How better to celebrate a village’s fishing culture than by using roasted oysters, steamed shrimp and seafood stew? The only way is by being in the company of a supportive local community. This annual event honors Ocracoke Island’s fishermen, clammers, crabbers and oystermen by raising appreciation for their livelihood and preserving the industry’s heritage. Community members, visitors and Ocracoke’s Working Watermen’s Association come together to break bread in the form of shucking oysters at Silver Lake Harbor. Long, makeshift tables are set up outside of the Working Watermen’s Fish House, and attendees grab their oyster knives and take to the mountains of roasted oysters piled atop of each. Peel and eat the steamed shrimp, slurp on seafood stew, sip cold drinks. And because seafood is the name of the game, hushpuppies and stews are often served too. Raffles will occur simultaneously for all sorts of goodies. When you think you can’t hold any more oysters, venture inside the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit for hot cider and desserts. This event is held on the last Saturday in December.
216 Irvin Garish Highway, Ocracoke