Oysterfest in Federal Hill And more
My brother came to town last weekend to hang out, watch some football but mostly eat seafood. A few weeks ago I sent him this photo and he promptly booked a flight to Baltimore.
He had excellent timing because the Ravens were in town and Oysterfest was a block from my house.
There were a dozen stands from local farmers/fisherman all stocked with local oysters. It was sponsored by Ryleigh’s Oyster House and it was a great festival. Oysters were a $1 each and we filled our bellies full of the different varieties. I am not an oyster connoisseur but I have one favorite (that I can’t remember anymore) but everything I had was so fresh and amazing.
There were grilled oysters and po’boys for the non-raw seafood eaters among us. Luckily I was with raw oyster eaters so we had fun together trying the different varieties.
The condiment bar was kind of a mess with gobs of people vying for lemons, horseradish, cocktail sauce, and vignette.
That same weekend was a home football game. My brother is a big football fan (as I am) so we went to the Ravens/Browns game for some live action.
We lead the whole game and then blew it at the end. The Ravens are no bueno this year.
Monday morning we woke up bright and early, grabbed some coffee, and hiked around Fort McHenry for a little education and history. Fort McHenry is the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner written during the War of 1812.
It was a gorgeous, crisp morning, perfect for a walk and picture taking.
A new breakfast joint opened up near my house so we ventured over to Blue Moon Too for some grub. Blue Moon is locally and somewhat nationally famous- featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives for their Captain Crunch French Toast (which is the greatest French Toast ever!). This is the second location with the same menu and a lot more space!
The veggie scramble was great as were the hash brown and biscuit. My brother got an omelet and loved it. We took about half home due to the massive quantity of food served. Two thumbs up for Blue Moon Too.
The Fall season in Baltimore is festival season. We were soon busy again at Breastfest- a festival raising money for the fight against breast cancer. My bodypump instructor and her sisters started it many years ago in honor of their mother who lost her battle against breast cancer. We have been attending this festival for years and is a lot of fun!
There are many breast/bra themed games, raffles, auctions, and live music. Also the entry fee gets you all-you-can-drink and eat from local restaurants who donate to the cause.
It is such a fun festival and good cause to support. I’m sure we will be back next year.
As much fun as Baltimore is in the fall, I’m heading out of town for a few weeks for some adventures (and work conferences) around the United States. Check back to see what is on the agenda!
Reader question: What is your favorite hometown festival? Any food related favorites?