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We're seeking chefs, farmers and food truck operators for Barleybrine Oyster & Craft Beer Weekend 2019!

Join Blue Collards and the Swing Shift crew this April for three days of oysters, craft beer and culinary storytelling in the beautiful, colonial-era seaport of Pensacola, Florida. We’re expecting more than a dozen of the region’s best chefs, thirty brewers from across the country and bushels and bushels of fresh Gulf oysters. A portion of ticket sales from this first-year event will benefit seafood workers affected by Hurricane Michael, through our friends at the Gulf Seafood Foundation. Participation opportunities are outlined below. For full details on programming, please visit our main event page.


We’re seeking approximately a dozen chefs to participate in the Gulf oyster showcase at our April 6 Grand Tasting event.

  • Each chef will be asked to plan one chargrilled oyster dish and prepare 300 servings 
  • Chefs will be responsible for sourcing all ingredients, other than oysters
  • We ask that chefs bring their own grill and whatever additional equipment (i.e. tongs, charcoal, etc.) they require
  • At least one member from each producers’ team will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session prior to the event, details TBA
  • Oysters
  • One 30” by 96” presentation table and one 30” by 96” prep table
  • Linens, ice, presentation vessels, plateware, utensils, shell collection bins & trash receptacles 
  • Two event credentials — for the featured chef & assistant working your table — and two complimentary general admission tickets
  • Custom signage for each station listing the name of the chef, restaurant & location.


We’re seeking approximately one-half dozen oyster farmers to partner with us for a craft beer and oyster pairing during the VIP portion of our main event, on April 6.

  • We ask that each producer supply approximately 300 oysters & enough shucking power to get through a four-hour event
  • Farmers will also be responsible for supplying all equipment needed for prep & service — to include shucking knives, gloves, etc.
  • At least one member from each producers’ team will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session prior to the event, details TBA
  • Each producer will be provided with two event credentials for the farmer & shucker working their table.
  • In addition, each producer will receive two complimentary general admission tickets that can be shared with friends or family
  • Linens, ice, presentation vessels, shell collection bins & trash receptacles will be provided.
  • We will provide custom signage for each station listing the name of your farm, the name of your oysters & your location.
  • We ask that producers not bring signage or decorations. We work very hard to create an outstanding experience for our guests, & consistency of presentation is key.
  • We are working with Evan’s Meats to accommodate those who will not be bringing oysters with them & would rather ship ahead of time for us to transport to the event. Additional details (i.e. where to ship oysters) will be provided closer to the event.

Food Trucks

We’re seeking approximately one half dozen food trucks to provide an alternative dining option for non-seafood-eaters at our main event, on April 6.

  • Complete application and submit required materials by March 1, 2019
  • Each selected food truck will have a designated space, and staff will be on hand to direct operators on the day of the event. 
  • Each food truck will receive two event shirts to be worn by staff

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