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April 26, 2010

Oyster season gets festive send-off

Woodberry oyster shuckingIf, as Andrew Carnegie had it, the first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell, then don't be late to Woodberry Kitchen's oyster festival.

The restaurant celebrates oyster season with an outdoor festival Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be live jazz, local wines and beer, and oysters in lots of incarnations. Raw oysters. Grilled oysters. Oyster fritters. Oyster stew. Even oyster shooters, served in shot glasses with alcohol of some sort. (I'm told Corey Polyoka, Woodberry's lead mixologist, is still thinking up the concoctions.)

Hot dogs and grilled asparagus will be available for non-oyster eaters.

The restaurant had a similar festival in September, another "r" month. Oyster selection starts dropping off in May, and the bivalves disappear from the menu in summer until they become more plentiful again in the fall, said Andy Tzortzinis, who does PR for Woodberry.

"It's sort of, celebrate of another great oyster season and the beginning of a great summer," Tzortzinis said.

Admission is free. All of the food will be offered a la carte, with nothing over $5. 

Rain date is May 16.

Shucking oysters at Woodberry. Sun photo by Lloyd Fox
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 12:52 PM | | Comments (7)



Is that what the people at Woodberry told you?
Typically, oysters in Maryland were only available in r months - Sept-April. That was the harvest season. BUT, Woodberry kitchen only serves oysters raised in aquaculture. One advantage of these, in addition to the sustainability, is the consistent quality and the fact that they are available all year.

I would be surprised if Woodberry takes the oysters off the menu come May. if they do, it will not be because the product is unavailable. It will be because Marylanders, having grown accustomed to eating oysters in the harvest season, will feel strange about eating them in the late spring and summer.

By the way, I ate at Woodberry last weekend and it was delicious, and busy.


Rona Kobell
Bay Journal writer
(and former Chesapeake Bay writer for The Sun)

Hi, Rona. Yes, that's what Woodberry's PR guy told me, that the oyster harvest drops off, then picks up again in the fall. Even though the oysters are farmed, he indicated they still have a cycle. LV

Since it is outdoors is smoking allowed?

@EEL, I can answer that - No Smoking

Do you think well-behaved dogs are allowed?

Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Druid Hill Park is steps away offering some wonderful trails to go for walks.

The Health Department might have something to say about whether dogs are allowed; well behaved, or not.

@pgp- It's an outdoor festival.

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