Eat & Drink / Festivals & Events September 21, 2017

Protected: 5 Things You Need to Know About the 5th Annual Halifax Oyster Festival

It’s one SHELL of a weekend, one we’ve all been waiting for; it’s the 5th annual Halifax Oyster Festival!

Celebrating the beginning of the Nova Scotia oyster harvest season, Halifax Oyster Festival is a 2-day, all-you-can-slurp raw bar event on the Halifax waterfront, happening October 4-5, 2019.

Read on for 5 things you should know about the 2019 Halifax Oyster Festival.

1 – Halifax Oyster Festival is Canada’s BIGGEST oyster celebration

There are plenty of oyster and shellfish festivals across the country, but this event hosts 2,500 attendees from Atlantic Canada and around the world, with 19 oyster farms represented. That level of variety is very important, because it lets festival goers discover the wide range of oyster flavours that can be found in Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick alone!

Here’s a fact that may shuck the shell out of you: Did you know that the Atlantic Oyster can change their sex back and forth many times? They are born male and half of them turn into females after birth!

2 – There will be 70,000 oysters on site!

19 oyster farms will bring nearly 70,000 oysters to the Halifax Waterfront. Some of the oysters will be used for the Nova Scotia Shucking Championship, while the rest will be slurped down by attendees sampling to their hearts’ content.


Like wines, Oysters have a variety of flavour profiles. Oyster flavours can be categorized by the 5 distinct flavour characteristics: briny, buttery, sweet, metallic and mild. 

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ANOTHER FUN OYSTER FACT: Every day, one oyster filters 50 gallons of water!

4 – The Festival isn’t just for oyster fanatics

You don’t have to be a mollusk maniac to have a good time at the fest! There’s a fun vibe in the big tent as hundreds of people enjoy the ocean-front setting, the amateur shucking championship at Friday’s session, and pros going head to head at the Nova Scotia Oyster Shucking Championship on Saturday.

Nova Scotian beer, wine and spirits vendors will be onsite, along with several “non-oyster” food offerings from local restaurants.

BUILD YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Since the festival is all-you-care-to-eat oysters for one ticket price, with the sea farmers on hand to talk about their oyster-growing methods, Oyster Fest is an easy way to build your oyster knowledge and appreciation.

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BONUS: Oysters make you ~sexy~

These meaty bivalves deliver a hefty dose of zinc which is great for making you feel good and keeping up your energy.

Not only does the zinc boost your sex drive, but it helps the immune system, delivers great looking skin and makes bones stronger. So, yeah, sexy.

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets to the Halifax Oyster Festival now!

Thank you to The Coast and Halifax Oyster Festival for contributing.

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