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5th Annual Alabama Oyster Social

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Alfa Pavilion (Red Barn)
620-A S. Donahue Drive
Auburn, AL 36830

Date: January 27th, 2018

Categories: Special Events, Fundraiser and Food & Drink

The 5th annual Alabama Oyster Social will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Alfa Pavilion (Big Red Barn) in Auburn, Alabama.

For the fifth year we are gathering to celebrate the Alabama oyster, the hard work of the oystermen, and Dr. Bill Walton's crew at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory. Since the first Oyster Social in 2015 much has happened. The popularity of the Alabama oyster has soared and production has increased; however, the other news hasn't been as good. 

Two years ago the lease where many of our favorite oysters are raised and harvested was denied for renewal. Despite all efforts from Auburn University, the family that owns the land decided not to renew the lease...PERIOD!!! 
 
Many of our favorite Alabama oysters (Mon Louis, Murder Point, Turtlebacks, Captain Zeke's, Pass Huitre and Southern Pearls) are having to find new farm sites. Also, the Auburn University training and research area, one of the key assets in the Alabama oyster movement, is having to relocate. These scientists have conducted essential, practical research, raised seed (juvenile oysters) for this new industry, and overseen the ‘business park’ in cooperation with Organized Seafood Association of Alabama. This business park has been a catalyst for new oyster farms, providing acreage to six new commercial oyster farms.
 
This move, while challenging, also presents a tremendous opportunity! Auburn University has been working to establish new oyster farming parks, which will provide opportunities for the current and new oyster farmers, while also establishing an oyster farming experiment station. Here, university researchers will conduct cutting edge research and provide practical, hands-on training that can be used by Alabama’s oyster farmers and throughout the Southern US.
 
As in years past, the 2018 Alabama Oyster Social is partnering with an All-Star roster of some of the South's most influential chefs and vendors. The tasting tables will feature southern fisherman, farmers, foragers, butchers, brewers, distillers, vintners, and shellfish enthusiasts all to highlight the progressive, sustainable efforts of Alabama oyster farms. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory to first help with the relocation of the research efforts and commercial farms to new farm sites, and ultimately to expand the capacity of Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory's capacity to serve this flourishing, 'blue-green' industry.

We, the chefs, are asking for your support to celebrate the Alabama oyster but mainly because the oyster farmers need OUR help! On Saturday, January 27th 2018, we will be hosting the 4th Annual Alabama Oyster Social in Auburn, Alabama to help offset the financial crisis that these farming families now face. We hope you will join our fundraising efforts! Please stay tuned for more details and ticket announcements.

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