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Our partners throw great oyster festivals! By simply attending one of these events, you’re making an impact in our efforts to restore the local oyster population. In some cases, proceeds from the event directly support Oyster Recovery Partnership programming, and in others, the shell collected will be circulated through our shell recycling program and reused as host shells for planting more oysters into the Chesapeake Bay. If you’d like your event added to the list below, please contact us at events@oysterrecovery.org.

 

Shuck Like a Pro: Shucking Workshop and Scotch Pairing

Thursday, August 30 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Lib’s Grill Perry Hall: 5009 Honeygo Center Dr., Perry Hall, Maryland

Interested in honing your oyster shucking skills or looking to learn? Join us at Lib’s Grill in Perry Hall for a shucking class, where our master shucker will guide you step by step through the process using hands-on instruction. Registration is $40 per person and and includes an Old Pulteney scotch tasting, a half dozen oysters, and your own mini shucking station —  with a knife, gloves and block — that you get to take home!

Must be 21+ to participate. Click here to register, space is limited.

 

1st Annual Annapolis Watersports Festival

Saturday, September 15 | 12-5 p.m.
Annapolis Sailing School: 7001 Bembe Beach Road, Annapolis, Maryland

Capital SUP Annapolis and the Annapolis Sailing School have joined to create the Annapolis Watersports Festival, bringing together the paddling and sailing communities for a fun day of maritime activities in support of the Live Water Foundation. The day will be filled with watersport races and activities, live music, local vendors, the best of Annapolis food and drink, a silent auction, beach games and more! We will be on hand to share interesting oyster facts and restoration updates. Click here for more information and to register.

 

Corsica Watershed Awareness Day

Sunday, September 16 | 12-4 p.m.
Corsica River Yacht Club: 589 Conquest Rd. (off Spaniard Neck Rd.), Centreville, Maryland

Learn about the efforts to preserve the Corsica River while enjoying a festival of family fun, food and live music at Corsica River Day. This free event will provide family entertainment with  environmental activities and exhibits, including the Fishmobile, pony rides, a petting zoo, Scales and Tails and crafts. The Oyster Recovery Partnership will be on hand with Lil’ Nippers, where children can try tonging for oysters, just as watermen did. Food, barbecue, ice cream, soft drinks and beer will be available for sale.

 

Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

Thursday, September 20 | 6-9 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Industry: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland

Get ready for an experience you won’t soon forget at Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest! Whether you like them raw, fried, baked, or boozy, we’ve got oysters from all across the Chesapeake Bay region served any way you want them! Now in its 8th year, Mermaid’s Kiss is the premiere event in Baltimore to eat, drink and be merry as mermaids – all while supporting large-scale oyster restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy creative small plates from some of the region’s top chefs, live music, an open bar and a plethora of local, freshly shucked oysters. Tickets on sale now!

 

Oyster Wars at The Salt Line

Saturday, September 29 | 3-8 p.m.
The Salt Line: 79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC

Join us for the 2nd Annual Oyster Wars – brought to you by The Salt Line and Other Half Brewing Company. They’re bringing the best of New England and the Chesapeake together to benefit Oyster Recovery Partnership and Anacostia Riverkeeper. This event will showcase the talents of some of the best chefs, breweries, and oyster farms spanning the Eastern Seaboard! Your ticket price includes oysters and tastings from the following chefs and oyster farms. Featured chef’s tastings will be served from 4-7 p.m., and a la carte brewery selections will be available via cash bar. Tickets are limited and can be purchased here.

 

Brews & Bivalves

Saturday, October 6 | 12-6 p.m.
Jailbreak Brewing Company: 9445 Washington Blvd N, Ste F, Laurel, Maryland

Fresh oysters and local watermen are the focus of this inaugural fall festival, Brews & Bivalves—a day full of oysters, beer, and fundraising fun to benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership. We’ll welcome half a dozen local watermen, each bringing their finest bounty. Shucked as you order, while the watermen tell tales of their time on the water, oysters on the half shell will be $1 each! And since it wouldn’t be an oyster festival with just one kind of oyster, their FoodWorks kitchen will be serving ’em fried and baked, Casino style!

A Jailbreak Biergarten will be set up in front of the Taproom where friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Jailbreak’s draft truck will be pouring an array of brews, including a special treat crafted for the festival (more details soon!) and oyster shooters! Live music by Common Thread from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Eastern Shore duo Mike Elzey and Shea Springer from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

A portion of beer sales during the festival will be donated to ORP.

 

Save the Date: Horn Point Oyster Hatchery Open House

Saturday, October 13 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
UMCES Horn Point Laboratory: 2020 Horns Point Rd. Cambridge, Maryland

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory opens its facilities up to the general public every year during October. This allows scientists to exhibit the research projects they are working on and how they benefit the Chesapeake Bay.

One of the highlights of the Horn Point Open House is the Oyster Hatchery Facility. The hatchery staff along with the Oyster Recovery Partnership emphasize the oyster restoration work they are doing for the Chesapeake Bay. Past activities have included mock spawning events, microscope stations to closely examine oyster reef organisms, functional broodstock conditioning tables, touch tank, Adopt-a-bag, oyster tonging station, draw-a-mural station, oyster shell crafts, and a picture station. We also demonstrate many different aspects of the oyster hatchery through posters and video clips. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Ryleigh’s Oysterfest 12

Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14  | 12-7 pm 
Ryleigh’s Oyster Federal Hill: 36 E Cross St, Baltimore, Maryland

Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause as Ryleigh’s Oyster celebrates the opening of prime Chesapeake Bay oystering season at this two-day food and entertainment festival in historic Federal Hill. Oysterfest features dozens of carefully curated tasting tents, raw bars and sponsorship displays, all chosen for their unique commitment to the appreciation and preservation of the bold Chesapeake oyster. Among the food fare you will find TrueBlue Maryland crabcakes, fried oysters, grilled oysters, pit beef, whole smoked live-fire fish and more than 10 different varieties of raw oysters, including two buck-a-shuck local tasting tents.

A portion of all proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership and Living Classrooms Foundation Shipboard Department. General Admission is free and open to the public but for the distinguished oyster lover, it’s recommended you reserve limited VIP Shuck-Buck Ticket Bundles. For more information and to get your tickets, click here.