A Shucking Good Time
7 hours, 48,000 oysters and bottomless of glasses of champagne, sound like you've died and gone to heaven? Well, it's pretty close- welcome to a Sunday afternoon in Montreal at the 4th Annual Oyster Festival.
The festival is a cross between a communal picnic and outdoor party, with booze flowing freely and a great looking crowd. Festival organiser, Daniel Notkin explains that the Oysterfest is "a humble little gathering of great friend, great food, two bands, great beverage producers and the best shuckers in the country- nay the world! - all to celebrate the natural teasure that is The Oyster, and Montreal's passion for all things wonderful"
It was amazing to see the young, handsome men & women acting like rockstars. In Brooklyn the trendy accessory is a dog, in Montreal, its a shucking knife.
As well as Oyster Shucking festival was also a Caeser, or Bloody Caeser making competition. For those of you not in the know, or naive in the cocktail making world, a Bloody Caser is not a Bloody good salad, it is infact a famous Canadian cocktail that contains, vodka, clamato (a blend of tomato juice & clam broth), hot sauce, worcestershire sauce and is served with ice in a large, salt-rimmed glass, garnished with celery and a wedge of lime.
Here's a few photohighlights from the Bloody Caeser portion of the festival.
Needless to say, after 6 hours of champagne and with Sailor Jerry Rum as a sponsor... the end of the day became a bit like snorkling with foggy goggles. Attending the Montreal Oyster Festival 2013 is a must on any oyster lovers calender.