PHOTOS: Greenport 'Shellabrates' Wine and Fresh Seafood

First-annual shellfish festival takes off to a busy start Saturday afternoon.

Greenport ‘Shellabration’ Seafood Fest got off to a great start Saturday afternoon, with about 300 people buying $10 wristbands at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company then wandering to a dozen different restaurants in the village for small plates of seafood and other specialty dishes paired with local wines.

Rosa Ross, owner of Scrimshaw restaurant, said that she was "pleasantly surprised" by the turnout. As they sampled Scrimshaw's clam chowder and a Chardonnay from Shinn Vineyards, Nesconset residents Jamie and Bessie Hatis, who own a summer home in Southold, said that they were very impressed by the laidback afternoon.

"We're sure it will take off next year," Bessie said.

"Shellabration" continued Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Participating restaurants and wineries include: Biere, Bruce’s Café, Cuvee Wine Bar, First & South, the Frisky Oyster, Front Street Station, Noah’s, North Fork Oyster Company, Scrimshaw, Castello di Borghese, Lieb Cellars, Macari Vineyards, One Woman Winery, Osprey’s Dominion, Raphael, Shinn Estate, and Sparkling Pointe. Proceeds from the event will go to the Greenport American Legion Skating Rink and the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training (SPAT).

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Jackie Rogers December 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
What a wonderful way to spend a drizzly autumn day. Everyone's wine and food was great. Cuvee did a great job highlighting their food and Raphael's wine. They should be the model for next year--several food selections plus a separate table to taste three different wines. Jackie R
Caroline Waloski December 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Managed to close shop for a few hours to get to samples some of the great pairings of seafood and wine. Had a great and yummy time at Cuvee, North Fork Oyster, Noah's, Frisky Oyster, Biere. Managed to interview some participants to get their view on event. All were very happy and looking forward to coming back to spend some time in Greenport. Our PR seems to have paid off.
Richard December 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I must agree with Dianne we had a wonderful time at Biere and the owner was warm and friendly ...we were seated across from the bar and had a great time I did not want to leave...if have nothing nice to say keep it to yourself
Linda Auriemma December 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Yes, Cuvee's set-up worked well. Fun weekend event! My only disappointment was that I did not get to sample everything - lol! Greenport's restaurants were filled with crowds of happy people all sporting Shellabration wristbands! Had never been to Biere, but will definitely be back to see Frank for dinner soon though! Love the food photos, Patch!
Joanna Lane December 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM
We really enjoyed the Shellabration on Sunday afternoon, it was wonderful. John Kramer and team did a magnificent job organizing. The brewery provided an excellent hub to start, where it only took a couple of minutes to get our wrist bands, despite the line, then upstairs to enjoy the festive atmosphere, complimentary beer and our very first taste of Peconic bay scallops in the shell as well as some great raw clams. Wow, they were were good! Thanks to Gregg and the team who did an awesome job. Bumping into friends there made it tempting not to move for the rest of the afternoon, but this was only the start! With so many great places to choose from, it was hard to pick. The standout for us was The Blue Canoe, which gave us the opportunity to try a new restaurant, and proved to be an excellent choice. Their Widow's Hole Oyster Chowder was divine, and not being on the regular menu, also a special treat. We found everything well organized and thought out, from ticketing, distinctive posters and special menus. Designated seating areas seemed to make sense given the faster turnaround needed for Shellabrationers, although we certainly didn't feel rushed. There was a wonderful vibe on the streets throughout the Village as people moved between the venues, and even businesses not participating seemed to be busier than usual. So all in all, GREAT job! Thanks very much for all the hard work. We're already looking forward to next year.


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