From the Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship to the P&J Shucking Contest, we cover them all!
Come out to root for your favorite this year!

Acme Oyster House®

World Oyster Eating Championship

1st Place: Michelle Lesco from Tucson, AZ

33 dozen Louisiana oysters

NOTE: Michelle came in third in last year’s competition and tied for second in 2015.

2nd Place: Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas from Alexandria, VA

31 dozen Louisiana oysters

NOTE: Sonya held the title for eight years before coming in second last year too. She holds the competition record of 47 dozen oysters in eight minutes.

3rd Place: Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan from New Orleans, LA

27 dozen Louisiana oysters

NOTE: Adrian competed to defend his title as winner in 2016.

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

P&J Shucking Contest

1st Place: Brian Clark, The Oyster Troff (Eustis, Fla.)

20 Louisiana oysters shucked

NOTE: Brian tied the competition record of 20 Louisiana oysters shucked in two minutes


2nd Place: Jay Galette, Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

18 Louisiana oysters shucked

NOTE: Jay was last year’s P&J Oyster Shucking Competition winner


3rd Place: Isabella Gator Macbeth, Rappahannock Oyster Bar (Charleston, SC)

17 Louisiana oysters shucked

NOTE: The competition was decided by the number of Louisiana oysters shucked in two minutes. The six finalists for the competition were decided after a preliminary shucking competition on Thursday afternoon at Desire Oyster Bar/Royal Sonesta New Orleans on Bourbon Street. Only one 2-minute heat was held at the New Orleans Oyster Festival on Saturday.

New Orleans Fish House

Largest Oyster Contest

The largest oyster this year was submitted by Captain Pete’s Oysters of Port Sulphur, La. The largest oyster measured 7 1/2 inches length by 4 3/8 inches width and 3 inches high. The oyster weighed in at 3 lbs. – the largest weighing oyster in New Orleans Oyster Festival history.