A little over a week ago thousands of Montrealers gathered on the grounds at Terrasses Bonsecours for the sixth annual Oysterfest. It was bigger and crazier than ever before with more food and drinks, faster than light oyster shucking and over 4500 awesome Montrealers, decked out in their Sunday best to bid summer adieu.
The weekend long bash got off to a rainy start as it poured all day Saturday. By Sunday morning, however, the sun was shining brightly down on the white tents that would soon be stacked with food and drinks from some of Montreal’s best restaurants. On Sunday, the only thing pouring were the drinks.
There were more food and drink tents this year than ever before (Renoir/Sofitel; pictured above). Adding to restaurant line-up were new comers Rosewood, Industria, Joverse and le Richmond while perennial favorites like Bevo, Burgundy Lion and Brit and Chips (with an amazing fish and chips) were back again this year to serve us their best.
I had a quick chat with Charles Bierbrier who was onsite pouring up pints some of his awesome ale. Having founded his own brewery in 1999, he knows a thing or two about the beer he is serving. In turn he had one of the busiest tents on the grounds. He told me that he loved being on the grounds with Montreal and enjoyed the energy of the crowd. New restaurateur, Jonas Tomalty was also working the tent over at Rosewood and was enjoying himself tremendously. We were all enjoying ourselves as the music blared and the sun went down. People stayed well into the cool evening, not wanting summer (or the party) to end.
Oysterfest has grown to become the unofficial end of summer party in Montreal. Proceeds from all the fun will go to Open Pier foundation, an organization devoted to protecting the world’s precious waterways and aquatic life for future generations.
Photo credit: David Major-Lapierre