Clayoquot Oyster Festival
'Keeping Tofino’s Population Growing Since 1997'
This year the Clayoquot Sound Oyster Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary of showcasing Tofino’s favourite bivalve. It is held annualy on the 3rd week of November, coinciding with the beginning of the area’s oyster harvest as this is when our local oysters are at their plumpest.
Approximately 50,000 gallons of oysters are harvested in Clayoquot sound every year and festival goers do their very best to keep many of these oysters from travelling very far since over the four nights 500-600 festival goers will slurp back around 11,000 oysters.
What began in 1997 as a one night event to break up the winter blues and call attention to a sustainable aquaculture industry has now grown in to four days of oyster filled events. The festival features an under the sea themed costume party, oyster farm tours, great music, unique restaurant events and an oyster gala all to celebrate Clayoquot Sound’s love of eating oysters and feeling good.