Six restaurants will compete for best oyster stew bragging rights when festival-goers sip, sample, and cast their votes at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) November 2 OysterFest. This year’s participants include St. Michaels’ Sherwood’s Landing at the Inn at Perry Cabin, Bistro St. Michaels, Theo’s Steaks & Sides, Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar, and Big Al’s Seafood Market, along with Roy’s Kwik Korner Seafood Carry Out of Glen Burnie, MD.
Samplings begin at 11am and continue while supplies last to around 12:30pm, when the votes will be tallied. The winners will be announced to festival-goers at 1pm. Event-goers can cast their votes by purchasing a commemorative $6 sampling mug, which will be available in limited quantities at the competition’s tent along Fogg’s Landing. The oyster stew will then be served by volunteers in a blind taste test, with participants voting by ballot for their favorite stew.
Last year’s first place was awarded to the Inn at Perry Cabin’s Sherwood’s Landing. Second place went to St. Michaels Harbour Inn’s Harbour Lights, with third place awarded to Gourmet by the Bay. All three winners are in St. Michaels.
After the oyster stew competition and beginning around 12:30pm, The Inn at Perry Cabin’s Sherwood’s Landing will be ladling up last year’s winning stew for festival-goers to purchase and enjoy. Oysters served in a variety of ways and other foods will also be available throughout the one-day festival.
Oyster cooking demonstrations will also highlight this year’s OysterFest and are included with festival admission. Chef Jason Huls-Miller of Town Dock Restaurant in St. Michaels will demonstrate at 11:30am, followed by Chef David McCallum of the Tilghman Island Inn at 1pm, and Sous Chef Rodney Smart of The High Spot in Cambridge at 2:30pm.
OysterFest takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, November 2, and includes live music on two stages, oysters and other food, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations and harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, and more.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Children five years and under and CBMM members are admitted free. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org/oysterfest or call 410-745-2916.