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.
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”!
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!
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!
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.
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!
There’s no better time to get up close and personal to the oyster than during the fall. This is the “traditional” season for wild oysters.
Virginia’s River Realm is home to the Virginia Oyster! There are many ways to enjoy this locally grown and internationally known delicacy. There are special