Oysters: the other Maine seafood
Maine is famous for its lobster, of course. But if you’re a seafood lover, don’t overlook our wonderful oysters!
The Damariscotta River area is especially famous for its delectable oyster varieties. And it has been for centuries: the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site (just 40 mins. from Camden) features a huge oyster shell midden piled up for over a thousand years of good eating by Native Americans! The Damariscotta area hosts two oyster festivals, as well, in June and September.
Oyster farming – a tasty growth industry in Maine
You can find over 70 oyster farms along the Maine coast, each of which offers up a different variety named for where it comes from. Local examples include Pemaquid, Hog Island, and Glidden Point from the Damariscotta River, Weskeag from the Weskeag River, Penobscot from North Haven, and Gay Island from the Meduncook River. Try a sampler of several varieties to see which ones you prefer!
Visit the website for the Maine Oyster Trail for a map of Maine’s oyster farms and restaurants that serve oysters, as well as information about eating these shellfish delicacies. And for more information about oyster farming in Maine, check out this Maine Oyster Guide.
Locally, our favorite places for oysters include award-winning Primo and the new North Beacon Oyster in Rockland, as well as 18 Central Bar & Grill in Rockport. If you’re a beer lover, visit Marshall Wharf Brewing Company in Belfast to try some of Maine’s finest microbrews, including their Pemaquid Oyster Stout!