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No one loves oysters more than Halifax Oyster Festival host, Daniel Notkin

Daniel Notkin’s infatuation with the sea started when he was a kid, although he didn’t eat his first oyster until he was 30. Today he is a Canadian championship oyster shucker. He has also competed in China and is the founder of Montreal Oysterfest. But Haligonians probably know him best for his presence at Halifax …

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Stay on the Halifax waterfront with the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Halifax Oyster Festival and the Halifax Marriott Habourfront Hotel are teaming up to provide a festival package for out-of-town guests. Stay on the waterfront at the Halifax Marriott Habourfront Hotel and walk down to the festival grounds on the city’s famous boardwalk. Package includes 2 tickets to the festival, one night stay and 25% off food …

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We are taking the Pearl Jam on the road

Our festival’s culinary event, Pearl Jam, combining oysters and cocktails is back—this time we are going on the road. This year we will have Shane Beehan leading a field trip to explore Halifax’s oyster and cocktail scene with designated driving provided by Taste Halifax. During this fun three-hour Pearl Jam tour, the tour bus will visit …

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Remembering John Bil

  Today we are remembering John Bil, sustainable seafood champion, master shucker, restauranteur and all around nice guy. Bil was an early supporter of the Halifax Oyster Festival and was extremely generous with his time and advice as a host of the festival’s Pearl Jam culinary event and a judge for our shucking competitions. He was genuine …

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The Pearl Jam shells out culinary creativity

Ring in Oyster Fest with local chefs, oyster producers and bartenders Back for its second year as an Oyster Festival kick-off is The Pearl Jam, an intimate, chef-focused event hosted by John Bil (owner of Toronto’s Honest Weight) and oyster shucking champ Eamon Clark (of Rodney’s Oyster House, also in TO) and presented by The Coast. “It’s a chance to show off what’s really …

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Eamon Clark

Q&A with Shucking Champ Eamon Clark

Eamon Clark has won Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship eight times over. His father Rodney owns Rodney’s Oyster House, a seafood-lover’s dream with locations in both Toronto and Calgary. Eamon, of course, is an in-house shucker. We picked his brain about—well—oysters. As someone with a history of winning, how do you prepare for shucking competitions? I …

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