Ocracoke Oyster Roast worth the ferry boat ride


By Casey Turton
Editor, Carolina Men

image shows oysters being shucked at the Ocracoke Island, NC Oyster Road

Shucking oysters

The Annual Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser on Ocracoke Island might seem a bit out of the way for those folks that like to stay close to home, but take our word for it when we tell you it’s well worth the travel time.

Held each December, the event is sponsored by the Working Watermen’s Organization, which concentrates on keeping the local fishing industry alive. The roast is held at the Ocracoke Fish House, which isn’t too hard to find if you know there is only one main road on the island.

We paid the $20 “all you can eat” ticket and that’s just what we did. Plus a few malted beverages and local music add quite a neighborly touch to the day. Free desserts and cider were a bonus and an end to perfect meal of North Carolina oysters, shrimp, hush puppies and fish stew.

image shows volunteers working at the Annual Oyster Road and Shrimp Steam Festival on Ocracoke Island, NC

Oyster Roast Volunteers work hard to keep up with demand

You can visit their website http://www.ocracokewatermen.org to learn more about the 2015 event.

The event drew about 300 visitors, so come early as seating is limited.

(Photos by Anna Belousova)


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