May Brings Dogs, Brews and Oyster Fest to Oregon Coast
(Lincoln City, Oregon) – There's a brew fest where dogs are the central theme and an oyster festival where speed eating is the feature coming to the central coast.
On Saturday, May 8, Mo’s Restaurant will be hosting the first annual oyster-eating contest in Lincoln City. Each competitor will have two minutes to eat as many oyster shooters as he or she can. The participant that consumes the most oysters in the two-minute timeframe will receive a $1000 prize. In addition to the general entry class, there will also be a “Local Celebrities for Charity Class.” They will follow the same rules however the top three competitors in the celebrity class will receive their winnings in the form of a donation check to the charity of their choice.
The event goes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m,
Taft High School seniors are going to be holding a “Best Youtube Video” contest of the event.
“We are really excited about hosting this event,” said Bob Scull, manager of Mo’s Restaurant. “We are expecting around 150 participants in the Oyster Shoot-Off, so if you think you are up for the challenge to participate amongst some of the fastest oyster eaters around, come on down to the beach. Everyone is welcome.”
The entrance fee to compete in the oyster shoot-out is $10. To register in advance please contact Mo’s at 541-996-2535 or come by our location at 860 SW 51st Street.
“Of course if you are not the oyster loving type but want to have a great time at the beach, come on down to the Taft area of Lincoln City for a little music, food and fun,” said Scull.
In Newport, Rogue Ales Brewery will host the 4th Annual Brewer’s Memorial Ale Festival on May 21-23.
The event honors the company’s former mascot, which showed up in numerous commercials and is still features on some Rogue logos to this day.
“It’s in honor of Brewer, our revered Chairman and resident black lab who passed away in May 2006,” said the company in a press release. “The largest dog-friendly beer festival in the world, this year’s event will include more than 50 microbreweries, live music, local seafood, and dog-inspired entertainment.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit local animal charities Oregon Coast Therapy Animals and the Central Coast Humane Society.
Held inside the Rogue brewery where Brewer grew up, dogs can participate in Doggie Musical Chairs, Dog Dancing, and Celebrity Dog Lookalike contests. Canines can also enjoy a variety of dog food and dog accessories. Humane Society volunteers will host a dog washing station outside within a fenced dog run area overlooking scenic Yaquina Bay.
Over 50 world class microbrews from Oregon, Washington and California will be poured including Allagash, Amnesia, Anderson Valley, Bear Republic, Block 15, Boundary Bay, Calapooia, Caldera, Diamond Knot, Eugene City Brewery, Fort George (from Astoria), Issaquah Brewhouse, Laurelwood, Max’s Fanno Creek Brewpub, Ninkasi, Pelican, Rogue Ales, Skagit River, Standing Stone, Steelhead, and more.
Non-canines will enjoy tours of the Rogue Brewery that includes the new 3150 square foot cooler. The House of Spirits, Rogue’s craft distillery located next door to the brewery, will also offer tours and tastings of its award-winning spirits like Spruce Gin, Hazelnut Spice Rum and Dead Guy Whiskey.
The festival will also showcase crafts from local artisans, cuisine from area restaurants like Mo’s and Local Ocean, and live music on Saturday with the Ty Curtis Band.
Entry to this 21+ event is $10 which includes a souvenir mug and taster tokens. Dogs get in free when accompanied by a human. Rogue Ales Brewery is located on the Yaquina Bay at 2320 OSU Drive, Newport, OR 97365. Festival hours are Friday, 4-10pm, Saturday, 12-10pm and Sunday, 12-4pm. www.brewersalefest.com
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