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5th annual Oysterfest tickets on sale now: A crib sheet to the fest

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St. Paul's favorite autumnal bivalve bacchanalia is upon is. All the details you need to know, tidy as a tight little mollusk in its shell: 

This year's Oysterfest by Meritage will take place on Sunday, October 11 from noon to dusk. 

Tickets come in three categories: 

General Admission: $25 for entry only, purchase oysters as you go

Oyster Pass: $60 for entry, a dozen oysters, and a pint of beer 

Platinum Pass: $120 for early admission, unlimited oysters from noon to 2 p.m., live music, a shucking demo, and select beverages 

Wooden Nickels (available onsite) must be purchased to buy oysters, beverages, crepes, and other items at the festival. $3 each. 

Southside Aces and the Roe Family Singers will serenade the oyster slurping. 

Celebrity chefs will be on hand to go shucker to shucker in a shucking showdown. Who will take the prize? You gotta be there to see. 

As in years past, "Oyster School" will be a highlight, manned by prominent oyster farmers from both coasts: 

Hama Hama Oyster Farm (Hood Canal, WA)

Island Creek Oyster Farm (Duxbury, MA)

Rappahannock Oyster Farm (Richmond, VA)

Also: an oyster shucking tutorial, wine and beer pairing stations, a full offering of additional food for purchase (lobster rolls, fried clams, steamers, oyster po boys, burgers, more). Summit Brewery will be pouring its limited edition Oyster Stout. 

The event will go off rain or shine. You think oysters ever been afraid of a little water?

For more information and event details, visit the Meritage Oysterfest page.