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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkEntertainment | Restaurants & Dining | December 2008 

Oyster Festival Ranks Seventh in the World
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A popular online travel site has ranked the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival seventh among the top 10 food festivals in the world.

Sandwiched between The World Gourmet Summit in Singapore and the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Arcata festival was recognized by Away.com, an online travel business within Orbitz Worldwide.

The feature story's author, Amanda Dumenigo, praised the festival for being environmentally friendly by selling oysters farmed using long-lines that avoid the dredging of the bay.

Dumenigo also credited Humboldt County for producing 70 percent of the oysters consumed in California. The guide to the world's best food festivals also displays a picture of festival attendees devouring oysters next to the statue of President William McKinley.

June 2009 will mark the festival's 19th anniversary.

”More than 70 percent of the oysters consumed in California are cultivated in Humboldt County's Arcata Bay on California's northwest coast,” says the write-up at Away.com. “June marks the peak of oyster season, and 2009 is the 19th anniversary of the Arcata Oyster Festival, where local restaurateurs and executive chefs prepare the desired mollusks in every conceivable way, from roasted and barbecued to raw on the half shell and even on pizza.”

The Web site points out that in 2008 the Arcata Oyster Festival went green, and oysters are farmed using long-lines or “rack and bag,” which avoids destructive dredging of the bay and ensures optimal aquaculture.

”Now guests can enjoy these petite gems sans guilt,” said the Web site.



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