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The following article was posted on June 4th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 45 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 45

The 3rd Annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival happens June 7 at the Avila Beach Golf Resort

BY GLEN STARKEY


You gotta love a festival whose motto is “Shuck yeah!!!” I mean three exclamation points!!! They’re excited about oysters!!! And music!!!

This Saturday, June 7, from noon until 8 p.m., the Avila Beach Golf Resort will be transformed into a foodie and music Mecca filled with cool artsy installations, food and drink vendors, and all-day music from a wide selection of acts such as Robert DeLong, The Honey Trees, Ferocious Few, Rey Fresco, and 9 Theory.


EAT UP!
Ten chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-to-head for the Best Oyster of the Central Coast Chef Award.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST OYSTER & MUSIC FESTIVAL

According to Jacqueline Delaney of SpinCycle Event Installations, the first two years of the Oyster Fest have been “a huge success and stands as the largest first year attended event on the Central Coast to date,” and Fox News voted the festival No. 4 in the Top 10 Oyster Festivals in the Nation.

“This year the team is ready to treat this large crowd to an experience they will never forget!” said Delaney’s press release. “The move to Avila Beach [from the Morro Bay golf course] has allowed for reduced ticket prices and reduced parking fees and the venue will be decorated with outstanding design installations, more oyster vendors, and on-site parking. This year will surpass all expectations!”


GET WEIRD!
There’ll be plenty to see and do, and the weather is predicted to be sunny and mid-70s!
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST OYSTER & MUSIC FESTIVAL

OK, let’s say you’re not a big fan of eating (raw or cooked) bivalve mollusks that some find to be the consistency of fresh snot. Don’t worry!

“While oysters will, of course, be the main attraction, other epicurean delights will also be available, so [there’ll be] plenty for oyster lovers and all others … a true foodies’ dream.”


INSTALLATION NATION!
SpinCycle Event Installations will create a unique and festive environment for your partying pleasure!
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST OYSTER & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Plus there’s a competition: “Ten chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-to-head for the Best Oyster of the Central Coast Chef Award, and the audience will be invited to taste their sumptuous efforts and have the opportunity to judge their favorite on the official Central Coast Oyster Festival mobile application to participate in the People’s Choice Award.”

The event should also provide a cool environment: “In addition to the delectable flavors of fresh oysters, the festival will include special art features such as whimsical structures from SpinCycle, a locally based event art installation company who first started at Burning Man, creating beautiful designs and unique environments within the festival. SpinCycle will work alongside Bamboo DNA, based out of Santa Barbara.”


AND DID I MENTION OYSTERS!
There will be a ton of food and drink on hand, so bring your appetite!
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CENTRAL COAST OYSTER & MUSIC FESTIVAL

The bad news is this: If you were hoping to get the ultra-exclusive Butlerz Service for Two for $423.45, that’s sold out, but if you don’t want to hang with the riff-raff, you can still pay $173.30 for VIP Lounge entry, or just cough up the $23.60 for general admission. Parking costs $10, or ride in on the Bob Jones trail and save some money and get some exercise!

Shuck and jive!
The third annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival happens Saturday, June 7, at the Avila Beach Golf Resort from noon to 8 p.m. Expect myriad creative oyster preparations, great wines and cocktails, and a whole slew of entertainment. Advance tickets for this full-day music festival and foodie experience are $23.60, limited Chefs Challenge oyster tasting tickets for $12.05 more, and a souvenir water bottle for $5 more (CentralCoastOysterFestival.com).

Glen Starkey takes a beating and keeps on bleating. Keep up with him via twitter at twitter.com/glenstarkey, friend him at facebook.com/glenstarkey or myspace.com/glenstarkey, or contact him at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.