Celebrating Niagara’s cool factor, Oysterfest Niagara kick-started the summer, on what proved to be a most picture-perfect Niagara Sunday afternoon.
Spearheaded by notable newbies to Niagara’s taste scene, Tide and Vine Oyster Co. and Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery, OysterFest Niagara gathered fashionistas, young families and foodies on Tufford Road in Beamsville to soak up gin, oysters and energy provided by this youthful culinary partnership.
The Roxwell’s and LMT Connection drew fans and rocked the crowd, while epicurean entertainment included a cocktail competition (gin cocktail judged on appearance/aroma/creativity/taste) and a shucking competition (# of oysters shucked maintaining integrity and delicacy of the oyster), which made for further lively audience participation. Niagara College graduate, Jennifer Selvig took home the cocktail trophy (NC grads know their way around a drink), while Mike Langley, from Tide and Vine, took home the bragging rights of becoming the shucking champ of this inaugural Oysterfest. It’s going to make a great story to be sure to see how many years he will hold the title.
Bevy’s on offer included; Classic 22 unfiltered gin martinis, spicy caesers, the fine wines of Angel’s Gate Winery, and Oyster Ale from Niagara’s newest craft brewery, Silversmith. Nosh included Niagara food truck favourites; Tide and Vine, El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Avello’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Hometown Ice Cream.
Thoughtful food and drink pairings, accompanied by artisan styling of all types- from the packaging to the people -made the event; the delight seems always to be in the details at Dillon’s.