Oyster Rama

Artwork by our pal Andrew Wicklund

Commune with the Moon at the 9th Oyster Rama

April 20th, 2019



Celebrate the tideflats! Every year we welcome the public to our beach to learn about oysters, oyster farming, and life in the Hood Canal, aquatic and other. We call this beach ho-down the Hama Hama Oyster Rama. It's not the biggest party in the world, but it might be the biggest subtidal one!

The Rama features tours with intertidal ecologists and oyster growers, u-pick oysters and clams, an oyster-sports competition we call the Shuckathalon, a beer and wine garden, kid's activities, live music, and various delicious food options. Every year, the Rama benefits local Hood Canal charities.

Tickets are needed for everybody 16 and up (this means folks 15 and under get in free). Tickets get you into the event and entered into a raffle drawing. Food, drink, oysters and clams are available for purchase using $5 tokens. You can buy tokens ahead of time, or at the event for cash or credit.


2019 tickets, tokens, VIP experiences and swag now on sale here


2019 Oyster Rama Donors

Thank you to the following businesses for donating to the Oyster Rama... look for their products in the food booths, silent auction, raffle, and prize packs. If you see them out and about in the real world, say thanks!







2019 Rama Details

Schedule

11:00 Doors open for u-pick only
11:00 Cooking Class & Oyster Class start (tickets required)
12:00 Party starts!
12:30 The Tide Turns
1:15 Oyster Trivia in the Shell Stage
2:00 Natural Wine Fair (tickets required)
3:00 Shuckathalon!
5:30 Awards Ceremony & Mystery Oyster Final Round
6:00 Party Ends

Participating Oyster Farms

Look for Set & Drift, Olympic Oyster Co, Hood Canal Snail, South Sound Mariculture, and Baywater Shellfish Farms in the Guest Oyster Raw Bar

Thanks to Chelsea Farms & Taylor Shellfish for coming in with food booths, and to Penn Cove for donating mussels.

Look for oysters from Jones Family Farm, Island Creek, Fishers Island, and N Sea Oyster Co in the Mystery Oyster Class & Raw Bar

Beverage Partners

Cooper Mountain Winery
Port Townsend Vineyards
Browne Family Vineyards
Eaglemount Wine & Cider
Finnriver Cider
Headless Mumby Brewery
Holy Mountain Brewery
Three Magnets Brewery
Propolis Brewing
Timber City Ginger Beer
Iggy's Kombucha
Urraco Coffee
Ovum Wines
Grochau Cellars

Food Lineup

Alderbrook ResortHook and Fork Smoked Brisket Tacos

Olympia Oyster Bar: ceviche bar offering 3 ceviches, Rockfish, Clams, and Oregon Bay Shrimp

Bar Melusine: Melusine Burger: 4 oz grass fed, dry aged beef, general porpoise baked seeded bun (caraway, poppy, sesame), onion aigre-doux, garlic aioli

Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar: back with their delicious clam pozole

Yodelin Broth: Halibut Broth & Hollywood broth (vegan)

Tournant: PNW Cassoulet: white bean, hama hama clams, and penn cove mussels with garlic sausage, green garlic and creme fraiche.

Paellaworks: Festival Paella with Manila Clam, Yearling Oyster and Chorizo. Naturally gluten free.

Musang: Pork Bicol Express Slides with House Made Achara

Taylor Shellfish Farms: famous geoduck chowder

Michael Scelfo: grilled quail & sausages

Hama Hama Crab Cakes, prepared by the local fire auxiliary

Olympic Mountain Ice Cream (and pizza!)

Desserts by Shelton Scholarship Foundation

Raw & roasted oysters all day long

Thanks to Vinny's Wine Bar, a new project from the team behind No Anchor & Navy Strength, for catering the Natural Wine Fair


Rama FAQ

Bring this stuff:

Knee high rubber boots.

Harvesting equipment: 5 gallon bucket, gloves, hand-held garden-style cultivator for digging clams.

Weather appropriate gear, which can be anything from rain coats to sunglasses.

ID to prove you're over 21 (if you want to drink alcohol). 

Don't bring:

Your dog. Usually we're a dog friendly spot, but the rama is just too big and crowded.

Food or drink. There's no outside food or drink allowed inside the event.

Weed. The party's date is determined by the tide, not by any cultural significance. 

Tickets & Tokens

Pay for all food, drink, oysters, and clams with $5 tokens, which you can purchase at the event for cash or credit.

$15 entrance tickets get you into the event with a door prize drawing, and are required for humans 16 and up

TBD whether we'll sell any tickets at the gate this year. If we do: day-of ticket sales will start around 12:30, after we get a sense of how crowded the event is. It is not a good idea to drive out here if you don't have tickets.

Safety Considerations

There will be EMT's on site, and first aid kits & fire extinguishers throughout the event

Everyone who walks out on the tideflats has to sign a safety waiver, and hear a speech about how to stay safe on the flats. Short version: watch where you step, stay out of fenced off areas, and don't let your kids run around.

VERY IMPORTANT: Do not park along 101. We have hordes of volunteers lined up to help you find a safe parking spot

Charity Benefit

Charities that benefit from the Rama include the Hood Canal Education Foundation, our local fire auxiliary, our local Kiwanis club, the Shelton Scholarship Foundation. We are also a proud supporter of the Shellfish Grower's Climate Coalition.

Lifetime charitable contributions of the Rama = $85,000

2018 Charitable Donation: $19,000

Things to do at the Rama

Explore the tideflats with the help of ecologists and farmers, and harvest your own oysters and clams.

Swing through the kid's tent with your littles, and catch live music from our friends at harmonica pocket starting at 12:30.

Once the tide comes back up, check out the marine touch tanks

Sign up for the oyster trivia, or compete in the Rama riddles

Swing past Dozfy's tent to get a custom painted oyster shell, and check out the environmental booth fair and the local art vendors

Watch the Shuckathalon Oyster sports competition or try your luck identifying oysters in the Mystery Oyster Raw Bar

Listen to live music from The Pine Hearts, The Lowest Pair, and other bands.

Eat, drink, and be merry for a good cause!