Photo by Kim Welsh

New Orleans Oyster Festival returns to the riverfront this weekend

The New Orleans Oyster Festival will return to Woldenberg Riverfront Park along the banks of the Mississippi River on June 3 and 4. The event will showcase over 20 food vendors—most of them specializing in oysters—and plenty of live music.

Admission will be free and open to the public.

Current OffBeat cover subjects Flow Tribe will perform at the festival, which will feature additional sets from Bag of Donuts, Bonerama, Billy Iuso & the Restless Natives, Brass-A-Holics, Luke Winslow King and more.

As usual, the festival will also play host to a few competitive undertakings, including the Acme Oyster House World Oyster Eating Championship, the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition and the New Orleans Fish House Largest Oyster Contest.

However, the big draw for most people will undoubtedly be oysters and oyster-based dishes. Both will be available in spades from vendors like Drago’s, Acme Oyster House, Jacques-Imo’s and Antoine’s, among others. A full list of available dishes can be found via the festival’s website.

New Orleans Oyster Festival schedule:

10:30am – 11:45am   Pontchartrain Wrecks
12:00pm – 12:45pm   The P&J Oyster Shucking Competition
1:00 pm – 2:30pm   Johnny Hayes & The Loveseats
2:45pm – 4:15pm   Billy luso & Restless Natives
4:30pm – 6:00pm   Bonerama
6:30pm – 8:00pm   Flow Tribe
SUNDAY, June 4
10:30am – 11:30am   Gospel Performance
11:45pm – 1:00pm   The Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship
1:15pm – 2:45pm   Luke Winslow King
3:00pm – 4:30pm   The Mulligan Brothers
4:45pm – 6:15pm   Brass-A-Holics
6:45pm – 8:00pm   Bag of Donuts

Participating restaurants:

Acme Oyster House
Ajun Cajun
Andrea’s Restaurant & Catering
Antoine’s Restaurant
Bourbon House
Cafe Reconcile
Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Desire Oyster Bar
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Grand Isle Restaurant
Jacques-Imo’s Cafe
Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House
Nola Snow Snoballs
Oceana Grill
Poppin’ Mamas
Red Fish Grill
Royal House Oyster Bar
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant