If the schedule holds, Saturday November 27, 2016 will be the next Big Curri-Shuck, so put that on the calendar to do list now. The 2015 version of the annual event was as advertised—lots of steamed oysters, eastern NC barbecue, great music, beer and wine.

It would be hard to fault any of that as a recipe for a great time, but throw in spectacular weather and hay rides for kids and the makings of a perfect Saturday are in place.

Held at Sanctuary Vineyards, which is right next door to the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, the concept is simple: celebrate the harvest from the vineyard, steam a mess of oysters and let the crowds gather.

They have been putting the Big Curri-Shuck on for a couple of years, and it’s been growing every year, but this one certain seemed like the biggest yet. We haven’t heard any crowd estimates, but judging by how many cars were parked around the site and how filled the tents and tables were, it looked like something close to 1000 oyster, wine and beer lovers were there.

Music by the Cody Austin Band was perfect—a nice country sound with a little bit of a rock beat, a number of local breweries were on hand and there were samples of the wines of Sanctuary Vineyards.

The AYCE steamed oysters courtesy of I Got Your Crabs were wonderful; there was so crab available for picking as well; and the barbecue was quite nice.

It was about as nice a way to spend a Saturday as there could be.