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The countdown to Halifax Oyster Festival is on 

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Who's ready to get shucked up? You'll have to wait until October 3, but the inaugural Halifax Oyster Festival (full disclosure, a Coast-planned event) is coming for all of you local-loving, wine drinking, seafood enthusiasts. Also, anyone who likes to have fun.

Let's dig into the details. Together with Afishianado, Benjamin Bridge, Select Nova Scotia and Waterfront Development, The Coast is celebrating the great fruit of the sea by bringing over 40,000 oysters to the corner of Lower Water and Salter streets. The most important words you need to know to start planning —all you can eat oysters. The two sessions of Oyster Fest (2-5pm and 7-10pm) will welcome you to eat your heart out, offering up tastings from 12 different Maritime producers, plus shucking competitions, craft beer, local wine (everyone gets a free glass of Nova 7!) and food trucks (in case all of the oysters isn't enough). You can slurp to the sound of DJs, feel the salty fall air in your hair and marvel at how amazing our east coast waters are at bearing good eats.

Early bird tickets are going fast—over 60 percent of them have sold— but you can get yours here whether you're an early bird, or a late-comer. Or, you could just volunteer. Either way, I'm picturing a lot of this happening:

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