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OysterFest aims for last ‘hooray’ of season

Coupeville will play host to two opportunities for live music and good food Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

The first ever Oyster Festival will take place Sunday in downtown Coupeville.

“I think it’s going to be a great thing for Coupeville,” said Lynda Eccles, executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce. “Hopefully it’s something that will become an annual event.”

A kickoff event will be held 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Coupeville Recreation Hall.

The event will feature live music from two bands — DB Jazz and Mojo Filter — as well as a dinner of oysters, pulled pork sandwiches and sides.

Cost is $35 and all proceeds go to benefit the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are available at the chamber office or brownpaperbag.com

The events are being sponsored by Front Street Grill and Penn Cove Shellfish.

The event coincides with the Anacortes Oyster Run.

Organizer Dan Miranda said he’s trying to draw in some of the motorcycle traffic that normally comes through the island, but mostly it’s about bringing people into town.

“It’s a good fundraiser for the end of the year,” he said. “A last hooray of the year.”

The actual Oyster Festival will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday in the open lot across from the chamber office at the corner of Coveland and Alexander streets. Alexander Street from Front Street to Coveland Street will also be closed during the event.

Two bands will play offering tributes to classic artists.

Johnny Bulldog will play 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and offer a tribute to the Beatles.

Midnight Rambler will play a tribute to the Rolling Stones 1-5 p.m.

A beer/wine garden will be set up inside a tent in the open lot. Food will include not only a variety of oysters, but barbecue salmon sandwiches, brats, hotdogs from Coupe’s Last Stand and burgers.

“It should be pretty cool,” Miranda said. “There’s going to be a lot of good food.”

Admission is free to hear the music, but food will cost.

 

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