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Celebrate the Succulent Oyster at Wellfleet OysterFest

Wellfleet OysterFest is back and better than ever! This year, the festival will resume in downtown Wellfleet. Buckle up and get ready for the best weekend of the year!

Wellfleet OysterFest is a wonderful, small town event where the entirety of Wellfleet is overtaken with oyster lovers from around the world, coming together to celebrate the importance of the sweet, savory species. The festival highlights the shucking contest, but includes lots of food and vendors selling homemade chocolate, jewelry, art, and more. There are educational booths, informational demonstrations, and live music.

When is Wellfleet OysterFest?

The 2023 OysterFest will be held October 14th - 15th in downtown Wellfleet. In the weeks leading up to the main event, there will be a sprinkling of fun-filled activities to get you in the festival spirit! Just a few of these activities include farm tours, a 5k road race, and so much more!

Where to Stay for Wellfleet OysterFest

If you're looking to make a long weekend out and attend Wellfleet OysterFest, a great option is to find a vacation rental on the Outer Cape. Whether you want to make a day-trip to attend the festival or find a rental within walking distance of downtown, there are plenty of options allowing for short-term stays during the fall. Check out these Wellfleet vacation rentals available for OysterFest.

About Wellfleet Oysters

The town of Wellfleet leases roughly 200 acres of tidal estuaries in and around Wellfleet Harbor to local commercial fishermen for the purpose of farming shellfish. In recent years, these pristine waters have produced an annual commercial harvest of an estimated 850,000 large choice oysters. This relatively limited availability combined with their exceptional quality has made the Wellfleet oyster one of the most highly sought after and recognizable varieties of oyster anywhere in the world.

What makes the Wellfleet oyster’s quality so superior? It’s the water. The waters that flush through Cape Cod Bay are provided courtesy of the Gulf of Maine. By the time the waters wash over the inner Cape they are relatively warm (by Gulf of Maine standards). The phytoplankton rich Gulf of Maine waters provide the Wellfleet oysters everything they need to grow quite rapidly and produce an oyster of exceptional quality.

Wellfleet’s oyster industry is also historic. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the Wellfleet oyster beds were decimated by a combination of plague and overfishing. In an effort to remedy this situation, forward thinking locals obtained a small quantity of oysters from the Chesapeake Bay area and placed them in Wellfleet Harbor as seed stock. As anticipated, the oysters once again flourished and thus the reintroduction of the Wellfleet oyster -- and the birth of aquaculture in North America!

About Becky Fischer

About Becky Fischer: I have worked for since 2003. Currently my position entails providing photography, video, and consultation services to vacation rental homeowners, and I have photographed over 700 homes on the Cape and Islands. My husband and three children moved to Brewster in 2006. I grew up outside of Boston, spent summer vacations on Nantucket, and was married in Orleans. My favorite activities on the Cape are walking on the CCRT, deep breaths at the beach, visiting great coffee shops, and working with my community to support the schools and local events.