Falmouth prepares for historic oyster festival

Falmouth prepares for historic oyster festival

For over a century, families around the Cornish fishing town of Falmouth have dredged the bay and surrounding rivers for oysters using boats pulled by hand or powered by sail. Thanks to ancient laws designed to protect oyster stocks, those traditions remain today and make the Falmouth Oyster Festival a unique exhibition of traditional methods – and great oysters.

This year’s festival, sponsored by St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, takes place from 14 to 17 October. It will be opened by chef and TV seasonal food connoisseur Valentine Warner. Valentine will join other local chefs to give cookery demonstrations using produce from stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and local ales.

The festival takes place in Events Square, in the heart of Falmouth, where there will also be a town parade, the singing of traditional sea shanties, oyster shucking competitions, live music and even a race of the traditional Falmouth Working Boats that are used to catch the oysters.

Falmouth is home to the third deepest natural port in the world, and the oyster season lasts from October to March. Guests at St Michael’s Hotel can join Valentine for a gourmet night on October 14, and the hotel is offering four-night packages starting at ?625 per couple. For more information visit www.stmichaelshotel.co.uk/oyster .

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