Third-Annual Austin Oyster Festival Features Best of
Chef-Prepared Seafood and Beverage Pairings:
Event Includes VIP Lounge, Live Music, Games
and Prizes & Benefits Capital Area Food Bank
The third-annual Austin Oyster Festival, a celebration honoring the sea’s most delicious offering, is really coming out of its shell this year, serving up a bounty of delectable dishes, drinks and entertainment with a side of philanthropy. Thefestival takes place Saturday, Feb. 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Carson Creek Ranch, and benefits the Capital Area Food Bank. Each ticket purchased enables Capital Area Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas, to feed a hungry child.
A co-production of food-centric events producer Seventy7Degrees LLC and noted Eddie V’s Executive Chef Chris Bauer, this year’s Austin Oyster Festival is a feast highlighting Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable combined with specialty cocktail offerings from Deep Eddy Vodka, an extravagant Bloody Mary Bar, wine offerings from Glazer’s premium brands, local beers, live music, games and enviable prizes.
A special addition to this year’s event is the VIP Lounge, which features Chef Shane Stark of Mongers Market + Kitchen, a soon-to-open seafood market and eatery offering fresh-from-the-dock Gulf seafood in East Austin. Chef Stark will present VIPs with a private oyster tasting paired with Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails and Glazer’s wines.
The Austin Oyster Festival Raw Bar includes Gulf and East Coast Oysters served on the half shell with a choice of preserved lemon mignonette, caramelized shallot mignonette, roasted serrano lime crème fraîche and more, as well as East Coast oyster shooters andgrilled and chilled Gulf shrimp served with a Cajun remoulade. The Grill Barfeatures to-die-for 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, theFry Bar includes a crispy oyster banh mi sandwich, New Orleans-style oyster po’boys and shrimp po’boys, as well as decadent Gruyere fritters and pommes frites.
In addition to premium wines from Codorníu, The Crossings and Edna Valley wineries, the beverage menu for the event includes local favorite Deep Eddy’s 10-times-distilled vodka, as well as Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and the new Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka. And it wouldn’t be the Austin Oyster Festival without a selection of local beers and the lavishBloody Mary Bar, which includes all the extra fixin’s to make the perfect personalized cocktail. This year, Topo Chico is graciously donating enough of its beloved mineral water to keep all the Austin Oyster Festival attendees refreshed.
Entertainment at this year’s event is top-notch and includes a variety of live Americana, Cajun, bluegrass and “newgrass” music from local bands Prime Time Ramblers, Gumbo Ce Soir and Bottom Dollar String Band, who will perform throughout the entirety of thefestival. In between chowing down on delicious oyster and seafood dishes and kicking up their heels to the festive live music, festival attendees can take part in a variety of games, including horseshoes, washers and the festival’s first-ever “redneck” golf tournament. Additionally, throughout the festival, attendees have the chance to winexciting prizes, including a five-session acupuncture package from PK Acupuncture & Wellness, a free month of unlimited classes at The Bar Method, a Johnson’s Backyard Garden CSA box, or the most valuable package, a custom-wrapped Reckless Kelly guitar, the band’s autographed CD and two VIP passes to the Reckless Kelly celebrity softball jam, as well as a host of gift certificates from local restaurants and vendors.
This year, as part of a partnership with Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s shell-recycling program, Sink Your Shucks, program volunteers will be on hand at the Austin Oyster Festival to pick up more than 2,000 pounds of oyster shells and share information with attendees about this remarkable program. Founded in 2009 by Harte Research Institute and TAMUCC, Sink Your Shucks (www.OysterRecycling.org) was the first program established in Texas that reclaims oyster shells from area restaurants and returns them to local waters, providing materials to form new reefs and habitats for fish, crabs and other ocean organisms.
VIP admission ($70 per person, $75 per person after Feb. 14) to the Austin Oyster Festivalincludes entry, live entertainment, five food-and-beverage vouchers redeemable at any food station or beverage bar, access to the VIP Lounge featuring a private oyster tasting and drink pairing by Chef Shane Stark of Mongers Market + Kitchen, Deep Eddy Vodka, Glazer’s wines, preferred parking and automatic entry into the prize raffle.
General admission ($45 per person, $50 per person after Feb. 14) to the Austin OysterFestival includes entry, live entertainment and five food-and-beverage vouchers redeemable at any food station or beverage bar. Additional vouchers may be purchased inside thefestival.
Attendees are encouraged to buy advanced tickets for the Austin Oyster Festivalat https://seventy7degrees.
The third-annual Austin Oyster Festival is a production of Seventy7Degrees LLC, and takes place at Carson Creek Ranch, 9507 Sherman Road in Austin. The event will feature a variety of live entertainment, food-and-beverage pairings, games and prizes, and will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. For more information about the Austin OysterFestival, visit www.AustinOysterFestival.com.
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