If the ocean is calling your name but you’re bounded by the limits of your Presto card, the next best thing might be the Ontario Oyster Festival held annually in the laneway next to Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto each July.
The single day celebration bills the Ontario Oyster Shucking Championships and live music by the Mercenaries among the attractions, but the real draw is the bounty of fresh seafood on offer al fresco.
Oysters, lobster, mussels, popcorn shrimp, and fish tacos are all on the menu and you can knock ’em back along with Caesars, bubbly, and bourbon.
Best of all, the festival supports “charities that work directly with the ocean and shorelines to help maintain and improve the ecosystems oysters need to be delicious,” this year the beneficiary is is Ecology Action Centre.
When: July 16, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $35 in advance, $45 at the door