October Oyster and Shrimp Festival – A Local Favorite! October 18, 2 until 8PM

Click HERE to see a Video of last Saturday’s Event!

Thank You to our generous sponsors….
Crescent Communities; Haugen- Carver Wells Fargo;  Valdese Cleaners;  Morganton Savings Bank;  Morganton Honda;  Morganton Animal Clinic;  Dr. Amy Brooks;  The Boat House;  EJ Victor;  Sossoman Funeral Home;  Doc & Judy Teele;  Healthy Petz Veterinary Clinic;  Jeff & Alison Stark;  Fisherman’s Catch;  Heritage Propane;  Broome Insurance;  Phil Scarborough;  Bob & Marcia Hill;  Trescott/Baia Wells Fargo Advisors;  Dr. Kimberly Gragg;  Robert & Mary Marcia Salsbury 

This is the 12th Annual October Oyster Outing, an annual fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 on the Old Court House Square and the Burke Arts Council property at 115 E Meeting Street in Downtown Morganton.  The event begins at 2pm and goes until 8pm.

Fried and Steamed Oysters, Boiled and Fried Shrimp, Steamed Clams, Clam Chowder, Barbecue, Hamburgers, plus all the fixings are on the menu.  New this year – Steamed Clams!

FONTA FLORA BREWERY will be serving the very last 5 gallons of a saison brewed with oyster shells from last years oyster festival. In additional, they will be collecting oyster shells during the event to then brew two new and exciting oyster beers, one of which will be a very traditional oyster stout.

CATAWBA BREWERY:  Once again fall is right around the corner and Catawba Brewing Company will be pouring Fresh Locally produced beers for this this event.  We will be offering King Don’s Pumpkin Ale , White Zombie Ale , Firewater IPA and a local Town Favorite Farmer Ted’s Cream Ale ..

SILVER FORK WINERY will be serving up a handful of their wines – a selection of whites & reds that will pair nicely with all of the food at the Oyster & Shrimp Festival! .  Silver Fork Winery’s refined and distinctive Bordeaux style wines are crafted with superior quality in mind, reflecting the unique natural qualities found only in the rich soils of the Western North Carolina mountains.  Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon,and Merlot will be available by the glass – or take home a bottle of this fine wine!

Desserts & Coffee served by My Local Bakery.

Admission to the event is free .  The food and drink is available for purchase.

Continuous live music on stage line-up……
The Glen Alpine Fiddle Club – A group of young fiddlers from the Glen Alpine area who focus on learning old time, Appalachian fiddle tunes.  They range in age from about 9-13 years old.  The Fiddle Club is funded by grants and donations and has been in existence for about 8 years.

GREENLEAF CROSSING will follow with some rockin’ fiddle music!

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE IS BACK !  Continental Divide has been playing in the southeast for over 30 years. From the silky smooth voice of Gene Pharr to the tightness of the rhythm section, to the flowing lines of the horn section, they put on a performance you will surely enjoy!

CHRIS BELLAMY –  Wilmington’s Chris Bellamy is a rarity among musicians. He’s been making a living from his trade full-time for many years and the musicians that know him know that he’s one of the hardest-working pickers around. Playing every honky tonk, restaurant, bar and Bar-B-Que from Wilmington to south Florida, Bellamy has honed his craft like an oyster making pearls: a long process but worth the wait.  CLICK ON THE BUBBA-FIED ALBUM COVER TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF CHRIS’ WORK! chris bellamy

The Burke Arts Council Gallery will be showcasing the Autumn Photography Exhibition.  The gallery will be openPHOTO throughout the event and there is no admission charge.




The event is a major fundraiser for the Burke Arts Council’s general operating fund.  The Burke Arts Council is grateful for the generous support from our sponsors.  Without them, this event would not be possible.  If you would like information on sponsorship and the benefits of underwriting the event, please call Deborah Jones, Executive Director, 828-433-7282, or email director@burkearts.org