What’s Shucking at the 2017 New Orleans Oyster Festival

Start slurping.

Have a shucking good time at the New Orleans Oyster Festival on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Woldenberg Park.

Here's the scoop on the free, two-day fest:

Oysters, Oysters, Oysters!


You better not eat for days leading up to the New Orleans Oyster Festival. It’s a collection of the best seafood restaurants New Orleans has to offer packed into one area for two days. Who could ask for anything more?

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Jam and enjoy!

Saturday at the Main Stage:

10:30am – 11:45am

Ponchartrain Wrecks

12:00pm – 12:45pm

P&J Oyster Shucking Contest

1:00 pm – 2:30pm

Johnny Hayes & The Loveseats

2:45pm – 4:15pm

Billy Iuso & Restless Natives

4:30pm – 6:00pm


6:30pm – 8:00pm

Flow Tribe

Sunday at the Main Stage:

10:30am – 11:30am

One A Chord Gospel

11:45pm – 1:00pm

Acme Oyster Eating Contest

1:15pm – 2:45pm

Luke Winslow King

3:00pm – 4:30pm

The Mulligan Brothers

4:45pm – 6:15pm


6:45pm – 8:00pm

Bag of Donuts

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World Oyster Eating Contest

The Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship will be held June 4th during the 2017 New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park. This Major League Eating event hosts 12 professional eaters.
After 10 years of wins by Sonya ” The Black Widow” Thomas, Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan ate his way to the top to return the winners belt to New Orleans by slurping down 44 dozen oysters.  Sonya “The Black Widow” took home second place and Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco came in third.
Rules for the oyster tournament force contestants to use forks, not lift the shells to their mouth, and all oysters must be cleared from a tray before starting a new one.
Come out to Woldenberg Park for the 2017 New Orleans Oyster Festival and watch these professional eaters take down some ice-cold oysters.

P & J Oyster Shucking Contest

Oyster Shucker’s transcend the lore of New Orleans food culture!  Shucking oysters is truly an art.  Each year, P & J Oyster Company celebrates the incredible talents of these Oystermen who share their skills at Famous Oyster Bars throughout the City.  In 2015, Baily Mowat of Jolie Pearl in Baton Rouge shucked 18 dozen oysters in 2 minutes to take home the title.  In 2016, Jay Gallette of Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar in New Orleans shucked 19 oysters in 2 minutes.  
The competition is decided by the number of Louisiana oysters shucked in 2 minutes.  The six finalists for the competition are decided after a preliminary shucking competition held this year at the Desire Oyster Bar/ Royal Sonesta New Orleans on Bourbon Street.
So come out for the 2017 New Orleans Oyster Festival, join in on the fun and cheer on your favorite shucker! The contest will be held Saturday, June 3rd at 12:00pm during the New Orleans Oyster Festival.

Largest Oyster Contest

Who wouldn’t want to see the biggest oyster from our Louisiana Oyster Farms. Our Louisiana farmers have planted and nurtured their prize oyster for years just to be able to show it off at the Oyster Fest.
The winner is judged for the oyster’s length, width and weight. The contestants oysters, AS WELL AS PAST WINNERS, will be displayed throughout the Festival under the Cultural Tent.
The 2016, Largest Oyster Competition was won by the Motivatit Seafoods, represented by Naomi Porche.  The oyster weighed in at an astounding 2lbs 12oz and measured 8″ long and 4.24″ wide.