Oysterfest 9
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Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause as Ryleigh’s Oyster celebrates the Maryland opening of prime Chesapeake Bay Oystering season for the ninth year in a row with their annual fall food festival, Oysterfest. Oysterfest features dozens of carefully curated Tasting Tents, Raw Bars, and Sponsorship displays, all chosen for their unique commitment to the appreciation and preservation of the bold Chesapeake oyster. Highlighting Ryleigh’s seafood-studded street festival is the 5th Annual Baltimore Oyster Shucking Championship, presented by local beer sponsor Heavy Seas, on Saturday at 5pm. Here festival-goers will witness the regions most skilled oyster-openers compete on the Cross Street Stage for the local title and over $1,000 in cash prize. On Sunday the shellfish celebrations reopen at 10am prior to the home Ravens game at MT Bank Stadium. Whether spending just a few hours in the Tasting Tents (featuring dozens of oysters, all just a buck-per-shuck) or the entire weekend taking in Oysterfests’ bold Baltimore flavors and live entertainment schedule, oyster-enthusiasts will find their perfect bivalve and beverage experience on E Cross Street this October. General Admission is free and open to the public. A portion of all Oysterfest proceeds benefits the missions of Oyster Recovery Partnership and Living Classrooms Foundation, Shipboard Department.