The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan April 19-23.
The Osoyoos Oyster Festival offers the perfect opportunity to dive into spring with outstanding dining experiences, tastings of oysters from around the world, and glasses brimming with award-winning South Okanagan wines, ciders, beers and spirits!
A variety of oysters will be featured throughout the festival, supplied by Kelowna’s Codfathers Seafood Market, Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm, Effingham Oyster and more. The five-day line-up consists of three signature events plus five partner events, with plenty of time in between to explore the area.
Returning to the festival this year is special guest Patrick McMurray, also known as “Shucker Paddy.” Patrick is a former World Champion Oyster Shucker and owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto. He’ll be shucking fresh oysters at events throughout the festival.
New in 2017 and held on Watermark Beach Resort’s stunning beachfront is the Beach BBQ and Brews Festival! Lively BBQ-style buffet features seafood and traditional BBQ fare, paired with generous pours of the South Okanagan’s best brews including The Fire Hall Brewery, BNA brewing, and Tinwhistle Brewing, plus craft ciders from Twisted Hills, Maverick Cider Co. and Orchard Hill Cidery!
Not to mention, there will be a signature Canadian Whiskey cocktail prepared by Colin MacDougall using Lot 40, JP Wisers, Pike Creek or Gooderham & Worts!
The BBQs will be manned by the following Chefs: Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro; Natasha Schooten from Walnut Beach Resort; Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort; and Trevor Munroe of Sober Island Oysters.
The annual Deep Sea Garden Party at Walnut Beach Resort returns on the afternoon of Saturday April 22! This afternoon event allows guests to sample culinary delights from both land and sea, and sip exceptional wine and beer from local wineries and craft breweries.
New this year is the introduction of The Garden Market, with local vendors offering samples and products for sale. If you wish to participate as a vendor, please call 250-495-5070 to reserve a spot!
Plus, a kid’s zone will offer activities and educational items to make this event family-friendly.
For those participants that aren’t seafood fanatics, Centennial Food Service will also be providing roasted pork to pair with your wine!
The main event happens Saturday night – The Art of the Pearl Gala at Spirit Ridge Resort! This fun, social, grazing soirée is inspired by the ocean and its bounty. Guests will enjoy incredible oyster creations served up by local chefs, along with freshly shucked oysters, and charcuterie offerings, paired with wine samples from the area’s award-winning wineries.
More than 10 Okanagan restaurants are participating in this event, including: Mica Restaurant; Liquidity Bistro; Nk’Mip Cellars; The Paisley Notebook; Bonfire Restaurant; Sonora Room; Greenside Grill; Walnut Beach Resort; and Jojo’s Café. Dance the night away and capture your moments with our fun photo booth! This is a night you won’t want to miss so get your tickets now!
Kick off the festival with the Long Table Dinner at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery on Wednesday April 19! Enjoy a special evening, starting with freshly shucked oysters, followed by a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster.
On Thursday April 20th, Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek, along with tastings from the winery’s “bubbly” neighbours.
Whiskey & Oysters will be served at Sol in the Holiday Inn Osoyoos on Friday April 21st! A great opportunity to try fresh oysters hand-selected by Codfathers Seafood Market, alongside various whiskeys, all while overlooking Osoyoos Lake in the Sol Grill Room & Lounge. With special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) in attendance.