British Columbia oyster lovers should prepare themselves for the 3rd Annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival held from April 23 until April 27, 2014 in the heart of wine country. Events will include oyster shucking demonstrations, oyster creations served at participating restaurants as well as special oyster beer and wine pairing events.  

The signature wine event of the festival, the Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala,  sponsored by Destination Osoyoos will be held on Saturday, April 26th at Watermark Beach Resort. Guests have the option of dressing up fisherman/mermaid style or dressing up with “pearls”  as they sample delicious oyster creations created by local chefs, enjoy freshly shucked oysters and sip Canada’s best oyster wines. The results of the 2nd Annual Canadian Oyster wine competition will also be revealed.

Beer fans need not frown as the 3rd annual South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Oyster Beach Brew Party takes place on Friday, April 25th at Spirit Ridge Resort. Enjoy live music,  freshly shucked oysters with local oyster farmers in attendance along with sausages, craft beers and local ciders. Excitedly, the festival adds Canada’s first Canadian Craft Beer and Oyster Pairing Competition and the winners will be revealed.   

Visit the Osoyoos Oyster Festival website: for special hotel rates, tickets and all of the events of this 3rdAnnual festival. Yes, even Oysters in need a day in the sun!

~ Cassandra Anderton