SHUCKING HELL! THE FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL 2023 RETURNS TO CORNWALL BETWEEN THURSDAY 12 AND SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2023. ENJOY COOKERY DEMOS, LIVE MUSIC, FOOD AND ARTS STALLS AND, OF COURSE, LOADS OF OYSTERS…
The mollusc is mightier than the mackerel (and any other seafood or fish for that matter) in Falmouth during October 2023. The epic four-day Falmouth Oyster Festival 2023, which takes place between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 October 2023, is one of Cornwall’s best-loved food-meets-music events of the year and its 2023 edition should be a real cracker.
This year, the 2023 Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. In 2022, the festival finally outgrew Events Square in the town and was held on a bigger piece of ground on Church Street’s harbourside car park. And it was packed to rafters as a result. It returns to The Waterfront Marquee on Church Street Car Park this year.
The festival coincides with the start of the annual oyster-dredging season in Falmouth‘s waters which runs until March. Both the festival and the oysters themselves contribute plenty to the local economy, so it’s worth noting how important this big annual event is to the serene south Cornish town.
Make sure you take in the array of cookery demonstrations taking place over the four days, as well as the live music, entertainment and, of course, the massively popular and hotly contested annual oyster shucking competition.
On top of that, there’s a grand oyster parade, some working boat races out on the big blue, a range of oyster, seafood, wine and champers bars across the site and a whole host of Cornish food produce, real ale, arts and crafts to sample, snap up and take home.
Celebrate the native Fal Oyster at the fest while also taking in the sheer diversity of Cornish seafood out there which is also placed under the spotlight. The festival, during the daytime, is free to enter. It does cost to catch the evening gigs and entertainment, though, so see the official website to discover the prices and book your tickets. Click on the ‘Website’ link above.
Some big names to look out for on the festival stage this year include Guilty Pleasures and the Motown Pirates, both on the Friday night. Company B and The Mighty Howlers play the Saturday night. Check out the website for all the entertainment.
The real draw, of course, are the bivalves themselves. Oysters are worth worshipping. So head to the church of Falmouth in October 2023 for a festival that praises the most divine mollusc of them all.