Eating Everything But Seafood at the Oyster Festival

Being different is awesome.

I call this one…Oyster Festival. At Night. That’s deep, yo.
 So you can see a theme here. We like festivals and the Oyster Festival is one we never miss. Being that it is in our hometown, we have been going for years and I have never missed one.
This year’s fest was a bit of a change up and I noticed many new food options; crêpes, deep fried candy bars/Oreos, and a few food trucks sprinkled in.
Gone this year was the BBQ competition and those vendors but we appreciated a few curveballs aside from the usual seafood. Even an oldie, the Rotary Club had its burgers but with a little help and creations from Burger Bar and Bistro in SoNo.
Possibly our favorite part was the mini craft beer tent that has apparently 22 brews to sample (although I counted 20). Some of the brewing companies on hand were Connecticut breweries Thomas Hooker, SBC, and Beaver Beer and the not so local Kona, Red Hook, Goose Island, Shock Top, and Widmer.
Here are some photos, with funny/witty captions, from a nice, cool opening night at the 2013 Oyster Festival!

I feel good saying I did not stop here but I am mad at myself that I did not. Fried Oreos are ridic!

An Oyster Festival staple, St. Ann’s pizza fritta.

I went a different route this year and went with pernil with yellow rice. This is from Paradise Island Deli in Stratford.

Tickets for the new craft beer tent

The Beaver Beer Mobile!

A brew from Kona

Hey, brewer person!

From Portland, Oregon, Widmer Brewing Company

They make a really refreshing hefeweizen

Red Hook was also on hand

How did I chat these two up and not get a number? If you know them…Well, you know what to do.

Swisher Sweets Cigarillos! It’s not food but I stopped and had a free smoke.

Possibly my favorite thing this year…From Philly, this dude makes fried cheese curds.

You can expect a full review, but here they are with sides of smoked ketchup and chipotle ranch.

Crepes on the spot from Everything About Crepes out of New Jersey!

If you’re wondering…Banana, strawberries, Nutella.

My Oyster Festival sendoff. Perfection.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Jessica May says:

    Mmmmmm, the fried cheese curds look really good!


  2. What fun! Oysters and beer, nothing can be better.


  3. Patti says:

    Looks like it was a tasty time you had : ) I have been to the oyster festival, maybe next year.


  4. Those fried cheese curds sound DELISH! And I think the crepe was the happy ending! Sounds like a great time….and WHY haven't I gone to this festival??? Next year – I'll be there!


  5. Sarah Maseto says:

    Well now I really want a beer and some fried dough. I haven't been to the Norwalk Oyster Fest since I was in high school, I'll have to make it a point to go next year!


  6. I expected greasy but this guy fried them perfectly. Hoping to see the truck in Philly when I'm there next week!


  7. Amen! Fried oysters and beer would be right up my alley.


  8. I am at the point where I go just to eat. And to take home a small piece of fudge 🙂


  9. Patti and Sarah, you both have to get back. It does suck that admission is $10 but try to use your blogger powers and see if you can get a pass. Or if you go, just go to eat and take in some tunes.


  10. Wendy says:

    MAN, that all sounds so so good! Sorry to have missed it!


  11. This post is making me hungry! I missed Oyster Fest this year, but have great memories of eating there is past years 🙂


  12. Dana says:

    WHOA! This looks amazing. I have always skipped out, even though we are nearby, but I will definitely tryto make it next year.


  13. That is the longest crepe I've ever seen!! (That's what she said?)
    Looks like a fun time, you can't go wrong with 22 (20) different craft beers! Those cheese curds though….. 🙂


  14. That crepe was official! And my gosh, the cheese curds…Possibly my favorite thing that I ate there.


  15. Jess says:

    I can't believe the Cheese Curd truck was there and I missed the festival! I was like 'meh, I don't really want oysters.'


  16. I think I may even try to find this truck while I'm in Philly this weekend. I have been thinking about fried cheese curds since the day after I had them.


  17. ahhh…St. Ann's pizza fritta….wouldn't be Oyster Fest without it (now I really want one!).


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