When most folks think of Oyster Roasts around the Chesapeake Bay Region, they think of the Fall and Holiday season. And why not? Considering there are SO many great regional Oyster events throughout the Bay region during late September, October and November, and Oysters for the Holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are a big tradition here in Virginia that goes back to Colonial times.
We LOVE a good Oyster roast, especially by the waterfront around a roaring fire, and have held several Oyster Roast and Virginia BBQ dinner week ends here at The Inn at Tabbs Creek. We started with just one fall week end that coincided with the legendary Urbanna Oyster Festival 6 years ago, and that became so popular that we added more and more fall week-ends, and those became so popular that we added a few Spring Oyster/BBQ week ends in 2019, and THOSE were so popular, we’ve gone ahead and planned several Oyster Roast/BBQ Bash week ends this Spring 2020! And that’s a good thing since we are already booked for most of the fall with weddings, looks like we will only have one or two Fall Oyster Roasts this year.
So what’s all the fuss about? Certainly nothing too fancy…just hanging around a nice fire right on the banks of the quiet Tabbs Creek, (a subsidiary of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia), sipping on some wine or beer or beverage of choice, noshing on some specialty cheese and sampling some of the freshest, tastiest oysters you might ever encounter. We source our oysters from several local suppliers, including our dear friends at Chapel Creek Oyster Co, (which supplies all the Boathouse restaurants in Richmond), along with our own Tabbs Creek Oysters that we harvest fresh out of our creek. We roast and prepare the oysters a few different ways, but you can feel free to shuck a few yourself to sample raw. Add in a waterfront sunset, some great locally smoked pulled pork BBQ along with down home sides, wrapped up with some S’mores around the firepit, and a good time is sure to be had by all.