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Whole Foods Hosts Best of the Oyster Festival Foods Contest

Whole Foods is the annual sponsor of the Oyster Festival Best of the Food Court Contest. Chris Ivers, manager of Whole Foods Market in Jericho and Manhasset, is a regular at the annual Oyster Festival, held Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay.

Mr. Ivers and his staff will be in their booth at the entrance to the Food Court – to the right, shortly after you cross the LIRR tracks at Larrabee Avenue. The Whole Foods Market tent is the place to cast your vote for the Best of the Food Court contest. Visitors are asked to first enjoy the Oyster Festival Food Court offerings served by volunteers from local not-for-profits as fundraisers, and then pick out your favorite food. The contest entry blanks are available at the Whole Foods tent. Please fill one out and deposit it there.

For several years the Mill River Rod & Gun Club’s fried oysters has been the winner Oyster Festival Best of the Food Court contest.

Chris Ivers was very visible at the Oyster Festival kickoff at the Oyster Bay Community Center. The refreshment table was supplied by Whole Foods. The white fish on dark bread was a true winner. There were fresh fruits and vegetables, and tasty cheeses. Bottles of water were complimented by cans of Italian espresso coffee by Illy: issimo Caffé and cappuccino. The coffees are made with natural Arabica beans, the prime Columbian coffee beans.

Festival Comes to You

Syosset residents have a special treat because getting to the Oyster Festival from Syosset is easy. You can hop on the Oyster Festival free shuttle bus compliments of Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Park at the Syosset Train Station (no parking permits required) (Oyster Bay Road - also known as Jackson Avenue and Underhill Boulevard), one mile north of Jericho Turnpike (Route 25). You can also drive to the festival and leave your car at the following locations and pick up the shuttle bus there.

• Vernon School - Rt. 106 in East Norwich.

• Mill Max Mfg Parking Lot - Rt. 106 in Oyster Bay

• Oyster Bay Jewish Center - Berry Hill Rd.

• The Equestrian Center - Rte. 106 between Rte. 25A and Muttontown Rd.

• Center Island Beach - Bayville Avenue, Bayville

In the hamlet, several churches and schools are charging fees to use their “close to the fair” parking lots as fundraisers.

And while thinking of cars - while at the festival you can purchase a raffle ticket for Audi A4 3 year lease or $15,000 in cash. Tickets are $20 each/6 for $100. For more information you can call the festival hotline at 628-1625.

The 28th Annual Oyster Festival is a project of The Oyster Bay Rotary.