Wait – 400 years?
The first Chincoteague Oyster, so they say, occurred when the first boatload of Europeans to land on Chincoteague Island incidentally crashed a hapless Native American beach-feast of fresh oysters. Startled, the natives ran off, leaving the oysters. Instead of giving chase, the Europeans decided to … well, what would you do? Fresh oysters!
The popularity of this tale well surpasses the likelihood of its veracity, which explains why the 2015 Chincoteague Oyster Festival is numbered the 43rd annual instead of the 408th – but we’re talking fresh oysters, here – so why quibble? Your ancestors certainly didn’t …
In actuality, the instigation of the popular, annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival has more to do with oyster season starting right about now than it does the dumb luck of European settlers. Chincoteague and Assateague are known for their bountiful oyster beds and owe the history and continued happy habitation of the islands to this frisky, little bivalve mollusk – so celebrate!
Chincoteague Oyster Festival is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza of oysters, clam chowder, clam fritters, steamed crabs, hush puppies, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, greens, drinks and more. You’ll see steamed oysters, fried oysters, oyster fritters, roasted oysters, and the sheer perfection of oysters served raw on the half shell.
And remember: this is Chincoteague Island, so these won’t be just any old oysters from who-knows-where but our very own, special jewels of the sea, the rare and rightly-celebrated, salty Chincoteague Seaside Oysters.
Tickets blow out fast for this event so, if you intend to attend, buy your tickets soon! Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2015 tickets may be purchased online or you can call (757-336-6161) or visit the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce in the Circle on Maddox Boulevard.
2015 Chincoteague Oyster Festival
October 10th – noon to 4pm
Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island
for more details and tickets, please visit: www.chincoteagueoysterfestival.com
Chincoteague Oyster Festival Lodging
The warm and friendly charm of Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is the perfect compliment to the Chincoteague Oyster Festival or any reason that brings you out on a Chincoteague Island getaway. Located on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street, we’re minutes from shops, restaurants, and more, including the uninhabited National Seashore and Wildlife Refuge that is home to the famous wild ponies of Assateague Island.