Fall on Virginia's Eastern Shore means cool weather, beautiful leaves and oyster roasts. Historically fall was the beginning of oyster season and autumn is still celebrated with festivals and events that celebrate this shellfish.
Here are a few local events to check out to learn about this local tradition:
October 12, Exmore Rotary Soule Arnold Oyster Roast and Clam Steam
If you want a look into a traditional oyster roast this feast held in a town park is a good bet. Fill up on roasted oysters,steamed clams, clam chowder and barbecue with all the fixings.
October 12, Chincoteague Oyster Festival
Enjoy oysters served almost every way imaginable at this fall festival. Get your fill of fried oysters, oysters on the half shell, oyster fritters and steamed oysters. Plus, hush puppies, french fries, desserts and more.
November 2, Saxis Island Oyster Roast
This one is a little off the beaten path, but it's worth the trip. It doesn't get more authentic than the Saxis Island Oyster Roast. This popular event is held in the Shore Seafood Oyster House and features a menu of steamed oysters, oysters on the half shell, clam chowder and pulled pork with all the fixings.
November 9, Terrior & Merrior Oyster Extravaganza
Terrior is the idea that wine takes on the flavors of the soil the grapes were grown in and merrior is the idea that oysters do the same with water. This event celebrates both.
Sample local oysters alongside locally made wine at a beautiful vineyard. You can also enjoy roasted oysters, steamed clams, clam chowder and a barbecue dinner.
November 17, Champagne and Oyster Tasting
Sip champagne and slurp oysters as you browse the studios of local artists and artisans in a historic school
November 23, Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast
Gather on the grounds of a beautiful local museum for a traditional Eastern Shore oyster roast. Fill up on roasted oysters, steamed clams and barbecue.
November 30, Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast
This long-running oysters roast has been a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for 22 years. Fill up on roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, fried chicken, clam chowder, sides and desserts.
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