Dozens of seafood festivals will be held throughout Maryland this summer, continuing into November. Maryland seafood festivals vary in size and diversity, occurring in Annapolis, Leonardtown, Crisfield, Havre De Grace, Solomons Island and other locations.
Several Maryland festivals specialize in certain seafood such as crabs, oysters or fish, while others have a taste of it all. Festivals include entertainment and educational activities for the entire family.
Of interest to many seafood enthusiasts are festivals that host to cooking contests. The National Hard Crab Derby and Fair plays host to the Annual Crab Cooking Contest, the Maryland Seafood Festival boasts the Crab Soup Challenge and the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival is the home of the National Oyster Cook-off.
The 2011 Maryland Seafood Festival List is available online at www.marylandseafood.org or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
2011 Seafood Festival List
Maryland Department of Agriculture, Seafood Marketing Program
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Festival contacts should be contacted directly for information on individual events.
Included in the list is a directory of fee fishing farms where anglers can catch their own fish.
source: Maryland Department of Agriculture