Jonathan Swift once observed, “It was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” Yet the concept of eating raw seafood has existed among primitives forever. One wonders how our ancestors discerned the briny, delicious delight that lies inside tightly closed oyster shells. Seafood lovers gratefully pay homage to that brave soul who “first ate an oyster” every time they down a couple of dozen on the half shell. Wellfleet fishermen produce and harvest oysters famous throughout the world. The taste is unique because of the water flow, and an abundance of nutrients, minerals, and fresh water intrusion. Oysters are at their plumpest and sweetest in months with an “r” in it. They spawn in the months without an R, May through August, and reach their flavorful height by late October. Wellfleet Oysters are prized by chefs the world over for their delicacy and sweetness. Millionaire railroad tycoon ‘Diamond Jim’ Brady would often just have to have these for a mid-morning snack—and no other oysters would do. The town incorporated into the Town of Wellfleet in 1763 and is claimed to be the namesake of the Wellfleet (or Wallfleet), England, another town renowned for its oysters (oysters still are an important commodity to this Cape town). The town has been famous for Wellfleet Oysters ever since these tickled Champlain’s Gallic taste buds in 1606 (Champlain christened Wellfleet Port aux Huitres—literally “port of the oysters”). Wellfleeters and gourmands happily agree that these choice shellfish are the most fragrant and sweetest of all oysters. There is a Wellfleet Oyster Weekend in October each year. Activities include an oyster shucking contest, raw bar, live auction, live music, road races, arts and crafts and more.
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