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The World's Best Oyster And Seafood Festivals

Posted: 09/29/11 01:45 PM ET

How fast can you shuck? World oyster shucking champion, Belgian Xavier Caille, recently popped 30 succulent bivalves open in two minutes, twenty-five seconds, or 4.8 seconds each. Of course, if you can't shuck 'em you can still join 'em.

Oyster and seafood festivals kick into high gear this season, and in addition to great eats there's always high drama at the shucking competitions where speed must be matched with perfectionism. Cut an oyster or leave grit in the shell and penalties will ruin a quick time.

Shells are sure to fly when the pros take the stage at these events, armed with custom made knives, to compete for glory -- and cash. Three, two, one: Shuck!

Wellfleet OysterFest: October 15 -16, 2011
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Now in its 11th year, the Wellfleet OysterFest has grown into a two-day street fair where thousands flock to Massachusetts to slurp down succulent bivalves and sample chowder and other specialties prepared by local restaurants.

In addition to its famous oysters, Wellfleet is home to shellfisherman William "Chopper" Young, two-time national shucking champion, and the first American to win the internationals in Galway in 32 years at the 2008 event. Other activities include live entertainment, a 5k race, cooking demos, arts and crafts and lectures on the marine environment.

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