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Celebrate Spring at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, April 19-23

We’re Planning Our Annual Trek to Osoyoos For the Osoyoos Oyster Festival

No there are not oysters grown right in Osoyoos, but that didn’t stop the founders of the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, from having a vision to give weary oyster farmers a break from the coast and locals and visiting oyster aficionados something to slurp while waiting for all of the spring wines to be released.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

It’s in the sixth year now and Michael and I will, once again make the journey to the Okanagan, via Kelowna, where we’ll stop for some last minute wedding prep, then continue down the valley to Osoyoos for a few days to feast on oysters and work on our tans. We wouldn’t miss our annual pilgrimage, it’s now our little family tradition.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 19-23 and showcases a variety of oysters from across the country. Kelowna’s Codfathers Seafood Market will be on hand, Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm will be shucking up a storm, and they’ll be Effingham Oysters and more. We’ll be there for three days checking out the area and the festival’s events. On the agenda is lunch at Burrowing Owl Winery, a visit to Firehall Brewery and Dublin Gate Distilling and stops at several of the wineries. I have to be careful or I won’t fit into my wedding dress. Oh, did I mention I was getting married? I did a few times? Oops.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

We look forward to seeing Patrick McMurray again, known as “Shucker Paddy”, Patrick is a former World Champion Oyster Shucker and owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto. He’ll be shucking fresh oysters at events throughout the festival and you’ll be shucking your own oysters in no time with his tips. Trevor and Michelle Munroe from Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm, along with their children, will be shucking east coast oysters at all three signature events, and the Codfathers Family is sure to be on site!Osoyoos Oyster Festival

We’ll be staying at Walnut Beach Resort, as there’s a great heated pool and a licensed beachfront, but many Osoyoos hotels and resorts will be offering special weekend rates for the duration of the festival, as well as “Stay and Savour” packages starting at $569 per couple (includes two nights’ accommodation and tickets to Oyster Festival events). Shuttle service, departing from set Osoyoos-based locations, is available during the following Oyster Festival events: Beach BBQ & Brews, Deep Sea Garden Party and Art of the Pearl Gala.Osoyoos Oyster Festival

For more information about the accommodation packages or the events listed below, please visit: destinationosoyoos.com/osoyoos-oyster-festival.

Beach BBQ & Brews at Watermark Beach Resort, April 21
6:30 pm Tickets: $75
New in 2017 and held on the resort’s stunning beachfront, this lively BBQ-style buffet features seafood and traditional BBQ fare, paired with generous pours of the South Okanagan’s best brews, craft ciders and a signature Canadian Whiskey cocktail. The BBQs will be manned by the following Chefs: Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro; Natasha Schooten from Walnut Beach Resort; Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort; and Trevor Munroe of Sober Island Oysters. Tickets available online, here.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Deep Sea Garden Party at Walnut Beach Resort, April 22
1 pm Tickets: $60
Family pricing – children under 10, admitted free with an adult; kids 11-18, $25
This afternoon event is held outside on the lawn of Walnut Beach Resort. Guests will sample culinary delights from both land and sea, and sip exceptional wine and beer from local wineries and craft breweries. New this year is the introduction of The Garden Market, with local vendors offering samples, as well as products for sale. A kid’s zone will offer activities and educational items to make this event family-friendly. Tickets available online, here.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Art of the Pearl Gala at Spirit Ridge Resort, April 22
6 pm Tickets: $95
This fun, social, grazing soirée is inspired by the ocean and its bounty. Guests will enjoy incredible oyster creations served up by local chefs, along with freshly shucked oysters, and charcuterie offerings, paired with wine samples from the area’s award-winning wineries. More than 10 Okanagan restaurants are participating in this event, including: Mica Restaurant; Liquidity Bistro; Nk’Mip Cellars; The Paisley Notebook; Bonfire Restaurant; Sonora Room; Greenside Grill; Walnut Beach Resort; and Jojo’s Café. Tickets available online, here.

Partner Events:
Long Table Dinner at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery, April 19
6:30 pm Tickets: $39
Enjoy a special evening, starting with freshly shucked oysters, followed by a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster. Call 250.498.3742 for tickets.

Under the Tuscan Sea at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek, April 20
6:30 pm
Tickets: $45
Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek, along with tastings from the winery’s “bubbly” neighbours. Call 250.498.2229 for tickets.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Whiskey & Oysters at Sol in the Holiday Inn, April 21
4 – 6 pm Tickets: $65
A great opportunity to try fresh oysters hand-selected by Codfathers Seafood Market, alongside various whiskeys, all while overlooking Osoyoos Lake in the Sol Grill Room & Lounge. With special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) in attendance. Call 250.495.7223 for tickets.

Brunch Buffet at Mica Restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort, April 23
10 am – 1 pm $30
Wrap up the weekend by enjoying a delicious brunch buffet, while taking in views of Osoyoos Lake and the rolling countryside. Includes a complimentary mimosa or caesar. Call 250.495.8007 for reservations.

About Osoyoos
At the gateway to the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys lies Canada’s only desert, and the lakeside town of Osoyoos. A year-round destination, sunny Osoyoos offers something for everyone, including beaches, swimming, golfing, boating, fishing, wineries, fine dining and more. Visit destinationosoyoos.com.

 

Osoyoos Oyster Festival – Even Oysters Need a Day in the Sun

Osoyoos Oyster Festival Events for 2016 April 20-24

For the fifth year in a row I am heading up to Osoyoos for their annual oyster festival and it’s Michael’s third year! We’re huge fans of bivalves and when they are paired with oyster friendly wines, beers and libations, we love them even more. The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The youngest oyster shuckers in action above!

Shucker Paddy

This year, World Champion Oyster Shucker Patrick McMurray, AKA “Shucker Paddy,” will be shucking oysters along with other chefs, fishmongers and oyster farmers. Over the course of the festival, guests can sip Canadian wine, craft beer and spirits, paired with delicious oyster creations from local chefs.

walnut beach resort

For out of town guests attending the festival, Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort, Walnut Beach Resort, Watermark Beach Resort, and Holiday Inn and Suites Osoyoos, are offering special Oyster Festival room rates. Visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com/stay-in-osoyoos.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

For more information and to purchase tickets for festival events, please visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com.

Oyster Paella

 

Over the years we’ve attended the Miradoro Long Table Dinner and been served some of the best paella ever, oyster paella from Chef Jeff Van Geest, made over an outdoor fire pit.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The pizza party at Terrafina is another worthy event, bubble and oysters along with Hester Creek’s spring releases.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Last year they added an event at the local golf course’s Greenside Grill and got to know some local spirits from Dubh Glas Distillery.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The final night is always a blast, especially if you dress in costume. Get know the local chefs, restaurants and wineries while sampling oyster-centric dishes.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The complete line-up for the Osoyoos Oyster Festival for 2016 includes:

Miradoro Long Table Dinner, April 20
Enjoy a special evening at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery, starting with freshly shucked oysters followed by a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster.
Tickets: $39

Under the Tuscan Sea at Terrafina, April 21
Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek and tastings from the winery’s ‘bubbly’ neighbours.
Tickets: $49

2016 Oyster Open at the Greenside Grill, April 21
Mingle, mix, slurp and sip at the Greenside Grill at the Osoyoos Golf Club. The event will feature oysters, along with appetizers for non-oyster eaters, and a tasting station of assorted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets: $50

whisky and oysters

Whiskey & Oysters at SOL Grillroom & Lounge, April 22
SOL Grillroom & Lounge at the Holiday Inn will host this intimate event (limited ticket release) which includes a variety of fresh oysters, whiskey pairings and various dishes from the kitchen. With special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) in attendance.
Tickets: $50

International Oyster Night at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort, April 22
Featuring internationally-inspired oyster dishes from local restaurants and chefs, special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) shucking fresh oysters from several different regions courtesy of Codfathers Seafood Market, and local wineries pouring their best.
Tickets: $55

Deep Sea Garden Party at Walnut Beach Resort, April 23
This al fresco afternoon event will feature special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) shucking fresh oysters courtesy of Codfathers Seafood Market, culinary delights from local restaurants and chefs, and wine and beer from local wineries and craft breweries.
Tickets: $45

Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition at The Sage Pub, April 23
Come to compete or come to cheer at the 5th Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition as teams of two compete to win the coveted title of the Best Shuck n’ Suck Team in the Okanagan.
Tickets: $10

Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort, April 23
The signature event of the festival will feature oyster dishes from local restaurants and chefs, served alongside award-winning local wines, with special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) shucking fresh oysters courtesy of Codfathers Seafood Market. Results of the Canadian Oyster Wine Competition and the Canadian Oyster Beer Competition will be announced. Cocktails, wine and canapes will be followed by dancing until midnight.
Tickets: $60

Under the Sea Brunch at Watermark Beach Resort, April 24
Watermark Beach Resort’s Chef Adair Scott will prepare a bountiful brunch featuring a selection of raw and hot oysters.
Tickets: $39

 

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival Returns, April 22-25

Those who follow our GLV Adventures know that we’ve not missed a local Oyster Festival if we could help it, and we’ve made this one every year. We’ll be back, and so should you! This four-day oyster extravaganza features West Coast oysters, Canadian wines and craft beers, and more. Just look at these pictures we captured in past years. It’s a must.

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Oysterman Brent Petkau

The event showcases oysters produced by West Coast fishermen, alongside Canadian wines and craft beers.

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A number of delicious events are happening during the festival, including: the signature event of the festival, Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Watermark Beach Resort, featuring oyster creations from South Okanagan chefs paired with wines from Oliver Osoyoos wineries; the Oysters, Bubbles and Pizza event at Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery; and the Oyster Catch and Brew Bash at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort, featuring craft beer and ciders from local breweries, and live entertainment.

The complete line-up for the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, includes:

Miradoro Long Table Dinner, April 22
Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery offers a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster.
Tickets: $39.

Under the Tuscan Sea – Oysters, Bubbles and Pizza at Terrafina, April 23
Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek and tastings from the winery’s ‘bubbly’ neighbours.
Tickets: $45.

Seaside to Greenside at the Osoyoos Golf Club, April 24
A new event to this year’s festival, guests will enjoy oysters paired with exclusive scotch, including Glendronach 2003 KWM Cask 1820 and BenRiach 1997 Cask 4435, along with noteworthy gin from Gallagher Lake-based distillery, The Dubh Glas Distillery.
Tickets: $50

Oyster Catch and Brew Bash at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, April 24
An evening of oysters and culinary creations, craft beer and ciders from local breweries and live entertainment. Results from the Oyster Craft Beer Competition will be announced at the event.
Tickets: $32.

Oysters in the Garden at Walnut Beach Resort, April 25
An afternoon event held in a beautiful garden setting at Walnut Beach Resort, guests will enjoy freshly shucked oysters with wine tastings from the winning wineries of the Oyster Wine Competition.
Tickets: $30 (Early bird: $25).

Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Watermark Beach Resort, April 25
Guests will enjoy oyster creations from South Okanagan restaurants and chefs, wine pairings from Oliver Osoyoos wineries, and freshly shucked oyster and seafood stations. Results from the Oyster Wine Competition will be announced at the event.
Tickets: $48.

Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition at The Sage Pub, April 25
Come to compete or come to cheer as teams of two compete to win the coveted title of the Best Shuck ‘n Suck Team in the Okanagan. One team member shucks while the other sucks back the oysters.
Registration: $10 per team.

Stay in Osoyoos
Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Walnut Beach Resort and Watermark Beach Resort are offering Oyster Festival room rates. Special offer: For every two-night booking at any of the resorts (from April 21-26), receive one complimentary ticket to the Oysters in the Garden event on April 25.

For more information and to purchase event tickets, please visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com.

Hope to see you there!

 

Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition: Request for Entry

Kushi OystersWhich Canadian Craft Beers pair best with Oysters?

The inaugural Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster pairing Competition will be held on April 25th, 2014 during the third annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival. The competition is sponsored by Sprit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa, Flavours World, CAMRA Vancouver, BC Craft Brewers Guild and Codfathers Seafood Market, and will be divided into eleven categories. Canadian Craft Breweries are encouraged to submit their IPA, Stout, Porter, Lager, Ale, Wheat Beer, Pilsner, Bitter, Cider, Mead, and any other brewing style under the category of Wild Card.
A winner will be chosen in each category and a best overall. Beers (Cider/Mead)  must be craft brews made in Canada.

Deadline to enter submissions is April 17th 2014. Entry forms and entry rules can be downloaded at:  www.oooysterfestival.com 

Judgesfor the second annual Canadian Oyster Wine Competition include Adam Chatburn, president of CAMRA Vancouver, Dan Clapson a Calgary based food writer and contributor to Food Network Canada, Avenue and WestJet’s up! magazine, Martin Lewis who is on the board of directors for the Okanagan Wine Society and is currently working towards the Cicerone beer certification, and culinary power couple Chef Jonathan Chovancek and Bartender/Sommelier Lauren Mote owners of Bittered Sling Extracts.

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival was created to showcase the sustainable oysters produced by the farmers and guilds of the nearby West Coast together with the award-winning wines of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. Even oysters need a day in the sun! For more information on the festival visit online at: www.oooysterfestival.com

 

 

 

Oliver/Osoyoos 2nd Annual Oyster Festival- April 17th- 21st

oyster8The Oliver/Osoyoos Oyster Festival was created to showcase the sustainable oysters produced by the farmers and guilds of the nearby West Coast together with wines from the Oliver/ Osoyoos Winery Association. Even oysters need a day in the sun!

New for this year- Canada’s first Oyster Wine competition, sponsored by Eat Magazine, Walnut Beach Resort and Codfathers Seafood market. The competition is open to wineries across Canada and wines entered must be made from 100% Canadian grown grapes. Winners are announced at the Art of the Oyster event.

Sip the new 2012 releases from the participating wineries of the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, slurp your way through oyster dishes from Oliver & Osoyoos best restaurants   enjoy special Oyster events, and take advantage of special Oyster Festival room rates starting at $79.00 at Walnut Beach Resort. If you love oysters, you need to be at the Okanagan’s only oyster festival: the OOOysterfestival!

Special events this year include “a Long Table Oyster dinner” at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery, “Under the Tuscan Sea Oyster Dinner” at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Winery, an Amateur Shuck and Suck competition and a Beer & Oyster Party. The signature event of the festival, The Art of the Oyster takes place on Saturday, April 20th, at Walnut Beach Resort and showcases oysters creations from Oliver’s & Osoyoos’ best restaurants alongside freshly shucked oyster stations from Effingham Oysters, Outlandish Oysters, and local fish mongers Codfathers, Buy the Sea and Helen’s seafood. Enjoy wine tasting stations from participating Oliver and Osoyoos wineries.

For more information, please visit the website:  www.oooysterfestival.com

West Coast Vancouver Island’s 14th Annual Clayoquot Oyster Festival

November 19-21, 2010 –  Regional Oyster Harvest and Culinary Talent

Event organizers today unveiled details of the 14th Annual Clayoquot Oyster Festival www.oystergala.com to be held in Tofino, British Columbia, from November 19-21, 2010. 

The Clayoquot Oyster Festival caters to food lovers from around the world who travel to Tofino each year to experience a variety of culinary and educational events including oyster farm tours, a costume ball and a gala dinner showcasing unique oyster dishes prepared by the area’s renowned chefs.

“The Clayoquot Oyster Festival is Tofino at its best,” said Festival Coordinator, Bobby Lax. “We will sing, slurp, eat, dance and truly celebrate our local oyster. Where else in the world can a person dress up for a costume ball, see a respectable burlesque show, tour an oyster farm and attend a formal gala — and all the while indulging in fresh, delicious oysters?” 

Supported by local businesses and the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild www.tucg.ca, Clayoquot Oyster Festival 2010 highlights include:

Daily at Sobo Restaurant: Chef Lisa Ahier’s “Oyster Trio”:
One classic raw oyster, one broiled oyster with Miso Mayo and one hemp seed crusted fried oyster topped with avocado ice cream.
www.sobo.ca

Friday, November 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm:
“Oysterman Reception” at the Wickaninnish Inn with oyster expert Brent Petkau.
www.wickinn.com

Friday, November 19, 9:00 pm, Tofino Community Centre:
“Mermaid’s Ball — Under the Sea” costume dance party, slurping contest, burlesque show and the music of Banana Fish Dance Orchestra.

Saturday, November 20, morning departures beginning 9:30 am:
“Oysters Afloat” farm tours with Remote Passages Marine Excursions.
1.5-hour trip up Lemmens Inlet to a working oyster farm.
www.remotepassages.com

Saturday, November 20, departures beginning at 10: 00 am:
“On the Water Culinary Adventure” with West Coast Aquatic Safaris and Chef Derek Sandercock of Addictive Foods.
2-hour oyster farm trip with fresh oyster lunch.
www.whalesafaris.com

Saturday, November 20, 7:00 pm, Tofino Community Centre:
“Oyster Gala” and dance featuring local chefs, British Columbia wines and the music of Continentals Swing Band.

For more information including a complete list of events, times, locations and ticket prices please visit www.oystergala.com.