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What’sUpNewp has learned that Bowen’s Wharf will host an Oyster Festival in May 2016.

The inaugural event is currently scheduled to fall the week after Salve Regina University’s Graduation and a week before Memorial Day Weekend, May 21st and May 22nd.

Full details will be announced soon on www.bowenswharf.com.

Photo of Bowen’s Wharf Annual Seafood Festival
Photo of Bowen’s Wharf Annual Seafood Festival

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival

Historic Bowen’s Wharf is no stranger to hosting large seafood themed events, they will host the 26th annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival on October 15th and 16th, 2016.

Named one of the “10 Fabulous Fall Festivals on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, 6,000-8,000 locals and devoted visitors attend this two-day event.

Honoring the “Harvest of the Sea,” the Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival offers fresh, local seafood. Fish tacos from Diego’s Restaurant, signature cocktails and cold New England beer accompany continuous live music, and family fun, all beneath the Wharf’s colorful tents.

Other neighboring restaurants and fisherman’s associations serve up their most celebrated seafood dishes (lobster dinners, clam chowder, stuffed quahogs, clam cakes, shrimp, scallops, raw oysters and clams, as well as a few dishes for landlubbers and kids). Spirits and soft drinks are available. Desserts include tempting pies, ciders, and other baked goods. Cafe-style seating is set up throughout the Wharf.

Face-painting, interactive water and art activities, touch tanks and plenty more alongside Oliver Hazard Perry, RI’s brand new 200-foot official sailing education vessel.

As you savor fresh dishes, sit back and enjoy the beats from area bands. Under the music tent, live folk, Celtic, and blues music are just a taste of what you’ll hear. Bring your dancing shoes, because these bands promise to get your feet moving!

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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