do tickets go on sale?
For our email list subscribers and Meritage friends an email will
go out early September with a link to this page with the ticket sale
buttons activated. Oysterfest tickets will be sold online or in-person
at Meritage. Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, September
9th at 9:00am.
do I become a Meritage friend?
Either by friending or liking us on Facebook,
or by signing up for our email
subscribers list (we don't fill your email box with stuff, only
special events and announcements, essentially a quarterly newsletter).
do I buy tickets/passes?
Tickets go on sale from our Square Market Store - link
will go live once tickets are available. Or, you can
purchase in-person at Meritage. No phone orders this year.
you be holding back any same day tickets for sale?
Not this year. We learned in 2012 that the same-day ticket
sales were not a good idea for us as a lot of guests decided to join
last minute and we hated to turn anyone away. To avoid that conflict
of interest and for all to get the most out of the event, we have
decided to only sell advanced tickets so we are prepared for our guests.
What are the ticket options?
We had to
change things up for our 3rd annual, as the lines got really long
last year, and for our Oyster Aficionados we needed to make it what
is was supposed to be: unfettered access to farmers and their oysters.
So, if you are an Oyster Lover and you want access, try to get a Platinum
Pass, if you are a mixed group (some eaters some non-eaters even),
maybe just join us at 2:00pm - the festival will be going strong until
8:00pm - and that will be plenty of time for all to enjoy. Maybe you
just want to join us for the festival and make your own decisions
- grab a General Entry.
Platinum Pass ($100) gets you into the pass holders
only Oysterfest time 12noon - 2:00pm;
exclusive time with the oyster farmers, unlimited oysters without
the lines (including the elusive Olympias & Belons - season
permitting) , a seminar about beverage pairing and tasting,
an exclusive raffle - we wanted to give our hardcore Oyster
fans more of what they really wanted - access! Then, continue
through and enjoy the rest as the festival continues.
Pass ($50) includes your entry for the festival when
Oysterfest kicks off at 2:00pm. The Oyster
Pass gets you in for the festival, the bands - plus, one dozen
oysters and a beverage ticket - (that's $42 in "stuff"
oysters and beverage - best deal if you want oysters)
Entry Pass ($25) access to the party and the bands
- everything is your option, you just pay as you go.
do not plan on any no same-day ticket options. We
are limiting total capacity and are expecting to sell-out in
advance, as we have the past two years. If any tickets remain
they will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, please do not rely on this - if you want to be sure
you are able to attend Oysterfest 2013 - please purchase your
tickets as soon as possible after they become available on September
School - what is it?
School 101: Bivalve Basics (a five species adventure)
is a class taught by the visiting Oyster Farmers; Chris
Sherman of Island Creek Oyster Farms in Duxbury MA &
Adam James of Hama Hama Oyster Farms, in Hood Canal, WA. They
cover the species and anatomy of an oyster, their merrior and general
flavor profiles, farming methods, seasons, etc. Come learn all about
this perfect and completely sustainable food. Every oyster farm is
different, and the styles of seeding, growing & harvesting are
distinctly different from one coast to the other. Learn about these
styles, methods and merrior. (If you don't know what merrior is,
that's part of you'll learn at oysterfest)
offered; 2:30, 3:30 & 5:00) -
$20 per person, space permitting. A limited number of advanced registrations
will be available, so we can hold some for same-day registration.
this really structured or can I move about as I wish?
The format of the event is really made up by you. Watch the
Oyster Shucking Competition, listen to the bands, meet some of the
farmers as you meander through. Oyster School is offered at four different
times and if you'd like to sit in on the class (about an hour)- that
covers all 5 species of oysters! You'll want to register upon arrival
for this one. Classes filled early last year. So, go when there is
room and when you can fit it in, you can choose you class times at
registration. There is structure for those wanting to get the most
out of the experience, and they is freedom for those who just want
there refunds if I can't make it?
I can't make it, can I send a friend? Are the tickets / passes transferable?
Of course! Feel free to send a friend in your stead.
you really think you will sell out this event?
We sold out Oysterfest within two weeks of tickets going
on sale in 2011, and sold out advanced tickets in 2012 within the
first weeks of them going on sale as well. We tried same-day last
year and learned the hard way that we will have to offer advanced
ticket sales only.
to be aware of and conscientious of capacity limits and making sure
everyone has access, last year our lines got long and we have restructured
the event for people to get the most of the event and how they are
looking to experience it. This event goes on sale to our email subscriber
list first, our Facebook friends & Twitter followers second, and
then goes on sale to the general public Monday, September 9, 2013
at 9:00am (a week after Labor Day).
there any other food?
Yes, there will be all sorts of seafood shack style food available
for purchase. Lobster rolls to fried clams. There will even be some
non-seafood items in case you've had your fill. Additionally, new
for 2013 - there will be a Grill outside serving up festival classics
if I have problems with the transaction or I don't feel comfortable
Drop in and buy the tickets in-person.
if I have more specific questions? Like my friend has an allergy,
but I am an aficionado, what would be our best course of action?
Give us a call, we'd be happy to answer your questions, walk you through,
or even make special accommodations as needed. It's just us - and
we'd like to hear from you. So, let us know if you have questions.
651.222.5678 - ask for Laura
Asked Questions for the Day of the Event:
about Parking? Will there be Valet?
No, there will not be Valet available that day. All off street parking
on Sunday is free, so if you are able to find it that's your best
bet. We are having to close off St Peter Street for our festivities,
so remember that if you need to alter your route. We do recommend
the LAWSON Tower ramp right next door. It is safe, secure, undercover,
and close. For more detailed information: www.meritage-stpaul.com/parking.html
happens when I get there? Where do I go?
You will enter Oysterfest from the Hamm Building main entrance. The
festival will be surrounded by a few barricades and some pretty impressive
tenting down Saint Peter Street. So, when you enter you will be greeted
immediately with our Registration Table. They will check you in quickly,
ID you (so be sure to bring ID if you plan on drinking alcohol), give
you your pass bracelet and a map for the event.
Chef Shucking Contest:
Chef shucking bracket kicks off at 3:00pm with our first head-to-head.
We bracket till the end and when “Ultimate Shucker” is
on Wooden Nickels:
There are no real “cash” transaction for the festival.
Just like at the Fair, or any other festival where you would purchase
tickets to buy things – we have wooden nickels. Each valued
at $3.00 (now includes sales tax), these wooden nickels will
be commerce for the day. Most things throughout Oysterfest are priced
at 1-3 wooden nickels.
So, you can plan out your nickel purchases in advance (Will you want
a sandwich? A crepe? Or, two?) Wooden Nickels will be available during
ticket sales or will be available day of at the Oysterfest Store,
in the Oyster Bar or at any of the outdoor bars.
last year the lines could be long. We realized we needed more "Wooden
Nickel Stations", so voilà, done! As stated above we
have added an Oysterfest Store, and the ability to purchase them
at any of the bars - even with a card! (Thanks for feedback
from those of you who attended in 2011 & 2012, it helps us make
things work better for everyone!)
-Event will go on, rain or shine... or, snow (this is Minnesota)
as there are multiple tents and indoor facilities.
-Due to the nature of seafood, all items subject to availability.
-Due to the highly exclusive nature of Belon & Olympia oysters,
they will both only be available for Platinum Pass time (12-2pm)
or during Oyster School - availability permitting.
School 101: Bivalve Basics (a 5 species adventure)
offered; 2:30, 3:30 & 5:00
So, if you're really curious, register for a class, you will be
exposed through that process.
aware: consuming raw or undercooked
meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk
of food borne illness.
-Before entering Oysterfest please inform us if anyone in your party
has a food allergy.
details are subject to change as we get closer to the date - due
to, well, reality.
If you have any questions that are not answered here - feel free
to give us a call: 651.222.5678