Cornwall’s biggest and best-loved specialist food festival, Falmouth Oyster Festival, takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October 2017 and promises another packed programme full of flavoursome fun.
The Festival brings together a blend of esteemed local chefs, hardworking oyster fishermen, food and drink enthusiasts and an eclectic mix of musicians, all in celebration of the start of Falmouth’s unique oyster fishery season. With methods that have changed little in the last 500 years, only vessels powered by sail or oar can operate, and their catch the native Fal Oyster, with its salty liquor and sweet flesh, is generally considered far superior to the Pacific variety.
The four-day Festival attracts a healthy mix of local residents and visitors. Cookery demonstrations by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspire visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters and local produce. The vibrant programme includes live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, working boat racing, a grand oyster parade and a most fiercely contested oyster shucking competition.
Last year’s birthday bash packed in the crowds with over 40,000 visitors and an estimated 25,000 oysters consumed over the four days. Talented chefs demonstrated their gastronomic flair, local craft and food marquees were buzzing with shoppers and a wide range of music from folk to jump jive entertained the crowds ‘till late. Highlights included Cornish legend Betty Stogs, the infamous Falmouth Marine Band and The Oggymen who sang out the final afternoon to a wonderful atmosphere now synonymous with this unique event.
“Much of the festival follows a tried and tested recipe but each year we do try to develop new elements to keep it fresh. Live music has become a key feature of the festival and we are delighted to include a great mix of entertainment over the four days to suit all tastes. This year, due to the popularity of the enhanced evening programme, we are looking to also include a ticketed evening on Friday evening, in addition to the other two nights and will be announcing what is going to be a great line up, very soon. Of course, as always the daytime is Free Entry each day.” says Mike Rangecroft, Festival Director.