The New Orleans Oyster Festival features oyster contests, oyster dishes and plenty of seafood from local restaurants, as well as live music, a craft market and more. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 at Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront.
The Acme Oyster Eating Contest is at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Last year, winner Sonya Thomas devoured 40 dozen oysters. The P&J Oyster Shucking Contest is at noon Saturday. There's also a largest oyster contest.
More than 20 local restaurants will offer dishes featuring oysters, seafood and other dishes. Drago's Seafood Restaurant will serve char-broiled oysters. Arnaud's offers shrimp and oyster egg rolls with Creole soy sauce. Borgne offers oyster patties and deviled crab. Jacque's Imo's Cafe serves mushrooms stuffed with oyster dressing and its signature shrimp and alligator cheesecake. Red Fish Grill serves oyster muffulettas and barbecue oyster po-boys. There also are non-seafood items and desserts.
The music lineup includes Treme Brass Band, Colin Lake, Corey Henry's Treme Funktet on Saturday and One A-Chord Gospel Singers, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters and Marcia Ball on Sunday.
The festival was created in 2010 to highlight Louisiana oysters. A portion of proceeds from this year's festival benefit the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana's Oyster Shell Recycling Program, ORA Estuaries and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation's Artificial Reef Program. Admission to the festival is free.