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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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Virginia OYSTER Experiences

    August 5th, 2016
      Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast, with a reported 39.8 million oysters sold in 2014, and if you have ...
    April 4th, 2016
    Bordering the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Virginia has direct access to some of the most delicious seafood on the ...
    November 7th, 2014
    Updated November 10, 2015. When English settlers arrived here, landing at Cape Henry in present-day Virginia Beach in April ...
    September 19th, 2014
    If you listen hard enough, you may hear it. It’s the advice of the Old Wives Tale about eating oysters only in months that ...
    August 4th, 2014
    Ahhh, the oyster. It’s found its home in Virginia, quickly becoming the Capital of the East Coast. Now apply that “ahhh” to ...
    July 9th, 2014
    We already know Virginia is for Lovers, right? Well how about for Oyster Lovers? Virginia is now known as the “Oyster ...

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