Montreal’s Oysterfest 2013
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 fifth 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 1400 guests and over 50 partnering restaurants and suppliers!
Oysterfest highlights include:
- 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! 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! 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! 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!
- The Mott’s Clamato Caesar Throwndown! Montreal’s best mixmasters serve up their versions of the classic Canadian cocktail!
- The shucking competition! Without question the highlight of every Oysterfest, the hotly-anticipated shucking competition will see over 30 oyster shuckers from Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, PEI, Halifax, and parts unknown square off for the championship. Beware of flying shucking knives!
Above all, a great cause.
Every year, 100% of proceeds from Oysterfest go to the Open Pier Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sustainability of aquatic life. The Foundation, in turn, donates funds to worthy organizations whose values are aligned.
In 2012, the Foundation gave over $29,000 to Environmental Defence. Through their Blue Flag program, Environmental Defence works with communities across Canada to improve water quality at Canadian beaches. The remainder of the proceeds from Oysterfest 2012 was donated to Sue Madden, an oyster farmer in Tasmania, Australia, who lost her entire farm to wildfires. Beneficiaries of the proceeds of Oysterfest 2013 will be announced in the first week of September.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Terrasses Bonsecours Island
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How Oysterfest works
Entry with an entry ticket is required.
Entry tickets are available online at Evenko.ca and at all Evenko outlets
Entry tickets for the event are sadly limited so please please please! don’t wait until the last minute! As of now, very limited tickets will be withheld for the door at the day of the event. Entry tickets can sadly not be reserved. If you don’t come you really will be sadly missed.
Fun will be had by all.
Entry tickets comprise 2 formats:
1) the $35 entry ticket. this ticket allows entry and comes with 2 food/drink tickets at time of entry to use on site.
2) the $65 entry ticket. This ticket allows entry and comes with 10 food/drink tickets at time of entry to use on site.
Additional Food ticket cost is $5/each.
Food tickets included in entry ticket purchase will be given upon entry.
All items at Montreal Oysterfest are 1 food ticket unless otherwise indicated.
Additional Food tickets will be available all day on site.