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Check Out the Blue Ridge Oyster Festival

Earth Day is being widely celebrated this year on Saturday, April 21. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will mark the day with staff and volunteers at a variety of festivals and events around the region, talking about the Bay and urging citizens to let their elected representatives know that clean water is a priority -- not just on Earth Day but every day. Check out our calendar of events for more info.

But here’s a tip: If you’re in the central Virginia vicinity, stop in at the 2nd annual Blue Ridge Oyster Festival in beautiful Nelson County, Va. What’s going on? Cerberus Productions and Devils Backbone are teaming up once again to host a laid-back, tasty, toe-tapping day featuring:

• Fresh oysters right from the Chesapeake Bay, courtesy of Ward Oyster Company in Ware Neck, Va.
• Hot dogs, brats, grits, and other locally sourced food from The Rock Barn in Arrington, Va.
• Award-winning beers from Devils Backbone and Starr Hill
• The best red and white wines from Blenheim Vineyards and Cardinal Point Vineyards
• Live music by some of the region’s best bands.

And all to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster restoration programs. In fact, CBF will be at the festival collecting all of the oyster shells to use in building new oyster reefs and other restoration projects in the Bay.

Oysters are a keystone species in the Bay, providing food and homes for numerous Bay plants and animals, helping clean the Bay by filtering water, and, of course, providing tasty hors d’oeuvres for folks like you.

So consider celebrating Earth Day in Nelson County style. Check out the Blue Ridge Oyster Festival. For a preview of the day, click here.

Chuck Epes
Chesapeake Bay Foundation


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