TORONTO, ON – On Sunday, July 21st join hundreds of oyster fans for a shuckin’ good time at the silver anniversary of the Ontario Oyster Festival.  Enjoy fresh oysters, mussels and lobster while watching live bands and Ontario’s best oyster shuckers in action.  Help celebrate oyster culture and in doing so, support Environmental Defence, Canada’s most effective environmental action charity. 
Ontario Oyster Festival and Ontario Oyster Shucking Competition – OYSTERSTRONG 25: Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’
WHEN:  Sunday, July 21, 2013; GATES open at 2PM
 
WHERE:  Alley beside Rodney’s Oyster House at 469 King Street West, Toronto
 
PHOTO OPS at 4:30 PM and 7 PM:
 
– BATTLE OF THE BIVALVES Shucking Competition:  40 contestants compete for this year’s title and a chance to represent Ontario at the Canadian championships in PEI. Winner from the Canadians goes to Ireland for the World Oyster Shucking Competition.
 
– BICYCLING FOR BIVALVES hands-free oyster eating competition.  Contestants qualify during the day and then face-off on stage on stationary bikes where they have to slurp down 6 oysters without using their hands.  Fastest sucker wins.
 
WHAT:   Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, lobster and micro brews while listening to The Waxbills and God Made Me Funky, all in support of Environmental Defence. Not into seafood?  Rodney’s Oyster House will be serving up Coq au Vin as well.  
 
TICKETS:  $35 per person and includes 2 drinks and a plate of 6 oysters or Coq au Vin; tickets are available for purchase before the event by calling 416-363-8105 ext. 0, or at the gates. Tickets on sale now.
 
ABOUT OYSTER FEST (rodneysoysterhouse.com):   The annual Ontario Oyster Festival, now in its 25th year, has been raising funds to benefit Environmental Defence, Rodney’s Oyster House’s long-time charitable partner.  To date, we’ve raised over $100,000.
 
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
 
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For more information, images or interview requests, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Director of Communications, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 416-885-7847 (cell); skohls@environmentaldefence.ca