This year marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the oldest and most popular oyster festivals in the country, the U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County. The U.S. Oyster Festival is home to the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship and National Oyster Cook-off.
You won’t want to miss all the fun at the 50th Annual U.S. Oyster Festival in St. Mary’s County.
Shuckers come from all over the country to compete for the title of US Shucking Champion. It’s not all about speed, though. The judges look at the presentation of the oysters and how cleanly they have been shucked, giving penalties for things like chipped shells, dirt left in the oyster, or cut oysters. The winner in 2015 was Duke Landry, who shucked his 24 oysters in 2 min and 16.76 seconds!
Cook-Off competitors also come from around the country and compete in three categories: hors d’oeuvres, soups/stews, and main dishes. Professional chefs serve as the judges, although the public gets a chance to vote on their favorite dish as well! Winning entries are collected into a cookbook which is available at the Festival.
All Day Activities (Both Days):
10:30AM: National Oyster Cook-Off (awards in afternoon)
12:00PM: National Shucking Competition
First Competition: Amateur Shucking Competition
Second Competition: Masters Competition
Friendly Heat: Past national champions
The professional heats will follow: women’s & men’s
6:30PM: Evening Concert featuring Sam Grow!
All Day: Cooking demonstrations and talks in the Cook-Off building
All Day: National Shucking Competition continues