Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are huge celebrations. On Hatteras Island it’s also when my craving for oysters kicks in. It seems the colder the water, the better they taste. I’ve enjoyed collecting them for years. There’s nothing like sharing them with folks. It’s not only culinary but also a social experience.
Last year a festival initiated as Shuck Hatteras was held December 17th. It was such a success that the 2nd annual took place this year on the 16th.
The heartbeat of the show is volunteers roasting oysters.
Cooking them over a bed of hot coals is a tradition.
They were delivered piping hot to awaiting shuckers.
A total of 60 bushels was harvested from “across the sound”.
Estimates had the crowd at a thousand.
Everyone seemed to have a great time.
Spent shell was collected, saved and recycled.
That evening, Shuck Hatteras featured several local bands, including the Carolina Sweaters.
Shuck Hatteras gets a big thumbs up for bringing us together while giving profits back to the community. Ya’ll come back!