In 2022, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin proclaimed November as Virginia Oyster Month. It’s a time when oyster festivals, events, and promotions tend to take place, celebrating these delectable mollusks. Oysters are known for being in their prime during the fall and winter months, making November a perfect time to fall in love with them.
People often enjoy oysters in various ways—raw on the half shell, fried, grilled, or incorporated into different recipes. They’re not only considered a delicacy but also a significant part of seafood culture in on the Eastern Shore.
In November 2015, Governor McAuliffe announced the launch of the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, artisans, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore. The Virginia Oyster Trail has been recognized by the U.S. Travel Association, and currently boasts more than 100 sites.
During Oyster Month, there might be special tastings, events at restaurants, or educational sessions focused on oysters’ culinary diversity, their role in marine ecosystems, and sustainable harvesting practices. It’s a time to appreciate these creatures and the unique flavors they offer.