Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism is joining with Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate to present the City Center Oyster Roast on October 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The event will feature music by The Deloreans 80's Band, local seafood, a variety of beverages, and activities.
Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar in Newport News has partnered with the event organizers to provide raw and roasted oysters and other signature Harpoon Larry’s dishes. Additional local food vendors include Capt'n Crabby (crab cake sandwich, Chesapeake Cheesesteak, Chincoteague oyster stew), Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake of Virginia (funnel cakes), Couture Cakes by Nika (cupcakes), and Mama Neem's Mobile Seafood (shrimp, fish, hush puppies, chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs). Beverage sales (beer, wine, bourbon) will benefit the Warwick Ruritan Club.
The evening’s activities include lawn games (corn hole and chess) and face painting by Pic-N-Paint. Wine & Design will offer guests the opportunity to create their own painting on an 8” x 10” canvas for $5.00 (all supplies and instruction included). The Working Watermen will demonstrate crab pot making and you can climb a tower to practice oyster tonging. Naval Rope Works will demonstrate the historical development of rope making using authentic techniques, materials, and equipment.
In support of the City’s Sustainability Initiatives, “eco stations” will be placed throughout the event area. Event guests are encouraged to recycle trash in containers provided by Bay Disposal, place empty oyster shells in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s bushel baskets, and place food leftovers in the N.O.P.E (Natural Organic Processes Enterprises) containers for food composting. Each recycled oyster shell will be used to rebuild oyster habitats throughout Virginia.
Admission and parking are free. Parking is located in the Merchants Walk, Fountain Way and Mariners Row parking garages in City Center. Blankets and chairs are allowed. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed. Pets are not permitted in the event area. For additional information, call 757-926-1400. Updates and announcements (including weather-related announcements) will be posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NewportNewsFestivals and Twitter @nnfestivals.