With oysters as the star, Big Currishuck returns

By on November 28, 2021

Around 750 people gathered to shuck some oysters at the Big Currishuck. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
The Big Currishuck has always been a gathering place for friends and family. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Hunter Stuart, in foreground, escorts the first batch of steamed oysters to the table. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Ryan Kight of I Got Your Crabs pours out steamed oysters for the waiting crowd. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Music from reggae/alternative rock band Of Good Nature. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Kids and dogs have always been welcome at Big Currishuck. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Hayrides for kids and families are part of the Big Currishuck tradition. There are some kids on the ride. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
Wine tasting indoors is part of the day’s festivities. (Photos by Kip Tabb)
previous arrow
next arrow

After taking a year off because of COVID, the annual celebration of steamed oysters, barbecue, wine, beer and music came roaring back on Saturday Nov. 27 at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg.

Sure it was cold and the wind blowing across the farm fields made it just a little colder, but everything that has made the Big Currishuck one of the most popular post- Thanksgiving Outer Banks traditions was there.

There was some fine music from the local rock band Formula; reggae and alternative rock band Of Good Nature was excellent, with a trombone giving them a very different sound. The Brothers Stonesifer with their country music covers rounded out the music for the day.

From the first Big Currishuck, the day has been a great place for the family and there were hayrides for the children and kids of all ages shucking oysters, eating some pulled pork and spending time with family.

The event, though, is all about oysters. Barbecue also, but it’s really an all you can eat afternoon of steamed oysters, courtesy Hunter Stuart of I Got Your Crabs in Kitty Hawk. They were good oysters this year. Slightly salty, plump and ready to be shucked and dipped in drawn butter.

Winery manager Joh Wright estimated the crowd at about 750, noting “That’s a little bit down from past years. When it’s colder you don’t get the last- minute rush of people.”

“After last year…they (Currituck County) wanted us to put this back on,” he added. “So we did everything we could to make it happen.”




See what people are saying:

  • Steve

    Wow! What an awesome event! Miss being on the Outer Banks!

    Sunday, Nov 28 @ 3:03 pm