Tis the season for apple picking, leather jackets and fall festivals! It is the perfect time of the year to eat as much as you want and enjoy the warm weather that we have left! As all the college kids take their hometowns for fall break, they are all preparing for their hometown fall festivals! My hometown Oyster Bay, Long Island has it’s own fall festival with everything you could dream of called the “Oyster Fest.”
The 33rd annual Oyster Festival was this weekend which brought over 150,00 people to the historic hamlet of Oyster Bay. I was lucky enough to explore this incredible food filled festival over fall break!
Oyster Bay community committee member, Roseann Denning believes that this is the best event they put on all year. “Not only is it a great event for the town of Oyster Bay but for all of Long Island! We look forward to making the festival better and better each year.”
As I walk down the multiple roads of the oyster festival I hear people buying beers,
shucking oysters and little kids crying of excitement over cotton candy. Although I am still a little kid at heart, I went straight for the most famous raw oyster line. Naturally I waited in line for over twenty minutes with other oyster-lovers until I finally get my dozen raw oysters with hot sauce. As raw oysters are an unusual food to have at a fall festival, on Long Island it is the main attraction. Don’t you worry; the Oyster Fest has every classic festival food you could think of. The festival was filled with fried Oreos, funnel cakes, Philly cheese steaks, fresh squeezed lemonade and twisted pretzels.
Marist Student Athletes Sarah and Kate Mosca, live over seven hours from Marist, decided to spend their fall break closer to school in Long Island with some friends. “We live in the middle of a farm, so we have never seen anything like this before! It’s my first Oyster fest and now I can check off eating raw oysters off my bucket list” Kate explained.
These closed-off streets were flooded with long island residents listening to the festival musicians playing everything from the Beatles to Katy Perry. There are parents everywhere trying to shuffle their children away from the festival rides and push their strollers into the Oyster Bay Brewing Company for some happy hour.
Frequent Oyster Fest goer Shannon Lampe, enjoys her first experience being twenty one at the Oyster Bay Brewing Co. “This is the best place to celebrate my 21st birthday. The oyster fest is my favorite place to eat, drink and spend the day with friends and family while I am home from college for the weekend.”
There is quite nothing like a perfect fall weather day with friend’s family and an unbelievable amount of good food.
However, just because I head back to school on Monday does not mean the fun has to end! More upcoming fall fun in the Hudson Valley for Marist College students to enjoy within the next few weeks begins soon!
Wright Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival: Hosted on all October weekends to celebrate fun and old-fashioned harvest traditions. Hayrides, pumpkin patch, apple cider, caramel apples and much more! Sat/Sun 10-7am-7pm, Flash nights in the corn maze on Fridays from 4-7 pm.
Sippin’ Creative on October 30th and November 13th: Sunflower Arts Studio presents events at Tuthill House restaurant. Wine and spirits from Tuthilltown Distillery will be served. Tickets 35$ per person including supplies, guided painting and tastings!
Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market for Thanksgiving weekend: Basilica Farm & Flea is part timeless flea and farmers market and part 21st century craft and design fair, showcasing the wealth and splendor of the Hudson Valley’s artisanal talents. Each market features regional vendors alongside locally sourced, farm fresh foods.