Check back for updated schedule of events for the 39th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival!
You can never have too much of a good thing and the Oyster Eating contest is proof of that! Compete with other oyster lovers and speed eaters for the title of “Oyster Eating Champion”. Maximum of 40 entries will compete in four heats of ten with the four winners of each heat competing for the title. Winner will also receive a trophy.
If you love oysters or have been accused of swallowing your food whole, this contest is for you!
The rules are simple: Contestants will receive a dozen pre-shucked oysters which they must eat, chew and swallow completely to be considered done.
Test your skills as the area’s fastest shucker, earn prize money, and secure a spot in the National Oyster Shucking Contest in Maryland. The winner of the North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championship will receive a trophy, $250 prize money, and $200 traveling money to be used for travel to and from the National Oyster Shucking Contest. Runner-up will be awarded $100 and a trophy.
There will also be an amateur division for those shuckers who are not professional but still want to test their skills. First, second, and third place will be awarded trophies.
All rules and regulations can be found in the North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championship registration packet.
People’s Choice Judges Fee: $5
Local restaurants have the chance to showcase their version of Oyster Stew in this anticipated annual contest. Whether you prefer it traditional or with a twist, Brunswick County is home to some great eateries with stellar stews among other fresh seafood and local fare.
The winner of the Oyster Stew Cook-Off will be named the North Carolina Oyster Stew champion. Judges choice will receive $500 along with a trophy. 2nd Place Judges choice will receive $200 and a trophy. People’s choice will receive $300 along with a trophy. 2nd and 3rd place in each category will receive a trophy.
Oyster Stew Cook-Off Procedures & Information
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Six maximum entrants. Download an application HERE
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
- The cook-off is open to all restaurants.
- Contestants must prepare 8 ½ gallons of stew.
- The stew must be prepared at the contestant’s restaurant.
- Contestants must use their own equipment to keep food hot and cold as needed.
- Servings should be around 3 ounces for both judging and sampling.
- There will be three (3) Judges who will do a blind tasting of the stews.
- 350 Tickets will be sold to the public for People’s Choice voting purposes for $5.00 each.