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New Orleans Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend

Ask a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. 

Today in New Orleans: 5.31.14

Today, Oyster Fest and Storm Fest prove that the weather can't hold down the party. Later, tUnE-yArDs is at Republic and Birdfoot closes out their third year. On this day in New Orleans history, the original Canal streetcar line made its last run in 1964. More from today:

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Oyster Fest 2014 Explored

The New Orleans festival season rages on, and this weekend celebrates a seafood delicacy that can be cooked up more than a dozen ways. This Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1, Woldenberg Park will harbor mollusk mavens for the fifth annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. NoDef got the inside scoop on this year’s celebration from Oyster Fest representative Jeffrey Ory.


Oyster Shuckers Get Cracking for Competition

You may think you can shuck an oyster, but have you seen a pro? New Orleans’ oyster shuckers are known for speed, strength, and attitude. Each year, they square off at the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition in hopes of being named the fastest shucker in the city. Tomorrow, organizers will hold a preliminary round ahead of the final competition at this weekend’s New Orleans Oyster Fest.


Weapons of Mass Digestion

The New Orleans Oyster Festival Is Decadent, Not Depraved

The 2013 edition of the New Orleans Oyster Festival was a rousing success, raising money and awareness for the plight of the southeastern Louisiana oyster industry. The folks that made it out to Woldenberg Park on Saturday and Sunday were fed well and left supremely entertained. Sunday was the big day with the big oyster eating contest, the Revivalists and five times platinum recording artists the Gin Blossoms dominating the schedule.

Shuck Off

Oyster Fest 2013: Eat, Shuck, & Dance to Help La. Oyster Farmers After Big Oozy

The fourth annual Oyster Festival is on at the Riverfront this weekend, a shucking celebration of The Boot’s most prized natural resource. The festival is free, but all profits will directly benefit those in the oyster industry in southeastern Louisiana.

Black Widow, Desire Oyster Bar Shucker Crowned Oyster Fest Champions

by Brad Rhines

Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas is an oyster shucker's worst nightmare. Back in March of 2005, the little woman with a big appetite set a world record at Acme Oyster House in Metairie when she put away 46 dozen oysters in 10 minutes. She went on to set an oyster endurance record that day, eating a total of 52 dozen briny bivalves. In 2010, eating in the new 8 minute format, Thomas set a record of 37 dozen oysters. That record was shattered on Sunday, when Thomas polished off 47 dozen Acme oysters in 8 minutes, a full dozen more in two minutes less that her original 2005 record.

Today in New Orleans: 5.3.12

Today, Oyster Festival takes a victory lap, current New Orleans music is on full display on Frenchmen and Fleur de Tease closes out their sixth season at One Eyed Jack's. On this day in Louisiana history, the legislature made Confederate Day a legal holiday (1902) and Memphis Minnie was born in Algiers (1897). Make today your own with these:

Today in New Orleans: 6.2.12

Today, eat a lot of oysters at Woldenberg Park, stroll down Julia Street for new art exhibits, laugh for a cause and, of course, get your live, local music. On this day in history, men working at the Mint lost their title as federal employees after Louisiana seceded from the Union (1861), and Gov. Henry W. Allen delivered his farewell address at the end of the Civil War (1865). Don't lose today before checking these out:

This Weekend: New Orleans Oyster Fest Will be in the Quarter With Shells On

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

People of the Gulf Coast have no trouble identifying the region’s most valuable natural resource—seafood. And they have no problem celebrating it, either. Coming up this weekend in Woldenberg Park is the city’s third annual Oyster Fest, an homage to one of our most versatile ingredients. During the June 2-3 fest, there will of course there will be a tent for the kids and a mascot, but the real draw is the adult activities.

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