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What’s the Buzz in Annapolis?

Jul 31, 2011 11:35PM ● By Anonymous

This could be your chance to really show off your seafood cooking skills and win up to $1,300. Nine contestants will be invited to the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival and receive overnight accommodations. Awards will be given in three categories—hors d’ouerves, soups and stews, and main dish—as well as for best presentation. If you want to see the rules before you enter, visit Otherwise, submit your recipes by August 31st to the same website. You can also order last year’s cookbook, containing 31 award-winning recipes, for $6.

If you’d rather eat than cook, Annapolis has plenty of restaurants where you can satisfy your craving. However, it can take a regular Annapolis resident or visitor weeks, even months, to sample a wide variety of the food the city has to offer. Take an Annapolis food tour, offered by Food Tour Corporations, and you can visit more than half a dozen popular eateries in one afternoon—and receive a healthy dose of city history to boot. The Washington, D.C.-based company purchased Annapolis Food Tours earlier this year and has worked on expanding the tour to include more restaurants and more days offered, according to Event Manager Sharone Swedarsky. Currently, the 3.5-hour tour is offered on Saturdays, and stops at Annapolis mainstays, such as Middleton’s Tavern, the Federal House, and Treaty of Paris. A recent addition to the tour is Café Sakura, where you can try an oyster tempura sushi roll. Tickets for the tour cost $48, but Annapolis residents receive a discount when purchased along with regular-priced tickets.

Down in North Beach, the Maryland Wineries Association has created an event encouraging residents to eat and drink locally.

Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL will be held downtown on August 13th with the goal of featuring agriculture and the pairing of local wine, seasonal ingredients, and regional chefs. Entry into the event is free, and you can enjoy chef demonstrations throughout the day. However, you can purchase a Tasting Pass for $15, which includes a stemless wine glass to sample local wines. You can also upgrade to a Food and Wine Pairing Pass for $25, which offers you both the benefits of a tasting pass, as well as food and wine pairings and a six-bottle wine carrier. Purchase tickets in advance at If you have to miss the August date, another Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL event will be held October 22nd in Silver Spring.

Finally, if you find yourself out and about in Annapolis late at night, and you’ve craving some delicious Latin food, head over to Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in the Towne Centre. The restaurant recently introduced late-night food specials, available from 9–11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m.–midnight Friday and Saturday. The $5 food specials include blackened fish tacos, guacamole and housemade chips for two, empanadas, and black bean hummus. The specials are available in the bar only, and is in addition to the early happy hour that takes place daily from 4–7 p.m., featuring the same $5 food specials and $5 mojitos, margaritas, sangria, and wines by the glass.