Montreal Oysterfest: Let the Shucking Begin

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Hemingway couldn’t have put it better. There is something about a good oyster that puts a smile on your face, satisfies an inner craving and livens your taste buds. We can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. Perhaps it’s their luscious composition, the way each oyster is shaped in its own distinctive way; maybe it’s the variety of flavours that each one holds; we believe it’s a combination of the senses they bring out in us. When you taste an oyster, your sense of touch, smell and taste are all awakened and in full awe.

Not all of us have had the pleasure of having an experience with an oyster shucker whose life literally revolves around this seafood delicacy. This is where our dear friend, Daniel Notkin, comes in. We have highly praised this bundle of energy and oyster Wikipedia on legs previously for his fabulous shucking ways at L’Orignial, and here he is again, stepping it up to one of the most fun events of our Montreal summer: Oysterfest 2012, the 4th edition. He’s creating an over-indulgent foodie event where participants will compete in a Caesar competition to see who can create the best Clamato-vodka-Tabasco infusion and a shucking competition with shuckers coming in from across Canada and the U.S. For those of you that didn’t know, “shucking” oysters has become a competitive sport and competitions are staged around the world. Who knew these little aphrodisiacs could create such a league of enthusiasts and followers.

If the idea of oysters still gives you the shivers and you’re just not as brave as the rest of us, Daniel has ensured that the one-day extravaganza will not just offer a worshipping oyster temple, but various chefs, restaurants and wine importers will set up tents showcasing their finest foods. All you need are your food tickets and an empty stomach. A plethora of good tunes supplied by Montreal DJs, great people, a lot of laughs, cheers, friends re-connecting and sharing our mutual love for the main guest, The Master Oyster, will be felt all around. The proceeds will go towards a great non-profit cause, The Open Pier Foundation, whose goal is to promote ocean sustainability through education. On top of that, the donations from the restaurants will be mainly allocated to the Environmental Defense, which has been protecting Canada’s waterways and nature space. 

Tickets are extremely limited, so check their information page to see if you can get lucky. The event starts this Sunday at 2pm in a parking lot in Old Montreal (on the corner of St. Jean and Notre Dame West). Some advice from us since we attended last year: come detoxed and very, very well rested. Shuck away, you mothershuckers!