The Halifax Oyster Festival is a 2-day raw bar event on the Halifax Waterfront. Ticket buyers can go chose between multiple tasting sessions featuring 16 different oyster farms from Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick. The festival itself is exciting, with a large white tent on the Halifax Waterfront—the energy is upbeat, loud and jovial. The sound of thousands of oysters shells being slurped and tossed into bins is stimulating. And during the shucking championships, chefs, restaurant staff and dedicated shuckers compete for cash alongside the general public in the Nova Scotia Oyster Shucking competition on the Gahan House stage. This is a high-energy event, hosted by Canadian Oyster Shucking champion Daniel Notkin.
The festival is at the end of September, celebrating the start of the Nova Scotia oyster harvest season.