Salty dogs, beachcombers, and sea-fare gourmands from near and far prep to pilgrimage to the Olympic Peninsula for what very well could be the biggest subtidal oyster centric party of the year! Annually, Hama Hama Oyster Co. hosts this lively event, celebrating Hood Canal’s bountiful flats and the small, deliciously edible creatures that inhabit them. With myriad fun for grown-ups and kids alike, score some serious brownie points with Mom on her big weekend when you head over to the Hama Hama Oyster Rama in Lilliwuap on May 9th. Buy your tickets soon to guarantee your entrance, but not for your kids under 15, they enter for free!
As a 5th generation family run oyster and clam farm, these folks are a real staple of Hood Canal culture and sure do know how to throw a good party to celebrate their salty heritage. To properly tip a hat to these yummy crustaceans, Rama event activities include opportunities to learn from the experts during interesting tours with intertidal ecologists and oyster growers. Pick the brains of true oyster people as you learn about different species, seasonality, and more, after which you can try your own hand at harvest.
To show it all off, go for gold with Hama Hama’s iron-chef style cooking competition. Judged by the caliber of both a raw and a cooked oyster dish, teams of three face off for the coveted title. Prefer to have someone cook for you? Paella Works, Smokin Mo’s, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, and more local vendors will be serving up tasty treats all day.
Those moved further still by the spirit of competition can enter into the oyster-sports game aptly named the Shuckathon. A sure win for all who enter, the substantial post-Shuckathon bounty can be leisurely enjoyed with dry hopped cider from Finnriver Cidery or fragrant Island White wine from Whidbey Island Winery.
Shuck your way to good karma! Proceeds from this day full of beach exploration benefit local charities including the Hood Canal Education Foundation. That's what we call a real 'win-win.'
Amidst it all, with a breathtaking Olympic backdrop, tap your toes to live music all day as you don your poncho, rubber boots, and sense of adventure. Let us help you foot the bill by entering our Mother’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win a stay at Alderbrook Resorts and an even wider sampling of the local delicacies.
As you capture what are sure to be coffee table memories, share your images with us at #explorehoodcanal, #hoodcanal, and #wildsideWA. Be sure to keep an eye on our take on all things in and around the Olympic National Park and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Happy Mother’s Day, and happy beachcombing!