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Shuck and Slurp – It’s Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017!

September 11th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017 – the 45th annual! – celebrates the heritage of Chincoteague Salts and welcomes the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun on October 7th, 2017 at Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island!

Fresh Seafood.

Is there any finer phrase, especially when spoken on the pristine shores of Chincoteague Island? I don’t think so.

If there is a rival, it might be “Chincoteague Oyster Festival.” The waters around Chincoteague and Assateague are known for their oyster beds and the special “Chincoteague Salts” that dwell there. Chincoteague’s history would have been very different and a little sad without these frisky, little bivalves. So we celebrate – and how!

Chincoteague Oyster Festival is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza. You’ll see oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, fried oysters, grilled oysters, and of course oyster fritters. The festival isn’t just oysters, however. You’ll also be presented with an opportunity to enjoy clam chowder and fritters, shrimp cocktail, and hushpuppies.

The festival also includes non-seafood fare like hot dogs, hamburgers, boardwalk fries, a full salad bar, and the like. Water and soft drinks will also be on hand to help you wash it all down. Beer will also be available for purchase.

Your ticket to Chincoteague Oyster Festival entitles you to enjoy all the food you can eat. Unfortunately, you wont be alone and the freshest, most popular items can go quite quickly. Consequently, arriving as the gate opens and getting a good seat is key to ensuring a chance to slurp down some of the those fresh “Chincoteague Salts!”

2017 Chincoteague Oyster Festival Schedule
10am – Gates open
11am – Appetizers served
12am – Seafood served
4pm – Festival ends

Beyond all the delicious, fresh food, Chincoteague Oyster Festival also includes live entertainment and a variety of cool souvenirs available for purchase. Most exciting is the Extravaganza Raffle! The Extravaganza Raffle is your chance to win t-shirts, tickets, lodging, gift certificates for meals, and much more for next year’s festival. If you go, be sure to put your name in for the chance to win this awesome collection of prizes!

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2017

October 7th, 2017, 10am to 4pm at Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island
Tickets go fast for this event every year, so don’t wait! Visit the Chincoteague Oyster Festival website for tickets, directions, and other information. Tickets for Chincoteague Oyster Festival are also available at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

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. Book your stay today!

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