The roast took place just around the corner from the movie theater. The rooftop of Windmill Studios in Williamsburg is conveniently located across the river from a beautiful skyline.
Bulls Bay Oyster Roasts came up from South Carolina to share the oyster love with festival-goers after the screening of George Motz' oyster-centric film, "The Mud and the Blood." Freshly roasted oysters arrived on the tables by the shovelful.
As we learned in the film, the oysters roast atop the flames and are covered in burlap sacks.
Traditional toppings for our oysters are ketchup, tabasco sauce, or both... Or none at all. It's hard to resist the temptation of a freshly shucked oyster.
Everyone grabbed a towel, an oyster knife, and a cluster of shells, and got to work. The festive spirit was contagious!
Some shells were harder than others to crack. But, such is life.
Alongside the roast were a few classic Southern dishes from Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC. Chef Robert Stehling's cheddar biscuit, dirty rice, mustard greens and squash casserole were welcome additions to round out our bellies.
Mama Sugar's Sweet Potato Cobbler
After watching a beautiful sweet potato cobbler recipe film (trailer here), it was quite satisfying to sample the dish on the roof, a la mode-style.
Hot Wet Goobers
Another film star in our midst: boiled green peanuts from Georgia. They're mushy, salty and oh so delicious.
The evening also featured tunes from M. Shanghai String Band, a group whose origins began in the restaurant of the same name. They were also featured in the film "Tic Tac Toe Chicken," about the restaurant's spicy chicken dish.