Oyster Fest 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Oyster Fest is almost here. Starting November 6, head into a participating location to take part in the festivities. The annual Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Fest brings together our favorite oyster dishes, cold brews, creative cocktails, and “A Good Shuckin’ Time” to our long standing fans and regulars since 2015. After much success last year and the commitment of two partners, we have extended Oyster Fest to a month long promotion. Regulars and new-comers will be able to enjoy daily specials, enter for a chance to win exciting giveaways, and taste a brewmaster’s pairing of Hops & Shells.

We chose to work with SweetWater Brewing Company and Rappahannock Oyster Company for many reasons to help bring this event to life, a main reason being each company’s mission for sustainability. 

SweetWater brewery has been makin’ tasty brews in the heart of the south since 1997. What started as a pipe dream of two college buddies, has turned into a dream job full of great adventures and lip-smackin’ beers. What would you expect from a couple of boys with more of a hankering for beers than for books? At SweetWater they like to say they’re not here for a long time, they’re here for a good time. It’s not just something that they say though, it’s how they live. With this motto and passion, who else would we ask to partner with us in making Oyster Fest a success? For more information and to learn about their role in sustainability, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

As far as the oysters go, in 2001, when the Rappahannock family set out to revive their grandfather’s oyster company, the Chesapeake Bay had just recorded its lowest oyster harvest in history. Nearly all of the oysters being processed in the Bay were being trucked in from the Gulf of Mexico. But for a few enterprising individuals, the industry was headed for utter collapse. So their mission seemed clear: to resurrect the native Bay oyster and put it back on the map. Just a little over a decade later, Virginia is seeing harvest tallies not witnessed in a generation, and she now leads the entire East Coast in oyster production. The revitalization is in no way due to any one company, but rather to an inspiring collective of farmers, chefs, patrons, activists, and yes, even politicians who’ve put purpose ahead of profit. The Chesapeake once again enjoys its place among the great oyster regions of the world - this time, on a foundation of sustainability. For more information and to learn about their role in sustainability, visit www.rroysters.com.