Say the words “Oyster Festival” and Long Islanders start to salivate. This weekend’s event is expected to draw more than 150,000 people to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. With 40 food booths to choose from, it’s tough to decide where to start.

Here’s a taste of some homemade favorites off the menu from local nonprofit organizations:


MADE BY U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Oyster Bay Flotilla 22-5


Those seeking a hearty sandwich need look no further than the oyster po’boy: lightly battered deep-fried oysters on a soft bakery hero with Cajun coleslaw and sliced pickles.

“It’s got a hot salty crunch with a heat kick,” says vice commander Valerie Elefonte. “You don’t need condiments. It’s got enough flavors going on.”

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ALSO SERVES Yuca fries ($5), cheese or pumpkin ravioli ($10), chicken dumplings ($5), egg rolls (two for $5) and cannolis (two for $5).


MADE BY North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association

PRICE $15 for a dozen clams on the half shell or steamed, $20 for a 1 1⁄2 pound lobster dinner.

No one knows shellfish like the baymen who spend their days working on Oyster Bay Harbor. They go through some 36,000 clams and 2,400 pounds of lobster over the course of the weekend.

“The people who are serving the clams are the people who are digging them,” says senior bayman Bill Fetzer. “We take a lot of pride in giving the best product to the public.”

ALSO SERVES Mussels in a white wine sauce ($15)


MADE BY Mill River Rod & Gun Club

PRICE $10 per boat

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With six grills all fired up simultaneously, Mill River Rod & Gun Club has been serving this popular dish since the early days of the festival. The key is freshness.

“Nothing is pre-made. Everything is done at the booth,” says booth chairman Kenny Warren. “We can’t get them off the grill fast enough. People buy 10 orders at a time.”


MADE BY Centro Cultural Hispano de Oyster Bay-East Norwich

PRICE $7 empanadas, $10 two tacos

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Not a seafood fan? Enjoy authentic dishes made by members of the Centro Cultural Hispano, who use their family recipes from Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico.

“We put a lot of love in our food,” says executive director Luz Torres. “Everything is made from scratch.”

ALSO SERVES $7 two pupusas, $8 two tostadas with guacamole


MADE BY The Oyster Bay Lions Club

PRICE $8 per cup, $22 per quart

There’s nothing like enjoying a hot cup of oyster stew made with a secret recipe stemming back to old-school Oyster Bay restaurant Uwe’s.

“It’s very rich and has a lot of flavor,” says booth chairman Michael Corssen. “If you like oysters, it’s a must.”

ALSO SERVES Kielbasa sandwiches ($8), roasted corn ($4) and pierogies ($8).