Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles ! Today we met with Beatrice Trixie Wadson Marketing Director of Bowen’s Wharf Newport Rhode Island to discuss The 3rd Annual Bowen’s Wharf Oyster Festival May 18th – 20th. This event is co-founded by Bart Dunbar (President of Bowen’s Wharf and long time oyster lover) and Trixie! For the fabulous Friday night fundraising party, sponsored by Moet , tickets are $125 with all the food and drinks you can consume with opportunities to win some amazing prizes! The festival opens May 19th at 11AM and will host 13 Rhode Island oyster growers (Don’t miss the shucking contest Sunday 3pm! ) 3 live bands each day, and SIX free oysters per bracelet ! There are also non seafood dishes as well! This event benefits the Ocean State Aquaculter Association, The Nature Conservancy and Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship. Waterfront Shopping, Dining and Drinking right here in Newport RI.

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Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles ! I am Christon and I am here with Trixie, Marketing Manager of Bowen’s Wharf. She is going to tell us more about the 3rd Annual Oyster Festival !

So thrilled your here to see that we are on the waterfront and we are getting ready to bring in 13 oyster growers from all around the Ocean State and a bunch of fantastic sponsors!

So, I hear that there is a BIG party Friday May 18th , tell us more about that!

You are right! 6-830PM , right here at Bowen’s Wharf under the festival tents $125 for all the oysters you can eat , open bar and your own Moet mini.  I always say Moway (Moet)?

So did I, then I asked and I asked again and it is Moet and Chandon, so we are in the know.

So they are your biggest sponsor? They are!  They are our presenting sponsor , so they are giving everyone a Moet mini with a sipper when you walk into the Friday night fundraiser and they will pouring champagne by the glass after that, because it is open bar.  So , $125 a ticket for Friday night with all the food you can eat and drink, Is there an opportunity for the attendees to win anything?   Definitely!   You could win a 3 persons helicopter ride and see Newport from the sky, you could win pearls from Keil James Patrick (better looking pearls than these, I dressed up for you!)   you get out on a sail with a master with Cloudy Bay Vineyards on schooner Aquidneck!

Oh Perfect ! So tell us about Saturday and Sunday May 19th and 20th!

So , Starting Saturday morning 11AM , festival opens, we have 3 live bands each day, over

13 oyster growers from all around the Ocean State and you will get 6 free oysters with

every bracelet and then after that you can buy the oysters directly so its like a fun

market place!  We have sampling stations and 5 waterfront bars and we also have non seafood dishes and  cooked dishes as well from the different restaurants.  The Landing, Wharf Pub and Binge BBQ and then Sunday , same drill different musicians , more

fresh oysters , freshly shucked while you wait and then it wraps up with a shucking

contest at 3pm.

That sounds like a fun weekend of shopping, dining and drinking right here in Newport

.; Who are the beneficiary’s?

Good Question, so of the entire festival it is The Nature Conservancy and they collect

all the shells from the entire weekend and they rebuild the reefs for fish habitats and

The Ocean State Aquaculture Association and The States Official Sailing Education Vessel

is the Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship.  Three beneficiary’s of the weekend, so come eat drink.

It’s going to great recipients!

Thanks so much for having us Trixie !

We look forward to seeing you on Newport Living and Lifestyles!