When it comes to culinary delicacies, New Orleans has lots to crow about and fresh oysters rank high on that list. Every year around the end of May – the height of oyster harvest season, we celebrate this delectable bounty of the sea with a free, two-day festival of food, music, contests, and more in Waldenberg Riverfront Park.
Sponsored in part by the local, top seafood restaurants and oyster bars, the New Orleans Oyster Festival features just about every presentation of oysters you can think of:
And the contests! It just wouldn’t be the New Orleans Oyster Festival without the contests:
The Acme Oyster Eating Contest. Rules for the oyster tournament force contestants to use forks, not lift the shells to their mouth, and all oysters must be cleared from a tray before starting a new one. Come out and enjoy the fun this year!
The New Orleans Fish House Largest Oyster Contest. Louisiana farmers show off their prize oysters, planted and carefully nurtured for years, in an attempt to win that coveted title of “Largest Oyster.” The winning oyster will be judged by length, width, and weight. Contestant oysters and past winners will be on display throughout the Festival.
The P&J Shucking Contest offers what may be the most exciting and grueling trial of skill with this extremely competitive display of the art of shucking: local shuckers compete head to head to determine who can shuck the most oysters, the cleanest shuck job, and the most appetizing oyster in just 2 minutes.
Live music Do we do anything in the Big Easy without good music? Absolutely not! This year’s line-up is hot as ever:
The Michael Foster Project
The Bucktown All Stars
Honey Island Swamp Band
New Orleans Suspects
The Mercy Brothers
Raw Oyster Cult
So, if you like oysters, good music, and fun, get yourself down here for the 2014 Oyster Festival!
The 2014 New Orleans Oyster Festival
May 31st – June 1st
For more details, up-to-date schedules, and VIP passes (regular attendance is free), please visit: www.neworleansoysterfestival.org
Lodging for the 2014 New Orleans Oyster Fest
You travel all of the way to the Louisiana coast to experience the real New Orleans and then you stay at some national-chain hotel or motel? I don’t think so. If you want the real flavor of New Orleans, why not let a local bed and breakfast inn host you in an authentic, historic N’awlins home with the kinds of personal touches the biggest hotel chains just can’t think of?
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