The 20th Wellfleet OysterFest may have been cancelled due to Covid concerns, but you can still cheer for your favorite shucker this year at the first-ever Virtual All-Star Shuck Off. In the spirit of the Shucking-Show-Must-Go-On, the local non-profit Wellfleet Promotion and Tasting organization (S.P.A.T.) will broadcast a two-hour shucking extravaganza with cooking tips from celebrity chef hosts Ming Tsai, Jamie Bissonette and Elle Simone Scott; music events filmed at scenic Wellfleet locales; two short films about the town's deep history as the heart of America's oyster growing community; and more.
The online gala will culminate with a reimagining of the festival's most popular event--the oyster shucking competition--showcasing ten legendary shuckers from the past 19 years going head to head for the ultimate crown: Wellfleet's all-time greatest, best of the best, all-star oyster shucker. The team of 3 judges include Toronto's own super-star John Baby, and returning Wellfleet all-stars Mike May and yours truly, accompanied by tabulator-supreme, Nik Watkins.
Mark your calendars for the event, streamed on the internet at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday October 17th from the Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater. Free! YouTube Channel linked HERE.
I grew up spending part of every summer in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, which included eating many oysters. After stumbling into an oyster shucking competition in Miami Beach in 2006, I’ve become a fan of the sport and have written about local, national, and international competitions for the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, American Way Magazine, and the Huffington Post. I've also written oyster-centric stories for Rustik and Modern Farmer. I’ve never met an oyster I didn’t want to eat.