Falmouth Oyster Festival is Cornwall’s biggest and best loved specialist food festival!
To celebrate and mark the start of the oyster dredging season in Cornwall, from October to March, the Falmouth Oyster Festival has become a firm favourite in the events calendar of many people local and visitors alike.
The festival is a must for all oyster, seafood and maritime heritage enthusiasts! Jam packed with four days of feasting, cooking demonstrations by leading local chefs – fresh oysters, seafood, wine and local ales with loads of things to see in do to include children’s shell painting, entertainment in the form of sea shanties, a town parade, live music, an oyster shucking competition, a Falmouth Working Boat race and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.
High profile names including Rick Stein, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clarissa Dickson Wright, Aldo Zilli, John Burton Race, Valentine Warner and Sophie Grigson, have entertained cooking enthusiasts over the years. Well known personalities and local Michelin Star chefs including Pete Goss, Nathan Outlaw, Ben Tunnicliffe and Chris Eden, have all added to the programme too.
Mylor Yacht Harbour is lucky enough to have the last remaining traditional oyster fishing fleets operating out of our harbour and the Falmouth Oyster Festival is something very close to our hearts.
The Oysterman fishing out of Mylor (Port of Truro Oyster Fishery) are one of the last if not the last remaining fleet in Europe that operate traditionally under sail and use hand pulled dredges. In order 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.