Ok folks! It’s time for the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. Shuckin’ and jivin’ is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday June 1st and 2nd, at Woldenburg Park. If anyone knows how to dish ‘em up right, it’s us folk from the Bayou. Click here to see all the vendors and their fare.
In addition to all the wonderful culinary delights, there are contests to participate in if you have a competitive streak, or to just sit back and watch. The Acme Oyster House® Oyster Eating Contest comes with a steep challenge: Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas polished off 47 dozen oysters in 8 minutes in 2011! Can you remove her from her throne? The fun is on Sunday from 11:45am to 1:00pm.
The New Orleans Fish House Largest Oyster Contest gives local oyster farmers a chance to show off their pampered prizes. These hard-working folks have planted and nurtured their oysters for years. Make sure to stop by and see their pride and joys, which are judged by length, width, and weight.
Finally, if you think you have mad shucking skills, the P&J Shucking Contest is for you. Last year, Gus Marshall shucked 18 Louisiana oysters in two minutes in round one, and another 13 in 1.5 minutes during the final round for the win. See you Saturday from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.
The festivities begin Saturday June 1st with music by the Stooges Brass Band at 10:30am and wraps up Sunday June 2nd at 6:30pm with the Gin Blossoms. Here is the rest of the lineup.
If you love oysters, we’ll see you at the Oyster Festival. You must eat this!