(ST MICHAELS, MD – August 28, 2017) OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve, will return to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. The event features live music, an oyster stew competition, boat rides, retriever demonstrations, oysters and other local fare, and cooking demonstrations, along with children’s activities, oystering demonstrations, harvesting displays, and more.
In addition to CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several commercial watermen and their boats will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging and hand tonging traditions. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen with oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered.
Local watermen will serve freshly caught and shucked Chesapeake Bay wild oysters, served steamed or raw on the half shell. For those who celebrate oysters rather than eat them, regional food and beverages will also be offered.
Local restaurants will perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day, with oyster slurping contests offered each hour from 1 to 3 pm. Beginning at 11 am along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove, festival-goers can vote for their favorite oyster stew in a competition among local restaurants and chefs. Participation is limited to the first 500 on a first-come, first-served basis, with a commemorative OysterFest mug and the tastings offered for $10. The blind taste test awards bragging rights to the chef with the most votes, with the People’s Choice winner announced at the festival and later to the public.
Family activities are in abundance at the event, with river cruises aboard Winnie Estelle; Chesapeake-themed games, activities, and demonstrations; a scavenger hunt; face painting; and more. Children can build a take-home model boat for $3. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club will also present retriever demonstrations on CBMM’s Navy Point.
Festival-goers can explore CBMM’s exhibitions, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where guests can try tonging or nippering for oysters. Displayed dockside will be several boats historically used in the oystering industry, including CBMM’s 1889 log-bottomed bugeye and registered National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood, 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, and 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.
OysterFest is partially funded by the Maryland State Arts Council.
Admission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6 to 17. CBMM members at the Family & Friends level and above also receive the $5 discounted admission for two adult guests. Food, drinks, and boat rides are an additional cost, with carry-on alcohol prohibited. For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during CBMM festivals, with leashed dogs permitted during regular operating hours.
Proceeds from the event support CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs, with advanced tickets and more information at cbmm.org/oysterfest.
OysterFest returns to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 28, featuring wild and farm-raised oysters served raw or cooked in a variety of ways, as well as other foods, live music on two stages, family activities, demonstrations and more. For advanced tickets and more information, visit cbmm.org/oysterfest.
Boat rides along the Miles River and aboard Winnie Estelle will be offered at OysterFest, taking place Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. The 1920 Chesapeake buyboat was used as a workboat on the lower Chesapeake for more than 50 years, carrying oysters and other seafood and produce to market across the Chesapeake Bay. More information and advanced tickets are at cbmm.org/oysterfest.
Guests to CBMM’s October OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md., have the opportunity to see the historic, log-bottom restoration of 1889 bugeye and queen of CBMM’s fleet Edna E. Lockwood, seen here under sail on the Miles River. Edna Lockwood was once used on the Bay as an oystering boat and is now under restoration in full public view through 2018.
Members of the Talbot Watermen Association will be serving oysters on the half shell and steamed oysters at the Oct. 28 OysterFest at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. The event features live music, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and an oyster stew competition among regional chefs, with details and advanced tickets at cbmm.org/oysterfest.
OysterFest returns to CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, Oct. 28, with raw oysters, steamed oysters, oyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches available. For those who prefer to celebrate oysters rather than eat them, regional food and beverages will also be offered. Advanced tickets and details for the event are at cbmm.org/oysterfest.
CBMM’s Oct. 28 OysterFest will feature the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club presenting retriever demonstrations on Navy Point. For safety reasons, festival-goer’s dogs need to be kept home during the festival, as leashed dogs are only permitted on CBMM’s campus during regular operating hours. For more information or advanced tickets, visit cbmm.org/oysterfest.
OysterFest takes place across CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus with demonstrations, booths, and activities scattered among the historic buildings, like the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse pictured here. For more information or advanced tickets, visit cbmm.org/oysterfest.