First let me say I hope everyone reading this had a very happy healthy and safe Labor Day weekend!!
At a friends party this weekend it was mentioned Asbury Park is doing an Oyster Fest this up coming weekend. I went to the Chamber of Commerce web site but they only have a one page general over view. Can anyone else shed some past experience on it….worth while…..how many vendors etc.
I’m torn on this……I don’t know if I care to put up with the crowds (anticipated) and so forth just to have to wait an hour in line to get a half a dozen so-so oysters. Or if there are really exceptional values/quality/variations to be had.
I am fairly recent to the oyster eating experience and most of my enjoyment of oysters has been the typical blue point most common it seems to this area. But at a few places such as Avenue (the raw bar about the only reason I can justify ordering food there) introduced me to a lot of varieties which I surprisingly found enjoyable. Amazing what a difference there can be in something as “simple” as an oyster.
FYI while picking up a few (cheap) lobsters at Shop Rite over the weekend I noticed they had some of the largest oysters I have ever seen. I assume they were Blue Point but didn’t think to take a look….let’s say a “normal” Blue Point is about the size of a business card these were more like the size of a playing card for poker. I picked one or two up just to inspect it and I can say I was rather intimidated. I don’t think I would enjoy that much of a mouthful of oyster!!