Thursday, August 17, 2017  

Stratford Hall's 9th Annual Wine and Oyster Festival


Built by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Four generations of the Lee family passed through its stately doors, including Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War hero “Light Horse Harry” Lee and his son, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, who was born at Stratford in 1807.
Set on 1,900 acres on the Potomac River in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Stratford Hall today offers a tranquil setting with hours of leisure activities for the whole family. Located two miles off of Virginia State Route 3, Stratford is forty-five minutes from Fredericksburg, an hour and an half from Richmond, two hours from 
Williamsburg and Washington, D.C., and two and an half hours from Charlottesville.
About the Annual Wine & Oyster Festival
Stratford Hall’s Wine & Oyster Festival is the Northern Neck of Virginia’s premier wine and oyster festival. Expanded to a two-day event, the event has continued to grow in the number of participating wineries, exhibitors and attendees.
In addition to the featured 
oyster growers and wineries, this 
year’s festival will feature a wide variety of distinctive arts and crafts, specialty foods, wine education, demonstrations, and an antique car show on Sunday.
The festival site is located on the Oval directly in front of the Great House, an expanse of over six acres 
of level land lined by trees.

Stratford’s 9th Annual Wine & Oyster Festival
September 19 & 20, 2015. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the third year Stratford Hall has partnered with the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA), and will be featuring four oyster companies in addition to 14 wineries and a craft brewery. Each of the oyster companies will be offering a wide variety of oyster offerings for purchase. Activities include Great House self tours, colonial chocolate making, an antique car show on Sunday, educational 
seminars, and demonstrations.
Tidewater Oyster Gardeners 
Association will provide a demonstration about oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay. The Crassostreavirginica, the Chesapeake Bay oyster, was once a preeminent contributor to the ecology of the Bay. A filter feeder, it was instrumental in maintaining water quality and its erect, living reefs provided protective habitat for its own babies and a vast array of other marine species, many of them filter feeders. The combined impact of over harvesting, introduced oyster disease and habitat destruction severely diminished the number of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. Today, TOGA works reverse this trend by partnering with oyster farmers in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Deborah Pratt, an Oyster Shucking Champion, will be demonstrating to festival attendees the art of shucking oysters. Deborah was won the Virginia State Oyster Shucking Championship, the National Oyster Shucking Championship, and competed in the International Oyster Opening Championship and can shuck twenty four oysters in less than three minutes.
Melissa Blanks is a cook with 
The Department of Historic Foodways at Colonial Williamsburg. She will demonstrate 18th century chocolate production, celebrating Stratford’s history of chocolate making during the Lees’ time.
The Memory Lane Car Club will 
be showing over 75 classic cars at the festival on Sunday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The “Memory Lane Car Club” was formed in 2011 for the express purpose of owners of antique, classic and even exotic motor vehicles to get together, enjoy operating, working on, exhibiting and driving the machines.

This years 2015 Wine and Oyster 
Festival is committed to Mr. Mike Todd.

Attendance: In 2014, nearly 5,000 people attended the festival from ten states and Washington, D.C. Some of the states included Illinois, Mississippi, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Attendees from Virginia came from the following areas: Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Luray, King George, Norfolk, Manassas, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg, Springfield, Reedville, Mechanicsville, Montross, Richmond, Weems, Dumfries, Woodbridge, Chester, Sterling, Reston, Virginia Beach, Stafford, Midlothian, Glen Allen, Colonial Beach, McLean, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Newport News, Spotsylvania, Staunton, Monterey, Annandale, Ashburn, Dahlgren, Gainesville, Warsaw, Powhatan, Lottsburg, Leesburg, Locust Grove, Yorktown, Walkerton, Jamaica, Callao, Bowling Green, Kinsale, Oak Grove, Matthews, Goode, Partlow, Tappahannock, Morattico, Chantilly, Hague, Henrico, Ashland, Montclair, Berryville, Centreville, Doswell, Heathsville, Port Royal, Luray, Suffolk, Mount Holly, Hopewell, Bealeton, Carson, Stanardsville, Madison.