October 2019 - National Seafood Month


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It’s National Seafood Month, and what better way to celebrate seafood than with oysters? According to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, these bivalves have have provided a sustainable food supply and contributed to the Delaware economy for hundreds of years, including a harvest of 1 to 2 million bushels per year during the early 20th century.

This month’s Sea Talk focuses on one of Delaware’s main working waterfront communities: Leipsic, where oysters have been harvested for centuries. The town’s annual Oyster Festival, scheduled for Oct. 12, celebrates the natural bounty of Delaware’s inland bays and rivers. This year’s Coast Day, with crab cake cook-offs, clam chowder challenges, cooking demonstrations, and lots of seafood dining options, is also an excellent way to get in the spirit of the month!

Notable Dates

  • All month - National Seafood Month. Learn more about how to find and enjoy sustainable seafood at the official NOAA Fisheries homepage.

  • October 6 — Annual Coast Day celebrations. Learn more about the activities, lectures, and other fun at our official event page.

  • October 12 — Leipsic Oyster Festival. The third annual festival will feature an afternoon filled with savory cuisines, live entertainment, and fresh Delaware Bay Oyster.

  • October 19 — Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) offers a day of free family fun at the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, fostering stewardship of the Delaware Bayshore by celebrating the richness of estuaries and Delaware’s cultural traditions.

Kevin Liedel