Damariscotta Oyster Celebration

2000 years in the making

Celebrating an oyster culture dating back to 200 B.C., the communities of the Damariscotta River Valley invite oyster lovers from around the world to Maine for the first annual Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, June 14 -16, 2018.

Maine’s Damariscotta River and estuaries produce a unique oyster crop that is recognized around the world for diversity of flavor and quality. The Damariscotta Oyster Celebration was spearheaded by an alliance of Damariscotta oyster farmers to educate and inspire oyster culinary innovations in food, drink, and culture.

 June 14  International Oyster Chef of the Year Competition 

Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort

Chef innovators creating breakthrough oyster recipes culminating in a people’s choice and judge’s choice award.

June 15  Tour De Source

Damariscotta River Valley from Boothbay to South Bristol

Experience local oyster farms, local food and beverage producers, research labs, and historic oyster middens.

June 15  Taste Maine’s Future Dinner

Round Top Farm, Damariscotta

A multi-course showcase dinner featuring local shellfish, seafood, protein, produce and cheese prepared by area chefs.

June 16  Can-Am Shuck Star Competition 

Downtown Damariscotta

Top restaurant shuckers converge for a colorful round of head-to-head competition. Oyster tastings, beverage pairings, local seafood, live music.