For Immediate Release
Contact Person: Marisa Getter

Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off
A Fundraiser for the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department
January 16-17, 2015

Apalachicola, Florida; Riverfront Park – The Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off is an annual event and the sole fundraiser for the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department. The cook-off attracts area chefs and homegrown locals competing with their prized oyster based recipes. Last year’s winner, the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department, will be back this January to defend their title.

This is the fifth Oyster Cook-off, held on the Friday and Saturday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day in downtown Historic Apalachicola at the lovely Riverfront Park. The event will include a silent art auction from 6:00pm – 8:00pm Friday night, January 16th, at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Arts at 86 Water Street. Saturday’s festivities are from 12:00pm-5:00pm with judging of contestants’ oyster dishes, children’s activities and live blues music by the Eric Culberson Band. Several types of seafood will be offered for sale such as fried, baked, and raw oysters, oyster stew, smoked mullet, fresh shrimp and more!

“I invite everyone to enter their favorite oyster recipe or just come to enjoy some fresh Apalachicola Bay seafood, live music and small town camaraderie.” says event organizer Marisa Getter.

The Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off was started in 2010 by a group of concerned citizens wanting to raise money for the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department. They saw the department’s need for additional funds to help purchase a new fire truck, improved firefighting equipment and additional training for its volunteers.

More information about the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off is available online at or on Facebook at Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off.