The Maine Oyster Festival Seafarms
Visit Freeport invites ALL Maine seafarms to participate in the first ever, statewide celebration of Maine oysters!
2022 Festival Seafarm Schedule:
- Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- L.L.Bean, Moose Parking Lot (between the Bike, Boat & Ski Store and Discovery Park)
2022 Booth Fee:
- The “fee” to participate in the Festival is a donation of a bag of oysters for the shucking competitions.
Before submitting your registration, please review the rules & regulations outlined below. Any questions about The Maine Oyster Festival, may be emailed to [email protected] Seafarmers may also wish to contact Ken Sparta of Spartan Sea Farms for advice and his insight about participation.
- Participating seafarms are shucking on Saturday from 10am – 6pm. You’ll direct sell your oysters and merchandise to the public at your own prices and keep 100% of your profits.
- Maine Sea Grant is creating a guide to help farmers complete the necessary process with the State of Maine to shuck and sell directly. We’ll share this guide with you when it is complete. There is a $75 fee payable to the State of Maine for the permit required by the Department of Marine Resources.
- You’ll need to bring in your own booth set-up including 10 X 10 tent, tables, storage, shucking supplies, and anything you need to serve your oysters. We request that you only use service wares that are fully composable.
- Ice will be available at no cost to you.
- You’ll need to reserve 5 – 7 oysters for judging by our expert panel. We will be awarding a Maine Oyster of the Year award to one seafarm.
- You will be required to sign and return a simple food safety agreement supplied by L.L.Bean.
- L.L.Bean prohibits games of chance (raffles, etc), direct solicitation of donations, or collecting contact information from Festival goers (for instance, sign-ups for email newsletters.) This does not include collecting what is required in the course of a sale or transaction.
- Public WiFi is not readily available and cellular coverage varies greatly by carrier and location within Freeport. We recommend that you bring any devices to your exact booth location in advance to test your signal strength and reliability.
- If necessary, only whisper-quiet generators are permitted.
- The local Boy Scouts will be collecting the shells throughout the Festival. They will be treated for biosecurity reasons and later donated for use in a variety of projects.
- DEADLINE: In order to ensure an accurate event brochure, the deadline sign-up is April 1, 2022.
- Each participating seafarm will have a web listing including your logo, photos, description, and links to your website and social media accounts. Each farm will also be highlighted on Visit Freeport and The Maine Oyster Festival social media accounts.
- Reduced price tickets for the Friday and Saturday night events will be offered to participating seafarms.
- Participating seafarms may also opt to host tours, open farm days or other events at their farm from 6/23/22 – 6/27/22 and have them included in the official Festival calendar of events. Check the appropriate box when you sign up if interested.
- Festival is rain or shine.
- Set-up time for seafarms begins at 7am on Saturday, June 25.
- Breakdown on Saturday, June 25 is to begin no earlier than 6pm. Bring lots of brochures, business cards, etc – even if you run out of oysters you should stay and continue to promote your brand.
- Free Underground Parking is available at the Freeport Village Station across the street from L.L.Bean. Additional parking, including for large trailers, is located at the Freeport High School off Holbrook Street. We recommend parking off-site so your customers may find convenient parking. Parking is not assigned because spaces are easily found in the morning.
- Vendor Insurance Coverage: All vendors participating in The Maine Oyster Festival are required to have insurance coverage no less than $2M and must supply a copy of their Certificate of Insurance in advance of the festival. For inexpensive, per-event event coverage, please visit https://www.actinsurance.com
- It is likely that there will be additional guidance from the State of Maine and CDC regarding SPECIAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS and COVID-19. Any recommendations or requirements in effect at the time of the Festival will be enforced by Visit Freeport. This includes, but is not limited to, masking for participants and vendors, hand sanitizer stations, social distancing, etc.
Featured ‘Learn to Shuck’ Stations:
- Farms may opt to apply to be a featured ‘Learn to Shuck’ Station at the time of registration. To qualify:
- You must agree to have a dedicated team member at your station in addition to the staff that will be shucking and selling.
- This person will be required to attend a training at the Freeport Oyster Bar on the afternoon of Friday, June 24 at a time to be determined.
- Your farm will provide the oysters at your own cost. It is okay to set a per person limit and/or an overall limit for the day.
- In exchange, Visit Freeport will provide you with:
- A premium corner booth location.
- A t-shirt for your dedicated team member.
- A banner/flag to designate your booth as a ‘Learn to Shuck’ Station.
- And extra publicity online and in the printed brochure.