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.