This year we're sponsoring Falmouth Oyster Festival, one of Cornwall’s biggest and best loved food festivals.
Running from Wednesday 9th October to Sunday 13th October, the Falmouth Oyster Festival happens right on our doorstep here in Falmouth and we couldn’t be more excited to lend our support.
To celebrate the start of Falmouth’s unique oyster dredging season, which runs from October to March, the festival brings together talented local chefs, wonderful Cornish food and drink producers, sailing races in Falmouth Bay and a diverse line-up of live music.
Having enjoyed spending time at Falmouth Oyster Festival in previous years, our founder, Neil Chadwick, says, “I am delighted that we are able to sponsor this unique event. The festival not only contributes in abundance to the vibrancy of the town, which is close to our hearts, but also brings visitors from around the world and keeps traditional Cornish skills alive and relevant for a whole new generation. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Festival committee for welcoming us on board.”
Oyster fishing in Cornwall
The method for dredging for oysters has changed very little in the last 500 years as only vessels powered by sail or oar are allowed under ancient law to land the famous Fal Oysters. Many of the oyster boats, known as Falmouth Working Boats were built at boatyards around the Fal, with some of the oldest boats in the Oyster Fishery dating back as far as 1860.
These days in the summer months, the fleet of traditional boats race out in Falmouth Bay and visitors to Sunday’s events at the festival will get the chance to watch these gracious boats race along the inner harbour.
Making sure to minimise waste wherever possible, this year festival-organisers will be keeping the tonnes of used oyster shells which will be crushed down and repurposed as a soil conditioner, making them an ideal and natural fertilizer.
We’ll be at the event on Saturday to watch the renowned oyster shucking competition. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event, we’ll be there catching all the highlights for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Visit the Falmouth Oyster Festival website to find out what’s on.