Oysterfest 2011 MontrealPosted By Jennifer Ho Sep 12 2011 · 4 comments · Old Montreal, Snacks & Street Food
Sunday, September 11th was a perfect day. For once, the weather cooperated. Shooting rays of sunshine and warmth all over the city, Montreal’s annual Oysterfest event was a complete blowout success – starting around 2 in the afternoon and lasting all the way until 9 pm, the lineup was long even at the start. Tickets at the door went quickly and were totally sold out about an hour after the event started. With over two dozen restaurants present providing food in exchange for coupon tickets, the place was teeming with excited and eager foodies itching to try everything all at once.
We went systematically, first doing a quick walk around to survey our options and then decide what we wanted to have the most. We ended up getting in line to get oysters, as it the entire event revolved around them and the line up for them just seemed to be getting longer and longer. Better wait a while and eat them earlier than risk them running out and not having any later! Trading four tickets for ten oysters, we slurped them down in 1/5 of the time that we spent waiting in line. So delicious! I can’t tell you how much I love oysters… All kinds. After that we went from stand to stand, tasting a little bit of everything. Things that stuck out to me were Brit & Chips’ haddock in maple syrup batter on top of fries, doused with malt vinegar. The sweet syrupy taste was there, but not overpowering at all. L’Original’s surf and turf made of lobster and wild boar stuffed between a bread bun was also very delicious as the mix between fish and meat gave way to a particularly unique taste. Venti’s offering was a gigantic circular tablet made of a sort of thick pizza crust. Inside, the stuffing was of pasta, a variety of sausages and was finally topped with freshly grated cheese. Phew! It was a bit too much for me, especially as I wanted to try a few other dishes but nonetheless a very hearty and comforting dish I could see eating as a main. Another interesting concoction was AIX’s liquid nitrogen strawberry ice cream. So interesting to see it happen live – I’ve only ever seen it performed on television (cue Richard Blaise on Top Chef). Great job to the organizers of the event! I can’t wait to go back next year.
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