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Humboldt Bay Oyster Festival

Raw Kumamoto Oysters_lgEvery year in June, the Humboldt Bay Oyster Festival draws around 10,000 to Arcata in the month of June. Oyster lovers come from near and far. This annual event is a Humboldt County tradition. Taste raw and barbecued oyster creations from dozens of local chefs, restaurants and vendors. Come sample an amazing array of oysters and non-oyster dishes. The Oyster Festival features food, live music, a kid’s area, vendors of all kinds, and award-winning microbrews and wine.

Humboldt Bay Oyster Festival has become a tradition for local restaurateurs, executive chefs, and caterers to show off their culinary skills by preparing oysters in every imaginable way. Try them roasted, barbecued, fried or with a secret sauce or just plain raw with a hint of garlic and lime! However your taste buds desire this oceanic delicacy, you are sure to find it on the Arcata Plaza. Crowds throughout the day top 10,000, keeping local food vendors more than busy. Most festival vendors are chefs from Humboldt County’s most appreciated restaurants. Each year festival chefs compete in the annual oyster tasting competition to claim the auspicious award of ‘Best Oyster of the Festival’.

Just minutes away from Arcata Plaza, the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 is the perfect place for oyster lovers to stay and dine after a fun filled day of enlightenment and inspiration. Whether you like your oysters raw, roasted, fried or barbequed; all are welcome at the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301. Guests of the Carter House Inns & Restaurant 301 receive a complimentary glass of wine with hors d’ oeuvres every evening from 4-5pm, cookies and tea before bedtime, and a full breakfast with sumptuous pastries, signature Carter House Inns granola, fresh fruit and a wonderful egg dish of the chef’s choice. They will also accommodate any special diets and early breakfast requests.

The oysters at the Humboldt Bay Oyster Festival are amazing! However, just a quick drive north you can also enjoy breathtaking views of the rugged beaches in Trinidad.  Head further north to the Redwood National Park and experience the inspiring power of the ancient and majestic Redwood Forest. Take a drive on the Newton B Drury Parkway through the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and view some elk on your way being mystified by beautiful Fern Canyon.

Over 70% of the fresh oysters consumed in California are grown in 450 acres of Humboldt Bay where conditions are ideal. Currently there are five companies raising both Pacific Oysters and Kumomoto oysters for export and the restaurant trade. On average, it takes 18 months from “seed” oyster to harvest. June is a peak month for oysters.  These little gems of the sea are now farmed in bags tethered to posts in the Arcata Bay and no harmful dredging of the bay is necessary for their capture. The cities of Arcata and Eureka have made significant efforts to maintain the high quality of water in the bay, which is essential for aquaculture.

Make a weekend getaway out of The Humboldt Bay Oyster Festival and enjoy the Redwood Coast!  The Carter House Inns is centrally located on the Redwood Coast in Historic Old Town Eureka, California.  Here you can enjoy shopping, dining, museums, historical monuments, artisan shops, or the Humboldt Bay while taking a stroll on the boardwalk.