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The "Walrus & Carpenter Picnic" Jan. 28th and Feb. 26th, 2018 on Taylor Shellfish Oyster Beds Benefitting the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Shelton, WA
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The "Walrus & Carpenter Picnic" Jan. 28th and Feb. 26th, 2018 on Taylor Shellfish Oyster Beds Benefitting the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
"O Oysters come and walk with us, a pleasant talk, a pleasant walk, upon the briny beach..."

Hosted by Taylor Shellfish Farms as a benefit for the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, the Walrus & Carpenter picnics provide the ultimate oyster-eating experience, one by which all others will be judged.  A right of passage for Northwest oyster enthusiasts,  Sunset Magazine named the Walrus & Carpenter Picnic one of 25 "must do" West Coast travel experiences.

Lewis Carroll's "Walrus & Carpenter," a whimsical tale about how the Walrus and the Carpenter lure the oysters for "a pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, upon the briny beach" and then proceed to eat every one, provided the inspiration", says organizer, Jon Rowley.

Walrus and Carpenters depart on the Oyster Bus at 6:30 pm for the 1 1/2 hour ride to Totten Inlet from Taylor's Queen Anne Oyster Bar at 124 Republican St, returning around midnight. To instill a sense of adventure, the Oyster Bus goes whatever the weather. Walruses and Carpenters are advised to dress for warm and dry.

The nighttime "picnic" takes place by lantern and moonlight on a low minus tide on Taylor's Totten Inlet oyster bed in the middle of the winter when oysters--- Olympia, Kumamoto, Shigoku, Pacific and Totten Inlet Virginica---are at their peak.  Plump, sweet, perky oysters just rousted from their beds, opened on the spot, with cold, crisp "oyster wines" served in Reidel stemware make for just the right mix of magic and madness. An icy gust of wind off the bay can invigorate the experience. When the tide starts coming in, enjoy a bonfire and a cup of Xinh Dwelley's hot oyster stew or geoduck chowder before getting back on the bus.

"We are pleased and honored to join with Taylor Shellfish on this popular nighttime beach adventure as a way to have fun on the tide while drawing attention to important habitat and water quality issues," says Betsy Peabody, Executive Director of the Restoration Fund.

The cost of $150 per person benefits the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. NO refunds within 72 hours of event.

Note: our Walrus and Carpenter Picnic predates and is not associated with Renee Erickson's excellent Walrus and Carpenter restaurant.


Taylor Shellfish Farms (View)
Totten Inlet
Shelton, WA 98502
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No



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