Valentine Warner confirmed for Falmouth Oyster Festival
This appeared “on the mat” this morning:
Valentine Warner, food writer and star of BBC Two’s ‘What To Eat Now’ series will be the celebrity chef at this year’s Falmouth Oyster Festival.
The chef will lead the Opening Ceremony of the festival on Thursday 14th October, with a demonstration of his culinary expertise and passion for cooking with local, wild ingredients, showcasing the diversity and quality of Cornish seafood and produce.
“The chef is no stranger to Falmouth, the oyster fishermen and the ancient traditions of the oyster fishery, as he spent time filming the oystermen at work for his television series. Valentine will meet up with the characters behind the festival, who supply the delicacies that take centre stage at Falmouth Oyster Festival” said Sian Robbins, Events & Promotions Officer at VisitCornwall.
“Valentine has been described as a culinary adventurer with a passion for food, nature and the seasons. With his knowledge of the unique methods of dredging oysters around Falmouth, he will be the perfect chef to launch the festival for us.”
The event, sponsored by St Michael’s Hotel and Spa, will take place from 14th to 17th October 2010 at its waterfront venue at Events Square in Falmouth. Valentine joins a long list of celebrity chefs who have appeared at the festival including Rick Stein, Hugh Fernley Whittingstall, Abtonio Carluccio, Aldo Zilly, John Burton Race and Clarissa Dickson Wright.
Festival sponsor St Michael’s Hotel and Spa…will be hosting a number of special events linked to the festival, including an Oyster Festival gourmet night with Valentine Warner and a Shanty Singing Sunday lunch. The Oyster Ball will also be hosted at St Michael’s Hotel and Spa on Friday 22nd October, the week following the festival.
With food and drink becoming one of the key attractions to Cornwall, the festival has seen an increasing number of food companies promoting their quality produce at the festival alongside Cornish craft producers, and have tempted visitors to savour the expanding range of mouth watering Cornish food and drink on offer. The event has broad appeal and is a must for all oyster, seafood and marine heritage enthusiasts – what better reason to plan a long weekend in Falmouth.
The festival truly has something for everyone – for further details see www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk or call 01326 312300.