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.