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Early Mountain Vineyards brings on the oysters, again

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Early Mountain Vineyards is hosting its 2nd annual oyster festival, Sat., March 8. Last year's inaugural festival sold out, and organizers expect the same for this year.

As before, the festival offers unlimited oysters from Virginia's Eastern Shore, clams, chowder and all the fixings. The fixings are provided by Kitchen of Charlottesville and include dirty rice and bean jambalaya, ham biscuits, potato salad, hushpuppies, corn on the cob and collard greens.

The steamed and roasted oysters are coming from Magotha Bay on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. The raw bar will feature sweeter varieties of aqua-cultured oysters from the bayside, specifically from Hungars Creek and Church Creek, as well as saltier seaside varieties from Magotha Bay. The clams will also be sourced from Hungars Creek.

For the perfect pairing, each guest receives a complimentary glass of 2012 Chatham Church Creek Steel Chardonnay, one of Early Mountain's "Best of Virginia" selections, and a souvenir glass to take home. Additional wine will be available for purchase, and Early Mountain's tasting room will also be open. Adding to the festivities, there will be live music by Peacetime, performing a mix of jazz, soft rock and funk music.

Located in Madison, Va., at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Early Mountain Vineyards is holding the festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The regular admission tickets are $85 per person and available online at store.earlymountain.com/events.

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