Did you know that RI is home to upwards of 45 oyster farms?

Most people don’t and that’s why Bowen’s Wharf has decided to help promote Rhode Island-grown oysters with the inaugural Newport Oyster Festival on May 20th, 21st and 22nd.

Tickets for the Opening Night Party and Newport Oyster Festival are now on sale.

Newport Oyster Festival Opening Night Party to Benefit the Ocean State Aquaculture Association

May 20th from 6pm – 8:30pm

A night of Oysters & Wine on the Waterfront. Mingle with a small group of growers under market lights and festival tents. Meet members of the Santa Margherita Wine Group who have created perfect pairings between their elegant Italian selections with our very own Rhode Island Oysters for a memorable and informational marriage of merroir and tasting notes.

Tickets are $125 and limited to 150 people. All-you-can-eat, freshly shucked oysters. Open Bar. Includes complimentary wine glass. Curated selections of Santa Margherita wine and prosecco pairings will accompany each oyster. Guests will be served signature Oyster Festival drinks and a variety of different oyster based delicacies from the Ocean State’s best chefs — a true ocean-to-table experience as well as the launch of the new Rhode Island Oyster Trail.

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Bivalves by the water: Newport Oyster Festival at Bowen’s Wharf, presented by Santa Margherita and featuring Rhode Island Growers.

May 21st and 22nd from 11am to 2pm and 2pm to 5pm

Taste your way around Rhode Island with oysters from over 13 different growers. (full list to come).

What’s better than freshly harvested local oysters, curated with wine and prosecco pairings and a chance to learn about how you’re helping the ecosystem just by eating oysters? Supporting sponsors are Stella Artois and Bully Boy Distillers: so you know every palette is in for a phenomenal treat. Chef’s best picks for this spring weekend will also be for sale as appetizer portions from 22 Bowen’s, Diego’s, The Wharf Pub, Matunuck Oyster Bar and Fluke Wine, Bar, & Kitchen.

Newport Oyster Festival is a rain of shine event! Tickets are $25 (plus $2 handling fee) each day for Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd. Advance purchase tickets include four fresh, RI oysters and a beverage. Tickets for additional oysters will be sold on site for $2/oyster; full bar and on-site restaurants. Cash/credit accepted. Live music, shucking contest, aquaculture educators on site in a family-friendly, historic waterfront shopping and dining district.

Tickets at the door will be $35 and may not include free oysters or beverage, admission is based on available space under the tents. Children 12 and under are free. No strollers or outside beverages allowed under gated tents, but are allowed throughout the rest of the wharf; seeing-eye dogs only. Bag searches will be conducted at entry.

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For more information on Bowen’s Wharf, visit www.bowenswharf.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and 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/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.