OYSTER FEST 2019 EVENT INFO
1521 Lower Water Street
(Salter Block parking lot,
corner of Salter Street +
Lower Water Street)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The main gate for the event is located at the corner of Lower Water Street and Salter Street. This is also where our on-site box office and information booth is located. You can ask questions, buy day-of tickets for the event (while quantities last) and is also where you will be scanned in for the event.
There are secondary egress gates located at the back of the lot off the board walk but these are emergency exits only.
Gates open up to general ticket holders as the session begins. Guests are invited to line up at the gate so we can get you pre-scanned in and ready for shucking! We invite general ticket holders to arrive at the gates around 20-15 minutes before your session begins. There is no need to arrive any earlier. We get people in the gates pretty quickly!
There is an expedited entry line for exclusive use by VIPearl ticket holders. VIPearl ticket holders are allowed entry to the event 45 minutes before anyone else. If you have a VIPearl ticket, please arrive 45 minutes before the session begins to take advantage of this perk!
Inside the festival grounds you will be able to purchase drink/food tickets to use on site. Please note that these line ups can get long. We encourage you to pre-purchase drink tickets in advance when you buy your ticket. You can add these to your order at checkout and they will be given to you when we scan you in to the event.
Car The festival for not provide any parking for festival attendees. There are no sanctioned parking lots for public use that is associated with the festival. There are pay-and display lots nearby along the waterfront or the Indigo parking garage around the block. Parking can be an issue in the immediate vicinity so we recommend leaving a bit early if you are choosing to drive.
Bus There are many buses that go along Barrington that would be convenient to take to the event. Depending on where you are departing from, the 61, 1, 9A, 81, 41 and 7 would all drop you off just a few short blocks from the festival site. Check Halifax Transit (https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit) for more details
Boat Living in a harbour city offers us the unique opportunity to travel by boat! The Alderney and Woodside ferries from Dartmouth drop you off at the Halifax Ferry Terminal which is about a 5 minute walk from the festival site. Check Halifax Transit (https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/halifax-transit) for more details on ferry service and schedule. The Kings Wharf Water Taxi can bring you to Bishops Landing (just one block from the festival site). Visit http://www.harbourtaxi.ca/ for more details on rates and how to book.
Bike We are happy to partner with Cycle Halifax to bring you the Bike Valet again this year! Just ride your bike to the site and park it for free with the bike valet!
End of September, early October is the start of the oyster season, when the water temperature drops and the oysters fatten up. This also means the festival can be held on the warmest night of the fall or the stormiest. The festival takes place rain or shine, so if it rains, grab you sou-wester and rubber boots and prepare for a REAL Maritime night!
CODE OF CONDUCT
Halifax Oyster Festival is a welcoming food and culture event! As a festival guest, you have a role in making this an accepting and inclusive environment for your fellow oyster lovers! All Coast Events have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of discrimination of any kind. If you see something happening that shouldn’t be happening, please inform a festival staff member or volunteer. If you feel unsafe at any moment, please tell someone. There are festival volunteers and staff on site who are here to help you. Any individuals found in violation of our anti-oppression and zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination may be removed from the festival grounds with no refund.
It should go without saying, but be kind to those around you, including those shucking and serving you oysters, AKA don’t bite the hand that feeds you! We are all here to celebrate what makes us unique in Atlantic Canada and sharing in a world class seafood product, we look forward to spending a shucking-good time with you all!
We are happy to offer a festival experience that is inclusive and accessible for all. All aspects of the festival are on level ground and can be enjoyed by all ability levels. There is a space near the stage for wheelchair accessibly viewing of the Nova Scotia Shucking Competition, if you require assistance or space for equipment to make your festival experience more comfortable please let us know before hand to we can accommodate your needs. We also have a seated area outside the tent where those needing to take a break can sit and eat some prepared food on site with friends and family. There are accessible, gender neutral, washrooms on site. We are proud to present a festival with zero barriers for you to enjoy! If you have difficulty navigating the festival, please let use now of your experience so we can make the event better in the future. You can contact us at email@example.com.
The majority of the oysters for consumption are the product of aquaculture, or more specifically, mariculture. But unlike many farmed fish, these shellfish have very little negative impact on their surrounding environment. The farming of oysters requires no chemical treatment and therefore farming practices are not harmful to the surrounding water or environment. More than this though, oysters actually CLEAN THE OCEAN! Oysters are filter feeders, consuming phytoplankton (free-swimming algae) and improving water quality while they filter their food from the water. As generations of oysters settle on top of each other and grow, they form reefs that provide structured habitat for many sea species. A mature oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day.
At the festival, we do our best to commit to a zero waste (or little waste) experience. Where possible we have made decisions to provide you with choices that help keep our oceans clean and allow oysters to grow and flourish in Atlantic Canada and around the world for years to come. Oyster shells are actually great for gardens and even great for the ocean. The shells left over from our festival are collected in compost receptacles on site. We work with local partners, gardeners, artists and more to distribute these shells after the event is over. If you would like to use some of the shells in your own garden, let us know and we can organize a collection opportunity.
We use compostable cups and napkins so please use the labeled compost bins on site to dispose of these as well. Pay attention to the labels on all waste receptacles to make sure you are using the correct bin for the correct item. Lowering our environmental “footprint” has been part of the story of Halifax Oyster Festival since the beginning. We are committed to bringing you as sustainable experience as possible but we need your help as well!
The dress code is MARITIME—Think LLBean Signature mixed with a little Frenchy's thrown in. The event happens rain or shine so we recommend getting cozy in your favourite fisherman's sweater, big scarf and wellies. But don't forget your pearls.
RULES AND REGULATIONS:
No outside food or drink on site. Water bottles are allowed to be used at the Halifax Water refillable water station.
Participating farmers are subject to change, see oysterfest.ca for the most up to date line-up.
No smoking, vaping or cannabis on site. The closest designated smoking area is across the street, 70m south of the intersection of Lower Water St and Salter St.
Children under the age of 19 can attend the Saturday afternoon session only, accompanied by an adult. Friday and Saturday evening 19+.
Re-entry to the festival during your session is allowed but you need to have a wristband in order to re-enter.
Ticket issues can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Amateur shucking competitions are on Friday night and Saturday afternoon tasting sessions. The top shuckers will compete during the Saturday evening tasting session. If you would like to apply as a competitor you can sign up here. NOTE: Virgin/very novice shuckers are not allowed to compete, you must have a working knowledge of how to safely open an oyster. If you want to participate in shucking school you can sign up here.