Eat oysters and help the Wadden Sea

The promoters of Denmark’s Oyster Festival on the island of Rømø are keen on teaching Danes to eat oysters, as well as looking to create new jobs.

If you visit Rømø, during the Danish autumn school holiday, you have the chance to take part in Denmark's Oyster Festival.

A number of the country’s best chefs compete for the title of “Oyster Chef of the Year”, where both judges and visitors are able to taste the dishes. In addition, there are oyster-opening competitions.

Several tours are arranged in which visitors can walk onto the tidal flats, which have been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO, to collect oysters and then taste them. Finally, there are also activities that are aimed at children. The majority of the food-related events take place at Enjoy Resorts Rømø.

It’s the second year that Denmark’s Oyster Festival takes place on Rømø, and it is a further development of Fanø Oyster Festival, which was held in 2016-18. The Limfjord – and its large population of oysters – is now also included, although the major focus is on the Wadden Sea. 

Oysters in the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea is estimated to contain no fewer than 72,000 tonnes of oysters. Unfortunately, the Pacific oyster is an invasive species, and the rate at which their population is growing poses a threat to blue mussels.

With regard to biodiversity, you’re therefore doing the Wadden Sea a favour by eating as many oysters as possible. So bon appétit! Oysters are healthy and rich in protein. Not everyone is keen on the taste of raw oysters, but at the festival you can get advice on preparing oysters in different ways.

Although there are lots of oysters in Danish waters, Danes generally don’t eat them. The festival organisers are hoping to change this, which will hopefully lead to the creation of jobs – both for those who collect the many oysters, as well as in the tourist industry, for instance as guides on oyster trips.