One of my favorite annual events is the Last Saturday Oyster Roast held in Jackson, NC.
I started attending this oyster roast back when I was a sophomore in college and I attribute this event to my love of oysters. It has become the one event I really look forward to every year to celebrate both my birthday and my dad’s birthday and to catch up with friends and family. It is a huge gathering, full of great food, fun music, and a low-key atmosphere right in the middle of Northampton County.
Last Saturday Oyster Roast in Jackson NC is a huge gathering for lots of folks from around the area. Each year, it’s gotten a little bit bigger, but the food remains delicious and my favorite part is how the oysters come around in waves. Other items on the menu include Eastern North Carolina bbq, fried fish, shrimp, hush puppies, slaw, and potatoes. The event runs from about 2:00-5:30 and I never leave hungry given the constant stream of food.
But, while the food is delicious, one of my favorite parts of the Last Saturday Oyster Roast in Jackson NC is the fellowship. I always look forward to seeing certain people at this event, including parents of friends from high school, friends from college, and my cousins. Family friends gather around the same spots at tables or in the back of tailgates. It’s just such a fun afternoon despite whatever weather conditions may be. We’ve been when there was snow on the ground, when it was sunny and 60 degrees, and everything in between, and it’s still a good time. I think that’s what I like most about the Last Saturday Oyster Roast. The fact that it is a big, community gathering, that is laid back, full of good food, and embodies everything that is quintessential eastern North Carolina. It’s held on the grounds of the Meherrin Ag & Chemicals in Jackson, and is surrounded by fields and pick up trucks. It embodies all the good about eastern NC and it will continue to be one of my favorite traditions.