Manatee Island Park
325 N. Beach St.
Daytona Beach, FL 32115
11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013
Entertainment, Festivals, Food | Wine
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Fourth Annual Halifax Oyster Festival Presented by Daytona Hyundai and Jon Hall Chevrolet will take place on Manatee Island in the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Daytona Beach, Fl. from 11am to 9pm. Under the management of Al Smith Productions, the Halifax Oyster Festival is devoted to supporting oyster reef restoration.
“I’m excited to be producing this popular event – we are expecting over 10,000 attendees and look forward to building on the success of the last three Halifax Oyster Festivals. Besides lots of oysters (and other food options), there will be an educational and interactive Kids Zone, two entertainment stages, and a nighttime concert featuring the band Big Engine headlining the event” said Al Smith.
The day-long event will feature a wide variety of oyster dishes prepared by local restaurants, raw, shucked and steamed oysters, as well as a number of other food options, live music, liquid refreshments, and hands-on oyster mat construction lessons. Proceeds will fund the Marine Discovery Center’s mission to restore healthy oyster beds to Volusia County’s Intracoastal Waterway. "This is a great event for the community and our car dealerships are proud to be the presenting sponsors" says Glenn Ritchey, Jr. of Daytona Hyundai. His brother, Bud, of Jon Hall Chevrolet added, "We are excited to host an annual event that gives local residents an opportunity to come together and benefit an issue that directly impacts our community".
"Few people today realize the role that oysters and oyster reefs have played in our local history and the vital role they play today in maintaining the health of our rivers and marine ecosystems", stated Chad Truxall with the Marine Discovery Center. "There will be plenty of great food and fun as this annual festival helps us educate local residents and fund ongoing efforts to rebuild our local oyster beds and shoreline habitats".
Once valued primarily as a food resource, oysters are now recognized as important "ecosystem engineers" in estuaries. Oysters create complex habitats that support numerous species of fish, crustaceans, bivalves, other invertebrates, birds and mammals. During feeding, oysters filter large volumes of water improving the clarity and quality of water and transferring of vital nutrients. As more people come to realize the importance of oyster reefs to overall ecosystem functions, large and small scale restoration projects have sprung up in many coastal communities.