Jul 25, 2012

Master shucker Daniel Notkin's Oysterfest to take place September 2

Daniel Notkin, oyster shucker behind Montreal's annual Oysterfest
By Alexandra Forbes

Montrealers know their oysters... there are lots of restaurants in town where you'll find not only great-quality oysters from both coasts, but also seriously good shuckers who know a great deal about what they serve. The nearest sea may be hundreds of miles away but this is, after all, a food-crazed town where locals have a special weakness for all things served on crushed ice, from the snowcrab legs at Garde Manger to the exquisite urchins and mussels sourced locally and served at the Brasserie T! (when in season) – not to mention the top-notch oysters at Joe Beef and L’Orignal…

That's why I think one of the funnest food events out there is the annual Montreal Oysterfest, which this year will take place September 2.

The oyster shucker at L'Orignal, the always-energized-and-super-friendly Daniel Notkin, is the man behind the one-day festival, which will gather chefs, shuckers, wine importers, DJs and revellers in a parking lot in Old Montreal (at the corner of St. Jean and Notre Dame West streets), starting at 2 P.M.

It's not just about oysters... Some of Montreal's restaurants will set up tents and serve small dishes, in exchange for food tickets.

There will be a Caesar competition, and a shucking competition with shuckers coming in from Toronto, PEI, Ottawa, Niagara and the U.S.  And a DJ, of course.
Proceeds go towards the Non-profits "The Open Pier Foundation" (whose goal is to promote ocean sustainability through education) and Environmental Defense.

Montreal Oysterfest, September 2, 2012, 2-9pm, The Pigeon Hole Parking Lot (Rue St Jean & Notre Dame West)

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