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This year, Sweden is celebrating 50 years of excellence in oyster opening. The Swedish Oyster Opening Masters Competition has been a mainstay of the culinary scene for half a century, and this year's competition is sure to be the best yet. Watch as the country's top oyster openers battle it out for the title of Swedens Master Oyster Opener!

The competition

We had a change to speak to Hasse Johannesson, the organizer of the event.

25 participants compete to see who can open 30 Edulis flat Oysters the fastes. The oysters need to be opened, detached and laid out neatly on a tray. There are penalty points if you have chips in the oyster, cuts in the meat, not loosened, if the oyster is turned the wrong way, etc. The fastest time so far, during the last 50 years, is 1.47 minutes!


Göteborg is located on the west coast of Sweden, about halfway between Oslo, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark. The city has a population of just over half a million people, and is the country's second largest after Stockholm. Göteborg is a popular tourist destination for both Swedes and international visitors. From its world-class museums and galleries to its abundance of green space, Göteborg is the perfect place to spend a few days exploring. And of course, no visit to Göteborg would be complete without sampling some of the city's renowned seafood. Head to one of Göteborg's many seafood restaurants and enjoy a delicious meal of fresh, locally-sourced fish and shellfish. Bon appétit!

The competition will be held at Lindholmen Streetfood market on September 10:th.

Joel Gudheimsson
I'm a vice principal at a culinary School writing about the things I think is interesting In the culinary industry, world wide.
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