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National Oyster Day – August 5, 2014

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 by in FOOD & DRINK, SPOTLIGHT | 0 comments

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Oysters 101

There are over 100 species of true oysters and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown and are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleets, Kumamoto and La Saint Simon.

The molluscs take on the characteristics of the water in which they live. This impacts their flavour and texture so that tastes can range from sweet to salty to buttery and metallic, with texture running firm to soft and gooey to chewy. Some oysters have hints of seaweed, mineral flavour and hints of melon and mushrooms.

The main difference between East Coat and West Coast oysters is East Coast ones are smaller, milder in flavour and saltier, while West Coast varieties are creamy and sweet.

The largest oyster-producing body of water is located in Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the U.S. Large beds of edible oysters are also found in Japan and Australia.

Serving & Eating

There are a million ways to serve and eat oysters. Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed or broiled.

How you prepare your oysters can vary from simply opening the shell and eating the contents, including juice. Butter and salt are often added.

When it comes to Oysters Rockefeller, renowned for its rich butter sauce, preparation is elaborate.

According to some oyster aficionados, there is no right or wrong way to eat an oyster. With your fork move the liquid-filled half shell to ensure the oyster is detached. Bring the shell to your mouth and slurp up the oyster from the wide end. Chew it once or twice before swallowing.

It’s a myth that oysters are supposed to slide down your throat without chomping into them first.

Join your local Oyster Festivals to celebrate the National Oyster Day

ST. Mary’s County Oyster Festival
California, Maryland
http://usoysterfest.com/

The New Orleans Oyster Festival
New Orleans
http://neworleansoysterfestival.org/

New York Oyster Week
September 21-29, 2013
From September 21-29, 2013, New York Oyster Week will once again celebrate the benevolent bivalve that New York was built on, inviting social New Yorkers, oyster lovers and curious foodies to explore the cuisine and culture oysters have spawned.
2013.oysterweek.com

Central Coast Oyster Festival
Morro Bay, CA
http://centralcoastoysterfestival.org/

Whitestable Oyster Festival
Kent, England
http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.com/

Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Home of the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship
Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
http://www.tynevalleyoysterfestival.ca/oyster/HOME.html

The Clayoquot Oyster Festival
Tofino, BC
http://www.oystergala.com/

Wellfleet OysterFest
Wellfleet Massachusetts
http://www.wellfleetoysterfest.org/

Falmouth Oyster Festival
Cornwall, England
Oct 10 to 13, 2013
Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries, dredging by sail and hand punt
http://www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Galway City, Ireland
Friday 26th – Sunday 29th September 2013
http://www.galwayoysterfest.com/

Milford Oyster Festival
MMilford, Connecticut
Third Saturday of August
http://www.milfordoysterfestival.com/

The Florida Seafood Festival
Apalachicola , Fl
http://www.floridaseafoodfestival.com/

2013 Urbanna Oyster Festival
November 1 & 2, 2013
Urbanna, VA
http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/

Fiesta Oyster Bake
Campus of St. Mary’s University
San Antonio, TX
http://www.oysterbake.com/

Guinness Oyster Fest
Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Roscoe Village (Damen & Roscoe)
Chicago
http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=119

More information @ http://www.nationaloysterday.com

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