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Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting 2021 Oyster Festival

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WELLFLEET – OysterFest will not take place this year, due to “persistent public health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a statement from Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting (SPAT) and the City of Wellfleet.

The festival was also canceled in 2020.

“We know this is a huge disappointment for anyone who appreciates and benefits from ‘Fest’. Our loyal festival attendees, local food vendors, fine arts and crafts exhibitors, community partners, local businesses and most importantly, the Wellfleet shellfish community for whom the ‘Fest is intended. to support ”, Michele Insley, Executive Director of Well fleet SPAT, said in an email announcement on June 25.

The festival attracts over 20,000 visitors each year for freshly harvested seafood, live music and a large art exhibition in downtown Wellfleet.

“This is not a decision we took lightly. There are two overarching concerns that led us to this decision, ”added Hillary Greenberg-Lemos, Wellfleet Health and Conservation Officer.

“First and foremost is the continued uncertainty of the virus and its potential variants as fall approaches. Second, and our primary concern, is to continue to focus on the safety and enjoyment of all who attend or participate in the “Fest”. The limited footprint may be too small for the size of the crowd in recent years. “

Even before the forced closures of the 2020 pandemic, the Wellfleet Fire and Police Departments have expressed concern and need for an improved crowd control plan in the interest of public safety. In 2019, the Wellfleet OysterFest attracted more than 23,000 people, the statement said.

“The SPAT Board of Directors recognized that this potentially affected the participant experience and committed to reimagining the ‘Fest’ to better present the shellfish community, improve the participant experience, increase safety. and fulfill the organization’s mission to preserve, protect and promote Wellfleet’s historic shellfish industry. Said Nancy O’Connell, chair of the board of directors of SPAT.

“We thank the community for their support and ask for patience as we go through this difficult time. SPAT looks forward to celebrating Wellfleet’s shellfish fishing legacy through a reinvented Wellfleet OysterFest in October 2022, ”said O’Connell.

The organization pointed out that there are ways to support the Wellfleet shellfish community this summer.

SPAT will offer tours of shellfish farms so that participants can visit a working aquaculture site and learn about the process of growing and harvesting oysters and clams.

And freshly harvested Wellfleet shellfish can be ordered through the Wellfleet Shellfishermen Farmers Market or a variety of other fishmongers or seafood retailers on Cape Town.

To sign up for a tour or place an order for shellfish, visit wellfleetspat.org.