Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the marvelous mollusc: HUGE PICTURE GALLERY (From Falmouth Packet)
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Falmouth Oyster Festival celebrates the marvelous mollusc: PICTURE GALLERY
1:02pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
Primary school children played an integral role in the 17th annual Falmouth Oyster Festival with youngsters performing at the grand opening bash and bringing traffic to a halt as they took to the streets for the colourful and noisy parade.
All five local schools, King Charles, St Mary’s, St Francis, Falmouth Primary and Marlborough, played their part in the festival, from youngsters who had worked with Falmouth University dance student Sam Gilroy and then performed at the festival opening, to all those who took part in the parade from The Moor to the Events Square.
Other children had acted as “food ambassadors” and had worked alongside local chefs ahead of the festival, taking back what they had learned to the classroom.
The festival itself has been heralded another great success with early estimates indicating that visitor numbers for the four day event were on a par with last year’s record numbers.
Mike Rangecroft, of Falmouth Festivals, said: “It’s been our largest festival to date with an extra 60 stalls, more chef demos, extra food offerings and a packed programme of events. We’re very pleased that it’s once again been a great success and would like to thank all that came along and joined in the celebrations.”
As well as the dancing children, who drew a crowd of proud parents, the grand opening bash also included a demonstration by oyster expert Katy Davidson and an appearance from TV’s James Strawbridge who made beef and oyster pasty and held a pasty crimping competition, inviting men and women from the audience to take part.
Other prominent visitors to the festival included Thom Hunt, from 7th Rise who shared his passion for foraging; global baker Dean Brettschneider and Andy Tyrrell from River Cottage, who taught the crowd how to shuck an oyster.
Visitors were also treated to a number of cookery demonstrations by local chefs, live music and the craft market which this year extended out into the Maritime Museum car park. This year also saw the return of the Folk and Food marquee on The Moor and the first ever Oyster Fringe Festival.
Nigel Carpenter, proprietor of the St Michael’s Hotel and Spa, the festival’s main sponsor, said: “The festival is becoming bigger each year and we are very proud to be associated with the best festival in Cornwall. It’s been another successful year and we are already looking forward to 2014.”
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