About The Celebration

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The 2018 Damariscotta Oyster Celebration:

2000 Years in the Making

Celebrating an oyster culture dating back to 200 B.C., the communities of the Damariscotta River Region 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 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.

The three-day celebration kicks off on Thursday, June 14, with chefs from North America competing in the International Oyster Chef of the Year competition at the Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort.  

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On Friday, June 15, experience Tour de Source, a behind the scenes look at the Damariscotta oyster community. Meet the oyster farmers, and tour and taste your way around the bounty of the Damariscotta River. Experience local oyster farms, local food and beverage producers, the latest aquaculture innovations at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, and choose from optional tours to the historic oyster middens.

Friday night brings together top chefs from the Damariscotta region to showcase the local food and flavors at Taste Maine’s Future at Round Top Farm.

On Saturday, June 16, the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration culminates with oyster shuckers from top restaurants in the United Sates and Canada going head-to-head in a timed competition for the Can-Am Shuck Star. The competition will be hosted in downtown Damariscotta with the celebration including more oyster tasting, beverage pairings, and music.

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Location of Celebration

Downtown Damariscotta by the river

Courtyard Street, Damariscotta, Maine 04543





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