Oyster festival announces contest winners

Oyster festival announces contest winners
Photo by: Bernie Saul
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POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 5:04am

The Third Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival celebrated that local delicacy – the oyster – this past weekend at Woldenberg Riverfront Park at the Mississippi River. Nearly 20 restaurants showed off their versatility of our region’s favorite bivalve at the Festival. The Festival once again featured oyster competitions including the Acme Oyster Eating Contest and the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition.

The results of all competitions were as follows:

Acme Oyster Eating Contest

1st Place
Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas from Alexandria, VA
47 dozen Louisiana oysters (breaking her winning record from last year and setting a new world’s record)

2nd Place
Aaron Osthoff from Baton Rouge, LA
39 dozen Louisiana oysters

3rd Place
Adrian Morgan from Dubuque, IA
37 dozen Louisiana oysters

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


P&J Oyster Shucking Competition

1st Place
Gus Marshall
Desire Seafood & Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

2nd Place
Leo Price
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House

3rd Place
Robert Snow
Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

NOTE: All three shucked 18 Louisiana oysters in 2 minutes in the first round; in the final round, Gus Marshall won by shucking 13 Louisiana oysters in 1.5 minutes.


Acme Oyster Eating Contest – Local Celebrity

1st Place
Mike “The Fireman” Gowland of Manning’s Restaurant (multi-time winner of the contest)

2nd Place
Steve Trotter of Acme Oyster House

3rd Place
Big Earl Mackey of Crescent Crown Distributing



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