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Aw Shucks! It’s Oyster Week in Old Town, Alexandria (October 16-24)

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  It’s time for the sweet, succulent oyster to make its appearance at over 20 Old Town Alexandria restaurants participating in Oyster Week.

Kicking off the festivities is the second annual oyster shucking contest between Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar and The Fish Market, two iconic establishments that sit on opposite sides of Old Town’s pedestrian-only 100 block nestled near the lapping waters of the Potomac.

“We’re taking them down this year,” exclaims Niamh O’Donovan, the fiery and fun general manager of O’Connell’s, referring to last year’s shucking champs from The Fish Market. “They haven’t a hope, they haven’t a hope,” she joked with in her Irish brogue while broadcasting live on Facebook before the event Saturday morning.

[EDITOR’S UPDATE 12:36 om 10-16-21: The Wharf won the 2021 Oyster Shucking Contest. Fish Market took second and Vola’s Dockside took third}

Participating restaurants include:

  • Ada’s on the River
  • Cafe 44
  • Chadwick’s
  • Fish Market
  • Hummingbird
  • King and Rye
  • Landini’s
  • The Light Horse
  • The Lorien Hotel – Brabo
  • The Majestic
  • Murphy’s
  • O’Connell’s
  • Southside 815
  • Theismann’s Restaurant
  • Union Street Public House
  • Virtue Feed and Grain
  • Vola’s Dockside
  • The Warehouse
  • The Wharf
  • Whiskey & Oyster

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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