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ST.-LEONARD, QC -- Over 500 members of the produce industry turned out for the Quebec Produce Marketing Association's 24th annual Oyster Party, held here Nov. 6 at Le Rizz reception hall.

The event is the Quebec produce industry's fall get-together and offers attendees the opportunity to mingle with customers, suppliers and friends. The original Oyster Party was the brainchild of Ghislain Perron of Metro Inc., and in its early days, the event was intended strictly for serious oyster lovers, with 50 or 60 people attending. The event was ultimately changed to include more participants, and a gourmet buffet and open bar were added.

Peter Fogarty of Metro Fogarty took over the job of organizing the event in 1995 and passed the mantle 10 years later to Pat Calabretta of Sobeys Quebec Inc., who is still the chairman of the event.

(To view photos from this event, click on Industry Photos on the Home Page of this website or look in the Nov. 16, 2009, issue of The Produce News.)