First, if anyone is in the Baltimore/DC area I suggest you make a beeline down to Leonardtown, Maryland for the 46th annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival. I visited in 2007—the year William “Chopper” Young of Wellfleet won first place and catapulted onto the international stage. (Where he won in Galway in 2008, though that’s another story.)
To read my complete story on the festival in American Way magazine, click the link:
The participants will shuck 30 Danish oysters from Limfjorden, which I’m told are pretty demanding to open because of the thick shells they grow in the cold waters of Denmark and the large size of the actual oyster-meat in the shell.
Apologies to anyone I may have forgotten or missed.
Good luck to all. Shuck off and shuck on!