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.    



Festival Chairman – Oyster Bay Charitable Fund – Jim Fuccio

Committee Advisor / Co-Chair Emeritus / Online Auction  - Walter Imperator

Rotary Club of Oyster Bay and Committee Advisor – Carl Marcellino

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor – Joseph Saladino, Honorary Co-Chair

Executive Event Producer Website and Social Media – Carson Tang, Carson Worldwide

Sponsorships / GoFundMe / On-line Auction / Contests – Harlan Friedman

Media Relations – Alissa Marti, BFP Solutions

Oyster Eating and Shucking Contests / Committee Advisor - Betty Tiska

Committee Advisor - Pat Marcellino

Committee Advisor - Mel Warren

Committee Advisor - Judy Wasilchk

Committee Advisor – Bev Zembko

Website Manager – Chelsea Melodia

Restaurant Relations / Contests Host - Rustan Lundstrum, Cooper Bluff

Press Conference Host - Damian Cartino, Cafe Al Dente


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

Special Recognition

  • 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

Hospitality Tent

  • 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

Bookkeeping – 

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