Chow down for a cause this June

Next weekend, throw caution to the wind! It’s a festival devoted to oysters, and things will get good and messy! Build up an appetite and get ready for some saucy, spicy and just plain raw fun in the French Quarter! Despite the challenge in the Gulf, oysters are wholesome and plentiful in areas not associated with the incident. Locals and tourists alike continue to flock to restaurants to enjoy Louisiana seafood. The festival will be a two-day Oyster-palooza beginning on June fifth.  It will all be happening by the river at Berger parking lot in the famed French Quarter. Big names in the New Orleans seafood scene, such as the famous Acme Oyster House and P&J Oyster Company, will be sponsoring the event, providing top-notch cuisine. The two-day chow down is not just for fun, but also for a great cause. All of the proceeds from the Oyster Fest will go to the “Save Our Coast” foundation.

The scheduled festivities are family-friendly and include the following: Oyster eating contest, Oyster shucking contest, and a children only Root Beer float eating contest. On Saturday, the kickoff day, the festival runs from 11 am-7 pm, and on Sunday starts at 11 am and wraps things up around 6 pm.  If you want more partying, or oysters, consider coming a little earlier and making a long weekend of the event. On Thursday is the unofficial start to the Oyster series with the Bourbon House Wine and Oyster Pairings Contest. And don’t forget to pack your party hat because Friday is Acme’s VIP Party. Need a place to stay in New Orleans? Not a problem! A standout in New Orleans lodging, the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, would love to play host to your New Orleans Oyster Fest weekend.

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