Everything You Need to Know About the Pemaquid Oyster Festival

Midcoast Maine loves oysters. Steamed, roasted, grilled, fried, or eaten raw, this succulent shellfish is a delicacy in the area. It’s also the star of the Pemaquid Oyster Festival! Held each September in Damariscotta, ME, this annual event celebrates the working waterfront, marine conservation, and, of course, the famous Pemaquid oyster. Here are some things you should know about the festival.

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Attend the Pemaquid Oyster Festival

Each year, thousands of fresh oysters are harvested from the Damariscotta River for the Pemaquid Oyster Festival. Though oysters on the half shell are by far the most popular way to enjoy the mollusks, revelers can also opt for oyster stew, fried oysters, or baked oysters Rockefeller. After your meal, enjoy a great lineup of entertainment, boat rides, and educational exhibits. There’s even an oyster shucking contest! This year’s event takes place on September 24th, 2017 at Schooner Landing on Main Street.

Did you know that the Pemaquid Oyster Festival is also a fundraiser? It’s hosted by Pemaquid Oyster Co. and Schooner Landing, and all profits from the event benefit the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. The fund is named after Edward Myers, a Walpole resident who pioneered aquaculture in the Damariscotta River and many other areas. According to Chris Davis of Pemaquid Oyster Co., the festival has raised over $125,000 since its establishment in 2001.

About Pemaquid Oyster Company

If you’re on the hunt for delicious Maine oysters, look no further than Pemaquid Oyster Company. They produce some of the highest-quality American oysters for the half-shell market! The oysters spawn in late winter at a local Midcoast Maine hatchery and are reared at summer nurseries in the Damariscotta River. Harvested year-round, Pemaquid oysters are held in cold, briny waters near the river’s mouth where they obtain their distinctive salty flavor. Yum!

Can’t make it to the festival? No need to worry. Cocktail, select, and jumbo grade oysters are available at fine restaurants and wholesalers all along the Atlantic seaboard. One of our favorite places to get them is Mine Oyster, a local Boothbay Harbor hotspot that’s just a five-minute walk from our Inn. Be sure to check it out! 

Book Your Stay at Topside Inn

Set atop McKown Hill at the highest point in town, Topside Inn is the perfect place to unwind after the Pemaquid Oyster Festival. Our Inn is an easy drive from Damariscotta and features charming guest rooms and beautiful panoramic views of Boothbay Harbor. We even serve a gourmet breakfast each morning that’s made with fresh, local ingredients. With some of the best accommodations and amenities in the area, it’s no wonder our rooms are filling up fast! Check our availability and make your reservations today. We look forward to having you!

Are you looking for more fun things to do this September?
Check out our blog about the 
Claw Down in Boothbay Harbor.