Frankford firefighters dishing up oysters and roast beef this Saturday

Date Published: 
Feb. 2, 2018

This weekend, the members of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will be “all hands on deck” for the company’s eighth annual Bull & Oyster Roast. The company’s biggest fundraiser of the year, its success depends on “companywide” effort, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Bacon.

Doors will open for the feast at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, with dinner service and beer-trailer service starting at 6 p.m., Bacon said.

Planning for the event starts in the fall, but the actual meal preparation starts the Wednesday before the roast. The menu includes the fire company’s famous fried oyster sandwiches, as well as steamed and raw oysters, and, of course, the “bull” part of the feast — roast beef sandwiches — as well as hotdogs, hot sausages and coleslaw.

How many oysters does it take to feed the approximately 550 people who will enjoy the fire company’s annual feast? According to Bacon, it takes 70 bushels of oysters, and 200 pounds of beef. Dinner will be served from 6 to 10 p.m., and entertainment will be provided by a D.J., Bacon said.

Funds raised at the dinner help provide the fire company with gear for its 60 members, and training at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover, as well as out-of-state training, Bacon said. Each set of gear costs $2,500; training trips can cost $1,000 per person.

The Bull & Oyster Roast typically raises between $10,000 and $15,000 for the fire company, Bacon said.

In addition to the dinner, there will be several items raffled off, including Yeti coolers, several firearms and Alex & Ani jewelry, Bacon said. He expressed his thanks for all the hard work the members put into the event, as well as the support for the community.

Tickets for the Bull & Oyster Roast cost $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets are available from any company member or at the fire house. They are also available at Frankford Town Hall, next to the fire hall. The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is located at 7 Main Street, Frankford.