After a one year hiatus from Seafood Expo North America, we decided to come back in full swing and swagger. We were literally "drippin' swagoo" as Kanye West would say. So many people came by and was awestruck by how many oysters we had:
Yes, all of the oysters displayed were a different variety from their neighbor! We got so many compliments for having the best display at the show. Attendees constantly asked if they could take a photo, and we couldn't have been more thrilled!
The highlights of being at the show each year include reconnecting with old friends, greeting our customers, matching names to faces, and building the shellfish community. The de Konings of Acadia Aqua Farms, growers of our premium Hollander & de Koning mussels, blessed us with their presence on the first day. They're fun people and one of our favorite purveyors we proudly represent!
It was also a pleasure to see Robert Rheault, Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, who goes way back with Ben during his Moonstone Oyster Farm days when Ben was only a college student.
The show is also an opportunity to make new friends and see cool new products. We were thrilled to meet the folks behind Daisy Bay Oysters (also the growers of the well-known Raspberry Point Oysters) and are proud to announce that starting next week, March 24th, we will be introducing Daisy Bay Oysters to our selection!
One of the reasons we love social media is because it's a great tool for making connections and building community. A huge shout out to Barren Island Oysters and Steve Vilnit (@SteveVilnit), Director of Fisheries Marketing of Maryland DNR, for engaging with us and promoting seafood and shellfish. What a fun group of guys!
The lineup of events at the expo also gave special consideration to the oyster. Besides talks on sustainability and a master class led by Patrick McMurray (@ShuckerPaddy), which featured Pangea's oysters, the bivalve got a lot of press during the annual oyster shucking competition! Paul Hagan, our farm manager, couldn't resist a photo opportunity with some of the world's best shuckers -- our friend, Daniel Notkin (@MtlOysterfest) of The Old Port Fishing Company, and John Bil (@keeponshucking).
A huge thank you to everyone who helped us make the Seafood Show a success! Until next year!
The Pangea Shellfish Team