Your Ultimate Guide to the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off

Florida’s Forgotten Coast is world-famous for its Apalachicola oysters – it’s no secret. If you’re a fan of the seafood delicacy, you won’t want to miss the annual Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off! Held each January at Riverfront Park, the festival features all the oysters you can eat, as well as other delicious cuisine, live music, kids activities, a 5.5K run and more. Come see what it’s all about and start making your plans to attend now!

The Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off is one of many fun things to see and do along Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Make sure to check out our Things to Do page for recommendations about other local events, happenings, and activities. It’s full of great tips to help you plan your stay with Collins Vacation Rentals.

What to Expect at the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off

All the proceeds from the event will go to the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department, so it’s for a great cause. And, there is no entry fee for the Cook-Off! Here is a look at some of the exciting events taking place during the event:

The Silent Auction: On Friday night, you can preview a variety of unique oyster-related items at the festival. Then, return on Saturday and bid on your favorites at the silent auction. This year, there will also be a buy-it-now option. We recommend arriving early to snag all your favorite items!

The Fun Run: Would you like to work up a healthy appetite? Join in on the 5.5K fun run, also affectionately known as the “Half Shell Hustle” on Saturday morning. Everyone gets a T-shirt and medals will be awarded to the winners.

The Food: The food is what you’re here for, right? Plan to spend all day at the Cook-Off and fill up on delicious cuisine. In addition to dining on oysters every possible way you can imagine, you’ll also be able to enjoy shrimp, smoked mullet, hot dogs, hamburgers, local beer and more.

The Oyster Cook-Off: The main event is the Oyster Cook-Off. If you have a recipe you believe is a ringer, feel free to enter! It’s all in fun and if you land in the top three, you’ll walk away with a trophy and some serious bragging rights! To enter the contest, make sure to register your recipe.

Entertainment: From kid’s activities to live music and dancing, the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off offers fun for the entire family. Bring a chair to sit back and watch all of the fun, or join in the festivities! Check out the festival’s website to see a complete schedule of events.

Book Your Stay With Collins Vacation Rentals
If you’re searching for accommodations near the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off, we invite you to book your stay with Collins Vacation Rentals! We offer a wide array of family-friendly vacation rentals on St. George Island. Known for its uncrowded shorelines and beautiful beaches, our island is just minutes from Apalachicola and the festival. From beachfront cottages and condos to duplexes and spacious luxury homes, we are sure to have the ideal lodging option for your stay. So, what are you waiting for? Browse our rentals and contact us to book your stay today! We can’t wait to welcome you!

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