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Celebrate oysters at Legal's 6th annual Oyster Festival

From raw oyters to delectable variations, feast on oysters
From raw oyters to delectable variations, feast on oystersLegal Sea Foods, Regan Communications

September is a banner month for oyster lovers and a good time for anyone who's never tried the delicious mollusks to take a chance and do so. Legal Sea Foods' 6th annual Oyster Fest takes place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 14 with special menu features and special oyster-centric events.

Prepare for a treat! Rotating features will include Oyster Stew (freshly shucked oysters simmered with cream, butter and herbs); Oysters Legal (freshly shucked oysters baked with spinach, cheese and crumbs); Fried Oysters (pickle relish, BBQ mayo, cole slaw); Bacon Wrapped Oysters (spinach salad, black quinoa, pickled red onion, creole mustard vinaigrette); Oysters Jambalaya (crisp fried oysters, jambalaya rice); Bacon Crusted Oyster Lettuce Cups (Bibb lettuce, goat cheese, pickled radish, Green Goddess dressing); and, Oyster Po’ Boy (crisp fried oysters, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, po’ boy roll). And of course you can always have your oysters with no added trimmings at Legal's raw bar. But if the very words "Oyster Stew" or the thought of oysters baked with spinach and cheese make you start to drool, you'll want to make sure you put the event on your calendar!

As for the oyster-related events, there's a lot to choose from:

Shellfish Shindig
A “shuckout” with $1 oysters at the outside Terrace Bar*

Legal Sea Foods at Charles Square: 20 University Road, Cambridge
Sunday, September 21 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
A la carte pricing
Reservations: not required
*In case of rain, this event will be held in the atrium of the restaurant.

Sip, Slurp and Sup
A trio of small plates paired with oyster-friendly wines hosted on two separate evenings in Park Square’s 10,000 bottle wine cellar

Legal Sea Foods at Park Square: 26 Park Plaza, Boston
Tuesday, September 23 & Thursday, October 2 at 6:30pm
$40 (excludes tax and gratuity)
Reservations: 617.530.9392 or online

Mollusk Mania
A 21+ “everything oyster” party featuring a raw bar of eight varieties and four passed appetizers hosted on the all-weather rooftop

Legal Harborside: 270 Northern Avenue, Boston
Sunday, October 5 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
$55 (includes tax)
Reservations: online only

Oysteria, Mamma Mia
An oyster tasting and tutorial by Chef Gina Palmacci

Legal Oysteria: 10 City Square, Charlestown
Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30pm
$35 (excludes tax and gratuity)
Reservations: 617-530-9392 or online

Advance reservations are required at all the events with the exception of the Shellfish Shinding. Make them at www.legalseafoods.com.