When: 12th – 15th October 2017
Where: Events Square, Falmouth, Cornwall
£: Daytime admission is free. The evening events are ticketed
What is it?
Falmouth Oyster Festival takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October, bringing together a blend of local chefs, oyster fishermen, food and drink enthusiasts and seafood experts, all in celebration of the start of Falmouth’s unique oyster fishery season.
This year’s festival programme will include 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.
Central to the festival are the cookery demonstrations, provided by leading chefs who enthusiastically share their culinary skills and cooking tips. This year, the BBC Radio Cornwall’s presenters will be providing the commentary for the cookery demonstrations, the oyster shucking competition and the hot chef challenge. Seafood experts Annie Sibert (My Fish Kitchen), and Matt Slater (Cornwall Wildlife Trust) will be sharing their passion for all things fishy; demonstrating the filleting and cooking of fish, and highlighting the great variety of local seafood.
Betty Stogs, Queen of Cornish Ales, and the infamous Falmouth Marine Band, who have become an integral part of the festival, will provide unique and memorable entertainment for visitors whilst raising significant funds for local charity.
This year’s musical entertainment aims to suit all tastes with a soundtrack of gospel, soul, folk, jazz, motown, rock, pop and some proper Cornish singing to round off the event. Kicking off on the Thursday, The Tinners will return to play their mix of Irish, Scottish and English folk music on fiddles, banjo, whistle, guitar and keyboard.
On Friday, Cornish acoustic duo The Right Brothers and traditional local singer Will Keating, will provide the music, as wielding knives, whisks and saucepans, Arty Williams and Nick Hodges compete for this year’s Hot Chef Challenge champion title. To round off the evening, Motown Pirates will have everyone dancing the night away to their 70s disco and 80s dance beats.
On Sunday, visitors can sit back and relax to the soulful voice of Cornish singer and songwriter Suzie Mac, and with traditional folk/harmony from Falmouth’s best-loved Cornish male voices, The Oggymen, as the festival comes to a close.