Oysters and luxury go hand in hand. Since the delicious bivalve is enjoyed the world around, we thought it would be helpful to gather a list of some of the best oyster festivals and events in the world. This way, no matter where your travels take you, you’re able to enjoy your favorite food on the half shell.
Best Oyster Festivals Around The World
1. Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival (Galway, Ireland)
Ireland’s longest-running gourmet festival, the event features traditional Irish foods, competitions, music, and more. It’s been featured by Bon Appetit magazine, the BBC, Conde Nast, Time Magazine the New York Times, and many more.
2. Fete de l’Huitre (Bouzigues, France)
A highlight of the summer, the festival offers competitions, tastings, wine and oyster pairings, live music, seated dinners, and much more.
3. Wellfleet OysterFest (Wellfleet, Massachusetts)
One of the biggest oyster festivals on the East Coast, the Wellfleet OysterFest offers oyster shucking competitions, tastings, arts and crafts, a vendor village, live music, oyster farm tours, and more.
4. Pemaquid Oyster Festival (Damariscotta, Maine)
Postponed in 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this famous oyster festival is currently working to re-launch this year.
5. Apalachicola Bay Oyster Cook-Off (Apalachicola, FL)
It’s a traditional cook-off! With cooking demos, competitions, live music, kid’s activities, and even a 5k, this is a truly family-friendly event that’s all about the oyster.
6. Knysna Oyster Festival (Knysna, South Africa)
Not for the faint of heart, the Knysna oyster festival comes packed with a half-marathon, a mountain bike race in the South African backcountry, and more for the outdoor adventurer. Oh, and there are tons of oyster tastings too!
7. Oosterschelde National Park Oyster Festival (Zeeland, Netherlands)
Known for their extremely briny and flavorful oysters, this festival takes place in a national park in the dutch province of Zeeland. The large bay is home to several oyster farms. The festival offers seaside rides, tastings, and more!
These events offer a variety of activities from oyster shucking and tasting to live music, parades, and other cultural events. If you’re an oyster lover, attending one of these festivals can be a feat while enjoying fresh and delicious oysters while experiencing local culture and traditions.