The New Orleans’ Oyster Festival is the perfect place to taste and savor all things oyster. This free, two-day festival is a tribute to the French Quarter’s status as the “Oyster Capital of America.” The Oyster Festival also educates visitors on the benefits of eating local seafood from the Louisiana Gulf. The festival also raises money for Louisiana coastal restoration. The festival takes place on June 3rd and 4th in Woldenberg Park.
Some highlights from the festival include delicious cuisine from local food vendors, local arts and crafts, great live music, and many different contests, such as the oyster shucking competition, the largest oyster competition, and the oyster eating competition. With all of this going on, you’re sure to have a great time at the festival! A cooking demonstration stage will feature demonstrations from top local chefs along with Brass Band performances. Here is the daily lineup for the festival:
Saturday, June 3rd
- Ponchartrain Wrecks – 10:30am-11:45am
- P&J Oyster Shucking Contest – 12:00pm-12:45pm
- Billy Iuso & Restless Natives – 1:00pm-2:30pm
- Mike Doussan Band – 2:45pm-4:15 pm
- Bonerama – 4:30pm-6:00pm
- Flow Tribe – 6:30pm-8:00pm
- Oyster Shucking Contest
Sunday, June 4th
- Gospel Performance – 10:30am-11:30am
- Acme Oyster Eating Contest – 11:45am-1:00pm
- Luke Winslow-King – 1:15pm-2:45pm
- The Mulligan Brothers – 3:00pm-4:30 pm
- Brass-A-Holics – 4:45pm-6:15pm
- Bag of Donuts – 6:45pm-8:00pm
- Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship
You may want to fast in the days leading up to the festival because there will be more food than you could ever imagine! Some past vendors include Acme Oyster House, Antoine’s, Café Reconcile, and Drago’s Seafood. The vendors will be serving up oysters in every style you could ever want. There will be oyster po’boys, oyster tacos, oyster Rockefeller, and oyster gumbo.
If you’re not so much into oysters, don’t worry! There will be a plethora of other Louisiana seafood available as well, like shrimp and crawfish. If you want to find out more info on the Oyster Festival then visit the festival website. You don’t want to miss out on this fun event. It’s one of the best, and most delicious, festivals around.
If you love oysters then you don’t want to miss out on this fun, tasty event – it will definitely be a good time! Also, this June, come out and see us at Ray Brandt Infiniti. We have a great selection of Infiniti we would love to show you this summer! We look forward to seeing you Metairie!