A Billion Oyster Party

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to gather the country’s top oyster farmers, educators and superfans under one roof? Did we mention the unlimited oysters?

We’re long-time supporters of the NY Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project, and have participated in their citizen scientist oyster gardening program in the past. In May, the Billion Oyster Project held their annual Billion Oyster Party to celebrate and fundraise for their educational programs. We were thrilled to participate this year, along with over 40 other oyster farms and restaurants.

There may not have been exactly a billion oysters at this party, but there were certainly enough to keep everyone satisfied. For our station, we offered a gazpacho oyster shooter, featuring Shigoku oysters with tomato water, smoked sea salt, cucumber, and red and orange bell pepper. We worked at a steady pace, mingling with other oyster folks in an ad hoc industry reunion, answering questions from the crowd, and sipping the Brooklyn Brewery Oyster Saison, which was brewed for this event. For a profession that is sometimes remote and physically distanced, it was fantastic to see so many familiar and friendly faces in one place.

Check out the photos below for a peek inside the party, and if you couldn’t make it this year, do check it out next year!