Dining Scene Eastern Shore: OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and More
Oct 21, 2015 04:00PM
● By Cate Reynolds
On Saturday, October 31 the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host 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.
This year, Mule Train will be performing live from the Tolchester Beach Bandstand, delivering an Americana performance of contemporary covers and roots-rock originals. Performing on a second stage along the museum’s Fogg’s Cove will be the melodic Kent Island-based trio, Key Lime Pie, performing “barefoot-guitar” pop.
In addition to the museum’s floating fleet of historic vessels, several commercial watermen and their boats will be dockside to share the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster dredging, hand tonging, patent tonging, and oyster diving traditions. Limited boat rides with Chesapeake watermen offering oyster tonging demonstrations will also be offered along the museum’s waterfront.
Local watermen will serve freshly caught and shucked Chesapeake Bay wild oysters, served steamed or raw on the half shell. Aquaculture raw 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, hamburgers, and other seafood selections, along with cold beer, warm apple cider, and more will be offered. Back by popular demand is Fordham Brewing Company’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout, made in honor of the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks.
Local restaurants will perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day, and an oyster-slurping contest will be offered each hour from 1-3 pm. with a prize for the winner. Beginning at 11 a.m. along the museum’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 1 p.m. and later to the public.
Throughout the event, families can take a river cruise aboard Winnie Estelle, play an oversized oyster puzzle game, explore an oyster nursery, watch net-making and knot-tying demonstrations, or participate in a scavenger hunt or face painting. Children can also build their own take-home boat for a $3 fee. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue club will also present retriever demonstrations on CBMM’s Navy Point.
Admission to OysterFest is free for CBMM members and children ages five and under; otherwise it’s $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. For safety reasons, festival-goer’s dogs need to be kept home during museum festivals, as leashed dogs are now only permitted on campus during regular operating hours.
Triple Creek Winery Wine & Canvas will be hosting a Halloween Special starting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Please sign up for Wine & Canvas Event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out for ladies Night, Shop & Sip, on Friday October 23, 2015 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy all glasses of wine for $5 and great vendors including Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Rodan & Fields Dermatologists, and Stella & Dot.
On Saturday, October 24th from 11 AM to 3PM St. Luke’s School will host a costume parade at 2 PM, carnival-style games, Halloween crafts, face painting and a costume parade and contest. Win gift certificates and goods from area businesses in a silent auction. Auction bidding ends at 3 PM. Join the Halloween parade at 2 PM and receive a free ice cream cone at Baby Cakes Ice Cream Shop. Food will be available for purchase. Call 443-924-6119 for more information.