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Edible Mollusk Festival returns this weekend

By Staff | Apr 13, 2011

The Second Annual Edible Mollusk Festival and Oyster Eating Contest will be held this Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market, located at 703 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel. Admission is free.

Activities will include face painting, games and crafts for children, cooking and mollusk workshops, food and drink vendors, oyster exhibit, raffle and oyster eating contest. Contestants will be given 60 seconds to eat as many oysters as possible.

All proceeds will benefit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s exhibits and educational programs.

Many non-oyster eating guests will be waiting for the winning raffle ticket announcement. The lucky winner will leave with a striking sterling silver double strand necklace with a large teardrop-shaped mother of pearl with aquamarine beads and blue topaz accents, donated by Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery.

Tickets may be purchased for $10 or three for $25 the day of the event or prior to the event at the Shell Museum. You do not have to be present to win.

The event is sponsored by The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market, Lily & Co. Jewelry Gallery, Times of the Islands, Caloosa Tent and Rental, and The News-Press Media Group. Clay Miller of NBC-2 will return as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Edible Mollusk Festival and Oyster Eating Contest T-shirts are back by popular demand and will be sold the day of the event. Once again, local cartoonist Dave Horton has created a special design for the contest.

For additional information, visit the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’s website at www.shellmuseum.org.