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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. 

 

The fest’s annual highlight may be a pair of competitions. At the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship, famed pro eater Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas has dominated the competition for years including her legendary performance in 2012 when she devoured 47 dozen oysters in eight minutes. This year, 12 eaters will vie for the prize on Sunday (6.05) on the main stage in Woldenburg Park at 11:45a.m. On Saturday, those in the oyster business will have a competition of their own. Local restaurants are sending their fast shuckers to face off against one another in a multi round competition.

 

On Saturday, the music will feature Tank & the Bangas, Colin Lake, Mia Borders, the Mulligan Brothers, and the Honey Island Swamp Band. On Sunday, One Chord Gospel Band, Stooges Brass Band, Bag of Donuts, and the Bucktown Allstars will all perform.

 

Of course, the star of the show is Louisiana’s favorite bivalve. The lineup reads like a guide to seafood in the Crescent City. Luke will be cooking up oyster stew and crawfish pies. Drago’s will be on hand with their signature charbroiled oysters. Andrea’s will add an Italian twist with oysters artichoke angel hair agli e olio and crawfish ravioli. Cajun Cajun is going eastern with an oyster po-boy (w/Japanese seasoned mayonnaise).

 

Acme, Desire, Antoine’s, Cafe Reconcile, Voleo’s, and Jaques-Imo’s are also amongst the nearly two dozens vendors set to offer their best oyster preparations. Although, organizers add that the seafood adverse festers will have plenty of land based options to chow down on.

 

If that is not enough to keep you busy, there will be other fest staples. Of course, there will be crafts galore. Party Pirogues, House of Tam, Indigo Graffiti, Bonfolk Collective,Loftin Oysters, MacBe Oyster Art, Stone Creations, The Oyster Bed, and Whitemarsh Island Woodwork will all be in the park selling appropriately themed arts & crafts.

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