This final weekend in February brings one of the longest standing traditions in southern Delaware, as men from throughout the county and the state arrive in Georgetown for the 2020 version of the local fire department’s famous Oyster Eat.
As always, this is a stag event, a chance for men to hang out with other men and discuss the pressing issues of the day. At least as much as the nonstop supply of beer and steamed oysters allow them to do so.
Going on for nearly a century now, there’s no other event in southern Delaware quite like the beer drinking, oyster slurping tradition that is the Oyster Eat.
We’ll tell you much more about this southern Delaware event below. But in addition to the Oyster Eat, we also have a few other fun events to tell you about for this final weekend of February. It should definitely be another great time here in the coastal region.
Let’s get right to it…
Georgetown Oyster Eat (February 28). The long-time Sussex County tradition is being held for the 83rd time and promises another great year of raw and steamed oysters, cold beverages and great fellowship at the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department.
Always held on the final Friday of February in the Sussex County Seat, the tradition of the Oyster Eat is passed down from generation to generation and is a coming of age event for young men in southern Delaware. Men (yes it’s a stag event) come from throughout the state each year to participate in the long-time tradition.
The Oyster Eat has been featured on national television, was once the subject of a feature in New Yorker magazine and has been honored as a Library of Congress Local Legacy event for its historical and cultural significance to Sussex County.
Tickets to the Oyster Eat cost $27 in advance and $30 at the door, but get there early because the line will form several hours before the 8 p.m. beginning of the event.
For more information on the 2020 Georgetown Oyster Eat, call 302-856-7700 or visit www.georgetown77.com.
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Love On Tap Shore Craft Beer Fest (February 29). This fifth annual event is scheduled for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway. Hours are from 12 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, February 29, with the first hour designated for VIP ticket holders only.
Fifteen local craft breweries will be featuring more than 40 beers during the course of the four-hour event, which is designed to turn Ocean City into one of the Top 10 craft beer destinations in the United States.
Other scheduled activities for this year’s festival include an interactive brewer’s roundtable at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center on Friday, followed by a pre-party at Seacrets on 49th Street, beginning at 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $50 for VIP, $35 for general admission, or $10 for “designated drivers,” and include live music, free tastings, great views of the Little Assawoman Bay and a chance to ask local brewers whatever questions you may have about the local beer industry.
Visit the event website for more information or to purchase tickets for the 2020 Love on Tap Shore Craft Beer Fest in Ocean City.
Princess Tea Fundraiser (February 29). If you have little girls in your family or circle of friends, this special fundraiser scheduled for three separate times on Saturday, February 29, would certainly be time well spent.
A fundraiser for the Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), benefitting children in foster care, this event will be held at 10 a.m., at 1 p.m., and at 3 p.m., at St. Edmond’s Church on King Charles Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.
Attendees will enjoy tea, snacks, activities, dancing and photo sessions with the princesses of their choosing.
Space is limited, so organizers ask that you purchase tickets in advance by texting or calling 302-313-6266.
Lewes Veg WinterFest (March 1). Scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, this second annual event will be held at the Lewes Public Library on Adams Avenue.
The day will include a variety of food choices, informational speakers, exhibitors are more. Lunch is available for $13 and will be prepared by popular local chef Hari Cameron, pictured below, but must be preordered.
For more information or to register, visit www.vegrehoboth.org.
Cape Henlopen State Park InstaMeet (February 29). This annual winter event returns in 2020 and features a low tide sunset hike at the Point in Cape Henlopen State Park.
Not accessible to the public between April and September, this is a unique chance to tour the section of land that separates the Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, with a sunset you won’t soon forget.
The hike begins at 4:30 p.m, at the Point Comfort Station parking area, with a social that includes hot drinks and cookies to follow immediately after.
The total hike will be approximately two miles in total, and organizers ask that you wear hiking shoes suitable for the sand, if at all possible, and to please bring your own flashlight.
This tour is free to the public and no registration is necessary.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!