Monday, February 14, 2011

The 2nd Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival to be held in June 2011

Organizers of last year’s inaugural event donated $20,000 to support coastal restoration

The Louisiana Gulf Oyster Industry is proud to again host the New Orleans Oyster Festival, June 4-5, 2011, in the French Quarter by the Mississippi River at Berger Parking Lot Z (Decatur Street, between Jax Brewery and Hard Rock Café).

Last year’s inaugural Oyster Festival was held less than two months after the Gulf Oil Spill as a way to highlight the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, as well as honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified New Orleans’ position as the "Oyster Capital of America."

“All odds were against us but we were able to host a successful event that showcased the importance of the Louisiana oyster industry,” said Lucien Gunter, New Orleans Oyster Festival board member. “Because of the tremendous participation and support of last year’s event, the New Orleans Oyster Festival board was able to donate $20,000 to coastal restoration.”

“We hope to raise even more funds to help rebuild our cherished wetlands with this year’s event,” said Sal Sunseri, New Orleans Festival board member.

The 2011 New Orleans Oyster Festival will feature great Louisiana music, a cultural oyster tent, the finest local cuisine, competitions for oyster shucking, the Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Challenge, and the largest oyster. A percentage of raised funds will go to rebuilding Louisiana’s coast on behalf of “Our Community, Our Culture, and Our Coast”, in support of coastal restoration and the men and women who serve the oyster industry daily.

Coverage: Media interested in interviews or coverage of the New Orleans Oyster Festival should contact Monica Pierre with Pierre Principle Communications at 504-231-9837.


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