barbecue butter shrimp on grilled garlic bread, and oyster-and-rock-shrimp gumbo with Andouille sausage. And this year, the Fry Bar includes a crispy-oyster banh mi sandwich, New Orleans-style oyster po’boys and shrimp po’boys, as well as decadent Gruyere fritters.
Music & Entertainment
Entertainment includes live Americana, Cajun, bluegrass and “newgrass” music from local bands The Braun Brothers, Chansons et Soulards, and High Plains Jamboree, who will perform throughout the festival. There will also be a silent raffle presented by the Central Texas Food Bank offering the chance to win great prizes while supporting a charity that feeds the less fortunate.
VIP admission to the Austin Oyster Festival includes entry; live entertainment; seven food-and-beverage vouchers redeemable at any food station or beverage bar; access to the VIP Lounge area in the gardens overlooking the event, featuring a VIP oyster-tasting reception; dedicated private bars in the VIP area and an incredible sponsor swag bag from Eddie V’s for each VIP guest.
General admission to the Austin Oyster Festival includes entry, live entertainment and five food-and-beverage vouchers redeemable at any food station or beverage bar. Additional vouchers may be purchased inside the festival.
Advanced tickets for the Austin Oyster Festival are available at www.AustinOysterFestival.com, and tickets, if still available, may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.