Port Wentworth Chamber Accepting Oyster Roast Vendor Applications

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

The Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 10th annual Oyster Roast, BBQ & Music Festival – a beloved community event that draws an impressive crowd to the quaint coastal community every November.

This year’s celebration is slated for 12-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the City Hall festival grounds, 7224 GA Highway 21 in Port Wentworth. Admission is free, and attendees can expect to enjoy a plethora of entertainment options and activities. The celebration will feature live music, food booths, craft and business vendors, two oyster tents, a beer tent, a military appreciation tent – staffed by Boy Scout Troop #665 – and a children’s area with inflatables, rides and other attractions.

The musical acts will be announced soon as contracts are being finalized. Previous festival performers include Missionary Blues Band, the Gary Byrd Band, Lance Stinson, Luke Lander and The Homegrown Band, and the Savannah-based band, Tell Scarlet. The event’s presenting sponsor is the City of Port Wentworth.

Vendors are needed, and the chamber began accepting applications on Sept. 9. Anyone interested in selling food or retail goods can request a vendor application by contacting the Chamber by phone at 912-965-1999 or e-mailing info@visitportwentworth.com.

“Our Oyster Roast, BBQ & Music Festival has grown impressively each year and we pride ourselves on now being able to host a family-friendly, free event that the whole community can come out and enjoy without paying a steep price,” said Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Trisha Growe. “We encourage sellers to get their applications in as soon as the submission period begins because these are coveted spots, and the foot traffic throughout the event is always heavy. It’ll be a great night for Port Wentworth to show Coastal Georgia what a wonderful place our community is.”

The festival began in 2009 as an event mostly for chamber members, but quickly grew in popularity and began to expand. Within a couple years, it had outgrown its venue at the Lions Club Ballpark and relocated to accommodate bigger crowds. This year’s event is expected to be the largest yet, and organizers have been putting all the pieces in place for months, working hard to ensure another successful festival.