Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: OysterFest

October 18, 2018 - 7:00 am

ST. MICHAELS, Md. (KYW Newsradio) — Up and down the Chesapeake Bay, October celebrates the succulent oyster. Experience it for yourself during a weekend getaway to the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The transformation from ugly, mud-caked, hard, craggy shells starts when watermen take pressure hoses to the harvest until they're as clean as grandma's kitchen.

Then, it's time to celebrate the oyster and the oystermen who dredge them up.

OysterFest, the major music-fueled festival, will take place Oct. 27 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Taste your fill, shucked and slurped raw, with the natural liquor and just a dab of sauce. Or try them fried and as Oysters Rockefeller. Wash them down with local craft beers.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
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Plan to spend the day and tour the museum. Roam its unique cottage lighthouse and take a trip back in time to the days when oysters were harvested under sail by 19th-century skipjacks.

Stay at a harbor resort or bed-and-breakfast. If you crave more fin and shell food, try dinner at The Crab Claw Restaurant.