Out on The Town: The Oceanaire Oyster Bash
I love seafood. A lot. If I lived somewhere with access to fresh seafood on the regular, I would become a pescatarian. I was close to being one while living in Florida
Thus, I knew The Oceanaire’s 2nd Annual Oyster Bash was going to be an event for me. I arrived to the event 5 minutes before it was to begin, and the line was halfway down the block! Lots of people love some oysters. Although it took a while to get through the door, it was worth it once you entered. Oysters galore!!! There were approximately 10 different times of oysters from imported from both coasts. The staff was there shucking away and there were tables located throughout the venue with hot sauce, horseradish, lemons, and buckets. I loaded up on some oysters and they were all incredibly fresh. Due to the crowd, I really didn’t get to focus on the locations were the oysters were imported. In addition to the raw oysters, there was plenty of other seafood options—tacos, fried shrimp, oyster Rockefeller, chowder, gumbo, crab cakes, lobster rolls, and sushi…oh my!!! Liquor vendors were also there showing off their products—I had a few (#sorrynotsorry) Strawberry Basil Lemonades from Grey Goose and a Blueberry Lemonade from Red Bull—featuring their new flavored Red Bull drinks. Also, La Crema and Robert Mondavi were there with several wine options each, and tons of craft beer options were also available.
Oyster Bash was great—I sampled everything and loved everything with the exception of the gumbo. Having lived in the south they did not have a proper gumbo, but with all the great food I was okay with one small miss. The Oceanaire was a lovely, hip venue that I hope to return to (especially for their happy hour food specials!). For $75 it was well worth it with the unlimited seafood, sides, and drinks. Shout out to the staff—they were remained calm and cool throughout the event and were so courteous and polite. Hope to see you next year at Oyster Bash 2017!