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Oyster Festivals & Oyster Shucking & Oyster Celebrations

The U.S. is not alone in hosting Oyster Festivals!

The U.K. is home to several annual oyster festivals including the Woburn Oyster Festival. Many British breweries produce Oyster Stout, a brew intended to be drunk with oysters that sometimes includes the fish in the brewing process.

Ireland plays host to the world-famous Clarenbridge and Galway Oyster Festivals that take place each September. It’s tradition there to eat live oysters with beer and buttered brown soda bread. The Galway festival is home to the World Oyster Opening Championship, which is considered the premiere oyster shucking competition, although the sport of oyster shucking is staged at other venues around the world. 

In Canada, The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival is held in Prince Edward Island, featuring the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship, the PEI Oyster          Grading Championship, Miss Oyster Pearl Pageant and lots more.

Note: Our list is a work in progress so forgive us if we missed any that should be here or if we got anything wrong. Please let us know by sending us a note – see contact us form below.

ST. Mary’s County Oyster Festival
California, Maryland
http://usoysterfest.com/

The New Orleans Oyster Festival
New Orleans
http://neworleansoysterfestival.org/

The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend
Gulf Shores, AL
https://wwww.hangoutcookoff.com

New York Oyster Week
New York Oyster Week will once again celebrate the benevolent bivalve that New York was built on, inviting social New Yorkers, oyster lovers and curious foodies to explore the cuisine and culture oysters have spawned. 
www.oysterweek.com/

Central Coast Oyster Festival
Morro Bay, CA
http://centralcoastoysterfestival.org/

Whitestable Oyster Festival
Kent, England
http://www.whitstableoysterfestival.com/

Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Home of the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship
Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada
http://www.tynevalleyoysterfestival.ca/oyster/HOME.html

The Clayoquot Oyster Festival
Tofino, BC
http://www.oystergala.com/

Wellfleet OysterFest
Wellfleet Massachusetts
http://www.wellfleetoysterfest.org/

Falmouth Oyster Festival
Cornwall, England
Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and in particular, one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries, dredging by sail and hand punt
http://www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk/

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Galway City, Ireland 
http://www.galwayoysterfest.com/

Milford Oyster Festival
MMilford, Connecticut
Third Saturday of August
http://www.milfordoysterfestival.com/

The Florida Seafood Festival
Apalachicola , Fl
http://www.floridaseafoodfestival.com/

Urbanna Oyster Festival
Urbanna, VA
http://www.urbannaoysterfestival.com/

Fiesta Oyster Bake
Campus of St. Mary’s University
San Antonio, TX
http://www.oysterbake.com/

Guinness Oyster Fest
Chicago
http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=119

Pemaquid Oyster Festival
Schooner Landing in Damariscotta, Maine
http://pemaquidoysterfestival.com/

Mine Oyster Restaurant Annual Oyster Festival
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
http://mineoyster.net/

Halifax Oyster Festival
Halifax, NS, Canada
www.oysterfest.ca​