Nov 5, 2012
Ward Oyster Company will be at the 2012 Oyster Tasting Event on November 10

Saturday, November 10 is the date for this popular local oyster tasting event. As before, it will be held in the parking lot outside Kelsick Specialty Market, 6632 Main Street, in Gloucester. The vendors include Rappahannock River Oysters, Chapel Creek Oysters, Chessie Seafood/York River Oysters, Mobjack Bay Seafood, Winter Harbor Oysters, and Deltaville Oyster Company. The oysters are all grown in waters surrounding the Middle Peninsula.

Last year, more than 200 people came to taste and appreciate differences in flavors of oysters grown in local waters. Each ticket holder gets four oysters from each of the six vendors. Additional oysters may be purchased to eat on site or to take home. For non-half-shell eaters, other foods will be offered for sale. Also, specially chosen wines and beers complementary to oysters will be for sale.

Tasting oysters is a fun way to test your taste buds and people who used to be "slurpers" are finding that just a couple of chews may enhance the experience of eating raw oysters. Also, people who thought they could never eat a raw oyster, once they try one, become aficionados

A bonus for the day is the presence of Deborah Pratt, a National Champion Oyster Shucker many times over. She will demonstrate her prize winning shucking style and help you be a better oyster shucker, too.

Something new this year: People who volunteer to shuck oysters at this event are invited to a special training course for oyster shuckers on September 15. Please contact Jackie Partin at 804 694-4407, or hellneck@earthlink.net, if you are interested in doing this.

Tickets for the Oyster Tasting may be purchased at Kelsick Specialty Market in Gloucester, or by using the PayPal link above. There will be a limited number of tickets available. Last year was sold out, so don?t delay.

Questions- Contact Jacqueline Partin, 804 694-4407.