Saturday, July 22, 2017  

Taste the River Life this Fall


Virginia Oyster Country’s, “Taste of the River Life this Fall,” program invites visitors to experience our culture, natural beauty and how the oyster transitions from the waterman to the table. This partnership between Lancaster, Middlesex & Gloucester Counties proudly makes up Region 6 and much of Region 5 of the state oyster industry’s taste regions.
VOC is a destination for the visitor who is looking for that experience of real oysters, real people and the real Virginia. We can fill that quest for an authentic culinary, historical, and recreational get-away. Collectively, VOC shares a unique section of coastal Virginia, rich in cultural heritage - from the earliest Native Americans to today’s working waterman, and an abundance of natural resources from the York, Piankatank and Rappahannock Rivers which all flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
Our program’s aim is to offer authentic experiences such as rides with watermen operating their traditional Chesapeake Bay deadrise boats from the Chesapeake Waterman’s Heritage Program, tours of educational aquaculture facilities, learning about sustainable environmental projects, visiting oyster farms, participating in culinary demonstrations/tastings and attending a variety of oyster related events and festivals.

• Chesapeake Watermen’s Heritage http://watermentours.com provides the experience of harvesting oysters firsthand on an authentic Chesapeake Bay deadrise boat in the open waters and eating them freshly shucked minutes out of the water.

Oyster reefs are being constructed in Urbanna Creek through the collaboration of non-profit groups, government, schools and environmental companies to clean the water naturally while restoring the natural shoreline growth.

Fine oyster cuisine at our local 

Local artisans who create oyster 
jewelry and home décor.

10 Outstanding Seafood Festivals:
Sept 11    
25th Annual Bay 
Seafood Festival
Sept 25-26    
36th Annual Guinea Jubilee
Oct 17    
14th Annual Chesapeake Academy Community 
Oyster Roast
Oct 24    
8th Annual Morattico 
Waterfront Museum’s 
Oyster Roast
Oct 31    
TOGA 6th Annual 
Virginia Half Shell Oyster 
& Wine Tasting
Nov 6-7    
58th Annual Urbanna 
Oyster Festival
Nov 8    
Fall Oyster Crawl Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Wineries
Nov 14    
3rd Annual Mary Ball Washington Museum’s Shuckin’ & Jivin’ 
Oyster Roast on the 
Lancaster Green
Nov 14    
Oyster Tasting from Friends of the 
Nov 21    
3rd Annual Taste by 
the Bay Wine, Food, 
Arts & Ale
For more information, go to www.vaoystercountry.com