Shellabration returns to Greenport

Oysters "Friskafella," Greenport clam and oyster chowder and Peconic Bay scallops with spicy eggplant purée at The Frisky Oyster. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Oysters “Friskafella,” Greenport clam and oyster chowder and Peconic Bay scallops with spicy eggplant purée at The Frisky Oyster. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Scallop ceviche, oysters “Friskafella” and creamy New England clam chowder were just a few of the delectable dishes offered to the hundreds of people who descended on Greenport Village on Saturday, Dec. 5 to sample the briny bounty of our waters for the fourth annual Shellabration festival.

The two-day festival raises money for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Back to Bays initiative and and the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training, a Cornell program that encourages locals to grow shellfish.

Restaurants pair with local wineries to offer $5 tasting platters of local shellfish and $3 tastes of wine.

Cathy Biesty of Saratoga Springs and her long-time nursing school friends traveled from allover the Tri-State area to enjoy the festival and a ladies weekend.

“It’s a beautiful atmosphere, great food and we like to drink,” Biesty said while enjoying tastes and sips at the new Industry Standard.

“We’ll come back tomorrow and do the rest of the restaurants,” added her friend Caroline Gisondi, a part-time Cutchogue resident.

The festival continues from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 6. Wristbands are $20 and can be purchased at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. on Carpenter St. or at the Little Creek Market on Bootleg Alley.

Also included in the deal is a glass of Harbor Ale from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and a sampler platter of clams and oysters from SPAT.

Liz Hickey of Rockaway Beach, Caroline Gisondi of Pelham, Linda Bates of Darien, Ct., Cathy Biesty of Saratoga Springs and Jane Weckesser of New Rochelle.

Liz Hickey of Rockaway Beach, Caroline Gisondi of Pelham, Linda Bates of Darien, Ct., Cathy Biesty of Saratoga Springs and Jane Weckesser of New Rochelle.

Clam chowder and a fried oyster slider from Industry Standard.

Clam chowder and a fried oyster slider from Industry Standard.

Jamee King of Williamsbug, Brooklyn and Leslee King of Jersey City.

Jamee King of Williamsbug, Brooklyn and Leslee King of Jersey City.

The crowd at the Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market.

The crowd at the Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market.

Spat volunteers Steve Schnee and Brian Parker shuck some shellfish.

Spat volunteers Steve Schnee and Brian Parker shuck some shellfish.

Jaye Liset-Lynch of Manhattan, Jack Fahey of Orient and Kit Liset of Orient.

Jaye Liset-Lynch of Manhattan, Jack Fahey of Orient and Kit Liset of Orient.

Ceviche from American Beech.

Ceviche from American Beech.

Joan and Gene Stevens of Long Beach.

Joan and Gene Stevens of Long Beach.

Stirling Sake owner Yuki Mori pours a cup of sake.

Stirling Sake owner Yuki Mori pours a cup of sake.

Vin and Patricia DeCrescenzo of Northport enjoyed the food at The Frisky Oyster.

Vin and Patricia DeCrescenzo of Northport enjoyed the food at The Frisky Oyster.

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