This was the theme of the 2010 St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival held last month, the 44th, sponsored by the Lexington Park Rotary Club, held in Leonardtown, Md. Cooks from coast to coast came to show they knew how to take advantage of this celebrated bivalve in producing culinary dishes. The cook-off has been a very successful and valued part of the Oyster Festival for 31 years.
They did not let the tasters down; culinary dishes they did produce. With three entries in each of three categories, Appetizers, Soups and Stews, and Main Dishes, when it came to judging, it was a palate’s paradise. But it was also a complex decision as to awarding the first, second and third positions, then to choose from the three first-place winners the best of all. That’s when discussions became more intricate.