It’s November 1st and we’re all beginning to calm down from the massive sugar rush that October inescapably brings each year. Ornamental squash will soon be replaced with twinkling lights and pine trees decked out with our favorite family ornaments. But for now, we are at the pinnacle of oyster season, so why not honor these beautiful shellfish appropriately? We’ve scoured our event calendars and social media posts to bring you the most comprehensive list of festivals in November that celebrate this native mollusk to the Eastern Shore. Enjoy responsibly!
November 4th | 12:00-4:00pm | Phillips Wharf | Tilghman Island, MD
This great event will feature oysters from all over the state of Maryland giving you the opportunity to taste the differences between oysters grown in area of the Bay and its estuaries. Oysters will be both aquaculture grown and wild caught to highlight how both disciplines can work side by side to offer profitable future harvests for everyone. Oysters will be offered raw, fried, steamed, in stew, and in signature dishes offered by select local restaurants. Oyster Jam will also play host to 7 craft breweries that will collectively offer 14 different beers for your tasting pleasure. Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets in advance!
2017 Oyster Roast
November 4th | 4:00-8:00pm | Island House Restaurant | Wachapreague, VA
The Island House Restaurant, in the beautiful seaside village of Wachapreague, hosts our 6th Annual Oyster Roast featuring all you can eat roasted oysters from HM Terry Co., steamed clams from Cherrystone Aqua Farms and fresh pulled pork barbeque by local favorite Tommy Hines. Live auction, gun raffle and live music by the ultimate time-traveling party band, “The Deloreans” under the big white tent from 4-8pm after which ticket holders can move inside the restaurant for more live music by “Tidewater Drive” until midnight. Beer & Wine sold separately on site as well as a fully stocked bar inside. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. For more event info, please contact the Island House Restaurant & Marina.
November 4th and November 11th | 1:00-5:00pm | Fager’s Island | Ocean City, MD
Ocean City Maryland’s premier Oyster and Craft Beer Fall Event! Admission includes a variety of All You Can Eat Oysters on the half shell as well as special oyster creations from local guest Chefs, BBQ ribs, Chicken and more. Craft beer provided by Evolution Brewing Co. Commemorative Pint Glass included! Live music provided by Sweet Leda on November 4th, followed by another great performance by Opposite Direction on November 11th. To purchase your tickets in advance, please click here.
The 6th Annual Brew & Oyster Brawl
November 11th | 3:00-6:00pm | Tidewater Inn | Easton, MD
Join the Tidewater Inn in downtown Easton during the Waterfowl Festival for the 6th Annual Brew & Oyster Brawl on Saturday, November 11th from 3:00-6:00pm. Enjoy live music by local favorites, Mule Train, a stationed menu featuring oysters every which way and open beer & wine bar. This year’s philanthropic partner is Philips Wharf Environment Center who provides hands-on experience with animals and plans of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, please click here.
Merrior & Terrior – Oyster Extravaganza
November 11th | 5:00-8:00pm | Chatham Vineyards on Church Creek | Machipongo, VA
No two things taste more like their place than wine and oysters. Join us to celebrate the Eastern Shore’s distinct viticulture and aquaculture offerings and tout the hyper-local benefits of growing grapes within steps of some of the best aqua farming in the country.
Tickets include a raw bar tasting of six different Eastern Shore oysters (grown from the Chesapeake Bayside to the Atlantic Seaside’s Barrier Islands), unlimited roasted oysters, Eastern Shore-style clam chowder, and a glass of Church Creek wine of your choice. There will be acoustic music and limited seating available on a first come, first serve basis. Lawn furniture or portable tables and chairs are permitted. To order tickets, please click here.
Shuckin’ Good Oyster Fest
November 25th | 12:00-4:00pm | Evolution Craft Brewery | Salisbury, MD
Join Evolution Craft Brewery for a shuckin’ good time this November! Oysters will be served raw on the half shell, fried, baked, in stew with additional menu items including pulled pork, cole slaw, salads, cornbread and unlimited EVO craft beer tastings. Tickets are available at EVO or online.
Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast
November 25th | 5:00-8:00pm | Cape Charles Museum | Cape Charles, VA
Oysters are the star of this show and will be served both roasted and raw. Spicy bacon and potatoes studded clam chowder will also be available. Non-seafood lovers can chow down on fried chicken, three bean salad, potato salad and homemade rolls. Please click here for more event info!