Ryleigh's Oyster Hosts Its Annual Oysterfest
Oysterfest returns to Federal Hill this weekend, complete with artists, vendors, and an oyster shucking competition
By Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey. Posted on October 08, 2013, 10:30 am
Don't miss the oyster shucking competition on Saturday at Ryleigh's Oysterfest X. -Photograph by Julie Qui of In a Half Shell.
Cross Street will close down on Saturday, October 12, and Sunday, October 13, to allow visitors to check out vendors, ranging from artists and watermen to restaurants and community organizations.
The event features buck-a-shuck oysters from as many as 20 oyster farms, live musical acts, and more. The pearl of the festivities is the dress-to-impress Moet Oyster Ball on Wednesday, October 9. Tickets are $65. Attendees will enjoy unlimited Moet Imperial Champagne, an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a raw bar with more than 15 varieties of the bivalves.
The crème de la crème of the briny bash is the third annual Baltimore Oyster Shucking Championship at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Cross Street stage in front of Ryleigh's. Aficionados and amateurs alike can enter to win cash prizes and a paid sponsorship to the National Oyster Shucking Championship in St. Mary's County. Defending champion George "Hannibal" Hastings will shuck again to uphold his title since the competition's start in 2011. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will officiate at the ceremonies.
Proceeds raised throughout the celebrations will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership and The Living Classrooms Foundation shipboard department, both local nonprofit organizations.
Whether you have a palate for oysters or not, come out for a taste of marine merriment.