Sea You There!

At the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival

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PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna

Humboldt's bounty of seafood gets its day in the sun times two this weekend.

We love our oysters (and so does the rest of the state — oysters from Humboldt Bay make up about 70 percent of those eaten). We grill 'em, shoot 'em raw, spice 'em up and eat 'em pretty much any way we can. And we can't get enough, judging by the throngs that turn out each year for the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival, happening this Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Arcata Plaza (free admission). It's one of Humboldt's biggest parties, drawing thousands who are happy as clams to sample Pacific and Kumamoto delicacies and other food options, plus beer, wine and cider, and live music by Diggin' Dirt, the Bayou Swamis, Timbata, Motherlode, Ghost Train, Dynasty One, Anna Hamilton, the A.T.F. Trio, and the Lost Coasters Hawaiian Island Band.

Save room for more, though. The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce hosts the 60th annual Trinidad Fish Festival Sunday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Trinity Street, where you can enjoy hearty plates of traditional fish and chips or grilled salmon, and party all day with music from Doug Fir & the 2x4s, Lizzy and the Moonbeams, Blue Rhythm Revue and Rosewater: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead. There's also a street fair with arts and crafts vendors, community organizations, a cake sale, food vendors and beverages, and an "ultimate Kid Zone" at Town Hall featuring characters Peg + Cat. Bonus: HSU's Marine Lab and the working lighthouse will be open for tours. It's a sweet, sweet life living by the salty sea.

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