Oysters roasting on Wednesday

Published 11:28 pm Friday, October 19, 2018

The North Suffolk Rotary Club’s annual oyster roast is coming back on Wednesday for another year of fresh seafood with all the cocktail sauce you could want.

The oyster roast will once again be held at Pretlow Farm, 6045 Everets Road, on the bank of Lake Burnt Mills in the historic Chuckatuck village. Fellowship begins at 3 p.m. and oysters will be served at 4 p.m. to go with beer and wine, plus non-alcoholic beverages.

Murray L. Nixon Fishery, of Edenton, N.C. will deliver 65 bushels of fresh oysters on Wednesday, according to North Suffolk Rotary member and Oyster Roast Chair Paul Venable. These oysters will be roasted on a concrete and steel grill until they’re steamed and ready, then volunteers will bring them by the wheelbarrow-full right to the hungry patrons’ tables.

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Local favorite Win Winslow, Don Hamlett and the band StOLEN will perform live while patrons enjoy oysters with crackers, toppings and good company.

“It’s just good fellowship benefiting the North Suffolk Rotary Club and the charities we sponsor,” Venable said.

The club’s oyster roast last year sold out at 350 tickets, and each year, proceeds benefit local organizations and charities. Among those that will benefit this year are the Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk and the Western Tidewater Free Clinic.

Locals and visitors alike can enjoy great food while supporting a number of causes that benefit their friends and neighbors in Suffolk, North Suffolk Rotary Club President Steven Kirkpatrick said.

“That, to me, is one of the joys of the country living in Suffolk. It’s the friendly, down-to-earth good people that you want to eat oysters and have a beer with,” Kirkpatrick said.

Tickets are $35 each and include all-you-can-eat and drink, and there were approximately 120 tickets left for sale as of Wednesday. Search for “Annual Oyster Roast @Pretlow Farm” on eventbrite.com for tickets or email paul.venable@townebankmortgage.com for more information.