Bistro 14 Hosts Oyster Social, With Screening of ‘The Oyster Farmers’ This Sunday

Oct 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Matt Gregg Forty North - Oyster Farms

This Sunday, Oct. 8, is the last chance to catch a screening of “The Oyster Farmers” documentary on Long Beach Island. Bistro 14, in Beach Haven, will host an Oyster Social from 7 to 10 p.m., with a viewing of the film scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

From 7 to 8 p.m., enjoy oyster tastings and a shucking demo, as well as hot and cold appetizers, beer and wine.

Entrance to the event is $50.

The Oak Leaf Media film, directed by Corinne G. Ruff and produced by Angela C. Andersen, traces the heritage and resurgence of oyster aquaculture in Barnegat Bay, tying together the past and present of local oyster farming as it aims to play a part in its restoration.

As a description of the film states, the documentary takes viewers “from the depths of the bay bottom through the layers of history, locked in thick detritus, rich with remnants of yesterday’s oyster industry,” booming from the late 1800s to the 1950s, and later harmed by overharvesting and shellfish disease.

Oyster farming, though, is making a comeback. “During a time of a cultural resurgence of the oyster as a social-centric icon in oyster bars everywhere,” the film synopsis notes, “the innate story that is told by each oyster’s taste, shape and size, and the grit and time it takes to make it happen from seed to plate, against obstacles, will be presented in this visually stunning and heartfelt film.”

“The Oyster Farmers” will screen in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 14, and will be shown in the Manahawkin area around the holidays.  —J.K.-H.

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