I recently bumped into the founder of Montreal’s Oyster Festival, Daniel Notkin who very kindly reminded me of 1 of my top Fall events in the city. I know… someone was bound to remind me but if any of you attended last year’s festival the weather was way below seasonal temperatures brrr. So yes it happens to be right around the corner lol… It was truly a pleasure to meet a natural born philanthropist whose passion for oysters has extended beyond this culinary delight. In 2011, he formed The Open Pier Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to the sustainability of the waterways that provide sustenance for so many.
This year 6th edition has a new theme, ‘Bringing Sixy Back’ promising infinite fun, food, and most importantly 14,000 oysters! More stats? 50 restaurants and sponsors are partnering up and 2,500+ attendees are expected to attend the 2 day festival. A number of competitions are taking place; The main draw undoubtedly being the 2 day Oyster Opening World Cup where countless amateurs, Canadian professionals, and world-renowned shuckers will compete for shucking glory. Register and make your mark!
The competitions range beyond oyster shucking. Montreal’s premier mixologists compete in the ‘Oysters Made With Booze Bloody Ceasar Competition’ for the title of the ‘Caesars of Caesars’; and the Plating Competition – where top Montreal celebrity chefs will have thirty minutes to prepare a delectable dish from buckets filled with seafood. Current competitors include: Joe Mercuri (Mercuri), Antoni Park (Park), and Danny Smiles (Le Bremner), to name a few. All plates will be auctioned off where all proceeds go towards the select charity of each chef’s choice.
In the words of founder Daniel Notkin “Oysterfest is a celebration of culinary excellence and passion. My intention was that it be the epitome of the greatness of Montreal and all of us who love food, especially featuring and raising awareness towards those resources that are under threat.” This year’s edition promises to make guests feel as if the “world really is their oyster”. Check the CTV preview video here.
When: Saturday September 6th from 12pm-4pm
- Select restaurants will be on-site
- An abundance of alcohol and oysters
- Competitions include: The Montreal Open
Sunday, September 7th from 12p-10pm
- All participating restaurants and sponsors will be on-site
- Competitions include Oysters Made with Booze Bloody Caesar Competition, Plating Competition, The Canadian Qualifiers and the Oysters Opening World Cup
Where: Terrace Bonsecours (364 rue de la commune)
Saturday,September 6th – Open to the public
Sunday, September 7th – $35: GA & 2 ($5 Oysterfest tickets) / $65: GA & 10 ($5 Oysterfest tickets)
Purchase your ticket from the website here.