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The Westminster Oyster Stroll and winners of the Oyster Dish Design Challenge

Guest writer

Michael Nepini joins us from McDaniel College where he’s double-majoring in Accounting Economics and Business Administration.

Oyster Stroll

Westminster’s annual Oyster Stroll

This weekend, we set up a booth at the 2017 Westminster Oyster Stroll. It was a great day of music, food, and fun for the community. The Oyster Stroll was designed to raise awareness about Chesapeake farm-raised oysters and show how our local community is working to restore wild oysters back into the Bay.

All day Saturday, Main Street was filled with vendors serving oysters in a variety of different ways, from raw to steamed and even grilled. There were fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids could enjoy the free face painting and a story with crafts hosted by the Westminster library. Adults could enjoy the three bands playing music up and down Main Street, as well as various demonstrations about oyster shucking and conservation efforts.

The event served as a way to bring awareness to the important role oysters play in cleaning the Chesapeake. The Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland hosted a demonstration on oyster filtration in the water. Another group demonstrated how to make concrete reef balls that help reinforce oyster populations.

The Oyster Dish Design Challenge

Ting held a contest to design a totally original apparatus for serving oysters. We had some terrific entries and our two finalists competed for a fan favorite prize. Each designer’s creativity led to a unique and drastically different approach to serving oysters.

Oyster Dish Design Challenge
Entry 1

The winners

First place went to Entry 1, whose utilitarian design allowed for a spinning dish that could be placed at the center of a table to easily serve all occupants. They’re the winner of the grand prize: a $100 gift certificate to RockSalt Grille and 10 passes to Ting’s Makerspace.

Second place went to Entry 2, whose design took a more traditional route by serving the oysters on ice with two sauces in the center. They won a $50 gift certificate to RockSalt Grille and 10 passes to Ting Makerspace: Westminster.

Our fan favorite prize, which is a $25 gift certificate to RockSalt Grille and another five passes to the Makerspace, goes to Entry 1.

Oyster Dish Challenge
Entry 2

We were delighted to see the creativity and ingenuity of our members. The Ting Makerspace is a resource for anyone who wants to bring their ideas to life. Everything from artwork to prototypes to solutions for everyday problems can be designed and built right here. We invite anyone who wants to make their idea a reality to come in and see what we’re all about.


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