Island Creek Oysters announced today its first Island Creek Oyster Festival, which the team intends to make an annual event. (UPDATE: This is the first Boston version of the festival. It took place in Duxbury from 2006-2012.) It'll take place at South Boston's increasingly lively Lawn on D on the evening of September 19, featuring music and art alongside food. The event will benefit the Island Creek Oysters Foundation.
The Duxbury-based foundation throws its support behind projects that promote aquaculture, believing it to be "a sustainable source of protein for the whole world."
"As a company, we believe in aquaculture — it's the core of our livelihood," said Island Creek Oysters president Chris Sherman via press release. "For so many people around the world — it's a path to uninterrupted access to nutritious, sustainable grown food. We're excited that the Island Creek Oyster Festival will highlight these programs by bringing our friends in food and music together through a fun-filled city event."
The lineup of chefs, musicians, and other participants will be revealed in due time; keep an eye on Instagram and Twitter for updates. The press release promises chefs from the area and beyond as well as "food truck favorites" and plenty of northeast oysters. Tickets will be $75 each and will go on sale on July 1.
Aside from the foundation, the Island Creek Oysters family includes the oyster farm itself in Duxbury and a growing stable of restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston's Kenmore Square and eventually Burlington, as well as Row 34 in Boston's Fort Point and, as of a few weeks ago, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
UPDATE (7/1/15): Tickets go on sale today at noon. The chef line-up will be announced via social media throughout the month. Musicians include Rebirth Brass Band and Lee Fields and the Expressions.