Ventura Oysterfest

Ventura Oysterfest

Location: San Buenaventura State Beach
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Description: Admission: $20.00 (food and beverage not included)





The uniquely Ventura Oysterfest is an event that will show-off the best of what’s local; exceptional cuisine, great music, crafted beers and outstanding local wines.

The Oysterfest which will benefit Friends of Channel Coast State Parks is an event consisting of three main parts, music, eats, drink.

The theme of the event is oysters and we will have representation from Oyster Farms throughout California and Greater California with our local The Jolly Oyster, Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Pickleweed Point Oyster Co. and Carlsbad Aquafarm all attending.

Oyster farming, being a sustainable form of marine farming, we decided in keeping with to pair this with Ventura County’s tradition of sustainable farming as a running theme through for our event.

We have invited some of Ventura County’s top restaurants who have a history of purchasing locally and sustainably to be food vendors at the event. To date The SideCar Restaurant, Hollywood Beach Cafe, Osteria Monte Grappa, Twenty88 Food & Drink, Ventura Meat Company, Loo Hoo’s Asian Cuisine Comfort Food, Watermark Restaurant, Petit Reve Café and Chef Gabe Garcia teaming with Rio Gozo Farm have confirmed.

Five bands will play the main stage throughout the day with local favorites Rey Fresco headlining. Other acts include Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys, The Silent Comedy, Jeff Hershey and The Heartbeats and Charles Brandon Johnson.

With beverages we are continuing the local theme with crafted beers from Surf Brewery, Anacapa Brewing Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Ouroboros Brewing Co.

Old Creek Ranch Winery, Vino V Wines, Four Brix Winery, Ojai Vineyard, San Vicente Cellars, Magnavino Cellars and Malibu Family Wines from the VC Ventura County Wine Trail will delight with wines perfectly selected for the foods available.

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We have the goal of making this a sustainable event. We will achieve this through compostable or reusable beverage containers; compostable food containers and utensils; paperless ticketing; and reusable signage. We will recycle cooking oil, there will be free parking for bikes and car poolers. There will be no bottled water and our goal is to achieve a 5% maximum landfill.

We will have a kid’s area provided by Friends of Channel Coast State Parks and all kids under 14 are free accompanied by an adult.

We will have putt frisbee golf,  bean bag games and novelty photo booths throughout the event for our patrons amusement.

Our marquee tent will include cooking demos from three renowned chefs, a shuck and suck competition and a town hall forum on sustainable farming featuring Mark Reynolds from The Jolly Oyster, John Fontaeyn from Ojai CSA Rio Gozo Farm, Erik Oberholtzer from Tender Greens Restaurant Group and Brian Brennan from the California Coastal Commission (South Central Coast). This will be chaired by Lisa McKinnon from the VC Star.

We are delighted that proceeds from the event will be channeled back into the community through the non-profit Friends of Channel Coast State Parks. Their work benefits the environment through their invaluable, educational and voluntary contributions.  If you would like to volunteer at this event, please send an email to

Tickets available online here.
Start Time: 11:00 am
Date: 2012-10-13
End Time: 6:00 pm

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