CONTESTS

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

From the Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship to the P&J Shucking Contest, we cover them all!
Come out to root for your favorite this year!

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Acme Oyster House®

World Oyster Eating Championship

1st Place: Michelle Lesco from Tucson, AZ

33 dozen Louisiana oysters

NOTE: Michelle came in third in last year’s competition and tied for second in 2015.

2nd Place: Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas from Alexandria, VA

31 dozen Louisiana oysters

NOTE: Sonya held the title for eight years before coming in second last year too. She holds the competition record of 47 dozen oysters in eight minutes.

3rd Place: Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan from New Orleans, LA

27 dozen Louisiana oysters

NOTE: Adrian competed to defend his title as winner in 2016.

COMPETITION NOTE: The competition was decided by the number of dozen oysters consumed in eight (8) minutes.

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P&J Shucking Contest

1st Place: Brian Clark, The Oyster Troff (Eustis, Fla.)

20 Louisiana oysters shucked

NOTE: Brian tied the competition record of 20 Louisiana oysters shucked in two minutes

 

2nd Place: Jay Galette, Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

18 Louisiana oysters shucked

NOTE: Jay was last year’s P&J Oyster Shucking Competition winner

 

3rd Place: Isabella Gator Macbeth, Rappahannock Oyster Bar (Charleston, SC)

17 Louisiana oysters shucked

NOTE: The competition was decided by the number of Louisiana oysters shucked in two minutes. The six finalists for the competition were decided after a preliminary shucking competition on Thursday afternoon at Desire Oyster Bar/Royal Sonesta New Orleans on Bourbon Street. Only one 2-minute heat was held at the New Orleans Oyster Festival on Saturday.

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New Orleans Fish House

Largest Oyster Contest

The largest oyster this year was submitted by Captain Pete’s Oysters of Port Sulphur, La. The largest oyster measured 7 1/2 inches length by 4 3/8 inches width and 3 inches high. The oyster weighed in at 3 lbs. – the largest weighing oyster in New Orleans Oyster Festival history.