Oysters, crushes and beers – oh, yeah!

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Ryleigh’s Oyster will host its eighth annual Oysterfest on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 in Baltimore’s historic Federal Hill. Oysterfest is a two-day food and entertainment free festival, centered on the appreciation and preservation of oysters. Proceeds from this great event benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Oysterfest draws thousands of locals and visitors to Baltimore each year for a weekend full of oysters, live music and free family fun. East Cross Street is closed off and offers booths where oysters and seafood abound, as do family games, live entertainment and more. With a handful of “Shuck Bucks” (sold at the gate and Oysterfest’s official currency) attendees can purchase an impressive selection of raw oysters on the half shell from their choice of raw bar tents lining the street. More than 15 varieties to be featured again this year, each shucked and sold at just one dollar per oyster. Local Maryland Oysters, fittingly, are represented in force thanks to visiting oyster farmers including True Chesapeake Oyster Company, Chesapeake Gold, Barren Island, and Hollywood Oyster, among other notable sponsors.

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Saturday, October 11 promises the highlight of the festival during the fourth annual Baltimore Oyster Shucking Championship. At 5:00pm, professional and amateur oyster shuckers from some of the best oyster bars in the US will compete on the Cross Street Stage for a $500 cash prizes, pride and paid sponsorship to the National Oyster Shucking Championship in Maryland’s St. Mary’s County.  George “Hannibal” Hastings will defend his title as Baltimore’s champion since the competition’s inception in 2011 against competitors from B&G Oyster in Boston, Dylan Salmon of Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, DC’s Old Ebbitt Grill, among others. I can’t wait to see this – shucking is serious business! (Maybe if I stand near George and Dylan, I can eat ALL of the oysters they shuck…okay, probably not.)

More Information from:  https://www.facebook.com/events/269392143260565/

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Also, the fabulous Moet Oyster Ball is the kickoff party for the weekend and it takes place on Wednesday, October 8 at Ryleigh’s . For a ticket price of $70, you will enjoy unlimited everything: Moet champagne, raw oysters, fruit crushes, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres,

Amy Langrehr

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