13 Dec 2016
The annual Ocracoke Working Watermen's Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam is one of the most popular events on Ocracoke Island, especially for the year-round residents to celebrate their fine fishing heritage! Each and every December since 2006, the Ocracoke Seafood Company plays host to this all-you-can-eat steamed oysters and shrimp event. Hush puppies and stews are typically served alongside the steamed seafood, and live music adds a pleasant touch to the atmosphere.
A little history:
The Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association (OWWA) formed in the spring of 2006 in an effort to raise awareness and save the livelihoods of fishermen, clammers, crabbers, and oystermen who call Ocracoke home. The last remaining fish house on Ocracoke Island was put up for sale and eventually purchased by the 501(c)3 Ocracoke Foundation as a means to not only save the fish house, but to help OWWA's mission and preserve the atmosphere of Ocracoke.
(oyster close up photo by Russell Poole)
The Ocracoke Seafood Company now serves as the base of operations for the OWWA and offers a retail storefront for locals and visitors to purchase fresh seafood, as well as a fully-functioning wholesale operation. All profits are either recycled into the business or fund OWWA mission related expenses.
Where to stay:
If you don't already have accommodations for this event, Ocracoke Island Realty offers over 300 rental homes on the island... ranging from large luxurious multi-family homes, to 1 bedroom cozy rooms on the harbor. It's easy to find the perfect space for your group. Just start a quick search or use the quick links below.