6 Reasons Why You NEED to Be at The Osoyoos Oyster Festival


Oysters have seen a resurgence in recent years, becoming a foodie must-have in circles throughout BC. These tasty little delicacies have spawned festivals around the world and one of the best happens to be right here in Osoyoos!

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival is now in its fourth year and while oysters in the desert may initially seem like an odd choice, there are several reasons why this pairing is a food and wine lover’s dream!

  1. It’s the best!
    First of all, Canada produces some of the best oysters in the world. The South Okanagan happens to produce some of the best wines. Put the two together and you have a recipe for delicious success!
  2. Wine
    Ever wondered which Canadian wines pair best with oysters? Canada’s Oyster Wine Competition will answer your question and select the nation’s best oyster wines in the following categories; Riesling, Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Unoaked Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Wild Card (100% Canadian grapes). The winners will be announced at the Art of the Oyster Pearl Gala, held at Watermark.
  3. Beer
    Not crazy about wine? That’s ok. The Osoyoos Oyster Festival has you covered! Here in BC, we understand that craft beer is a way of life. So Canada’s Oyster Craft Beer Competition will pair beers with oysters and see which ones are the best! The winners of the competition will be announced at the Oyster Catch & Brew Bash and categories for the beer competition include, Ale, Bitter, IPA, Lager, Porter, Stout, Wheat, Mead, Cider, Wild Card
  4. Scotch
    Are you beginning to notice a trend? The Osoyoos Golf Club is hosting the Scotch & Oysters event on April 24th. Shuck oysters and sip some scotch or gin with Grant Stevely from The Dubh Glas Distillery!
  5. Pizza
    Ok, we bet you didn’t see this one coming! Under The Tuscan Sea – Oysters, Pizza, and Bubbles gives ticket holders a special opportunity to try oyster and pizza pairings while sipping sparkling wine. Every part of that sentence sounds wonderful!
  6. Free Tickets
    If you book a 2-night stay at Watermark Beach Resort between April 21-26, we will give you one complimentary ticket to the Oysters in The Garden event! Just use booking code OYSTER2015.
  7. Fishermen and Mermaids
    The Art of The Oyster Pearl Gala is the signature event of the week. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the event and sample tasty oyster creations from our region’s best chefs and restaurants (including our own Chef Adair from the Watermark Wine and Tapas Bar!). This is wine country after all, so we wouldn’t leave you high and dry. That’s why the oysters are paired with delicious wines from Oliver Osoyoos wineries. At 9pm, the winners of Canada’s Oyster Wine Competition will be announced and then live music, dancing, and a cash bar will keep the party going until midnight!

The Events – April 22 to April 25, 2015

There will be 7 public events that make up the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, with lots of opportunity for you to soak up the Osoyoos sun, indulge in Canadian Oysters, and experience the relaxing fun of the South Okanagan.

Miradoro Long Table Dinner
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
6:00 PM at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery

Under the Tuscan Sea – Oysters, Bubbles & Pizza
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
6:30 PM at Terrafina at Hester Creek Winery

Oyster Catch & Brew Bash
Friday, April 24th, 2015
6:00 PM at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa
Beer competition winners announced

Seaside to Greenside – Scotch & Oysters
Friday, April 24th, 2015
6:00 PM at The Osoyoos Golf Club

Oysters in The Garden
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
1:00 PM at Walnut Beach Resort

Art of The Oyster Pearl Gala
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
7:00 PM at Watermark Beach Resort
Wine competition winners announced at this signature event of the festival.
Buy Tickets at $48 each

Amateur Shuck n Suck Competition
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
8:00 PM at The Sage Pub

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival is one of the hottest food and wine (and beer!) events in Canada. If you love oysters, this is the place to be! The team here at Watermark Beach Resort would be happy to help you book your stay in one of our luxurious resort suites, complete with kitchenettes. Our suites are the perfect place to relax and unwind after an evening of indulging at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival.