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May 15, 2024

‘Napa Valley of oysters’: CT unveils ‘oyster trail’ map charting course of oyster farms, restaurants in effort to boost tourism

The Connecticut Oyster Trail.

As the state unveils a new 10-minute film highlighting its aquaculture industry, Gov. Ned Lamont announced the debut of Connecticut’s first “oyster trail.”

The Connecticut Oyster Trail includes a map, which charts more than 12 oyster farms and 20 restaurants and seafood markets.

Calling the Nutmeg State “the Napa Valley of oysters,” Lamont said the initiative honors aquaculture farmers who have inspired a new generation of chefs to “think about this fruit of the sea as king of the kitchen.”

The announcement came Wednesday afternoon, the day after the state Department of Economic and Community Development unveiled the short-form film, called “Rising Tide to Table,” directed by the state’s chief marketing officer, Anthony Anthony.

The film tells the story of Stonington Farms Shellfish, a family-run farm that raises oysters, nestled along Connecticut’s eastern coastline.

A still frame image taken from 'Rising Tide to Table.'

Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt said that Connecticut oysters have “a unique flavor profile due to the waters in which they are cultivated.”

He added that the industry is “committed to protecting and restoring native shellfish habitats to guide their growth.”

Lamont is also asking restaurants to buy local products and feature Connecticut oysters on their menus.

“Supporting our local oyster farmers not only strengthens our economy, but also allows diners to experience the exceptional quality and freshness of our coastal treasures right here in our own backyard,” Lamont said.

The promotional video and trail map are available on the Office of Tourism’s website,

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