Indian summer weather helps attract record numbers of visitors to Falmouth Oyster Festival

The late summer good weather saw record numbers of people attend the Falmouth Oyster Festival this year.

 

Marshall Vinnicombe, oyster fisherman and shucking great with a knife.

 

The event, which ran in the Cornish port from Thursday until yesterday, saw bivalve lovers from all over the country to eat their way through tonnes of the native shellfish.

And with the weather kindly helping with blue skies and warm autumnal sunshine, thousands of people visited the marquees in Events Square to celebrate the local delicacy.

Siân Robbins, the event organiser for Visit Cornwall, said more than 4,000 people had visited on the Thursday alone.

“It really has been fantastic, it has a unique atmosphere,” she said.

“It is going to be a record this year, both for the number of visitors and for the sales figures for the producers.

The four-day event, which is held every year, is a celebration of the finest fare harvested from local waters.

Alongside the oysters being eaten were demonstrations by chefs and lots of live music which went on into the night.

Falmouth is the last remaining port in the UK where oysters are harvested under the traditional, environmentally friendly oar and sail method.

It is a custom which dates back centuries, and has prompted fine diners to come from all over to sample the finest delicacies.

It was opened this year by television chef Valentine Warner.

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