Oyster Cook Off


The 34th National Oyster Cook-Off has been scheduled for October 19, 2013 in Leonardtown, MD.

Three recipes will be selected to compete in the cook-off on Saturday in each category; Hors d'oeuvre, Soup & Stew and Main Dish. Judging will be based on originality, predominance of oysters, color and attractiveness of presentation. Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $150 will be awarded to the top three finalists in each of the categories. The grand prize winner will be selected from the first place winners of each category and will receive an additional $1,000. Awards for best presentation of dish and people's choice will also be given out.

The National Oyster Cook-off is held in conjunction with the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival and the world-famous Oyster Shucking Contest. The cook-off is sponsored by the Maryland Seafood Marketing Program, St. Mary's County Department of Economic and Community Development and the Rotary Club of St. Mary's, Lexington Park.

How To Enter

Contestants must submit one or more recipes by August 19, 2013. Please mail, fax, or email your recipe to:

MD Department of Natural Resources
C/O: Kelly Barnes Fisheries Service B2
580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-2406 Fax: 410-260-8279
Email: kbarnes@dnr.state.md.us

Click here for Official Rules (pdf format)