Now, this a tradition going so far back that, in 1607 (or so the story goes), the island’s Native American inhabitants were interrupted from one of these ocean-side, seafood feasts by the very first Englishmen to set foot on the islands. Of course, said invaders, watching the backs of the retreating, frightened natives, must have thought to themselves: “Gee, it sure would be a sin to let all of the wonderful seafood here in this pit go to waste … “
Oyster season begins this time of year and the glory of the oyster beds of Chincoteague and Assateague are woven throughout the region’s history. Ever since the area’s oceanic bounty was first discovered, seafood has been an integral part of the island inhabitant’s survival and commerce. Seafood harvests made up the bulk of our economy until well into the 20th century and continues to be one of the perks of being here so, of course, let’s celebrate!
With a Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival, we’re talking all you can eat oysters from noon to 4pm. Chincoteague Seaside Oysters prepared on the half shell, steamed, single fried, frittered, and roasted. And it’s not just oysters – there will also be clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, a salad bar of crisp veggies, french fries, hush puppies, hot dogs, drinks, and you can even bring your own beer and pop as long as it’s not in a glass container.
Festival Extravaganza Raffle tickets will be on sale for Oyster Festival ticket holders, the winner of which will receive a t-shirt and a host of gift certificates for various local businesses at next year’s Oyster Fest. Tickets for the Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival go fast, though, so if you’re planning to attend, I’d grab yours, now:
41ST ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND OYSTER FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 12, 2013
for more details and tickets, please visit: www.chincoteagueoysterfestival.com
Oyster Festival Lodging
Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is proud to be part of the Chincoteague community and would love to host you for the Oyster Festival. Come on over and join us, won’t you?