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  • Virginia is for Oyster Lovers

    November is Virginia Oyster Month!

    Sea to Table Experiences

    Pleasure House Oyster Farm in Virginia Beach offers various tours to see how Lynnhaven Oysters are harvested, all while enjoying their legendary flavor.

    Find a Tour

    Oyster Regions

    Virginia is becoming the oyster capital of the East Coast – with seven different oyster regions and status as the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters in the country.

    Oyster Regions

    Oyster Farms

    Rappahannock River Oysters harvest Virginia-native oysters with a goal of offering the flavors of the Chesapeake Bay region all year round.

    Search for a Farm

    Oyster Festivals

    Seafood lovers travel to Virginia for oysters of all shapes, sizes and flavors.

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  • Virginia Oysters

    The best food tells a story of the place it is from. Eating an oyster in Virginia captures the character of our waters in one quick, complex taste. The Virginia oyster tells visitors a story in every shell. This is why Virginia is for Oyster Lovers.

    Growing in the world-famous Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, Virginia oysters thrive in eight different regions. Oysters taste best waterside in Virginia, but this internationally distributed delicacy delivers notes of bay breezes, salt water, sunshine and dockside views no matter where they’re enjoyed.

    Travelers can eat oysters like a true Virginian year-round, thanks to numerous festivals and events, like traditional Chesapeake Bay oyster roasts. Marquee Virginia oyster events include the Urbanna Oyster Festival, the Chincoteague Island Oyster Roast, The Merroir and Terroir Oyster Roast and more, even at wineries and breweries. Learn more about these Virginia travel pearls below.

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