THE OYSTER HAS LANDED! This year’s Ontario Oyster Festival on Sunday, July 20th in support of Environmental Defence celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Man Landing on the Moon
Lunar Landing Party includes the 26th Annual Shucking Competition, Lobster Boil and a special Oyster Stout Beer
 
TORONTO, ON – On Sunday, July 20th join hundreds of oyster enthusiasts for a shuckin’ good time at the annual Ontario Oyster Festival.  Enjoy the freshest oysters, mussels and lobster on this side of the galaxy. Watch live bands and Ontario’s best oyster shuckers in action and celebrate oyster culture in support of Environmental Defence, Canada’s most effective environmental action charity. 
 
Ontario Oyster Festival and Ontario Oyster Shucking Competition –
Lunar Landing Party: The Oyster has Landed!
WHEN:  Sunday, July 20, 2014; GATES open at 2PM
WHERE:  Alley beside Rodney’s Oyster House at 469 King Street West, Toronto
PHOTO OPS at 5:00PM and 6:30PM:
·    BATTLE OF THE BIVALVES Shucking Competition:  New this year, 20 enthusiastic amateurs will shuck-off in the “Chef’s Cup” for a chance to compete at the pro-level.  The “Invitational” sees 25 of the country’s top shuckers compete to represent Ontario at the Canadian championships in PEI. Winner from the Canadian championship competes in the World Oyster Shucking Competition in Ireland.
·    BOBBING FOR BIVAVLES Oyster Eating Contest: Beat the 8 time reigning champion in a hands-free oyster eating contest that’s not for the faint of heart…or stomach!

WHAT:   A party that’s not only a shuckin’ good time, but also a shuckin’ good deal! Whole lobsters at $20, Beer and Wine at $3.50/glass, Oysters at $5/plate, Mussels at $5/bowl, and Blue Moon Burgers (blue cheese on beef or mushroom burger) at $5/each. All proceeds go to Environmental Defence charity. Bands to be announced.

TICKETS: Advance – $32 per person and includes 2 drinks and a plate of 5 oysters or a Blue Moon Burger; tickets are available for purchase before the event at rodneysoysterhouse.com or at the gate for $40 per person.

ABOUT OYSTER FEST (rodneysoysterhouse.com): The annual Ontario Oyster Festival has been raising funds to benefit Environmental Defence, Rodney’s Oyster House’s long-time charitable partner for 26 years. 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