“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” –Ernest Hemingway
The festival of oysters is upon us! For the fifty-fifth year in a row, the “slightly off the beaten track tidewater town of Urbanna, Virginia” will be hosting the state’s official Oyster Festival. This eastern shore celebration includes a parades, waterfront educational activities, wine tasting, an oyster shucking content, and, of course, a plethora of food to fill your hungry bellies: “The beloved oyster is always available in ample supply and in a variety of presentations: raw, roasted, fried, smoked, steamed, in fritters or in a stew. In addition, one can enjoy clams, crabs, shrimp, Philly Steak, Oriental, hamburgers, hot dogs, roast beef and other goodies too numerous to mention.”
The Saturday Parade of the Urbanna Oyster Festival is arguably the most anticipated feature, and according to the website, it “has become the focal point of the weekend…Many grand marshals have led the parade, including state officials, beauty queens, and lately, community leaders whom the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation wishes to honor.”
Where: Urbanna, VA
When: November 2-3, 2012
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By Tara Stoll