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High West Oyster Fest 2018

High West Oyster Fest was a shucking awesome night of chowin’ for charity!  We enjoyed a rowdy night of delicious eats, funky music, world-class oysters, and learning First Descents’ mission.

This year’s HWOF was a huge success.  With the support of our attendees, sponsors and partners, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar raised more than $90,000 to support young adults impacted by cancer.  This underwrites the majority of our Colorado-based programs serving young adults impacted by cancer.  Can you say shuck yeah?! 

huge thanks to our sponsors, supporters, and partner restaurants whose generosity will bring the healing power of adventure to those who need it most.


Check out our the event photos and video here!


Congrats to our glorified oyster athletes . . .

Shucking Competition FINALISTS who shucked presentation quality oysters

1st place – Ben Wolven – (:59 / 1:14 with penalties added)
2nd place – Justin Shoemaker – (1:12 / 1:21 with penalties added)
3rd Place – Kevin Grossi – (1:18 / 1:50 with penalties added)
3rd – 6th place were ONLY separated by 4 seconds!

Eating Competition WINNERS who slurped ’em down like pro’s

Guido’s Bluepoint Oyster Cult
98 oysters in 2 min

Steven ‘Guido’ Orth – 8 time individual champion
Michael Hoang – 1 time individual champion
Tom Kamnikar – 1 time individual champion
Wesley DeBaca


Sponsored By


Oskar Blues | Northeast Seafood | Rappahannock River Oysters | Tito’s Vodka | La Vielle Ferme Wines | Benziger Family Winery | Oyster Bay Wines | Cluster Truck | Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey | CoBiz Bank | Don Julio Tequila Hendrick’s Gin | 5280 Magazine | Ruckus Media | Cinebody


Partnering Restaurants


Fish N’ Beer | The Regional | Stoic & Genuine | Tammen’s Fish Market  Lola Coastal Mexican | Guard and Grace | Wewatta Point | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Cart-Driver