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Sunflowers & Greens wins oyster stew competition

CBMM_OysterStewWinner2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 31, 2017) Sunflowers & Greens Chef Harley Peet has been named the first place winner in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s oyster stew competition, held annually during OysterFest.

Sunflowers & Greens of Easton, Md. earns bragging rights and a plaque recognizing the People’s Choice award. Votes were taken during blind tastings of the different stews at CBMM’s October 28 OysterFest, with Sunflowers & Greens served as stew ‘B’.  The stew will be served at Sunflowers & Greens and its sister restaurant, Bas Rouge, in Easton.

Five restaurants competed, with 500 festival-goers taking part in blind taste tests before voting by ballot for their favorite stew. T at the General Store of Royal Oak, Md. was served as stew ‘A’ in the tastings, which placed second with chef Hugo Ruesgas, with third place going to stew ‘D’ from Bistro St. Michaels’ chef Doug Stewart. Other participants included Billie’s Catering of Crisfield, Md. (stew ‘C’), and Gourmet by the Bay of St. Michaels, Md. (stew ‘E’).  More information about the event is at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Sunflowers & Greens Chef Harley Peet, shown here, placed first in the oyster stew competition at CBMM’s October 28 OysterFest, where 500 tasters voted in a blind tasting of five stews. The winning stew will be served at Sunflowers & Greens and and its sister restaurant, Bas Rouge, both in Easton, Md. Next year’s OysterFest will take place on Saturday, October 27, when the 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood will be re-launched after a two year restoration. More is at cbmm.org.

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Bistro St. Michaels wins oyster stew competition

cbmm_oysterstewwinner2016(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 1, 2016)  For the second year in a row, Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins has been named the first place winner in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s oyster stew competition, held annually during OysterFest.

Bistro St. Michaels earns bragging rights and a plaque recognizing the People’s Choice award. The award-winning stew is featured on Bistro’s menu for dining guests in St. Michaels, Md.

This year’s oyster stew competition was generously sponsored by Easton Eye Care and Hair O’the Dog Wine & Spirits of Easton, Md.

Six restaurants competed, with 500 festival-goers taking part in blind taste tests before voting by ballot for their favorite stew. Bistro St. Michaels was served as stew ‘A’ in the tastings, with OysterFest participants voting Sunflowers & Greens of Easton, Md. (stew ‘D’) as the second place winner, and third place going to Roy’s Kwik Korner of Glen Burnie, (stew ‘E’). Other participants included Gourmet by the Bay of St. Michaels (stew ‘B’), Theo’s Steakhouse of St. Michaels (stew ‘C’), and Caney Creek Catering Co. of Prince Frederick, Md. (stew ‘F’).  More information about the event is at cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins stands at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Oyster Stew Competition tent at its October 29 OysterFest, where he earned first place among 500 tasters for his oyster stew. This is the second consecutive year Robbins has placed first in the oyster stew competition, with the award-winning stew offered as part of Bistro St. Michaels’ menu.

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Oyster stew competition is October 29 at OysterFest

cbmm_oysterfest2016_stew1(ST MICHAELS, MD – October 13, 2016) On Saturday, October 29, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St Michaels, Md. will host its annual oyster stew competition as part of OysterFest.

Oyster stew competitors include Sunflowers and Greens of Easton, Md., Bistro St. Michaels, Roy’s Kwik Korner of Glen Burnie, Md., Gourmet by the Bay, and Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits, both of St. Michaels, Md.

Festival goers are encouraged to sample oyster stews beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while the limited tastings last. 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 per participant. This stew competition takes place on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing and is sponsored by Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits and Easton Eye Care.

cbmm_oysterfest2016_stew2The 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. Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins was deemed first place winner at last year’s OysterFest.

Lead OysterFest sponsors include Kelly Distributors, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, George’s Bloody Mary Mix, and Fordham Brewing. Chesapeake Landing is sponsoring the oyster shooter bar, and Lyon Distilling Company is sponsoring spiked cider, which will be served with other libations at Rosie’s Tavern.

Local chefs from Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits of St. Michaels, Md., Three Sixty at River’s Edge of Cambridge, Md., Know Good Farm of Wittman, Md., and Washington Street Pub & Oyster Bar of Easton, Md. will offer cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day.

At the Tolchester Beach Bandstand, festival-goers can watch or participate in an oyster slurping contest, with preliminary rounds taking place on the hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the final contest at 1:45 p.m.

dna Lockwood restorationThis year’s OysterFest also features the 2016-2018 restoration of the log-hull sailing bugeye, Edna Lockwood, which is now underway and in full public view at CBMM’s boatyard. In 1889, at the age of 24, John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island, Md. built Edna E. Lockwood, the seventh of 18 bugeyes he was to build. As a workboat, Edna dredged for oysters through the winter and carried freight, such as lumber, grain or produce, after the dredging season ended. She was donated to CBMM by John R. Kimberly in 1973, and named a National Historic Landmark in 1994, representing the last historic log-bottom bugeye still under sail.  Project updates and more about the historic bugeye’s restoration can be found at www.ednalockwood.org.

Admission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. 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 www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s OysterFest on Saturday, October 29 in St. Michaels, Md., festival-goers can sample oyster stew by regional restaurants and chefs beginning at 11:00 a.m. and while the limited tastings last. The stew competition takes place along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove side of campus, with bragging rights awarded to the chef who gets the most votes among participants in the blind taste tests. Cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes will also be offered by local chefs throughout the day. Advanced tickets and more information about the October 29 OysterFest are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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OysterFest in St. Michaels is October 29

CBMM_OysterFest2016(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 8, 2016) On Saturday, October 29, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting OysterFest, a celebration of the Chesapeake’s favorite bivalve. The event features live music on two stages, 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.

Generous sponsors to the event include Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Kelly Distributors, Easton Eye CareGeorge’s Bloody Mary MixFordham & Dominion Brewing Company, Hair O’ The Dog Wine & SpiritsChesapeake Landing Restaurant and Lyon Distilling Co.

CBMM_OF16_Shucking_VThis year, Swamp Donkey — a high energy newgrass band with a twist of rock — is returning to OysterFest, playing live from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand. Performing on a second stage along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove will be the melodic Kent Island-based trio, Key Lime Pie, performing “barefoot-guitar” pop from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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. Aquaculture raw oysters, CBMM_OF16_RosieParksOysterStoutoyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches will also be available. For those who celebrate oysters rather than eat them, pit beef, hot dogs, hamburgers, and other seafood selections, along with cold beer, warm apple cider, and more will be offered. Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout—made in honor of CBMM’s 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks—will be served along with Budweiser and other craft beers.

Local restaurants will perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day, with oyster slurping contests offered each hour from 1-3 pm. with bragging rights and a prize for the winner. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. along CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove, festival-goers can vote for their favorite oyster stew in a CBMM_OF16_BoatRides_WinnieEstelle_H.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. Oyster stew competition sponsors include Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits, and Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant.

CBMM_OF16_RetrieverDemos_SQFamily activities are in abundance at the event, with river cruises aboard Winnie Estelle, an oversized oyster puzzle game, an oyster nursery, and net-making and knot-tying demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and face painting. Children can also build a take-home model boat for a $3 fee. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club will also present retriever demonstrations on CBMM’s Navy Point.

Marylanders Grow Oysters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and CBMM_OF16_GrowYourOwnOystersDemo_Vother conservation organizations will be on-hand to discuss efforts to clean and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will offer the opportunity to see live sturgeon, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and other native creatures.

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 , the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, and the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, among other Chesapeake Bay buyboats visiting for the festival.

CBMM_OF16_EdnaLockwoodThis year, festival-goers will also have the opportunity to see the beginnings of the two-year historic, log-bottom restoration of the 1889 bugeye and queen of CBMM’s fleet, Edna E. Lockwood, which was once used on the Bay as an oystering boat and is now under restoration in full public view through 2018. Two temporary exhibitions highlight a museum visit this summer, including Maritime Talbot County: Photographs by H. Robins Hollyday, seen in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium through October 16, 2016, and Chesapeake Ammo, Camo and Calls in CBMM’s Waterfowling Building, which explores 100 years of clothing, guns, ammunition, calls and other Chesapeake waterfowler’s tools through November, 2016.

CBMM_OF16_OysterStewCompetition_VAdmission to OysterFest is $5 for CBMM member adults, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. 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 www.cbmm.org/oysterfest or 410-745-2916.

 

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OysterFest returns to the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, October 29, 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 www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Boat rides along the Miles River and aboard Winnie Estelle will be offered at OysterFest, taking place Saturday, October 29, 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 www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Guests to CBMM’s October OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. have the opportunity to see the beginnings of the two-year historic, log-bottom restoration of the 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.

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Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout will be served on draft at CBMM’s October 29 OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. The stout was named after the museum’s 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, which was re-launched after a historic, three-year restoration. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to CBMM.  Advanced tickets and more on the event are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Members of the Talbot Watermen Association will be serving oysters on the half shell and steamed oysters at the October 29 OysterFest at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. The event features live music on two stages, 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 www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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In addition to CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several boats from the Talbot Watermen Association will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging, hand tonging, patent tonging and oyster diving traditions at the October 29 OysterFest. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen offering oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered along CBMM’s waterfront. Advanced tickets and event details are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Festival-goers slurp down some oysters at last year’s OysterFest. OysterFest returns to CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on Saturday, October 29. Raw oysters, steamed oysters, oyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches will also be available. For those who prefer to celebrate oysters rather than eat them, pit beef, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with cold beer, warm apple cider, and more, will be offered. Advanced tickets and details for the event are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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During CBMM’s OysterFest this October 29, festival-goers can sample oyster stew by local restaurants and chefs beginning at 11 a.m. and while the limited tastings last. The stew competition takes place along the museum’s Fogg’s Cove side of campus, with bragging rights awarded to the chef who gets the most votes among participants. Local restaurants will also perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day. Advanced tickets and more information are at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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CBMM’s October 29 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 now only permitted on the museum’s campus during regular operating hours. For more information or advanced tickets, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Oystering demonstrations will be offered throughout the October 29 OysterFest event in St. Michaels, Md. Marylanders Grow Oysters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Recovery Partnership and The Nature Conservancy will be on-hand to discuss efforts to clean and preserve the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will offer visitors the opportunity to see live sturgeon, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs and other native creatures. For more information or advanced tickets, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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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 www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.

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Bistro St. Michaels wins oyster stew competition

CBMM_OysterStewWinner2015Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef Matt Robbins, shown here, was deemed the first place winner in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s oyster stew competition at its October 31, 2015 OysterFest. As the winner, Bistro St. Michaels received a plaque and will have the opportunity to serve the winning stew at next year’s OysterFest.

The oyster stew competition was generously sponsored by the Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Easton Eye Care, Hair O’the Dog Wine & Spirits, and Tidewater Vacations.

Six restaurants competed, with 500 festival-goers taking part in blind taste tests before voting by ballot for their favorite stew. Bistro St. Michaels was served as stew ‘E’ in the tastings, with OysterFest participants voting Theo’s Steaks, Sides & Spirits of St. Michaels (stew ‘D’) as the second place winner, and third place going to Roy’s Kwik Korner of Glen Burnie, (stew ‘B’). Other participants included the High Spot Gastropub of Cambridge (stew ‘C’), Suicide Bridge Restaurant of Hurlock (stew “A’), and the Bartlett Pear Inn of Easton (stew ‘F’).

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Six restaurants compete in oyster stew competition at October 31 OysterFest

CBMM_OysterFest_OysterStewCompetition2015Six restaurants will compete for best oyster stew bragging rights when festival-goers sip, sample and cast their votes at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s October 31 OysterFest. This year’s participating restaurants include 2014 first place winner Bistro St. Michaels; 2013 first place winner Theo’s Steaks & Sides of St. Michaels; 2013 second place winner Roy’s Kwik Korner Seafood Carry Out of Glen Burnie; Suicide Bridge of Hurlock; Bartlett Pear Inn of Easton, Md.; and the High Spot Gastropub of Cambridge, Md.

Sponsors for this year’s oyster stew competition include the Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Easton Eye Care, Hair O’ the Dog Wine & Spirits, and Tidewater Vacations.

A limited number of event-goers can cast their votes by purchasing a commemorative $10 sampling mug at the oyster stew competition tent along the museum’s Fogg’s Cove side of campus. Limited samplings of oyster stew will then be served by volunteers in a blind taste test, with participants voting by ballot for their favorite stew.

Samplings are set to begin at 11 a.m. and continue while supplies last to around 12:30 p.m., when the votes will be tallied. The oyster stew competition winners will be announced from the lower deck of the Steamboat Building at 1 p.m., and later during the festival from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand.

After the oyster stew competition and beginning around 12:30 p.m., Bistro St. Michaels  will be ladling up its 2014 winning stew for festival-goers to purchase and enjoy. Oysters served in a variety of ways and other foods will also be available throughout the one-day festival.

Oyster cooking demonstrations will also highlight this year’s OysterFest and are included with festival admission. Chef Jason Hul-Miller and Chef/Owner Jon Mason of Town Dock Food & Spirits of St. Michaels will host oyster cooking demonstrations at 11:00 a.m., followed by Chef Mallory Parker of Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar & Grill of Cambridge at 12 noon, Owner/Chef Jordan Lloyd of the Bartlett Pear Inn of Easton at 1:00 p.m., Owner Mike Whittington of Mike & Eric’s Front Street Restaurant of St. Michaels at 2:00 p.m., and Owner/Chef Mark Salter of the Robert Morris Inn & Salter’s Tavern of Oxford at 3:00 p.m.

With this year’s OysterFest on Halloween, trick-or-treating throughout the festival’s vendor tables has been added as well as a costume contest judged by St. Michaels Middle/High School Choral Director Amy Martin, Avalon Foundation and Tred Avon Player Director and Costume Designer Talley Wilford, and Crashbox Theatre’s actress Sammy Bonnette, who is currently cast as Tiger Lily in Easton Middle School’s Production of Peter Pan. Awards will be given for best children’s, adult and maritime-themed costumes at 3p.m. at the Tolchester Beach Bandstand.

OysterFest takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, and includes live music on two stages, oysters and other food, children’s activities, Halloween costume contest for all ages, plus boat rides, oyster demonstrations and harvesting displays, Chesapeake Bay Retriever demonstrations, and more. For safety reasons, non-service dogs need to be kept home during museum festivals, as leashed dogs are only permitted on campus during regular operating hours.

Tickets will be sold at the door, the day of the event at $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Children ages five and under as well as CBMM members are admitted free. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest or call 410-745-2916.

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Bistro St. Michaels Executive Chef David Hayes, center, stands behind his first place oyster stew at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 2014 OysterFest. Standing with Hayes are CBMM volunteers Bridget and Danny Moss. On Saturday, October 31, a limited number of oyster stew lovers will have the chance to sample six stews and pick their favorite in this year’s oyster stew competition, which begins at 11 a.m. at the museum’s annual OysterFest in St. Michaels, Md. Event-goers can cast their votes by purchasing a commemorative sampling mug for $10 at the festival, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the non-profit’s education, restoration, and exhibition programs. The oyster stew competition is generously sponsored by the Hambleton Inn Bed & Breakfast, Easton Eye Care, Hair O’ the Dog Wine & Spirits, and Tidewater Vacations, with more information about the event at www.cbmm.org/oysterfest.