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Falmouth Oyster Festival cancelled due to social distancing concerns

Falmouth Oyster Festival cancelled due to social distancing concerns

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:59pm 27th May 2020.

Falmouth Oyster Festival cancelled due to social distancing concerns.

The 2020 Falmouth Oyster Festival due to take place from 8-11 October has been cancelled due to the impact of Covid-19.

In consultation with the Festival’s partners and having considered social distancing requirements and the practicality of organising the event, Falmouth Events Ltd has taken the early decision to cancel this year’s event.

The Falmouth Oyster Festival began in 1996 and celebrates the start of the oyster season, which runs from October to March and has become a must for all oyster, seafood and maritime heritage enthusiasts.

With an ever-expanding range of mouth watering Cornish food and drink on offer, the festival has gathered a loyal following of thousands who gather to celebrate this unique local heritage.

“We cannot assume that mass gatherings will be permissible by October.  We understand that cancellation of this event will be disappointing for residents, visitors and our traders, but we feel this is the right decision for the safety of all those involved as well as wider public health. We are now very much looking forward to next year when we can all enjoy this social event”.

             Mike Rangecroft, the Festival’s Honorary Chairman

A great number of partners, sponsors, local chefs and Oyster Fisherman are an integral part of the festival and key contributors to its ongoing popularity.  

Seasalt Cornwall’s generous sponsorship and support in 2019 added creative flair to the event and enabled exciting new initiatives and improvements.

“It is a great shame the festival won’t go ahead this year, but we look forward to picking up our conversations again in less uncertain times,” says the team at Seasalt Cornwall.

 “We have supported this wonderful festival for many years, and it is a great shame it is not feasible to hold it successfully in 2020. To provide the invaluable recognition these local industries deserve in just a small way, we continue to plan to mark the start of the oyster season as usual at St Michaels with our Sea Shanty dinner and oyster tastings, with social distancing and other measures in place,”

             Louise Uys-Jones Resort Director at St Michaels Resort, long-term supporters of the festival

The 2021 festival will take place from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th October 2021.  Plans are already being developed to deliver a bigger and better celebration in 2021, details of which will be launched in due course.



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