Things are going to be shaken up at this year’s Clayoquot Oyster Festival in Tofino, now in its 21st year of running! There will still be all of the ingredients that made this festival a memorable one over the past two decades, specifically the BC beer and wine, inspiring culinary treats, the great people, and of course the beloved oyster. This year, the main events during this festival will take place at some of Tofino’s best restaurants. Many of these establishments have in fact been the backbone for this festival’s unabashed oyster slurping, and it seemed right to make this transition.
This festival is usually held annually during the third weekend of November as it coincides with the start of Tofino’s oyster harvest. Local oysters will be at their plumpest! Around 50,000 gallons of oysters are harvested here in Clayoquot Sound, and about 500-600 festival attendees keep the oysters from travelling very far as over the course of 4 nights they slurp back 11,000 oysters. It’s amazing to see what began as a one-night event to beat the off-season blues having grown into this amazing festival.
This year’s festival will include an under-the-sea costume party, oyster farm tours, unique restaurant-specific events, great music, and an oyster gala. Celebrate with Clayoquot Sound in their love of eating oysters and feeling good!
Tickets can be ordered online; book yours today as they sell out fast! Please contact the event organizers for more details (see contact info below). More details about each event during the festival will be updated as they come on the official website.
Event Name: Clayoquot Oyster Festival 2017
Date: Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, November 19, 2017
Location: Various venues, Tofino
Contact: Clayoquot Oyster Festival
Official website: http://www.oystergala.com/