Falmouth Oyster Festival
Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and, in particular, the last remaining traditional oyster fishery in Europe still dredging by sail and hand punt.
A cookery master-class from a celebrity chef opens the event. Then the four day festival is packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce. The programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, Working Boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw and marquees brimming with Cornish produce. The festival is a must for all oyster, seafood and maritime heritage enthusiasts!
How can you take part?
Taking place in the town’s Event Square, the Falmouth Oyster Festival has seen an increasing number of Cornish food and drink producers promoting their quality produce alongside the longstanding craft fair stalls in the festival marquee. Festival visitors can savour that expanding range of mouth-watering Cornish food and drink, both on site whilst taking in the festival atmosphere or to take home and enjoy!
Did you know?
Governed by ancient laws that were put in place to protect the natural ecology of the riverbeds and oyster stocks, oystermen fishing in the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery are prohibited from using engines. Instead, sail power and hand-pulled dredges must be used. This is the only oyster fishery in Europe, if not the world, where such traditional methods must be used.
For full details of the programme visit www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk. Join them on Facebook ‘Falmouth Oyster Festival’ or follow them on Twitter @FalOyst