Norwalk to hold a pearl of a festival

August 6, 2013 by  

Norwalk Seaport Association will host its 36th Annual Oyster Festival next month. The first Norwalk Oyster Festival was held in 1976 to celebrate the revitalization of South Norwalk and its maritime heritage. This tradition has grown from 10,000 visitors in 1976 to over 50,000 attendees last year.

The Arts and Crafts area has attracted crafters and artists from all over the United States who offer items such as jewelry, watercolors, wearable art, photography, clothing, oil paintings, pottery, toys, and furniture, fabrics, and home décor objects.

The festival’s New England Village has over 45 exhibitors, while the Oyster Pavilion will display history artifacts relating to the aquatic mollusk and will have a touch tank that will allow curious bystanders to observe and handle native sea animals. The waterfront will be teeming with 50 pirates from four pirate-themed organizations. Also offered will be demonstrations, dancing, singing, treasure hunts, story-telling, live parrots, and plenty of photo opportunities for future postcard printing.

This year’s International Food Court is still accepting applications from non-profit organizations. Proceeds from last year’s 12 food vendors totaled over $350,000, which was donated to services and programs throughout the community. As usual, Norwalk Seaport will supply the oysters in its seafood dinners, combination dinners, and also its famous chicken finger dinners and shrimp or oyster Po’ Boy Sandwiches.

The event runs from September 6 through September 8, at Veteran’s Memorial Park, on Seaview Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Family Day will be held on the Sunday.