ABOUT THE OYSTER FESTIVAL
The Oyster Festival is a project of the Oyster Bay Rotary Club and run by the Oyster Bay Charitable Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission includes providing a family friendly event, promoting the beauty, history and resources of Oyster Bay and supporting local charities through fundraising activities during the Festival.
The Oyster Festival has a long tradition as the East Coast's largest waterfront festival with more than 150,000 attendees each year. The Festival is known throughout the region for its fun mixture of new activities and old favorites that are certain to entertain the entire family including live entertainment, ships, top-notch artisans, pirate shows, midway rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. And of course...the Food Court, where volunteer chefs and culinary pros work side by side, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival fare.
The October 2020 Festival will be different.
We are modifying the format for 2020 to adapt to the new environment with local, smaller scaled activities while honoring the tradition of fundraising for our local charities through a series of activities and initiatives.
New features for the 2020 will include a gofundme campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/f/oyster-bay-charitable-fund.
Monies raised benefit local charities. We are introducing a new “Oyster Festival Restaurant Week” featuring “Oyster Week” inspired to-go meals, take out kits, and more. Additional activities will be announced soon - check back on this website and our Facebook page for the latest updates.
The bigger live physical experience will return to its former glory with new elements and sections better than ever in October 2021.
2019 OYSTER FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
Festival Chairman – Oyster Bay Charitable Fund – Jim Fuccio
President – Rotary Club of Oyster Bay – Carl Marcellino
Honorary Oyster Festival Chairpeople
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor – Joseph Saladino
Frank M. Flower – Dave Relyea
Town of Oyster Bay
Deputy Supervisor – Gregory W. Carman, Jr.
Department of Parks & Recreation - Commissioner Joseph Pinto
Department of Public Works - Commissioner Richard Lenz
Department of Public Safety - Commissioner Justin McCaffrey
Nassau County Police
Oyster Bay Fire Company
Executive Event Producer – Carson Tang, Carson Worldwide
Sponsorships / Main Exhibitors – Harlan Friedman
Media Relations – Alissa Marti, BFP Solutions
Oyster Tent Advisor - Michael Smith
Food Court – Bev Zembko
Arts & Crafts
Coordinators – Mel Warren & Richard Dutilly
Staff – Richard Dutilly
Carnival Rides – Jim Werner
Oyster Eating and Shucking Contest
Coordinator – Betty Tiska
Judge – Darryl Dowers
Raffles – Hamid Nazif
Coordinator – Judy Wasilchuk
Staff – Robert Romanelli
Staff – Jeane Duhamel
Craft Beer Tent – Ryan Schlotter, Oyster Bay Brewing Company
Family Fun Zone Advisor – Rachel Paredes
Kids Activity Zone – Long Island Actors Resource Room
Waterfront Experience – Heather Johnson
First Responder Area – Carl Marcellino
Audrey Avenue – Mark Fox
Car Show – Austin Azzaretto, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce
Oyster Tent Coordinator - Jim Lester
Website – Chelsea Melodia
Special Advisors – Pat Marcellino, Vicki Walsh, Eva Regulski, Monah Paredes, Rich LaMarca, Sue Rassekh, Kelly Fuhrmann, Richard Elias, Harriet Gerard Clark and Meredith Maus
Advisor and Co-Chair Emeritus - Walter Imperator