If oysters are your mollusk of choice and you’re going to be in town this weekend, you’re in luck! Mark your calendars for this Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 for the 50th Annual U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County.
One of the most popular and oldest oyster festivals in the nation, St. Mary’s U.S Oyster Festival has plenty to do, see and taste at the St. Mary’s County Fairground. Perhaps most exciting are the two competitions – the National Oyster Cook-Off and the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship.
Here’s an outline of events for the festival, which can also be found on the St. Mary’s tourism website:
Saturday, October 15
-The National Oyster Cook-Off kicks of at 10:30 am, with awards in the afternoon
-The National Shucking Competition kicks off at noon, with two different competitions the Amateur Shucking and Masters Shucking Competition
-Evening concert begins at 6:30 pm
Sunday, October 16
-Cooking demonstrations and the continuation of the Shucking Competition, all day!
For oyster lovers, there will be a wide variety of unique and delicious oysters and oyster dishes to please your palate. According to the St. Mary’s Tourism site, over 150,000 oysters are served at the festival every year! But not everyone loves oysters, and if you’re one of those people, there’s still plenty to do and see!
Oyster aficionados and those who aren’t a fan of the bivalve can both enjoy various types of seafood, local wine, craft beer and domestic beer, live music on three different stages, arts and crafts vendors, and family-friendly entertainment for children. There’s really something for everyone!
For our residents at The Harbours at Solomons Island, the U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County is just one of the many exciting festivals and events that are hosted in the local area every year. It’s just one more reason out of many to love living at The Harbours at Solomons Island!