The Wharf Was Their Oyster, The Party a Pearl

Christian & William Vareika with Lisa Lewis

What a RIOT*!  The 2016 Oyster Festival commenced with a lively party in a tent spanning  Bowen's Wharf, with sponsor Santa Margherita pouring  It was all you could eat of the briny bivales, and they were paired with
wine, prosecco  and dinner stations.


Amid the revelry, speakers talked seriously about creating a resurgence in the depleted oyster population. 


Serving up the bivalves

The wild oyster population has declined precipitously, and The Nature Conservancy is taking up the oyster cause, and developing eco-friendly ways if disposing of their shells. John Torgan spoke on building up the beds. Matunuck Oyster Bar was a serious supporter of this enjoyable party, and the music of  kept the tent jumping.

Daniel Bugio, Andrea McHugh & Trixie Wadson

The Friday night launch party revealed details about a brand new Rhode Island Oyster Trail – affectionately nicknamed *RIOT – which will include a new website listing Rhode Island’s oyster growers, as well as restaurants that serve at least one locally grown oyster on their menu year-round. “Our vision is that the festival is not just one-time access to all these oysters,” says Trixie Wadson, marketing director for Bowen’s Wharf Company. “Now you can continue enjoying them throughout the year around the state at different restaurants.”

Bart Dunbar
spoke, (along with with Mr.Torgan)  on the Conservancy's efforts to rebuild the oyster population.

Stella Artois, a perfect quaff with oysters


Evan Smith with Kara di Camillo

Seen downing the deep water denizens were sponsor Bart Dunbar, President of the Bowen's Wharf Company, Lisa Lewis,  George and Nanette Herrick, Frank and Betsy Ray, Jack MacDonald, Bill and Christian Vareika, and Trixie Wadson.

Starring Betsy Ray & Nanette Herrick


George Herrick & Frank Ray

The event kicked of a two-day Festival on the wharves which drew hundreds of visitors to share the succulent seafood. Beneficiaries of the evening were Ocean State Aquaculture Association and Oliver Hazard Perry RI.


All Newport Seen could say (between bites) was "Aw, shucks".


                                                   -- L.P.


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 Aaron Abrahamson Cote with Panoramic View played


Jack MacDonald greeting guests


Russell Morin Caterers


Lisa Lewis & Mark Pacheco


Bart Dunbar speaking about oysters!


Guests listening


John Torgan of the Nature Conservancy speaking


Santa Margherita poured


Bart Dunbar & Trixie Wadson


Molly Henshaw


Maddy & Alex Wadson


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