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September is for Oysters

by Luke Osteen

The Farm at Old Edwards’ Oyster Fest lays down a marker for September’s most unexpected delicacy.

For many of us, September marks the diminution of days, when the pleasures of summer begin to fade into memory. But for a certain subset of seafood devotee, September is the harbinger of something wonderful – oysters are back on the menu!

The Farm at Old Edwards has those people squarely in its sights when it welcomes Kimball House Owner and Oyster Expert Bryan Rackley, along with Owner and Beverage Director Miles Macquarrie and his buzz-worthy and James Beard-nominated boozy creations, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, September 22.

Lawn games and live music will welcome guests. An oyster roast, passed hors d’oeuvres, raw bar, creative cocktails, Champagne and beer stations will set the stage for deliciousness to follow. The dinner menu features an array of Kimball House and Watchman favorites formatted for an informal Old Edwards-style feast with oyster stew, fresh fish-fry, bar steak, farm-fresh sides and more.

Also joining the fun – and providing the freshest oysters – will be White Stone Oyster Co., which has earned a national reputation for deep-cupped, sweet and meaty oysters from Chesapeake Bay, Virginia.

Cost is $160 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (828) 787-2635 or (828) 787-2916 to reserve your seats. If you really want to make a night of it, ask about overnight lodging at Old Edwards Inn.