If you love the local flavors and fresh seafood, then the Riviera Nayarit Oyster Festival might be the event of the year.
During the festival, thousands of shelled oysters, ceviche, and fried fish will be cooked up and free for the eating at the festival, just as it has the previous 14 years.
Each year the festival not only welcomes the freshest oysters, but also filled with plenty of music, art, and sun on the beach.
The most anticipated event with the oyster divers is the ‘Largest Oyster Catch’ contest each year. The festival is to honor of the divers and the organizers will award a statuette and a financial prize to the diver that pulls out the largest oyster.
While the largest catch might be the most anticipated event for the festival, the Queen of the Banderas Bay Oyster Festival contest brings excitement with voting by audience applause.
The event is sponsored by Organizing Committee and the Fishing and Aquaculture Cooperative for Costa de Chila, Peñita and Boca Ameca, with help from the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Riviera Nayarit, and the City of Banderas Bay.
This year’s festival will be held Sunday April 12th, following Easter Sunday, on El Punto Beach in Bucerias. This year’s event marks the 15th Annual Riviera Nayarit Oyster Festival.
The yearly event is on the last day of oyster-culling season on El Punto Beach, while the official last day of oyster season is the first day of June each year.