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May 29, 2014 7:19 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Central Coast Oyster Festival coming to Avila Beach June 7th

It's one of the most popular culinary festivals on the central coast, and it's moving to Avila Beach this summer. The 3rd Annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival is coming to Avila Beach, Saturday, June 7th.

Organizers say it's the largest oyster festival on the West Coast and they're hoping to draw even more people as the party moves to the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

Look for oysters prepared dozens of ways, local wines, beers and cocktail concoctions. There's also a full line-up of bands scheduled to play throughout the day: Robert Delong, The Honey Trees, Rey Fresco, Ferocious Few & 9 Theory. There will also be the Foodie Stage to include shucking contests, and winning Chef Announcements.

As part of the fun, chefs from across the Central Coast will go head-to-head for the "Big O Award," and the audience will be invited to taste their efforts and have the opportunity to judge their favorite on the official Central Coast Oyster Festival mobile application to participate in the "Big O Award" People Choice.

"There are so many great wine, food, and entertainment events on the Central Coast that we've really concentrated on creating an experience unlike any other to equally highlight entertainment and art right alongside the food and wine experience," says Jacqueline Delaney of SpinCycle Event Installations.

The Aphrodisiac Lounge will also be back with food prepared by Chef Maegen Loring, bringing you raw oyster shooters prepared three ways, California Caviar Bumps and Push Pops, Abalone Chowder, sparkling wine, chocolate dipped strawberries and cheeses and a few more treats we will surprise your palette.

There will be a free bike valet, free street parking, and parking on site will be available for $10.

Advance tickets for this full-day music festival and foodie experience are $20. Limited Chefs Challenge Oyster tasting tickets are $10. Free water is available to support the Zero Waste and Good For Health event. For tickets or more information, click here.

Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival benefits Guerrilla Gardening Club, a local non-profit providing a Zero Waste Event and educational program for 18-108 yr. Old At Risk Youth, an alternative school of education for non-conformist individuals; teaching sustainable non-conformity and offering an education in biology, ecology, communications, and gardening.

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