More than 150,000 people are expecteded to squeeze into Oyster Bay Oct. 14 and 15 for the 34th annual Oyster Festival held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. The festival, which was announced at a kick-off news conference Thursday, promises to be a highlight of the fall season.
“This is a family-friendly festival that’s alcohol free and focused on fun,” says State Sen. Carl Marcellino. “Every year it gets bigger and there’s always something new.”
The food will be plentiful with 40 food booths serving up everything oyster (oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster stew, oyster po’ boy sandwich), seafood snacks (steamed clams, soft shell crabs, fish tacos, lobster Mac and cheese), meat munchies (turkey legs, Philadelphia cheesesteaks) and don’t forget dessert (fried Oreos, Belgian waffles with strawberries and cream, bananas foster). New additions for this year: grilled branzino, seafood quesadillas and potato tornadoes.
Live music plays all day on the main stage. This year the spotlight will be on an array of tribute bands saluting Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead and the Beach Boys.
On the field, Golf Pro Delivered will showcase a portable driving range simulator as PGA pros give swing tips. The Islanders will host a hockey slapshot contest while the Long Island Nets, a minor league basketball team debuting at the Nassau Coliseum this season, hold a pop-a-shot basketball contest.
For more information, call 516-628-1625 or visit: theoysterfestival.org.