Press Release – 2019 Oyster & Wine Festival

For Immediate Release:

Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Phone: 540-830-0380



Attend the 2019 Oyster & Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm benefitting The Virginia Oyster Trail.


Harrisonburg (Rockingham), Virginia – The Virginia Oyster Trail is celebrating National Oyster Day and Virginia’s oyster farmers and watermen by uniting Virginia’s coastal region with the Shenandoah Valley in an exquisitely fun weekend at the Oyster & Wine Festival hosted by On Sunny Slope Farm in Rockingham County, Virginia.


Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere performing artists.


Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day under the tent!


“An annual Wine and Oyster Weekend is held just outside town at gorgeous On Sunny Slope Farm. The festival pairs delicious Virginia wines with the sweet and buttery oysters of the Chesapeake Bay. Local craft vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment add to the fun.” Fun in Fairfax Virginia,


Introducing “High Five”- A showcase of five Virginia oyster culinary preparations – raw, roasted, fried, stewed and baked distinctively paired with an exquisite variety of select Virginia wines from five premiere winery/vineyards outside the Valley.


“The past events have been amazing. A perfect blend of VA mountains meet coast! Recommend highly.” Lisa Gruggs Hamaker, Co-owner/Ceo at Taste Virginia Tours


Special Guest: Deborah Pratt, Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion


On Sunny Slope Farm, situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Rockingham County, is a member of the Virginia Oyster Trail.  The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed experiential “journey of discovery” program focused on the Virginia Oyster; highlighting participating watermen/aqua-artisan/aquaculture businesses.





LODGING: Hotel Madison –





Oyster Shucking Workshop|Friday, August 2, 2019 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

This hands-on experience includes a shucking lesson taught by Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion, Deborah Pratt.


3rd Annual Oyster & Wine Festival| Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Featured Guests:

Deborah Pratt, Virginia’s National Oyster Shucking Champion


Featured Virginia Oyster Purveyors and Vineyard/Wineries

Raw Half Shell Oysters: Big Island Aquaculture

Roasted Half Shell Oysters: Big Island Aquaculture

Fried Oysters: Byrd’s Seafood Foodtruck

Oyster Stew: Cowarts/Bevan’s Oyster Company

Oysters Rockefeller: Chessie Seafood and Aqua Farms

Williamsburg Winery

Saude Creek Vineyards

Good Luck Cellars

Mattaponi Winery

Ingleside Vineyards


Featured Performing Artists:

Stephanie Nakasian Trio – Stephanie is an exciting, seasoned vocalist and master of innovative jazz improvisation, completely authentic with a fresh and vibrant sound all her own.


Chris Whiteman – Chris is a jazz guitar virtuoso having performed throughout the United States and Europe.


Kipyn Martin – Kipyn Martin is an emerging and award-winning Indie Folk artist who currently plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas.


“Valley Meets Bay” Sunday Brunch | Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Set in family farm fashion, you will delight in a menu featuring exquisite dishes from Virginia “merroir and terroir” farms, blending their bounty into a unique culinary experience.