National Oyster Shucking Champion highlighted in new oyster trail experience
Florida’s Panama City will officially open the Panama City Oyster Trail later this week, in an effort to connect visitors to the region with local oyster purveyors, raw bars, and restaurants.
The trail, which launches on National Oyster Day on 5 August, will offer support to Panama City’s harvesters of wild oysters, according to area promoter Destination Panama City.
“Oysters are a way of life in Panama City, and have been for a long time,” said Jennifer Vigil, the CEO and president of Destination Panama City. “We are excited to share this immersive experience with visitors who want to learn more about oysters, where they come from and how they contribute to the environment as well as our genuine sense of hospitality.”
More than a dozen restaurants will be featured on the Oyster Trail, including Gene’s Oyster Bar; Bayou Joe’s Marina & Grill; and Foley’s. Trail travelers can also stop off in Panama City’s historic St. Andrews district and visit Hunt’s Oyster Bar to witness expert oyster shucker Honor Allen, who won the 2016 U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship in Maryland, U.S.A. and is slated to compete in Galway, Ireland to vie for the World Oyster Opening Championship in September.
A complete list of restaurants featured along the Panama City Oyster Trail can be found here: http://destinationpanamacity.com/oyster-trail/
The trail is a year-round experience, and promotes oysters that maintain their Gulf Coast flavors and softness due to warm waters, said Destination Panama City.