Slow Food Meets Seafood
March 5-6, 2011

Batten down the hatches, mateys, because Slow Food is returning to Newport for one of our most unique and popular events–a weekend of education, clamming, and, of course, eating.   Slow Food Corvallis joins Slow Food Eugene to host this year’s event.
We’ll have tours of fishing boats, the Yaquina Bay Oyster Farm, education programs featuring marine biologists and fishermen, wine tasting, clamming, and a fabulous dungeness crab dinner. On the menu this year are oysters, clams, and, of course, dungeness crab. The crab dinner is prepared by Local Oceans Seafood restaurant.

Slow Food Meets Seafood in Newport will be held Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6. Check in begins at 11:30 at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club. Bring a lunch to eat at the Yacht Club or, dine at one of the fine restaurants on the bay. We’ve listed some below, along with accommodation options.

Concurrent tours are scheduled to begin at 1:00:

• A dock walk at the Newport Marina; or

• A visit to Oregon Oyster Farm on the Yaquina River

Participants are limited to the first 20 for the dock walk and 25 for the Oyster Farm tour.

The educational program begins at 2:00 back at the Yacht Club. The topics are:

• Pros and cons of marine reserves;

• Update on crab tagging;

• Report on a Fishery CSA

Department of Oregon Fish and Wildlife and the OSU Sea Grant Office experts will speak on these issues.

The introduction to Saturday night’s dinner starts with Zach Wahl of Nye Beach Gallery wines to pair with crab and oysters. He will have the wines available for sale.

Our appetizer will be oysters served by Liu Xin of the Oyster Farm.

The stars of the evening, live crabs, arrive dockside delivered by one of Newport’s local fishing vessels. Local Oceans staff will do a cooking/cracking demonstration. Fennel coleslaw, garlic bread and dessert accompany the freshly cooked crab.

Saturday will be an action packed day. But you won’t want to stay up too late. On Sunday morning we wake early to catch the low tide and go clamming with Bill Lackner. The best clam tides are always early.

Important Details:

DATE: Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6

TIME: Sign in starts at 11:30 am on Saturday

PLACE: Yaquina Bay Yacht Club
TICKETS: Registration is at Brown Paper Tickets( and is limited to 75. The cost is $45 per person for CURRENT Slow Food USA members*. The cost for non-members is $75*. Registration closes February 10.
Sign up for the dock walk and oyster farm tours is included on the registration form and will close when the limited number has been reached.

You will see nine different selections on the registration: three for Eugene members, three for Corvallis members and three for non- members. We are trying to get an equal number from each chapter. There are three for each because we also need to know whether you want to do a tour and if so, which one of the two being offered.

*If your membership has expired or you would like to become a member go to: It’s not too late to renew or sign up for $25.00.