This is pretty late, but hey, better late than never, right?
Anyway, this weekend I went to the Milford Oyster Festival in Milford, Connecticut. This is a pretty cool little thing for a little New England town. There’s a carnival for the kids, there’s live music, and there’s food. Oh you better believe there’s food. First off, there’s the things the whole thing is named for. The oysters I had were pretty damn good. What happens is that you have some oysters from all over the east coast (especially the New England area) and they’re shucked and served on the half shell, which is what I think is the way they’re served at restaurants. They also had a booth if you just wanted a quick dozen of oysters and don’t care about stuff like the way the look…and the only thing you care about is how they feel in your stomach.
The other things they had were fried seafood, lobster rolls, burgers and hot dogs, soda, water, beer, and what’s now become my go to when it comes to fairs…FRIED DOUGH!
Yes, fried dough. And the way I get it is with tomato sauce and Parmesaen cheese, so wat you have is like a pull apart pizza, except I guess the whole thing would be one big crust. Trust me, it tastes better than I’m describing it, and you can also get it with cinnamon and sugar, which is the other big way I’ve seen it offered.
For me, the big thing I enjoyed was the oyster shucking contests. This was a contest to see who could be the quickest to shuck two dozen oysters. A race to turn this:
Into something ready to eat that looks like this:
Judging was done by looking by how clean the whole thing was and a whole bunch of things I’m not well versed in because I don’t even eat oysters that much. I also was a timer for one of the shuckers during one of the heats (and I had to make a trade for a green stopwatch because green is my favorite color):
There was also an oyster eating contest, where it was a race to see who could be the first to eat a dozen oysters. And while Joey Chestnut wasn’t there, the mayor of Milford was. Aside from that, I also got to see a demonstration of police dogs and all the things they do, from detecting drugs to clearing obstacles that could cause any other dog to tread away, to chasing criminals and showing how they will not let go once they have their teeth locked in. If you’re a criminal and you have a police dog chasing you, may God have mercy on your soul.
The Milford Oyster Festival is a fun thing I’ve been going to for a few years now. And I’ll think I’ll keep going to it for as long as I have the opportunity to live in Connecticut.