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Calling all seafood lovers to W. Sayville

A two-day seafood festival featuring oysters, clams and

A two-day seafood festival featuring oysters, clams and eating seafood at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville on Aug. 27-28, 2011. Credit: Handout

About 15,000 seafood lovers will be calling for lobster, clams, oysters -- and maybe a few encores -- at this weekend's festival on the West Sayville waterfront.

Among the live bands scheduled to play on the festival stage is Kicking Daisies, the clean-cut, longhair teen quartet from Milford, Conn. Last year's winners of Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing," the band is appearing as part of an effort to make the festival "a well rounded day for the entire family," says Kathleen Prokesch, the museum's special events director.

While the teens rock out, seafood lovers of all ages can dig into bivalves on ice, steamed lobster, local history and pirate lore.

The 14-acre property on Great South Bay features 72 boats and 12 historic buildings, including the museum, which will be open to fairgoers.

You can board the 60-foot oyster sloop Priscilla, a national historic landmark first launched in 1888, or check out the antique wooden boats in the small-craft building. About 50 artisans will be selling handmade items.

Local harvest

Two "seafood pavilions" in gazebos on the museum grounds will be serving raw shellfish, steamed lobsters, mussels, steamed or fried clams, lobster rolls and soft-shell crabs.

You can slurp a single oyster for a dollar (they're calling it a "buck a shuck"), but most food items will cost between $8 and $15, Prokesch says.

Prokesch says this year's festival shows off companies that harvest seafood from Long Island waters, such as Lombardi's on the Bay in Patchogue and West Sayville-based Blue Island Shellfish Farms.

"We have a genuine Blue Point oyster farm right off Captree Island," says Sean O'Brien of Blue Island.

Naked Cowboy Oysters, which O'Brien says are wild oysters harvested from Long Island Sound, will be promoted by Robert Burck, the guitar-wearing Naked Cowboy usually found in Manhattan's Times Square.

Take your plate under a 40-by-60-foot blue and white tent or to one of the picnic areas. Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda Pop will be poured in ice cold metal mugs, and Budweiser and locally brewed Bluepoint Toasted Lager will be on tap.

At a separate food court, "landlubbers" can fill up on barbecued pulled pork, rib or steak sandwiches, kielbasa and roasted sweet corn. For dessert: candy apples and ice cream.

For the kids

Entertainment ranges from a family-oriented pirate show to reality-show bands.

Kings of the Coast's nine authentically costumed pirates will be swashbuckling through 20 minutes of swordplay, cannon fire and original music.

Head pirate Heath Cohen of Patchogue promises a "child-friendly" display of derring-do with "nefarious" pirates.

"Everyone ends up friends and all pirates share equally in the end," Cohen assures. A post-show treasure hunt yields free coins and necklace trinkets for the kids.

Elsewhere at the festival, the live music will pretty much go nonstop on a waterfront stage. Highlights include The Downtown Fiction pop trio (their music has been heard on "The Jersey Shore" second season and "Keeping up with the Kardashians," according to their website) and cover bands Big Shot (Billy Joel) and Hotel California (The Eagles).

West Sayville Seafood Festival

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville


ADMISSION $8 (free ages 5 and younger)

PARKING Free off-site parking with round-trip shuttle transportation.

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