Land and sea harvest will celebrate the Cape's local bounty

First Cape-wide Land & Sea Harvest (CLASH) highlights the Cape's agricultural and fishing heritage

HYANNISâ??The first Cape-wide Land & Sea Harvest (CLASH) will be heldâ??rain or shineâ??Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2006. Featuring special tasting menus using local ingredients at restaurants across the Cape, educational activities at farms, bogs, wineries and breweries, a finale farmersâ?? market in downtown Hyannis, and the Cape Cod Oyster Festival, the weekend-long event will highlight the agricultural and fishing heritage and abundant local foods of Cape Cod.

Cape Cod enjoys a profusion of locally grown and caught foods, particularly in the autumn. Cape shell fishers are bringing in lobster, crab, oysters, clams, scallops and mussels. Line fishermen are catching bluefin tuna, bluefish, cod, cusk, haddock, hake, monkfish, redfish and skate wings. Meanwhile local farmers are harvesting their largest bounty of the growing season: apples, arugula, beans, beets, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, kale, leeks, melons, mesclun, pears, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, scallions, shallots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips and winter squash. Many Cape Cod restaurants are taking advantage of this seasonal abundance and offering special tasting menus on Friday night, September 29. Participating restaurants include: The Bee-Hive Tavern (Sandwich), Compass Rose Summer Shack (West Dennis), The Island Merchant (Hyannis), Grille 16 (Hyannis), Restaurant 902 Main (South Yarmouth), The Naked Oyster (Hyannis), The Oyster Company (Dennisport), The Red Pheasant (Dennis), and The Wicked Oyster (Wellfleet), with more being signed up every day.

On Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 many activities have been scheduled to provide a behind-the-scenes view of how local agricultural and related businesses operate. Several Cape farms will have tours and mini-tutorials, Bee & Blossom will explain the process of extracting honey from the beehive, Cape Cod Beer will give a lesson on making beer at home, the Barnstable Department of Natural Resources will demonstrate the fundamentals of shellfishing. A complete listing of events will be posted on the CLASH website.

The Cape Land & Sea Harvest culminates on Sunday with a finale farmersâ?? market and the Cape Cod Oyster Festival, both being held on the waterfront in downtown Hyannis. The farmersâ?? market, which will be held from 12:00-4:00 PM at Aselton Park, will offer customers the last opportunity of the season to purchase locally harvested produce. In addition to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, fresh-baked breads and baked goods, cut and dried flowers, jams and honey will be available.

Nearby at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum, the Cape & Islands United Way will hold its Fifth Annual Oyster Festival from 1:00-4:00 PM. For a donation of $40 per person, attendees will feast on raw, baked, roasted and stewed oysters prepared by leading local restaurants and sample wines from the best vineyards in the world. This highly anticipated and well-attended event is one of the major fundraising activities hosted by the Cape & Islands United Way each year. Tickets for the Oyster Festival can be purchased by calling 508-775-4746.

The Cape Land & Sea Harvest is being organized by Edible Cape Cod Magazine, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce, Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District, The Mid-Cape Farmersâ?? Market and The Zammer Hospitality Institute of Cape Cod Community College.

Resources:
CLASH page here.
A complete list of tours and events may be found here.
Edible Cape Cod Magazine here.
Hyannis Chamber of Commerce here.
Cape & Islands United Way here.

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