I’ve been waiting for a chance to get out of the kitchen and blog about a unique and celebratory event with foodie-worthy eats, entertainment, contests, and crafts. I found it at the U.S. Oyster Festival in Leonardtown, Maryland this weekend. The 2011 festival, October 15-16, is the 45th-annual event. I’ve lived in Maryland for 28 years and am a bit ashamed to say that I had never heard of this festival until two weeks ago. I will make up for missing this event for more than a generation by going back for the next 28 years.
When we arrived at the festival (I wrangled my husband and teenaged son into going), I headed straight for the oyster-shucking station. My family went looking for the bands. At the shucking station, folks could buy a bowl of unshucked raw or scalded oysters. After laying eyes on the thin, flat-tipped knife that shuckers used to open the oysters, I decided to photograph an expert instead of risking my own fingers. I inhaled sharply each time my subject (above) pried the knife into an oyster. If that had been me, my hands would have been cut into lace.