The 4th annual Greenport Shellabration took place this past weekend, December 5th and 6th from 12-4pm. “Shellabrators” had the opportunity to take part on a shellfish tour through the village, visiting over a dozen restaurants and shops to support Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Back to the Bays Initiative & SPAT Program.
My husband and I attended the event as VIPs, where we each received a burlap pouch filled with goodies including a souvenir glass, beer cozy, box of 50 postcards with exquisite oyster photography, and a bottle opener. This is in addition to a regular ticketed entry inclusion of a complimentary plate of raw oysters and clams shucked by SPAT, plus a complimentary beer produced by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.
Restaurants offered at least one seafood-centered dish with a recommended beverage pairing. Tastings were $5/each, and pours, including wine, beer, and cocktails, were $3/glass.
During our exquisite tasting experience, we stopped at three restaurants: Cuvée Wine Bar, Noah’s, and American Beech. We certainly would have wanted to stop at more spots, though of course it can be tricky while balancing time with our (almost) two-year old. Sarah did enjoy herself as well and the mild weather ideally suited the occasion for everyone. My favorite dish was the Oysters Cuvee and my favorite wine was the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Kontokosa Winery.
Participating restaurants, breweries, and wineries were: Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, First & South, North Fork Smoked Fish Co., Stirling Sake, American Beech, Basso, Bruce & Son, Scrimshaw, Lucharitos, The Frisky Oyster, Salamanders, Noah’s, Industry Standard, Deep Water Bar & Grille, Front Street Station, Cuvée Wine Bar, Blue Canoe, Rhumb Line, Little Creek Oyster Company, Macari Wines, Saint James Brewery, Sake Pairing, Jamesport Vineyard, McCall Vineyard, Southold Farm + Cellar, Shinn Estate Vineyard, Moustache Brewing Company, Sparkling Pointe, Lenz Winery, Kontokosta Winery, Osprey’s Dominion, Pelligrini, Raphael, and Croteaux Vineyards.
All of the restaurants were in close proximity to one another, with some being right next door to one another. Everyone around was having a phenomenal time. It was a lively, spectacular event to kick off the holiday season on the North Fork. Even a selection of Greenport Village’s shops offered a shopping discount (approximately 10% off your purchase) to anyone with their Shellabration bracelet.
All proceeds from Shellabration support the work of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program. It was an honor to be apart of such an important cause, especially one that has significant ties to our coastal region.