Charleston invites seafood lovers to celebrate tender, tempting, tasty, fresh Coos Bay oysters at the 13th annual Charleston “Ahh Shucks!” Oyster Feed. The celebration is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) Dining Hall. This 13th annual event runs in conjunction with Oregon Oyster Week and is hosted by the Charleston Community Enhancement Corporation.
Meals will feature succulent oysters provided by local growers, including Clausen Oyster Co., Coos Bay Oyster Co., North Bend Oyster Co., Qualman Oyster Farms and Pacific Seafood Oysters. The cooks this year will prepare large and small oyster meals. Cost ranges from $12 for 3 oysters, $14 for 6, and $16 for 9. Oysters will be prepared fried, sautéed, or steamed. Meals will be served with dipping sauces, baked beans, coleslaw, garlic bread and a choice of beverages.
There will be a gourmet hot dog meal for non-oyster fans, costing $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Add a shrimp cocktail for only $2. Quality pink shrimp will be provided by Hallmark Fisheries and the Oregon Trawl Commission. The event will include live music, River’s Edge Oregon wines, desserts provided Charleston Fishing Families and a fund-raising drawing featuring many gift certificates and prizes donated by local merchants.