October 13th, 2018
It's time to once again transform our historically hip Federal Hill community into an Oyster Lovers Paradise! Get ready to slurp, sip, and support a great cause as Ryleigh’s Oyster celebrates the opening of prime Chesapeake Bay Oystering season for the 12th year in a row at this two-day food-and-entertainment festival. 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. Among the foodiefied fare you will find #TrueBlue Marylad Crab Cakes, Fried Oysters, Grilled Oysters, Baltimore Style Pit Beef, Whole Smoked Live-Fire Fish and over 10 different varaities of raw oysters, including two buck-a-shuck local tasting tents! Highlighting Ryleigh’s seafood-studded street festival is the 8th Annual Baltimore Oyster Shucking Championship, on Saturday at 330pm. 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 prizes. On Sunday the shellfish celebrations reopen at 11am prior to the home Ravens game at MT Bank Stadium. Live music from Baltimores best artists and cover bands featuted on stage both days. Whether spending just a few hours in the Tasting Tents (featuring dozens of oysters) 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 but for the distinguished oyster lover, we recommend you reserve one of the limited VIP Shuck-Buck Ticket Bundles available at eventbrite.com As always, a portion of all Oysterfest proceeds benefits the missions of Oyster Recovery Partnership and Living Classrooms Foundation, Shipboard Department.