Cape Cod and New England may be well known for lobsters, but oysters are also a mainstay for East Coast seafood lovers.
Wellfleet, Mass., is one of the best-kept secrets on Cape Cod, and the Oyster Fest
is its annual homecoming and celebration. The 'Fest, held Oct. 13-14, is produced by Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting, a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering a greater understanding of the town's shell-fishing industry. The bonus is that the festival itself is free.
Highlights include local cuisine, educational lectures, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, road races, walking tours and the Oyster Shuck-Off competition. Of course, there are plenty of beaches and hiking and biking trails as well. For a real treat, you can stay at Chez Sven Bed & Breakfast, a green B&B. The owners treat visitors as houseguests and relish talking about world events and the environment. Tip: There’s a lot of traffic on this particular weekend, so residents recommend staying three nights. $225 a night.
Photo Credit: Wellfleet OysterFest