What’s New at the festival


Each sampling session will feature a VIPearl ticket option. VIPearls ticket includes:

  • Entry to the festival site 45min before general admission ticket holders. Oyster booths will be ready and shucking for VIPearls.
  • Dedicated entry line for VIPearls.
  • Access to “The Barrington Lounge” presented by The Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. The lounge includes small plate sampling of The Barrington menu, limited seating and screens to watch the shucking competition from the stage.
  • Rotating oyster farmers in The Barrington Lounge to speak to guests about their seafarming experience and bi-valve knowledge.


We are excited to announce there will be more oyster farms than every before—18!! We have farms from Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and Europe. New oyster farms to be announced soon!


Fireworks Gallery is giving away a strand of freshwater pearls to the first festival attendee who finds a pearl in their oyster!

The finder can bring the pearl to the Fireworks Gallery tent on site at the festival to redeem their prize. Fireworks Gallery will be available to clean jewellery.

Fireworks Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Located in historic downtown Halifax, Fireworks is a full service jeweler, offering professional jewellery repair and restoration.