This past weekend Edial, Floris and I travelled to Zeeland (in the South of the Netherlands) to experience an epic Gidsy activity: Oestour. The premise is simple - wade out into low tide, collect a bucket full of fresh oysters and then eat them in abundance. Sounded great to us, so we were eager to try it out!
The experience itself was nothing short of amazing, albeit a little wet since our rubber boots all ended up having holes in them… We hunted about 15, very large, oysters each and even shucked a few right on the beach to enjoy. After the hunt, we travelled back to a local restaurant where the awesome organizer Marcel had set up a feast for us! We ate oysters in many different ways - straight from the shell, raw with a little tobasco and lemon, covered in a delicious garlic, butter & breadcrumb topping and grilled on the BBQ, and also in a delicious New England style chowder. It was incredible, and stands out as one of the most authentic, fresh & delicious meals I’ve ever had. I’m sure the rest of the group would agree with me.
I also had the pleasure of chatting with the organizer Marcel for a little bit. Take a listen and learn all about how the tour started, hear some fun Oestour anecdotes plus a little oyster mishap.
Here are a few photos that give you a good idea of what went down on the Oestour. In this set: the group trudging through low tide, Edial with a big one & the oysters - a whole island of them! In this set: Marcel explaining how to open an oyster, a starfish, and a bucket full of oysters.In this set: Floris emptying water out of his boots, and the Gidsy gang after a successful hunt.In this set: Kamiel of Blom & Blom strikes a pose, fresh oyster with tobasco & lemon, a BBQ fit for a king, and the whole group working on their meals.