From Sunday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 29th, Maryland Public Television (MPT) will present Chesapeake Bay Week in its evening programming. There are several programs that will be of interest to Southern Maryland diners, including stories about fish, crabs and crab cakes.
Of especial interest to those interested in Southern Maryland will be the half-hour long program “Eatin’ Oysters: Cheasapeake Style!” scheduled to air on Monday, April 24 at 9 PM. It features the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships, held the third weekend of October every year at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, in conjunction with the U.S. Oyster Festival. Contestants compete to be the fastest at properly and cleanly shucking two-dozen oysters to be served on the half shell.
Once the oysters have been judged, they are then shared with the audience, who get to enjoy the oysters. They first declare a male and a female champion. Those two then go head-to-head to determine the overall winner. That person then gets to represent the U.S. at the World Championships held in Ireland.
You can watch a promotional video for the oyster program via YouTube:
MPT’s Chesapeake Bay Week Food & Drink Highlights
In addition to “Eatin’ Oysters: Chesapeake Style!” on Monday night, here are a few highlights that those of you interested in food and drink may want to watch:
Tuesday, April 25
10 PM: FRONTLINE: The Fish on My Plate
Friday, April 28
10:30 PM: Eatin’ Crabs
Click here to see the full list of all 23 programs they will be airing that week, along with their descriptions. Many aren’t food related but will still be for those interested in the Chesapeake Bay♦