01 Nov 2016 - Governor Announces November as Virginia Oyster Month

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced November is Virginia Oyster Month in the Commonwealth. The month of November is an excellent opportunity for visitors and Virginians to experience fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters from Virginia’s eight different oyster regions, as well as participate in the numerous oyster festivals and events across the state. One of the best ways to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay’s wide array of restaurants, artisans, tours, and historical sites is through the Virginia Oyster Trail, which was officially launched in November 2015 and links local attractions in eight oyster regions across Virginia.


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31 Oct 2016 - New Virginia Oyster Trail Video!  Where Delicious Adventures Await You!

November is Virginia Oyster Month and you are in for a treat as our trail sites and their communities kick off their fall season and look forward to welcoming you!

Check out our NEW video featuring several trail sites found within Virginia’s coastal region and be sure to use the NEW digital map on the website to navigate your oyster adventures.

Did you know that Virginia is the largest producer of fresh, farm-raised oysters on the East Coast, providing eight regions of distinctive flavor? From the seaside salts of the Eastern Shore, to the inland sweets of the Rappahannock River, you are invited to take a delicious journey of discovery along the Virginia Oyster Trail.

Visit the Virginia Oyster Trail Calendar of Events regularly for listings of upcoming activities and events.

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21 Jul 2016 - First Lady McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore Announce Virginia’s Eighth Oyster Region: Tangier/Middle Bay Region.

TANGIER ISLAND – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore today announced the addition of the Commonwealth’s eighth official oyster region, Tangier/Middle Bay Region. The announcement took place on Tangier Island and was attended by representatives from Virginia Tourism Corporation and members of the Virginia Oyster Trail Management Team. Several oyster-related businesses on Tangier Island are already part of the Virginia Oyster Trail, which Governor McAuliffe launched in November 2015.

“The addition of the Tangier/Middle Bay Oyster Region further underscores Virginia’s reputation as the Oyster Capital of the East Coast,” said First Lady McAuliffe. “This addition will allow travelers to experience the region in a new way by exploring its rich waterman heritage and history, tasting delicious oysters, and experiencing a part of Virginia that is truly unlike any other.”

The Tangier/Middle Bay Region joins seven different oyster regions to form the Virginia Oyster Trail, a public-private partnership of stakeholders working together to brand the Virginia oyster travel experience. Virginia’s eight different oyster regions produce the largest quantity of fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters in the United States and each region produces oysters with distinct flavors, offering an oyster for every palate ranging in salinity, creaminess and sweetness.

“This new designation of the Tangier/Middle Bay region is a critical step to further bolster and support Virginia’s robust oyster industry,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. “Today’s oyster industry is booming and performing better than it has in nearly a generation, with a dockside value of nearly $34 million last year, which is a 52 percent increase from 2013. This is in no small part due to the tireless hard work, dedication, and passion exhibited by our watermen and oyster farmers. Thanks to our industry in the Tangier/Middle Bay Region – and all of our oyster regions – we can say definitively that Virginia is for Oyster Lovers.”

The Virginia Tourism Corporation partnered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Shellfish Growers of Virginia, Virginia Seafood Council, Virginia Marine Products Board and Artisans Center of Virginia, in addition to local tourism offices and planning district commissions, to make this project a reality.

Tangier Island, which is situated in the eighth region, was recently recognized on a list of 20 must-see places to visit in 2016 by National Geographic magazine. Tangier Island was chosen out of more than 34,000 submissions, placing the island in a league with Bermuda, Greenland, and the Philippines.

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20 Apr 2016 - Virginia Oyster Trail Launches Instagram Account

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30 Mar 2016 - 10 Stops Everyone Must Make Along The Virginia Oyster Trail

If you’re an oyster fan and you live in Virginia, you’re one lucky individual. And chances are you’ve heard about the Oyster Trail. This trail allows visitors to enjoy and appreciate oysters from seven different regions of the state.
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19 Feb 2016 - 5 Reasons to Hit Virginia’s New Oyster Trail This Spring - Garden & Gun Magazine

The Commonwealth is the largest producer of wild-catch and farm-raised oysters in the country. To celebrate that tradition, governor Terry McAuliffe launched the Virginia Oyster Trail in November.
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28 Jan 2016 - NPR: “Why The Southeast Could Become The Napa Valley Of Oysters”

An oyster renaissance in the Southeastern U.S. is underway — from Virginia all the way down to Florida's Apalachicola Bay.
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10 Dec 2015 - “Virginia oyster harvest up 24 percent in 2014” - WTOP

While still a fraction of historic highs, Virginia’s oyster harvest last year was the best since the mid-1980s. Gov. Terry McAuliffe released numbers Tuesday showing a 24 percent increase in 2014 in the oyster harvest. Bushels harvested topped 650,000.
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17 Nov 2015 - “Governor McAuliffe Launches New Virginia Oyster Trail” - Food & Beverage Magazine

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Tourism Corporation today launched the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
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12 Nov 2015 - “Slurp Bivalves Year Round On The New Virginia Oyster Trail” - DCist

Virginia is celebrating its status as the number one producer in the nation of farm-raised and wild caught oysters according to the Virginia Marine Products Board, with oyster roasts and other shindigs that let tourists sample the distinctive flavors each of the state’s seven oyster regions produce.
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12 Nov 2015 - “Rappahannock River Oyster Company inks Canadian export deal” - CBS 6 News

Rappahannock River Oyster Company is now exporting clams and oysters to Canada thanks, in part, to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s September trade and tourism mission to that country, the governor’s office shared.
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11 Nov 2015 - Virginia creates “Oyster Trail” to promote its shellfish

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11 Nov 2015 - “Oysters and wine: A match made in heaven — or Virginia” - Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia’s popular and highly recognized wine industry and the state’s rebounding oyster business are being paired in a way that will generate good taste, good times and good business.
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10 Nov 2015 - “Virginia’s Oyster Trail” - WVTF

Governor McAuliffe traveled to the Northern Neck this week to fire up the Virginia Oyster Trail. That’s an initiative he announced last year that connects 250 miles of seafood producers, restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and artisans around the Chesapeake Bay's rural communities.
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10 Nov 2015 - “Va. Oyster Trail development underway” - ABC News

On Tuesday Governor Terry McAulliffe, alongside the Virginia Tourism Corporation, launched a major development project. A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the Virginia Oyster Trail, the project meant to connect travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants.
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09 Nov 2015 - “Virginia welcomes oyster lovers” - MetroWeekly

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe first announced the Virginia Oyster Trail in August 2014, and today — following more than a year of planning and development — he officially decreed the trail open for business.
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09 Nov 2015 - “Gov. McAuliffe helps launch Virginia Oyster Trail” - Rappahannock Record

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Tourism Corporation on November 9 launched the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
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