Oyster Festival Success
By Julia Conway
FINE weather brought crowds into Falmouth for the four-day Oyster Festival this weekend.
The 17th annual festival, which celebrates the start of the oyster dredging season, opened on Thursday with a 12 foot Oyster Man leading the parade followed by local school children dancing through the main street. A new marquee was erected in Events Square with stalls offering a wide selection of local crafts including jewellery, clothing and refreshments.
Cathy Stead from The Cherry Tree, an award-winning preserves company based in Polperro said it was proving to be a good year for sales. “We’ve been coming for a few years and this is the busiest ever.” She said.
Favourable weather encouraged visitors to the town and attendance figures were estimated to reach 38,000. Highlights included cookery demonstrations from television celebrities Andy Tyrell from River Cottage and a pasty crimping competition hosted by James Strawbridge.