Virginia’s Oyster Country

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We Are Virginia's Oyster Country


Oysters are BACK and in a big way due to the work by the watermen and oyster growers of Virginia’s River Realm. In our waters, Crassostrea virginica (that’s their biological name) has made a comeback, any one sports team would be envious of. We’re shipping worldwide so come and taste what the fuss is all about.

VRR's Oyster Tasting Zones:
4 Sweetwater oysters with a light cream taste 5 Lightly salty with easily distinguished cream  or butter and a pleasant slight minerality. 6 Mild saltiness moving to a sweet finish

4 Ways To Experience Our Favorite Bivalve

Around here, oysters are kind of a BIG DEAL! and we celebrate them ALL YEAR LONG thanks to the introduction of aquaculture. That means no more waiting for the months with an “R”!

Dine Like A Local

Right here where they are harvested are the places to have your oysters-fresh from the water. Try out something new or simply natural, raw on the half shell, we have lots of choices especially when you pair with our local wines. Merroir meets terroir!

Adrift >>
Dredge >>
Willaby's Cafe >>
Tides Inn >>
Something Different >>
Urbanna Seafood & Raw Bar >>
Portside Grill on Urbanna Creek >>
Merroir >>

Farm Fresh Oysters

Whether you’re here visiting friends or headed back home, be sure that the taste of the River Realm goes with you. We have lots of places to get fresh, local seafood and lots of things to go with them. Check out these purveyors of oysters and other local treats!

W.E. Kellum Seafood >>
Fleets Island Oyster Company >>
Camp Little Bay Oysters >>
Deltaville Oyster Company >>
Jim Dan Dee Seafood >>
R.W. Hall Seafood >>
White Stone Oyster Co. >>
Rappahannock Oyster Company >>

Watermen Heritage Tours

Experience the Chesapeake Bay with an authentic working waterman as your personal guide. These Captains have created on-water tours relating to the ecology of the Bay, how seafood is harvested, our waterway history and general site seeing. They even create customized tours for families. Join them for a life changing experience as you get out on our rivers and creeks to explore the River Realm. Tour sizes determined by size of each Captain’s vessel.

Meet The Watermen

Capt. David Rowe >>
Capt. Danny Crabbe >>
Capt. Forrest Dameron >>
Capt. Trey Sowers >>
Capt. William Saunders >>
Capt .J. C. Hudgins >>

Oyster & Seafood Festivals

Get your festival groove on with oysters all year long. River Realm has seafood festivals, oyster roasts old school style with plywood tables (you bring your own oyster knife) to more formal affairs. Lots of these are planned for months in advance so get your tickets early. The year culminates with Virginia’s Official Oyster Festival the Urbanna Oyster Festival!

Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival in Deltaville, Virginia
October 2021
Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival >>
Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival
October 2021
Holly Point Art and Seafood Festival >>
Urbanna’s Wine and Oyster Stroll
October 2021
Urbanna's Wine and Oyster Stroll >>
Urbanna Oyster Festival
November 2021
Urbanna Oyster Festival >>
Taste By The Bay At The Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia
November 2021
Taste By The Bay - Wine, Arts, & Ale >>
Deltaville Seafood Festival
May 2022
Deltaville Seafood Festival >>

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Virginia's Oyster Country

How to Shuck an Oyster

November is National Oyster Month! We’re ready to celebrate our favorite mollusk at events like the Urbanna Oyster Festival and around our own dinner tables.

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