Oysterfest – Old Port

So today was the Oysterfest in Montreal at old port, more specifically at Terraces Bonsecours. It was such a beautiful day today, and we had an amazing time.

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Food Tickets

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So our first stop was of course oysters. This is, I believe, a store from the Jean-Talon Market, called Boite Aux Huitres. We got 5 oysters for two tickets. We actually came here three times and every oyster was amazing. They were so sweet and fresh, and didn’t have the fishy taste. This is why I love East Coast oysters, even though they tend to be smaller in size (although these ones were quite massive), they are usually much sweeter, have a crunchier texture and aren’t very fishy tasting.

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Green Gables Oysters from PEI
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Green Gables Oysters from PEI

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Next we went for some lobsters. At the Notkin’s Lobster and Shrimp Boil booth, we got half of a lobster for three food tickets. There was also the option of 3 large shrimps for 2 tickets but to be honest they didn’t look that good. The lobster was so sweet and fresh. It came with a small container for melted butter, two pieces of potato and one small piece of corn. We didn’t really care for the veggies to be honest. The lobster and the melted butter was amazing. Definitely was a wonderful buy.

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Green Sangria from Face Cachee de la Pomme

We also got a green sangria which was interesting but not too amazing.

Next we got the Lobster Croquette from Dolcetto/Santos.

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The texture was very creamy inside, but I didn’t think the flavour was amazing. It didn’t have a lot of lobster flavour which was disappointing. But my friend really liked it.

We got this awesome thai basil, blueberries mojito drink after, from the restaurant Ryu.

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Mojito from Ryu

It was really delicious and refreshing. It was also stronger than we had expected, which was nice. I thought it looked really watery but it wasn’t. We got the two drinks for 1 food ticket.

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Lobster Roll from Bevo

Next we got the lobster roll, which was really sweet and fresh again. The mayo sauce wasn’t too overpowering, and there was a good balance of the chives to complete the roll. I did think that the bread wasn’t very good as it was cold. But it was better than I had originally imagined.

There was also a cocktail competition which featured Mott’s Clamato, and bartenders from various well-known restaurants in Montreal. They were given special ingredients (like oyster) to put in the cocktail and the judges would judge them based on presentation, taste, balance and so on.

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Judges judging the Mott’s Clamato competition

It was a really fun and beautiful day and I wish I could have shared it with all my friends and family. But at least I was there with one of my good friends, and it was an awesome experience. I’m likely to come back even though it was a little expensive. We paid $45 and $75 for two entry and 12 food tickets combined. Any additional food tickets would be $5. (The $45 entry came with 2 food tickets and $75 entry came with 10 food tickets). We didn’t end up buying any extra ones.

I do recommend you to come here if you enjoy seafood and drinks in the afternoon. It’s very date appropriate, as it’s literally right beside the waters, and there are so many benches and tables under shade. There are also boats that you can rent and cycle through the surrounding waters. But it’s also a very lively atmosphere that makes it a great place to hang out with your friends on a Sunday afternoon.

~ kehwon

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