Falmouth Oyster Festival ready for another year
Fans of fresh seafood will want to make their way to southern Cornwall to enjoy some great food and fun. The mouth-watering treasures from the sea will be celebrated in Falmouth with the port town’s Oyster Festival on 8-11 October.
The town’s Events Square will host the party. The annual celebration is held at the beginning of the oyster harvesting – or dredging – season. One of the headliners for the festival is the local Fal oyster. The event, spread over four days, will offer food, cooking demonstrations, live music and local craft stalls. In addition to real ale and wine bars, there will also be boat races, a shucking competition, a Grand Oyster Parade, and a Grand Oyster Draw.
If you are enjoying a cottage holiday in South Cornwall, the event is the perfect chance to enjoy oysters and other Cornish seafood. The region’s top chefs and food experts from Cornish hotels and restaurants will be on hand to lead demonstrations and discussions. They promise to provide visitors to the festival with new and unique, tasty seafood combinations. They will include dishes that feature native oysters, wines, ales, as well as local produce.
One of the chefs attending will be Chris Eden, head chef at Driftwood in Portscatho. In eight years, he has achieved three AA Rosettes and his first Michelin Star in 2012. Eden is passionate about cooking with the best local produce. He has always worked with local Cornish suppliers to make sure the freshest food possible reaches his customer’s tables.
Also joining the Falmouth Oyster Festival is Fiona Were, recently named one of the Top 10 female chefs in the country by The Independent. Originally from New Zealand, now living in Cornwall, she has worked in a number of prestigious hotels and restaurants. She was also the Training and Development Chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall in its first year.