Slurp Down Some Oysters at the New Orleans Oyster Fest

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A Plate of OystersWhere else but New Orleans can you find an oyster-slurping competition? It’s that time of the year again! The countdown for the New Orleans Oyster Festival is on.

Louisiana is known for its seafood and oysters. And although the seafood industry took a hard hit after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, they have bounced right back. Now, the French Quarter is one of the biggest oyster producers in the nation and has been dubbed the Oyster Capital of America. In fact, did you know that Oysters Rockefeller was invented in this city we call home? They originated right here in our very own Antoine’s, the oldest restaurant in New Orleans.

On June 1, people from all over will gather to honor this tough little creature that has sustained our city for so long. Over 20 of the best seafood restaurants in New Orleans will come together to serve some of the city’s most delectable oyster creations. The festivities will last from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the French Quarter at Woldenberg Riverfront Park on the Mississippi River. Come on out and slurp down some delicious oysters; cheer on the contestants in the Acme Oyster Eating Contest, the New Orleans Fish House Largest Oyster Contest, and the P&J Shucking Contest; and get your jive on to good New Orleans music.

We here at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC, wish you a shuckin’ good time and remind you to be safe and drink responsibly should you choose to wash those oysters down with a nice cold beer. Remember to always have a designated driver lined up ahead of time or take a cab home if need be.

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By George Vourvoulias

George is a founding member and managing member of Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias L.L.C., a New Orleans law firm. George concentrates his practice in maritime personal injury, construction litigation, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, and DUI defense. George Vourvoulias's Google+ Profile