The Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 20-24. Now in its fifth year, the event showcases oysters produced by West Coast fishermen and International suppliers, alongside Canadian wines and craft beers.

Oyster-Festival_2016_clipOver the next seven days, Osoyoos Daily News will be previewing the various events scheduled through the Oyster festival.

We sit you down to dinner this evening with the International Oyster Night at Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort.

Date: April 22 — 6 p.m.; Tickets: $55

To kick off this fantastic evening, the Osoyoos Oyster Festival will present a signature cocktail courtesy of Corby’s Ltd. featuring The Glenlivet Brand. Guests will receive a complementary Osoyoos Oyster Festival Wine Glass upon arrival at the event.

Patrick “Shucker Patty” McMurray, the World Champion Oyster Shucker and owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto will be shucking fresh oysters from several different regions, courtesy of CodFathers Seafood Market. It’s a great opportunity to try Oysters from around the world that you wouldn’t normally have access to in Canada, including:

  • Galway flats: Native European oyster from Ireland’s Atlantic Coast
  • Kellys Gigas : Pacific style oyster from Ireland;
  • Mersea oyster: Grown on a small little known island on England’s North Sea coast;
  • Jersey Oyster: From French waters landed on the British Channel island;
  • Bluff Oyster (New Zealand ): The flagship world wild oyster fishery which by chance is open during oysterfest;
  • Wellfleet Oyster: The USA’s most highly rated oyster from Cape Cod Massachusetts. Virginia Species. Long hard shell, firm and sweet; and,
  • Malagash oyster: Canada’s oldest harvested oyster, part of slow food internationals arc of taste, from Tatamagouche Nova Scotia.

Guests can also try internationally inspired oyster dishes from local restaurants and chefs. Local wineries will be pouring their best. Non-alcoholic beverages are available.

In addition, Osoyoos Home Hardware has donated a gift basket worth in excess of $50 tobe given away at the event.