Celebrate National Oyster Day

National Oyster Day is Friday, August 5th.
National Oyster Day is Friday, August 5th.(WJHG)
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 6:26 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - However you like your oysters, there’s no wrong way to celebrate National Oyster Day.

Destination PC and Hunt’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant are teaming up for the special day.

Oyster’s are a big part of the history of St. Andrews.

“You know St. Andrews grew up as a salty fishing village,” Jennifer Vigil, President and CEO of Destination Panama City, said. “So it’s very much an engrained part of the community, that tells a story of the character of our area.”

Locally, oysters and seafood are a big economic driver for the area.

“It’s really important because not only does the seafood industry employ a lot of people, but it attracts a lot of people,” Vigil said. “So many foodies will come because, while we have oysters everyday, a lot of people it’s just something they get on special occasions.”

Locals and tourists can come and taste these oysters at local restaurants like Hunt’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant.

“To be able to draw locals and tourists alike into this restaurant just to be able to get a taste of our area,” Collins Abrams, co-owner of Hunt’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant, said. “Whether it’s the Fiddler Point Oysters out of Panacea, Florida, or the oysters from Murder Point out of Alabama, or the ones on the east coast side of Virginia, we’re trying to put together the saltiest oysters.”

For Collins, oysters make up a part of his family’s history as well.

“You know my family’s been in the seafood business for over sixty years,” Abrams said. “We’re a little new to the restaurant and oyster side of it, but we’ve been distributing oysters for an extremely long time.”

For first time oyster eaters, Hunt’s and Destination PC are giving away golden oysters to mark the occasion.

“Hunt’s agreed to partner with Destination Panama City so that if you come to Hunt’s during the month of August you’ll be able to get a little keepsake of a golden oyster when you try your first oyster,” Vigil said.

A little advice for those first time eaters.

“I’m always going to say that you should try them raw first,” Vigil said. “But, you know, if you’re a little bit nervous about it, definitely try them baked with three cheese and jalapenos.”

Enjoy a taste of the beautiful waters of bay county on National Oyster Day.

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