Remembering Shad Bake 2019

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The Shad Bake 2019

The Rotary Club of Essex and The Connecticut River Museum partnered to bring you a classic Spring ritual of the Connecticut Shoreline- the Shad Bake, June 1, 2019.

2019 marked the 61st year the Rotary Club of Essex has maintained this important culinary tradition. Once the basis of a sizable fishery on the River, American Shad are a flavorful fish known both for their taste and for the difficulty in preparing them for the table (due to thousands of tiny bones).  Expertly deboned and nailed up on oak planks around a smoldering bonfire, the shad take on a smokey flavor and was accompanied by many sides as well as pie from Lyman Orchards.  Not a fan of shad? Hot dogs and barbecue chicken were served as well.  A cash bar served several different varieties of beer and wine, as well as nonalcoholic beverages.  In addition to great food and drinks, several talks and displays about the history of the Connecticut River shad fishery were offered throughout the afternoon, and live music was be provided.  Community members came down to the River, ate some shad, learned about this important local culinary custom and had a blast!


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