Fun, Tasty Way to Rock and Revive Oyster Population in Volusia County
Online PR News – 12-April-2013 – Daytona Beach, FL – On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Fourth Annual Halifax Oyster Festival Presented by Jon Hall Chevrolet and Daytona Hyundai will take place on Manatee Island in the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Daytona Beach, Fl. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Under the management of Al Smith Productions, the Halifax Oyster Festival is devoted to supporting oyster reef restoration.
Admission is $6/person and children under 7 get in free.
The day-long family-friendly event will feature raw and steamed oysters. Local restaurants and food trucks will offer a wide variety of oyster dishes like Oysters Rockefeller, Oyster Stew and Fried Oysters as well as other popular festival food options including cold beer, a full bar and Pepsi products.
Festival goers can take free paddle board rides provided by Three Brothers Boards, sailboat rides, a cornhole contest and hands-on oyster mat construction lessons. Festival proceeds will fund the Marine Discovery Center’s mission to restore healthy oyster beds to Volusia County’s Intracoastal Waterway.
Live entertainment throughout the day and evening on two stages will feature popular bands C*Posse, Steel Daddy, The Love Band, Are Friends Electric and national recording artist, Big Engine as the headliner. Big Engine delivers high energy music performing classic rock favorites and their own popular songs like "Turn It On," "Shake That Thing," and "Party Like A Rock Star". Big Engine has shared the stage with national acts Buckcherry, Motorhead, Bret Michaels, Vince Neil, Charlie Daniels, 38 Special, Ted Nugent, Shooter Jennings, and countless others.
A special Kids Zone will feature a jumpy house, rock climbing wall, face painting, touch tanks and more.
The Halifax Oyster Festival is heralded as a “Party With A Purpose” with proceeds going to aiding local oyster reef restoration efforts. "Few people today realize the role that oysters and oyster reefs have played in our local history and the vital role they play today in maintaining the health of our rivers and marine ecosystems", stated Chad Truxall with the Marine Discovery Center. "There will be plenty of great food and fun as this annual festival helps us educate local residents and fund ongoing efforts to rebuild our local oyster beds and shoreline habitats".
Once valued primarily as a food resource, oysters are now recognized as important "ecosystem engineers" in estuaries. Oysters create complex habitats that support numerous species of fish, crustaceans, bivalves, other invertebrates, birds and mammals. During feeding, oysters filter large volumes of water improving the clarity and quality of water and transferring of vital nutrients. As more people come to realize the importance of oyster reefs to overall ecosystem functions, large and small scale restoration projects have sprung up in many coastal communities.
Al Smith- Al Smith Productions
Information provided by SEE-DaytonaBeach.com