And while benefitting a good cause surely brings people in, the main attractions are the scrumptious small plates and sips of Long Island wine and beer.
“Last year I only went one day. This year I cleared my calendar [to attend Saturday and Sunday],” said Jackie Smith of Shelter Island. “I’m coming back tomorrow, it’s so, so worth it.”
Here’s how it works: restaurants offer wristband-wearers $5 small shellfish plates paired with $3 sips of Long Island wine or beer. Wristbands are $25, although organizers have almost certainly already sold the maximum of 1,000 bracelets by now.
Proceeds benefit Cornell’s Back to the Bays Initiative as well as the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training (SPAT), a Cornell Cooperative Extension program that encourages locals to grow shellfish.
SPAT volunteer Bob Gatehouse of Laurel said he and his wife Sue were inspired to attend the festival to both benefit the program and to enjoy the offerings.
“We had fresh oysters for Thanksgiving and we’ll have them for New Year’s Eve,” Ms. Gatehouse said.
The festival continues tomorrow, Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Visit Shellabration.li for more details.
See more pics below.
Peter Vandernot shucks some shellfish at Little Creek Oysters in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Rachel Bosworth and Stefanie Merullo. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
SPAT volunteers shuck shellfish at the raw bar outside Little Creek Oysters. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Joanne Viollanti and Steve Oakley of Cutchogue enjoy Shellabartion at noah’s on Front Street. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Sue and Bob Gatehouse of Laurel enjoy a bite at Front Street Station.
A dish of mussels vinagrette served at Front Street Station.
A bottle of Surrey Lane VIneyards Red Tail Merlot served at Front Street Station. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Scott Bollman, co-owner of The Cheese Emporium by Bruce and Son, plates a dish of Peconic Bay scallop torchon. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Peconic Bay scallop torchon served at The Cheese Emporium by Bruce and Son. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
VERA CHINESE PHOTO Nick Decillis, owner of Basso, pours a bottle from McCall Wines. (Credit: vera Chinese)
Linda and Donn Costanzo of Mattituck, Peter Braune of Huntington and Gregg Rivera of Greenport enjoy a beer outside Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Amanda Mandell and Robert Mandell of Brooklyn and Neena Paul of Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
The crowd at The Frisky Oyster during the 2016 Shellabration festival in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
Tina Roached and Cathy Barry of Mattituck enjoy Shellabration at Deep Water Bar and Grille. (Credit: Vera Chinese)