tofino oyster festival

Tofino Oyster Festival:
The 15th Annual Clayoquot Oyster Fest in Tofino

november 17-19, 2011november 17-19, 2011November 17-19, 2011
Tickets for the Oyster Gala
go on sale October 1, 2011
at Wildside Booksellers.

the letter 'W'When the District of Tofino dedicated November 'Oyster Month', it was a sure sign that the Clayoquot Festival of Oysters and the Sea was a huge success with many more years of celebrating to come.

This year we celebrate the 15th Annual Clayoquot Festival of Oysters and the Sea!! What was once a humble locals event for one night; something do to on a rainy night in our once sleepy November town, has now evolved into a weekend of oyster gastronomy, including oyster farm tours, educational seminars, masquerade ball and of course, the main event, selling out in just four hours after tickets went on sale this year, the Oyster Gala.

There are plenty of other events to go to November 15th - 17th. If you are dining out around town this month, ask about special oyster features. Otherwise, slurp into the mood and find your own way to celebrate 'Oysterember'!

Events confirmed for 2011 (more to come...)
Other events are starting on November 17, 2011

Tofino Oyster Festival calender of events:

november 17, 2011Long Beach Lodge Oyster Night

The Great Room at Long Beach Lodge
Thursday, November 17 • 6-9pm
2 bucks a shuck

As part of the November Oyster Festivities, Long Beach Lodge will be hosting an evening filled with freshly shucked oysters. They will be featuring some of the best oysters from the Out Landish Shellfish Guild such as Black Pearls, Beach Angels and Marina’s Top Drawer as well as other premium west coast oysters. It will be a 2-bucks-a-shuck kind of night with many special beers, wines and spirits to pair perfectly with these exuisite gifts from the sea. To reserve a spot at the Oyster Bar call 250.725.2442 or email:


november 18, 2011The Oyster Man Reception

Driftwood Lounge
Wickaninnish Inn, Beach Building
Friday, November 18 • 7pm
$75 per person

A unique and delicious cocktail reception with Brent “The Oysterman” Petkau. Taste our local oysters in many different ways with delicious wine pairings. Reservations are required and tickets are available through the Inn’s Marketing Department at 250.725.3100 or email


november 18, 2011The Mermaid’s Ball

Tofino Community Hall
Friday, November 18 • 9pm
$25 per person

The Mermaid’s Ball is a costume ball with an under the sea theme and a copious amount of oysters from the ever popular ‘Oyster Pit’. Luxurious gifts are awarded for Best Costume (Male and Female) and door prizes will fall into the laps of a few lucky partygoers. The evening’s entertainment features a 9-piece Victoria Band ‘Rocky Mountain Rebel Music’. They are sure to get peoples feet and booties moving with their blend of funky, reggae ska. Complete with horns and stirring vocals this band will be a perfect fit to the attitude of the evening. A high time for sultriness will come with the ever popular Slurping contest which always has some very creative ways to shoot back an oyster. The night will be like Halloween just with oysters for all. Tickets are available at Wildside Booksellers (250.725.4222) and Mermaid’s Tales Bookshop (250.725.2125) or email


november 19, 2011Clayoquot Oyster Farm Tour

Remote Passages Boat House at Warf Street
Saturday, November 19
First departure is at 9:00am
$25 per person

Eager to learn more about our local oysters? Take a trip up pristine Lemmens Inlet to an oyster farm and see why these farmers have the best office in the world. They will answer all your oyster questions and give you an opportunity to taste the freshest oyster you have ever had, right from the sea. Pre-booking is recommended and tickets are available through Remote Passages Marine Excursions. Call 250.725.3330 or email


november 19, 2011The Oyster Gala

Tofino Community Hall
Saturday, November 19 • 7:00pm
$75 per person

Always one of the most memorable nights of the year the oyster gala aims to fulfill all your oyster desires. Local restaurants will showcase their inspired oyster dish for all to indulge. One of Vancouver’s best and busiest live acts ‘Brickhouse’ will be on hand to play some happy, funky, bluesy tunes that will have both young and young at heart humming along and dancing up a storm. Some of bc’s great wines and beers will also be there to help set the festive mood. For those thirsty for competition there will be a chef/farmers oyster shucking relay, demonstrating Clayoquot Sound’s love of opening and eating our magnificent oysters.

For tickets please phone 250.725.4222 or 1.800.863.4664 or email

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The Tofino Oyster Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary in November 2011. The festival includes oyster farm tours, educational seminars, the Mermaid's Ball, and of course the ever popular Oyster Gala.

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