Weren’t lucky enough to snag tickets to the sold-out Island Creek Oyster Festival? Well, we can officially confirm that it was a fantastic time.
Held at Duxbury Beach in a gigantic tent that would’ve put the Kardashian wedding to shame, all of Boston’s biggest chefs were there, from Will Gilson to Jamie Bissonnette to Jasper White to Jody Adams. Even a few New Yorkers made the trek North; we spied Mary’s Fish Camp and the Fat Radish setting up shop. Our one major regret: We didn’t get to sample anything from Tasty Burger. The line at their station was crazy. Feast your eyes on the fun ahead.
It was 70 degrees and sunny in Duxbury, a perfect day for the festival.
The festival was held on the windy shores of Duxbury Beach; chefs were chilly, but they persevered.
Even a few New York restaurants participated in the fun; here, folks from the Fat Radish pause for a grin.
Food & Wine’s People’s Best New Chef was one of the featured toques; we caught him with a pal before the lines got too crazy.
Wouldn’t be Island Creek Oyster Festival without loads and loads of sweet, fresh oysters. A $5 ticket got us a platter of six. We went back for seconds. And thirds.
Dante and Il Casale chef Dante De Magistris’s station was right in front of the beach; it was a bit breezy, but he kept his cool.
Dante worked valiantly to keep his station hot. This was one of our favorite plates!
DiBiccari was most recently seen on YouTube breaking up with “Hello Kitty”; as we told you last week, he’s about to open up Nawlins-style speakeasy Storyville.
DiBiccari contributed skewers of sweet street meat (well, lamb) to the festivities.
About 3,000 tickets were sold; Grub Street stopped snapping photos after this one was taken as night began to fall and things got a bit crazy in the tent.