Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Oyster Roast

One of the highlights of being on Ocracoke Island during the winter is the annual Oyster Roast sponsored by the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association. Typically scheduled for late December (after the Christmas holidays), hundreds of islanders and visitors gather at the Fish House where makeshift plywood tables are piled with steamed, freshly harvested oysters.

Photo Courtesy Ocracoke Island Realty

Boiled shrimp is usually available for those few folks who are not keen on oysters. Van O"Neal often provides his famous fish stew, as well. Of course, there are plenty of hush puppies and, to wash it all down, beer or soft drinks. After you've had your fill, you can stroll down to the Watermen's Exhibit at the Community Square for a decadant dessert.

If you will be on the island later this month, check around the village for the dates of this year's Oyster Roast. You won't want to miss it!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Capt. Horatio Williams and his schooner, the Paragon. You can read the story here:

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