Shucking on with the John Bil Memorial Trophy

July 30, 2018

This past January John Bil passed away from cancer at his home in Toronto, Ontario. Bil had been a guest of the Halifax Oyster Festival the past few years, providing encouragement, advice and judging at the front table. To honour his memory and his love of all things oysters we are renaming our annual Nova…

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What’s new at the 2018 festival?

July 17, 2018

-More oyster farms! We have 20+ registered oyster farms and depending on water temperature at the time of harvest and CFIA clearance, all should be onsite at the Halifax Oyster Festival. -GIANT oysters, you know, the BIG ONES, that intimidate most of us but are the “pearl” for others, will be served at an extra…

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Remembering John Bil

January 26, 2018

  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

September 27, 2017

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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10 Places to Eat Oysters in Halifax

September 11, 2017

Oyster Fest is on the horizon, but we don’t blame you if you can’t wait to get your oyster on. If you’re not comfortable shucking at home, fear not: There are plenty of joints in Halifax where you can get ready-to-eat oysters, and many come with a variety of fixings! This list is just a…

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Eamon Clark

Q&A with Shucking Champ Eamon Clark

September 7, 2017

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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How to shuck an oyster like a pro from Taste of Nova Scotia

September 4, 2017

You’ve probably seen this before, but in case you need to brush up on your skills from Taste of Nova Scotia: If you love fresh Nova Scotia Oysters as much as we do, you probably already know that some work is required to access the delicious inside of these bivalves. At first glance, oyster shucking…

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Montreal Oyster Festival

Montreal Oyster Festival

September 1, 2017

Daniel Notkin, the host at the Halifax Oyster Festival Shucking Championships puts on his own oyster festival in Montreal. If you are in Montreal September 10th, check out the Montreal oyster scene. Tickets are on sale now at From the website: Some of Montreal’s coolest and most acclaimed chefs and restaurants will be at…

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The Back Bay Oyster Board available at the festival

August 30, 2017

We are really excited to have The Back Bay Oyster Board available at the festival this year. Here’s the story from Carmen and Peter: We are a family business whom got inspired in a shucking board Liam’s grandfather had. Having loved this board, his grandfather passed it to his son (Liam’s father), who made just few…

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Earl & Pearl

August 29, 2017

Pearl, got herself a catch. Meet Earl the latest in our oyster festival family. Illustrations by one of our favourite Halifax artist and architect-in-training, the amaZZING Aziza Asat.

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