Falmouth Oyster Festival 2014
It's the pearl in the autumn foodie calendar, grab your shuckers and head down to the Falmouth Oyster Festival this weekend. After all, those who eat oysters, love longer...
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Oysters, Foodie demos, Sea shanties
The Oyster Festival is a pretty unique and specialist little shucker. In fact it held annually to mark the start of the Oyster Dredging season (October to April). The festival celebrates one of the last oyster fisheries still dredging under sail and oar.
It all began on Thursday 9th October with a rather rambunctious parade and a flurry of shucking excitement. Fisherman’s Friends took to the stage circa 9pm and they were, without shadow of a doubt the perfect start to an Oyster celebration. The evening was spectacular – not least because my favourite John (with the moustache) said hello!
Friday night saw the much-awaited Hot Chefs Challenge, this year with some handsome assistants… Arty Williams from the Cove Restaurant, Maenporth battled over the stoves against Nick Hodges from Fire Kitchen, Falmouth. This year they weren’t perhaps the ‘hottest’ in the kitchen as they were joined by Thom Hunt, 7th Rise and Hugh’s 3 Hungry Boys and James Strawbridge, Posh Pasty Co and The Hungry Sailors. The evening of deliciousness was all for a good cause, raising money for Shelterbox.
Saturday is a good day for shopping with a plethora of food and craft stalls. Seek out beer fans the Skinners bar and for champers, look no further than the Laurent Perrier bar, not to be missed as fizz and oysters go hand in hand. Stalls open from 10am.
Top picks for Saturday
5.00-6.00 ‘My Fish Kitchen’ Annie Sibert
6.00-7.00 Cookery demo Chris Eden, of Michelin star calibre
7.00-7.45 Shanty Singing Falmouth Shout
The night sees the hips begin to wiggle as Vince Lee takes to the stage. He is a well-established musician on the British and European rhythm and blues circuit. His versatile guitar playing and rich blues voice draw influence from all generations of blues and roots music.
The entertainment finale on Sunday 12th October starts at lunchtime with the Falmouth Sessions from 1 – 2pm. The festival closes with the Oggymen – rounding up four days of fantastic live music, food and outstanding oysters.
Top picks for Sunday
10.30-11.30 Cookery demonstration Fat Hen Cookery School
11.30 Falmouth Working Boat Race, Inner Harbour
Get the full programme of foodie demos here. Oysters – hurrah!