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30 July 2015

Falmouth Oyster Festival

From October 8th-11th we see the return of Falmouth’s ever popular Oyster Festival. The four day event celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season.

From October 8th – 11th we see the return of Falmouth’s ever popular Oyster Festival. The four day event celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, the diversity and quality of Cornish Seafood and, in particular, the last remaining traditional oyster fishery in Europe still dredging by sail and hand punt.

Governed by ancient laws that were put in place to protect the natural ecology of the riverbeds and oyster stocks, oystermen fishing in the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery are prohibited from using engines. Instead, sail power and hand-pulled dredges must be used. This is the only oyster fishery in Europe, if not the world, where such traditional methods must be used.

Falmouth oyster festival

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Our native oysters are highly regarded throughout the UK – buyers such as top London restaurants & hotels pride themselves on sources their oysters from our waters here in Cornwall. As well as our native oysters, larger Pacific oysters are also found on the riverbed of the Fal – come along and try both varieties for yourself.

It’s not just the oysters and the traditional ‘shucking’ competition that attracts people from further afield as well as locals – this family friendly event is packed full of live music, cookery demonstrations, boat races and Cornish food & drink stalls.

Falmouth oyster festival

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There are an increasing number of Cornish produce stalls attending this award-winning event each year – not only seafood but local butchers, real ale breweries, dairy farmers and more. Between these you’ll find creative crafts stalls that are perfect for getting the kids involved or having a go yourself!

Whether you’re an oyster fanatic, have an interest in maritime history or simply love all things Cornwall – make sure you get yourself down to the Event Square for what promises to be the best Falmouth Oyster Festival yet!

Falmouth oyster festival

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For more information on Falmouth Oyster Festival and how you can get involved, visit: www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.

Thank you to www.westbriton.co.uk for the use of their images in this article.