For the third consecutive year, Grand Central Market and The Oyster Gourmet will host oyster farmers from across North America at the DTLA Oyster Festival.
Come celebrate the beautiful bivalve at the two-day event on October 14th and 15th. Meet the farmers, taste their half-shells, and learn about the distinctive «merroir,» or taste of place, that distinguishes oysters grown in different waters. This year’s six participating farms include:
— Chelsea Farm, a current working model of environmental sustainability by making a priority of farming the Olympia Oyster, a native oyster to Olympia, that was on its way to extinction.
— Glacial Point Oysters, a production of high quality oysters and blue mussels in Kachemak Bay, Alaska.
— Hama Hama from Washington State, the oldest oyster farm on the West Coast, active since 1922.
— Hollie Wood Oysters, this family operated farm is located in the pristine waters off Denman Island, part of the oyster capital of Canada, the Baynes Sound region of Vancouver Island.
-Rock Harbor Oyster, a small family farm from Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod Bay.
— Sol Azul Seafarms, based in Baja California within the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The farmers will be shucking both days from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Oyster Gourmet will offer a selection of French wines by the glass, while across the Market, other vendors will offer specials such as Jazz Fest fried oyster «Po Boy» pizza topped with semolina crusted oysters, fresh heirloom tomatoes, shaved iceberg lettuce, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and creole barbecue sauce drizzle at Olio, Baked oysters with brown butter garlic and Parmesan at Horse Thief BBQ and Fried Curry Oysters on Cucumber Yogurt with Flying Fish Roe at Prawn.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday., enjoy wine and oysters on the Market patio during a free screening of the film “The Oyster Farmers.” This feature length documentary centers on coastal life in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. The once prolific Eastern Oyster, an economic and cultural keystone, historically decimated, is poised to recapture its legacy. Oyster farmers in the Barnegat Bay lead a Baymen’s renaissance, cultivating a resurgence of the oyster, to restore its heritage.