An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Sep 5, 2013
03:02 PMThe Connecticut Table
Norwalk Oyster Fest and Taste of Mystic Are This Weekend
September festival season started off with a bang at Westport’s increasingly popular Blues, Views and BBQ fest by the Saugatuck River downtown last weekend. Undeterred by the high heat and humidity, crowds turned out in force to hear great bands, ride the mechanical bull, watch cooking demos by Matt Storch (Match), Pietro Scotti (Da Pietro), Pat Pascarella (Bar Sugo)—and consume lots of world-class wood-fired barbecue.
The 36th Annual Oyster Festival, at Norwalk’s Veterans Park, features national live entertainment (Max Creek on Friday, Village People Saturday and The Zoo Sunday), a BMX acrobatic bike show, a craft-beer tasting tent, Pirate’s Coast Adventure (Saturday only), and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show—plus rides, a crafts show, and all kinds of good eats (Philly cheese steaks, grinders, sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, souvlaki, pizza, burgers, hot dogs—and plenty of oysters, of course).
The event is held at Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Children 5 to 12: $5. U.S. military personnel on active duty are free. (All entertainment is included in ticket price.) To purchase tickets, visit seaport.org.
At the 2013 Taste of Mystic, food is the main focus, with a range of taste thrills provided by area restaurants offering multiple dishes. Participating restaurants include the Portuguese Fisherman (lobster mac & cheese, seafood bisque), Octagon (marinated skirt steak, yakiniku shark skewers), Bridge Restaurant (fish tacos, apple fritters), High Rollers (cheddar tater tots, lobster bisque) and Thai Jasmine (pad Thai, chicken garlic on a stick). There’s entertainment all three days, including live bands, martial arts demonstrations and dance groups.
Admission is free and the event is rain or shine. Food can be purchased with official "Taste" tickets, which will be sold for $1 each to be used for food and beverage.Norwalk Oyster Fest and Taste of Mystic Are This Weekend