With its beauty pageant, parade, speed shucking contests and, of course, mountains of fresh oysters, the International Oyster Festival (galwayoysterfest.com
) in Galway, Ireland, is four days of fun and feasting, guaranteed to satiate the appetites of even the most ardent bivalve lover. Now in its 51st year, the mouth-watering event runs from Sept. 22-25. Proceedings kick off with the Irish oyster opening championship, but the highlight for most visitors is the international shucking contest, when contestants from as far afield as Singapore and Estonia compete for the world title. Scandinavians have held the top spot in recent years...
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