5 reasons to go to Falmouth Oyster Festival 2016
13th Oct 2016
In a celebration of all things oysters, Falmouth Oyster Festival takes place this year from Thursday 13th October – Sunday 16th October. Packed with live cooking demonstrations, feasting, live music and plenty of oyster shucking, this year the festival is set to be bigger and better than ever as it celebrate its 20th year – which in itself, is a reason to head over this weekend. Here are some more reasons why we think you should attend…
The festival was originally set up by Nigel Hewitt in 1996, after being asked to create an event that brings visitors to Falmouth in the colder seasons. He wanted to create a festival that could offer a sense of community to Falmouth, and celebrate all things oysters and Cornish – which is exactly what it does. If you’re local or simply paying Falmouth a visit this weekend, you will witness everyone coming together in a huge celebration and a feeling of belonging to the town.
2.) All about the oysters!
The festival celebrates oyster dredging season and the Cornish seafood, which if you haven’t guessed, we are extremely passionate about here at Rick Stein. Go along for oyster talks, a grand oyster parade, cookery demonstrations from some of Cornwall’s top chefs and experts and of course, an oyster shucking competition sponsored by Laurent Perrier.
3.) Crafts, live music and real ale
Even if you aren’t partial to oyster shucking, there’s still a whole host of entertainment to keep you occupied. Watch live music from The Tinner, The Grace Notes, Suzie Mac, Falmouth Soul Sensations, Black Rock Jazz Band, The Oggymen and plenty more. There’ll also be Cornish food produce, an arts and crafts marquee and real ale and wine bars to keep you satisfied throughout the weekend.
4.) In the heart of Falmouth
In between the activities at the festival, Falmouth is a beautiful place to explore. Head down to Gyllyngvase beach for a refreshing October paddle, into the town to pick up some bits and bobs from the boutique shops, and if you fancy takeaway fish and chips or a curry – make sure you pop in to Rick Stein’s Fish which is also in Events Square.
5.) The Big 20th Birthday Bash
Taking place on the Saturday evening from 7pm – 11pm, there will be a huge big birthday celebration with live music from Company B and The Hoodle: Kickin’ country blues and swamp boogie. Grab a partner and get your hips swinging to the upbeat tunes.