Home of the National Oyster Cook-off and the National Oyster Shucking Championship!
It was a beautiful drive on a beautiful day and the place was hoppin'. The festival is the third weekend in October every year. The first day features the National Oyster Cook-off. The second day features the finals of the National Oyster Shucking Championship.
We got there at lunchtime and immediately dug in. We had oysters raw, fried, and in stew. You could also get them scalded, barbequed, and in "shooters." We also indulged in some southern Maryland stuffed ham. We ate well, needless to say.
The cook-off started at 9 a.m. They had three finalists in the hors d'ouvre category, three finalists in soups and stews category, and three finalists in the main course category. We only got to watch the main course competition. First place was awarded in each category, and then from the three first placers, a National Champion is picked. One of the judges was Rob Kasper, the Baltimore Sun columnist who attened the Crabcake Meet and Eat back in April.
Texas roadfooders will be pleased to hear that Texans took both the Cook-off (Oyster and Jalapeno stew) and Shucking (24 oysters in two minutes and 45 seconds) championships this year.
Below is a link to my pictures from the day....hopefully everybody will be able to access them! http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=epqafu5.2of0fv5d&x=0&y=-t5jbwf Edited to update link