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Roscoe Village Chamber Considering Expansion of Oyster Fest

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, January 6, 2011

Last year was a banner year for the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, as the 1st Annual Burger Fest saw over 25,000 paid attendees in July and September’s Oyster Fest was one of the most successful yet.

“Food is a big driver in the Midwest,” says Mary Markarian, executive director at the chamber.

So big, that in 2011 the Chamber is considering expanding OysterFest by half a day, into Friday night.

“It’s not set in stone, but we’re thinking about it because it is a fun event,” says Markarian.

Even though last year’s Oyster Fest competed with a pair of Dave Matthews Band concerts in Wrigley Field, Markarian considered it a smashing success.

“We had live oysters on the street last year, we had Chesapeake Oysters and Guinness was back. So there was a lot going on.”

Also, for next year’s Burger Fest, held on Belmont Avenue, Foghat and The Smithereens have been signed as headliners. But Markarian expects the food to be the bigger draw since last year’s festival had seven burger vendors.

“People come back for food,” he said. “We felt we could not deliver on the artsy vendors, because it’s so competitive in July for festivals.”

Also, the Chamber is experimenting this year with monthly luncheons for the chamber’s 150 members. The first luncheon will be Monday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 am at the Four Treys, 3333 N. Damen Ave.

Below is a list of the Chamber’s scheduled events for 2011.

  • January 20, 2011 – Aldermanic Candidate Forum for 32nd Ward: DePaul University, 6:30 p.m., 2250 N Sheffield, room 220
  • April 28 – It’s in the Bag: Shop Roscoe Village on April 28th and you will get a whole lot more! Spend dollars at participating retailers and receive a mystery envelope of surprises!
  • July 9-10 – Roscoe Village Burger Fest: Burgers from Chicago restaurants plus a fantastic music lineup, including Foghat, are just a few of the highlights of the second annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest on Belmont at Damen.
  • September 17 – Roscoe Village’s 5th annual Oysterfest on Roscoe Street: Oysters and beer – plus a stellar music lineup – will be on the day’s menu for the annual fest that will be held 2000 W. Roscoe (at Damen).
  • October 6 – Shop for Schools: Come out and shop for your local school. Retailers will give back 20% of purchases to your favorite   participating school. Last year the merchants gave back $4,000 to the schools!
  • December 3-4 – Winterfest: Tree lighting, carolers, holiday stroll, trolley, horse drawn sleigh and, of course, Santa.

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  • http://philk.tumblr.com/ Phil Koesterer

    How did I not know that Roscoe Village has an oyster fest? This is awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dax-White/1632453718 Dax White

    Love the Oyster Fest!

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