As a huge fan of eating delicious food, one of my favourite ways to plan a trip is finding out when food-related festivals are held in choice destinations and filling my face with local specialties. One of these festivals held in our current hometown took place this past weekend. Montreal Oysterfest is an annual fundraiser for the Open Pier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean awareness and sustainability. Organized by my dear friend and Montreal oyster guy, Daniel Notkin, we’ve been attending — with kids — since the first festival, four years ago.
Each year gets bigger and better, with more of Montreal’s top restaurants joining in the fun. There are, of course, oysters aplenty, as well as a diverse spread of offerings from fish and chips and lobster tacos to corn on the cob, mini donuts and Mexican-style popsicles.
While I might try and push for a family-oriented area for next year’s festival, it is always a good time. Regrettably, we ate all of the food too quickly to photograph it.