From humble beginnings to one of Cornwall’s biggest and best-loved specialist food festivals, Falmouth Oyster Festival, which runs from 13th to 16th October 2016, is set to celebrate its 20th birthday, with heaps of flavoursome fun!

The Festival celebrates the start of the native Oyster dredging season, the quality of Cornish seafood and one of the last remaining oyster fisheries. The Port of Truro Oyster Fishery is the only remaining oyster fishery in Europe, if not the world, where traditional methods of sail power and hand-pulled dredges must be used.  Methods that have changed little in the last 500 years.   The Fal Oyster is generally considered far superior to the Pacific variety and to ensure adequate supplies for oyster enthusiasts of this rare delicacy, the Festival in 2016 will start on Thursday 13th October.

“It is hard to believe this will be the 20th Falmouth Oyster Festival! How time flies when you’re enjoying yourself! It has all been possible because of our sponsors and loyal partners, the oyster fishermen, all the chefs, musicians, sound, screen and lighting engineers who make it such a professional experience. The market traders, both arts & crafts, and food producers and the goodwill of many more, we thank them all. But most importantly, we thank the public both local and visitors, who support us each year. Please come and help us celebrate our 20th anniversary,” says Mike Rangecroft, Festival Director.

He added, “Please note the festival is a week later than usual”.

Last year’s festival packed in the crowds with over 40,000 visitors and almost 20,000 oysters consumed over the four days. A full programme each day of talented chefs demonstrating their gastronomic flair and a wide range of music from folk to jazz entertained record crowd numbers.

2015 highlights included Michelin star Cornish Chef Chris Eden opening the festival, Oyster Fishermen providing a fascinating insight into a unique industry, a battle scarred Hot Chef Challenge, the prize of Master Shucker fiercely competed and shanty singing from the Oggymen, rounding up another brilliant year.

This fun-filled event with four days of feasting, cooking demos, traditional Working Boat racing and displays of Cornwall’s best produce and crafts, is set to a soundtrack of live music and sea shanties sung with gusto, best enjoyed with a pint of local ale and, naturally, a freshly shucked oyster.

For details of the festival programme and further information please visit www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk, join us on Facebook ‘Falmouth Oyster Festival’ or follow us on Twitter @FalOysterFest.