>>>UPDATE:  According to chatters over at DonRockwell, tickets for Saturday the 22nd were sold out online in roughly 15 minutes.  And apparently Friday wasn’t far behind.  I’m sure Old Ebbitt will be putting out some sort of announcement letting us know just how quickly the tickets were actually snapped up, but I hope some of you saw this post, were able to get through in time and snag some tickets!

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At 7:30 this morning, tickets went on sale for the thirteenth annual Old Ebbitt Grill Oyster Riot.  This annual event combines an epic quantity of oysters with award-winning wines to create two unforgettable evenings each year.  And since last year’s event sold out completely in under an hour, you may want to head over to the OEG’s site now if you have any interest at all in attending this year’s Riot.

Oyster Riot is held on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, which means that this year’s event will take place on November 21st and 22nd.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to score tickets today, your best bet is to keep an eye on Craig’s List…there are usually some tickets available (even some offered at face value) as the event approaches.

More after the jump.

As demand for the Riot has gone through the roof, ticket prices have climbed steadily in recent years – a post over at DC Foodies from 2004 pegs that year’s ticket price at only $75 per person, while last year’s tickets were already $110 each.  This year, tickets have gone up another $5 to $115 plus 10% sales tax and a $7.50 UPS charge per order.  Considering the rising costs of restaurant fare and the all-you-care-to-eat approach of the event, that’s not too bad at all. 

For those keeping score at home, the going rate for a dozen freshly shucked oysters at Old Ebbitt is $21.95, jumbo shrimp are $2.50 each and their wines by the glass range from $6 to $15 each.  At those prices, you need to be prepared to put away two or three dozen oysters, take advantage of the ‘goody bag’ of jumbo shrimp and a Jonah crab claw and sample a glass of at least four or five of the winning wine pairings to get your money’s worth on a straight cost basis.  But trust me – the music, the people and the overall festive atmosphere make this much more than just an opportunity to eat oysters.

Elizabeth and I fully intend to write about our own experience at last year’s Oyster Riot XII in the near future, so those of you who get tickets this morning should plan to check back for a firsthand account of what to expect.

If you love oysters, this is definitely the event for you – though even the most die-hard oyster fan may need a few weeks’ respite after powering through several dozen and more than a few tastes of the various award-winning wines that are selected to accompany them.

Good luck getting tickets – with some folks out at the Republican convention and others still drifting back into the city after spending time at the Democratic convention in Denver, you may benefit from less competition than last year.  I’d still recommend trying for tickets sooner rather than later all the same.