Welcome to the site for the Celtic Oyster Festival of Berks County Pennsylvania that happens on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from Noon to 9PM at St. Benedict’s Picnic Grove, Route 10, Morgantown Road, Mohnton, Pa. The grove is located between Morgantown and Reading in the town of Plowville and is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (route 76) and Route 422, via Route 176. We have added a map for your convenience so just refer to the link to the left. The plans are finalized for this year’s festival and we are proud to offer you a versatile Entertainment lineup of both International and Regional performing acts, more Clans and Entertainers in the Celtic Heritage Glen, more Oysters and International Food Vendors and Oyster Eating and Best Men’s Legs in Kilts Contests to entertain all of our visitors. We’re also very happy to at last offer On-Line Ticket Purchasing this year making it easier to acquire your tickets prior to the festival and take advantage of the discount we’ve been offering in past years. Thank you for stopping by to see what our festival has to offer and we look forward to seeing you on August 28th!
We encourage you to take advantage of our advance ticket sale option. Please click on the below icon for details and ordering information to purchase your advanced tickets on line which can be printed immediately for your convenience! If you prefer to order tickets by mail, please use the purchase advance ticket link on the left of the page. This will open up a mail request which must be mailed directly using the address contained therein.
We urge you to visit our website often as there will be more information about the festival updated regularly. Visit our Guestbook as well and add your comments about the festival for others to see. Share your experience and let us know how you enjoyed your day by visiting our Festival Survey Site at where you can tell us how you enjoyed your day and let us know if we can make your Celtic Experience better in the coming years.
We invite you to participate in our sponsor programs and vendor programs as well. Be sure to explore our website to see more about who we are and the opportunities available to participate in this celebration of Celtic Heritage.
As with any successful undertaking, we continue to rely on volunteers to help out in the various areas of our Festival. If you would be interested in helping out, we have established a link where you can let us know if you wish to volunteer during this year’s festival. There are several areas where help would be greatly appreciated; Working the Gate, Kitchen area, set-up and clean-up, Bar, etc. The Volunteer Form allows you to specify what hours you would like to work. Just complete the form and submit it through the email link attached and we will be in contact with you. Thank You!
We look forward to seeing all of you again this year and hope you will enjoy your day as we celebrate Celtic Heritage in Berks County!
Once again we will hold our Oyster Eating Contest, sponsored by Adelphia Seafood. The contest will be held on Saturday afternoon and will include five (5) constestants who will have to consume 18 raw oysters over a period of time. Naturally the winner will be the one who finishes in the shortest period of time. There are definite rules and guidlines which will apply to all entrants, All contestants MUST be a minimum of 18 years of age and complete and application, including signing the release section on the application. “All entries must be received no later than August 21, 2010.” Successful candidates will be notified by August 24, 2010, if they are chosen to verify that they meet the requirements and conditions. They will then be told what time to report for the contest. Only the five contestants notified will participate, so if you are interested, please submit your application early.
New this year will be our first “Best Men’s Legs in Kilt Contest” To be eligible all contestants must comply with the attached rules and visit the Volunteer/Information booth by 1pm of festival day to register. The contest is being sponsored by USA Kilts with the winner receiving $25 in cash and a $25 gift certificate to USA Kilts, located in Phoenixville, PA.
The Second Annual Oysterfest Pub Crawl is happening on Saturday August 14th in the Historic Pub District of Downtown Reading starting at 6pm. The Ugly Oyster located at S. 5th & Cherry Streets, the Peanut Bar located at 332 Penn St. and the Speckled Hen Pub located at 4th & Cherry Streets have joined together again to feature and evening of live Irish entertainment, Oyster and Food specials and delicious beverages from the featured Sly Fox Microbrewery. For details of this event click here FESTIVAL UPDATE
Once again the Oysterfest Shuttle will be operating for your convenience. The shuttle parking lot will be located on Route 10 about 1.5 miles from the Morgantown Interchange of the Turnpike, and about 3 miles south of the Festival Site. Signs will be posted at the entrance of the Shuttle Lot and there will be parking police on site during the day to maintain traffic flow and oversee the lot and the vehicles parked there. The Shuttle Bus will begin pickups at 11:30am and will continue until the last pickup at 8:30pm. The Shuttle will continue returning patrons to the lot until 9:30pm or until all the patrons are returned to their vehicles. Although there are no identifiable signs on the lot, it was previously an old pool and water park, so please look for the Celtic Oyster Festival Shuttle Parking Signs at the entrance on Route 10. In the meantime, if you have any questions that cannot be answered by checking out FAQ page, please use the email link and someone will get back to you from the committee a.s.a.p.
The Highland Stage will again feature a Traditional “Irish Seisún” as the final musical act for this stage. “Irish Seisún’s” are gatherings of musicians playing the traditional music passed down through generations, and are prevalent to many Pubs in the towns of Western Ireland. Festivals always attract musicians who love to play this lively music, and so we invite any traditional musicians who play in sessions around the area to join our core group of local musicians for an enjoyable evening of lively music and good friendship. All musicians should be able to play some traditional music and should report to the Highland Stage area at 7PM in order to join in the session. We also encourage everyone who enjoys to listen to traditional Irish Music to come and relax at the Highland Stage and enjoy the wonderful music from all these great local musicians. Come for the Ceol, and stay for the Craic!