Falmouth Oyster Festival
...celebrating Cornish seafood
The hugely successful Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates – and is timed to coincide with – the start of oyster harvesting season and it returns this year with another mouth watering programme.
Falmouth is home to one the world's largest natural deepwater ports, and also boasts one of the last remaining traditional oyster fisheries in the world.
The annual event has grown considerably over the years attracting top chefs and visitors from all over the UK. Over 30,000 people flocked to Falmouth in 2010 to experience the unique atmosphere and sample local delights, with 12,000 pouring in on the Saturday alone.
The food festival takes place in Events Square in Falmouth and offers a varied programme of events for foodies of all ages. Cornwall has become the UK’s culinary capital and Falmouth Oyster Festival encapsulates all that is good about Cornish food, drink and culture.
The event begins on Thursday 13th October running through until Sunday 16th October with each day and evening teeming with entertainment.
Each year the festival opens with a cookery master-class from a celebrity chef, followed by a book signing. This year sees BBC Masterchef 2011 winner Tim Anderson opening the festival.
On the eve of the event – Wednesday 12th October – Tim will co-host a gourmet oyster evening, offering a unique opportunity for diners to meet and talk food with one of the country’s up and coming food enthusiasts.
Packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, stalls featuring oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, children's shell painting, sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition, a Falmouth Working Boat race and marquees brimming with Cornish produce; the festival celebrates so much more than merely oysters.
A programme of music runs throughout the four-day festival. Styles range from Celtic harmonies and Cornish folk bands, to jazz and shanty singing with Falmouth Shout, now a regular feature of Falmouth Oyster Festival.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015