Montreal’s 6th Annual Oysterfest!

Oyster Lovers, this day is for you! Come join us Saturday September 6th AND Sunday September 7th for an event packed with all that makes Montreal so awesome!

Montreal’s Oysterfest is a culinary celebration centred around the most beautiful of bivalves: the oyster. With all proceeds going towards aquatic sustainability, Oysterfest attendees aren’t just having a fantastic day; they’re helping to protect the environment.

Now in its sixth year, Oysterfest has grown from humble beginnings to become an event Montrealers look forward to all summer long. The first Oysterfest, held in 2009, attracted 200 oyster enthusiasts and 7 restaurant partners. To the delight of the small but passionate organizing team, last year’s event welcomed more than 2000 guests and over 50 partnering restaurants and suppliers!



Tickets are finally available for purchase online!

2 options are available for you:

$35 - Oysterfest Beginner Ticket

gives you full access to the site and 2 x $5 Oysterfest Dollars

$65 - Oysterfest “I’m a Pro” Ticket.

Full access to the site and 10 x $5 Oysterfest Dollars

What’s up this year at Oysterfest?

OYSTERS! (Of course)

Oysters! As always, the season’s finest oysters will be handpicked by the Old Port Fishing Company and expertly opened by the hottest shuckers in the city. Fun fact: Oysterfest revellers savoured over 14,000 oysters last year!

FOOD! (The best in the city)

Food! Some of Montreal’s coolest and most acclaimed chefs and restaurants will be on hand, serving up dishes that define their ethos. This year, Oysterfest will welcome such gastronomic giants as Bevo, Flyjin, Garde Manger, Gaspar, Grinder, Imadake, L’Orignal, Kyo, Méchant Boeuf, Park, Suite 701, Taverne Monkland and many more!

DRINKS! (LOTS of drinks)

Drinks! As any Oysterfester knows, the beverages flow freely at Oysterfest. The friendly crews from Burgundy Lion and Philemon will be happy to pour you something to wash the oysters down with.

SHOPPING!! (The coolest stuff)

Shopping! Purveyors of food-related products will be on hand to showcase their offerings. Pick up cookbooks from Appetite for Books, gorgeous handcrafted wood products from Little Deer, and more!

COMPETITIONS! (Shucking and more)

A Canadian Qualifyer for the national shucking competion, mixology contest, the MOTTS Canadian Classic ceasar competions, AND THE WORLD OYSTER SHUCKING INVITATIONAL. NUFF SAID.

MUSIC! (Top local artists)

Some of the top talent in Montreal have played at Oysterfest, and this year will be no different! Expect to see an appearance from people like Shane Murphy and many more…



Montreal Amateur Shucking Competition

(In our continuing desire to foster the shucker in all of us,) the Montreal Amateur Shucking competition will be held on Saturday September 6th 2014. Shuckers at heart from all walks of life will be invited to compete for the title of Best Amateur Oyster Shucker of Montreal. The top two (2) finalists from this competition will qualify for entrance to compete in the Canadian National Qualifiers on Sunday September 7th. Shuckers take arms!

Canadian National Qualifiers

As Montreal Oysterfest 2014 prepares to host the Oyster Opening World Cup, oyster shucking competitors from across the country will be invited to compete in the Canadian National Qualifier on Sunday September 7th (Oysterfest Main Day). The top two (2) finalists will earn the right to compete and represent Canada in the 2014 Oyster Opening World Cup. Who will it be….?!

Oyster Opening World Cup 2014

Conceived as a truly “world class” competition, the Oyster Opening World Cup was designed to travel the world – with each year pitting a new country’s native shuckers and indigenous oysters against guests from around the globe. While the first two years were spent on home turf in Copenhagen, Denmark., this year marks the first year of the competition on its tour around the world. Montreal (and Montreal Oysterfest) is thrilled to be the first formal leg in its lifelong voyage. Fourteen international competitors from various countries will descend on on the city to vie for the right to be called the Oyster Opening World Cup champion. Though all who have made it this far are certainly champions in their own right…. Prepare for speed, action, plenty of stress and perfect oysters…


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Presents The


OYSTERFEST Made with Booze Royal Rumble


“FROM SCRATCH” Bloody Ceasar Competition


Sunday, Sept 7th, 17h30

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Events & Schedule

Saturday, September 6th

12:00 – Doors open

13:00 – Reuben and the Blue Shells Play

14:00 – Montreal Open Amateur Shucking Competition

15:00 – DJ

15:30 – Announcement of the day’s winners

16:00 – Doors Close

Sunday, September 7th

12:00 – Doors Open – Dj Starts

13:00 – Master Class Oysters

14:00 – Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship

15:30 – Plating Competition

16:00 – Caesar Competition

16:30 – Ceasar Master Class – winning plate announcement/canadian Qualifier announcement

17:00 – Shane Murphy and his Band play!

18:30 – International North America/European Beer Boat race

19:00 – World Championships

21:00 – Prizes announced

22:00 – Doors close

Sponsors and Partners

Here is a list of the wonderful sponsors and partners that help make this happen every year!

  • Silver Star
  • Rose PR
  • Poissonnerie Atwater
  • La societe Bistro
  • Wafu
  • Houston Resto
  • World Oyster Opening Champinship
  • La Montrealaise Atelier
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Restaurant Renoir
  • Industria Brasserie
  • Osteria Venti
  • Rosewood
  • Le Slang
  • Sel Gras
  • Pangea Shellfish
  • S Cuisine + Bar
  • Mercuri
  • Le Richmond
  • L'autre Version
  • Joverse
  • Mpress
  • L'Usine de Spaghetti
  • Grey Goose
  • Grange Resto
  • Restaurant Communion
  • Zee Grub
  • Christian Fauvre
  • Rodney's oyster house
  • Profishionals
  • rmfb
  • Open Pier Foundation
  • Mezcal Love
  • Macchi
  • Sinai Gourmet
  • Bishop and Bagg
  • Bota Bota - spa sur l'eau
  • Beausoleil Oysters
  • Inferno
  • East Island Printing
  • Chartreuse
  • Kyo Bar
  • La Boite aux Huitres
  • bierbrier
  • Bevo Bar + Pizzaria
  • UBER
  • Bocata
  • Bar a vin Anabel
  • Chapiteaux Classic
  • Yelp
  • Terrasses Bonsecours
  • Monkland Tavern
  • Sleemans
  • Ryu
  • Philemon
  • Park
  • Onivion
  • Notkins
  • Nectar
  • Maestro SVP
  • Burgundy Lion
  • Unique foods
  • Léché Deserts
  • Le Bremner
  • Brit and Chips
  • Garde Manger
  • The Old Port Fishing Company
  • La Mer
  • La Face Cachée de la Pomme
  • L'appartement
  • Kloda Focus
  • K Way
  • Bombay Gin
  • Flyjin
  • Bravo Resto
  • Bacardi


Some photos from previous years


All Photos by the Talented Riccardo Cellere Find his work here:


About the Open Pier Foundation

The Open Pier Foundation is extremely proud to announce that proceeds from Montreal’s 5th Annual Oysterfest will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund Canada, a leading environmental organization and major player in the arena of water sustainability!

The Open Pier Foundation is devoted to protecting the world’s precious waterways and aquatic life for future generations. Clean, healthy waterways are vital to communities as well as to the countless species that inhabit them. The Foundation supports efforts to improve water quality in rural and urban areas, to reduce water waste, to protect marine biodiversity, and to promote sustainable fishing and harvesting. At the Open Pier Foundation, we are dedicated to creating meaningful change in our local communities. But because waterways don’t have boundaries, neither do we – we also welcome opportunities to make a difference whenever we can, regardless of geography.
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Where is Oysterfest this year? Same place as last year! At the beautiful Terrasses Bonsecours in the center of the old port of Montreal.

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les Terrasses Bonsecours 45.508588, -73.547759 Les Terrasses Bonsecours Home of the 2014 Oysterfest! (514) 288-9407

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