Shellfish growers from around Washington served up 33,000 world-class oysters November 2nd at Elliott’s 21st Annual Oyster New Year celebration, generating a whopping $10,000 for Puget Sound Restoration Fund’s Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm. It was the oyster lover’s ultimate experience as a throng of 1,000 slurpers descended on the 100 foot-long oyster bar, knocking back these gifts from the sea while lapping up salmon, crab, and fritters and dousing down wines, ales and other concoctions from the Northwest and beyond. Of the 33,000 oysters served, nearly 6,000 came from Taylor Shellfish Farms, which brought 160 dozen each of Kumamoto, Olympia, and Shigoku “The Ultimate Oyster.”
“We here at PSRF were taken to new heights at this year’s celebration as one of our very own Henderson Inlet oysters was announced the winner of the Most Beautiful Oyster Contest! Brian Allen, our Henderson farm manager, and our big gang of volunteer harvesters nearly died from happiness. Thanks to the growers who proudly produce oysters that feed us in essential ways and motivate us to keep the water clean. And thanks to Elliott’s, the wineries and the breweries for creating wonderful occasions for revelry that remind us how extraordinary this place really is.” says Betsy Peabody, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.