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Friday, May 26, 2017

New Orleans Oyster Festival is June 3-4

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM

click to enlarge Sonya Thomas won the oyster-eating contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL
  • COURTESY NEW ORLEANS OYSTER FESTIVAL
  • Sonya Thomas won the oyster-eating contest at the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

The New Orleans Oyster Festival returns to Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, and more than 20 local restaurants will serve dishes highlighting Louisiana oysters.

The festival, which debuted in 2010, aims to educate festival patrons about the benefits of Louisiana Gulf oysters and raise funds for coastal restoration efforts.

Festival highlights include the P&J Oyster shucking competition at noon Saturday, June 3, and the New Orleans Fish House largest oyster contest later that day. The oyster eating championship, presented by Acme Oyster House, takes place at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, June 4.

Festival admission is free.

The festival's music and contest schedule is below:

Saturday, June 3
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pontchartrain Wrecks
noon - 12:45 p.m. The P&J Oyster Shucking Competition
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Johnny Hayes & The Loveseats
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Billy luso & Restless Natives
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Bonerama
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Flow Tribe

Sunday, June 4
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Gospel Performance
11:45 p.m. - 1 p.m. The Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Luke Winslow King
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Mulligan Brothers
4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Brass-A-Holics
6:45 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bag of Donuts

For more information, visit the festival website.

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