SLIDESHOW OF THE 2012 BUCERIAS OYSTER FESTIVAL:
UPDATE MARCH 2013: As is often the case with my decisions, I have decided that the Bucerias Oyster Festival actually was worth going to in spite of the problems. See you there…. Sunday, April 7, 2013
It was a good day with good friends but this “Bucerias Oyster Festival” was a bust as far as being open to the public. Apparently it is only for “special” people and we, as outsiders, were not welcome. We had a good time sitting outside of it at a small bar anyhow. Not sure what the deal was or why they advertised this as open to everyone. It certainly was not.
I will not be promoting this event next year. — the editor
Celebrate the 6th Bucerias Oyster Festival 2012From Wednesday April 4, 36 divers from Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, began the Feast of the Week of the Oyster, which is held during the Easter holiday period and ending on Sunday, April 15, 2012, with la Fiesta del Ostión, in which oysters are given away and various festive events occur including the choosing of the Queen of the Oyster, la Reina del Ostión
6 years ago, the professional oyster divers of Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, which are part of the Cooperativa Costa de Chile, Peñita and Boca de Ameca, Sección Bucerías, took the initiative to organize themselves to work hard during the Easter holiday period to produce an event that is been called Oyster Week, la Semana de Ostión. This celebration begins on Wednesday 4 April, 2012, (one day before Holy Thursday each year). The event that lasts through Semana Santa and concludes, this year, on Sunday April 15, with la Fiesta del Ostión de Bucerías and the choosing of the Queen of the Oyster. Oysters are distributed free to all on the beach. Each diver is supposed to give 50 oysters away. There are 36 divers in the cooperatives.
Every day during this holiday period from early divers will delve into the sea to take oysters which they offer for sale directly between families and bathers crowd these days to the beautiful beach of Bucerias, specifically on the beach that known as The Point, where waves rise more than in another area and novice surfers the advantage to circumvent them.
Depending on the size of the oyster, the price of a dozen is from 70 to 100 pesos. These are offered to those who enjoy exquisite this marine delicacy, which is best served with, of course, a good beer, lime and salsa Huichol, a cuisine that has many adherents and creates a demand that makes the divers work all day.
The culmination of Oyster Week is also the end of the holiday period, which this year will be on Sunday, April 15th, with celebration of the Feast of the oyster on which day the oysters are given away and there are many events, including the selection of the oyster queen. It is a day of party. And this is a party to which are invited all tourists, visitors and locals who wish to participate. This day will have music music and interplay that is intended to entertain and amuse the people of the town of Bucerias along with the tourists. The oysters and ceviche are free and there will be many other food items and drinks available to buy. The party starts at 11 am on Sunday, 15 April.