Books About Oysters Make Great Gifts

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If you know someone who likes oysters or likes to learn about oysters and Rowan Jacobsen writes a new book, there is only one thing to do - purchase his book!

Recently released, The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Temptation is now available in hard copy and for the kindle.

To date, all of the reviews on Amazon are positive and why shouldn't they be? There are not many authors on the topic of oysters better than Rowan Jacobsen. Oyster lovers know about his books including my two favorites about oysters:

1.  A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America, a must read!

2.  The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World.

These three books make great gifts for yourself, your friends, and family members.

Halifax Oyster Festival

The second annual Halifax Oyster Festival a premier oyster event in Halifax, Nova Scotia will take place on September 29 & 30, 2017.

The third annual Halifax Oyster Festival is back on the Halifax waterfront offering the unique convergence of Maritime sea and land terriors.
3-hour sessions include:
  • All-you-can-slurp raw oysters
  • Greeting sample of Benjamin Bridge's Nova 7 sparkling wine
  • A selection of chowder, lobster rolls and mussels to purchase
  • Wine, craft beer, cider, Caesars samples to purchase (More stations than last year!)
  • Shuck N' Learn station
  • 3rd annual Nova Scotia Oyster Shucking Competition

  • Halifax Oyster Festival 2016
    Photo credit: Lenny Mullins
  • Select Nova Scotia Store to purchase packaged oysters, wine and oyster paraphanelia to take home
Children under 12 are free, strollers are strongly discouraged.
Children under 19 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 
More information at
Halifax Oyster Festival is produced by The Coast, Halifax's weekly newspaper.
Video by Meghan Tansey Whitton

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A Recap of The Duxbury Oyster Festival at The Winsor House Inn

By Marci Bracken

The Duxbury Oyster Festival has been a well-anticipated, popular event in this beach side community and this year did not fall short of any expectations. In its third year being held at The Winsor House Inn, this sold out event took place on May 15, 2016 and provided all-you-can- eat oysters, burgers and hot dogs, live music, day drinking and a ton of laughs. Not only is The Duxbury Oyster Festival delicious and fun, it is also a wonderful fundraiser for The Duxbury Student Union. This event provides a wonderful connection of local companies supporting their local school system and students.

Oyster farmers sampling included Island Creek Oysters, Snug Harbor Oysters, Sweet Sounds Oysters, Duxbury Oyster Company, Standish Shore Oyster and more…there was no shortage of oyster to be found! All fresh and delicious!

Upon arrival, the frenzy to try them all began. The oysters were overflowing from every direction. Each oyster farmer was generous with his or her sampling and it seemed as if there was an endless supply of the delicacy.

The Winsor House Inn truly did this event right. The staff was friendly and attentive, the tented area was the perfect size to house the crowd and there was even an inside area that hosted a great silent auction.

As we indulged, we were entertained by student musicians and student bands courtesy of the Duxbury Student Union. This was a wonderful way to connect the event to the fundraising. The student talent was amazing. As the afternoon rolled on and the cocktails set in The Waves took to the stage to get the party really going.

With stomachs full of amazing, fresh oysters, shoes came off and the dancing began.

Overall this was a wonderful event in support of a great cause…with GREAT oysters!

We look forward to returning again next year and encourage you to attend and also support the students and oyster farmers.

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Third Annual Duxbury Oyster Festival - May 15, 2016

The Third Annual Duxbury Oyster Festival is taking place on May 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Winsor House Inn in Snug Harbor.

This year the festival will showcase local Duxbury Oyster Farmers and will benefit students through the Duxbury Education Foundation and the Duxbury Student Union.

Oyster farmers include Island Creek Oysters, Snug Harbor Oysters, and Sweet Sound Oysters among others.

This year, festival goers can look forward to all-you-can-eat oysters, casual fare like grilled pizza and sliders and lots of beer, wine, and festival cocktails.

Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Looking forward to the third year of this event, Holly Safford, one of the proprietors of the Winsor House Inn reflects, “As new owners of the Winsor House Inn, we were eager to revise the long standing tradition known as the Duxbury Oyster Festival. You’ll want to be under the tent with us in May to see the talented kids from the Duxbury Student Union, the local band The Waves, and the best oysters on the planet that come right from our bay! This festival is so important in our quest to not only to the local oyster farming community and the individual growers, but the students of Duxbury and the foundations that support them.”

This year’s Duxbury Oyster Festival will also include live music from The Waves and DSU’s own Coffee House Musicians. Tickets are $100.00 and attendance is limited to ensure the entire festival offers a premier experience with no lines and plenty of food.

As New England continues to develop its foodie-centric culture, The Winsor House Inn is proud to present a spring festival showcasing Duxbury’s globally known oyster industry.

The Duxbury Oyster Festival is the first event of the Winsor House Inn’s busy summer schedule. By kicking off the season with this high energy event, the Winsor House Inn continues to be recognized as an important part of the Duxbury community—just as it has always been under its historic list of prior owners.


The Winsor House Inn is a historic inn and restaurant nestled in a seaside village known as Snug Harbor. Rich with history stretching from its owners to its visitors, the inn is a long-time favorite of locals who love our charm and great cuisine. The family owners have a “passion for excellence” and have used that enthusiasm to restore the inn to its rightful place as one of the community’s destinations The inn and restaurant have a welcoming English pub-style atmosphere with a cozy fireplace and special brand of New England hospitality. Under the culinary leadership of Chef Franco Carubia, the restaurant menu offers a wide range from casual fare to fine dining featuring fresh seafood, New England classics, and Duxbury’s own oysters.

We look forward to attending this festival! See you there.

For tickets to the Duxbury Oyster Festival, click here.