Few foods inspire such heated debate as oysters. If you're on the side that loves these precious bivalves, you might want to consider planning a trip to Wellfleet in Cape Cod. Across the planet there are festivals that celebrate oysters, and one of the best is right in Massachusetts. The Wellfleet Oysterfest is a favorite event in Cape Cod that takes place each year the weekend after Columbus Day. Many travelers are sad to say good-bye to Cape Cod after the summer season, but gladly return to indulge in oysters in October at the Wellfleet Oysterfest.
In 2011, Cape Cod will once again celebrate everything oysters at the Wellfleet Oysterfest on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, October 16 . This festival will mark the 11th straight year of the festival. This street party brings together locals and visitors alike with a common passion: oysters, clams, and local shellfish. During this festival the town center becomes a pedestrianized area where you will enjoy so much more than just oysters. Bring the kids along to participate in arts and crafts, listen to live music or, if you're brave, enter the Oyster Shuck-off Competition .
Sure there are plenty of oysters to be eaten. But if you're planning to bring the kids along to the Wellfleet Oysterfest, you are going to be glad to learn that there are also plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied. Be sure to check out the free children's area where you can enjoy a moonbounce, pumpkin decorating activities, face painting, a steel drum workshop, and more. More family-friendly activities include shopping (there are over 90 regional artists who will display their work) as well as attending concerts on the main stage to get a taste of the flavor of local bands.
After your belly is full of oysters, you might want to do some exploring of Wellfleet. It turns out that there is plenty of entertainment here beyond the festival, including beachcombing, the opportunity to go bird watching, and even a 5K road race for those visitors that want to stay in shape. In addition to eating and music, there are also a number of other organized activities that will show off all that Wellfleet has to offer. If you're interested in cooking, check out the tasting seminars or cooking demonstrations. There are also book talks and oyster grant tours as part of the festival.
Many travelers wonder about the logistics of reaching the festival. The festival organizers have thought of everything, including parking. If you're going to arrive by car, you can park in the beach parking lots or the town pier. Shuttles are offered that connect you from here to the Main Street Festival .
While Cape Cod is most commonly visited during the summer, the truth is, this is a beautiful destination all year round. There's a reason why this oyster festival is thriving in October, and that is definitely due in part to the fact that Cape Cod has appeal beyond the summer months. This being said, the best way to enjoy all this gorgeous scenery is to choose a Wellfleet vacation rental. When you have your own private rental you can kick back and enjoy everything that Wellfleet has to offer, both in the festival and beyond.