The Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 22-25.
Now in its fourth year, the event showcases oysters produced by West Coast fishermen, alongside Canadian wines and craft beers.
A number of delicious events are happening during the festival, including: the signature event of the festival, Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala at Watermark Beach Resort, featuring oyster creations from South Okanagan chefs paired with wines from Oliver Osoyoos wineries. Two new events have been added to this year’s line-up: Seaside to Greenside at the Osoyoos Golf Club, pairing oysters with scotch and noteworthy gin from Gallagher Lake-based distillery, The Dubh Glas Distillery; and Oysters in the Garden, an afternoon event at Walnut Beach Resort.
In addition, two pairing competitions will take place during the festival: The Canadian Oyster Wine Competition and The Canadian Oyster Craft Beer Competition, with teams of expert judges determining which Canadian wines and craft beers pair best with oysters.
The complete line-up for the Osoyoos Oyster Festival includes:
The Miradoro Long Table Dinner, April 22. Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery offers a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster.
Under the Tuscan Sea – Oysters, Bubbles and Pizza at Terrafina, on April 23 Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek and tastings from the winery’s ‘bubbly’ neighbours.
Oyster Catch and Brew Bash at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, on April 24. An evening of oysters and culinary creations, craft beer and ciders from local breweries and live entertainment. Results from the Oyster Craft Beer Competition will be announced at the event.
Amateur Shuck ‘n Suck Competition at The Sage Pub, on April 25. Come to compete or come to cheer as teams of two compete to win the coveted title of the Best Shuck ‘n Suck Team in the Okanagan. One team member shucks while the other sucks back the oysters.
Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Walnut Beach Resort and Watermark Beach Resort are offering Oyster Festival room rates.
A special offer includes for every two-night booking at any of the resorts (from April 21-26), receive one complimentary ticket to the Oysters in the Garden event on April 25.
For more information and to purchase event tickets, visit: osoyoosoysterfestival.com.