Pop Up Gatherings
Fal Oyster Wink October 2017 #BackToTheFront October 09 2017
Fal Oyster Wink 2017
After several years pushing the boat out with our Pop Up Ostraca we have decided to go back to basics for the four day Fal Oyster Wink, back to where it all began in 2009 when I was told I couldn't sell my oysters in the main marquee, I was invited to Pop Up at The 'Front Bar on Customs House Quay, Falmouth.
Whilst we have been looking for a partner or investor for Ostraca we have been busy promoting the pop up at beautiful festivals and weddings from Cornwall to Kent to North Wales the Cornish Oysters we have showcased have been enjoyed by all!
This year is the first that we can exploit the invasive Pacific Oysters that have suddenly appeared in the thousands around the intertidal waters of the Helford and now the Fal.
The Fal Rocks are just as delicate as the fantastic Porthilly Rocks we have supplied in the summer for many years, however some Fal Rocks are the size of a plate as they haven't been harvested until now!
Fal Oyster Wink (as in Kiddlywink)
The 'Front, Customs House Quay, Falmouth
11am to 11pm - Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th - October 2017
Fal Oyster Gathering - Out of Stock! March 2017 March 08 2017
We are sorry to confirm the annual Fal Oyster Gathering in March 2017 has been cancelled due to critically low stock levels on the fishery!
The Pop Up Gathering on the last weekend of the oyster season has been running since 2010, but due to a very low yield on the fishery this season it has been unviable for crew and even more difficult for merchants.
Research shows that the Fal has between 0.4 and 0.7 oysters per square metre! 400-600 hectares, some dense and some sparse, average 57mm and only 26% were over 65mm.
The previous Minimum Landing Size of 2" 5/8 hasn't changed since 1926 and allows 2-3yr old oysters to be legal, but the new 67mm MLS is "its longest rather than shortest length" so possibly even younger oysters !
Native oysters have barely reached maturity until 4yr - so an 80mm MLS would be better for fishermen and better for merchants... now it has come to light that it is critical for the future stock of the unique Fal Oyster Fishery
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Fal Oyster Wink - Customs House Quay 13-16 October 2016 September 13 2016
Our latest Cornwall Living Gourmet Gossip...
Our shortlisted pop up street food trucks are:
Ostraca - Shellfish, Steaks and a full Cornish Bar
Cecil on Ice - Cocktails
Picnic Cornwall - Coffee, Tea and Cakes
Woody's Wood Fired Pizza - just great pizza's
Wild Food Kitchen - wild foraged foods
obviously we highly recommend our friends at The Front Fal too
We have been so unlucky with the weather at the previous Pop Up Gatherings but we hope our luck is changing !
Kernow Eats at Pop Up Gatherings March 11 2016PRESS RELEASE
Kernow Eats at Pop Up Gatherings
7th Bi Annual Fal Oyster Gathering - Customs House Quay, Falmouth Haven, Cornwall
Easter Weekend: Friday 25th - Monday 28th March 2016 - 1000-2200
We have popped up in various locations since 2009 and this Easter we are at Customs House Quay, which also the site of our 'Fal Oyster Wink' in October.
For those of you that braved last years gathering (thank you!) we have a slightly different concept again this year. We are working together with Kernow Eats for this summers Pop Up Gathering Tour, so the focus is on small pop up street food traders, like ourselves, and the converted trucks and vehicles we have built to showcase local seafood and other great food producers.
Your host is Chris Ranger form Fal Oyster Ltd. - "Its an outdoor street food banquet, where you can sit with family and friends, enjoy a starter, then a main and then a pudding along with a drink from the bar - all from different traders! - we will have our Pop Up Pound (PU£) where you can buy 25PU£ for £20, saving you 20% when you spend it with our traders over the 4 day gathering"
From the freshest wild Cornish Native Fal Oysters, served at the #ShellfishBRUT Bar alongside Camel Valley Sparkling BRUT, Rebel Brewery Fal Oyster Stout and Skinners Pennycomequick. And we will also have Knightor Wines, Dynamite Valley and Black Rock Breweries this year!
We have the head chef Chris Oakes from The Lemon Arms, Mylor Bridge opening our kitchen on Good Friday where we will be cooking Porthilly Rocks in many different ways. Then a choice of mains being served on different days, including Cornish Mackerel BBQ, Salvador Dhali vegetarian and Cornish Venison in the Ostraca Kitchen takeover.
Also The Tube coffee van, Proper Pancakes and Cecil on Ice Cocktails, will be with us so something for the whole family to taste whilst enjoying the atmosphere in Falmouth's old Customs House quarter.
"The emphasis is more on the 'food and the trader' than other other events" said Ranger "I'm working with Kernow Eats on the Pop Up Gatherings Summer Tour where we will be taking our favourite traders to amazing venues so our regulars can get the same great service but at stunning pop up locations around the south west."
Ostraca - Pop Up Restaurant & Bar does have a base on the beach when not on tour, Crinnis, Carlyon Beach, St Austell, which is where the convoy will be heading for a second summer!
Pop Up Gatherings - Street Food Producers Special - Easter 2016 January 17 2016
Following in the footsteps of the Fal Oyster Gatherings and still celebrating the unique fishery and the unique PDO Fal Oysters, we are looking to work with other producers and traders we know and showcase our own food trucks, hoping we can get the British Street Food Awards to visit us and vote us through to the next heats... we hope our friends in Devon and Dorset do the same so we can represent the best in the South West... see our CrowdFunding Pitch
7th Fal Oyster Wink, 8-11 October Customs House Quay Falmouth September 24 2015
7th #FalOysterWink 8th-11th October, The 'Front Customs House Quay, Falmouth
What started with just an oyster knife and a cool box full of the first batch of Cornish Native Oysters in the corner of a pub has become an annual pilgrimage for many visitors to the Falmouth Oyster Festival, however they are not in the main event, they are on the fringe, at The 'Front, Customs House Quay, behind Trago and Harbour Lights, the home of some of the early festivals !
"The 'Front also happens to be the old Customs & Exercise office and so we thought it would be great to celebrate the 1830 beer act" says Chris Ranger (oysterman, merchant, restaurateur, shucker & harbour racer) "with our fully licensed pop up oyster bar @OstracaCornwall and Rebel Brewing Co responsible for the latest brew of #FalOysterStout, as well as the latest Tres Hombres New Dawn Rum, we hope to have a sneaky nip or two of a very special dawning... Oh and with Camel Valley putting the BRUT in #ShellfishBRUT we aim to bring you the ultimate pop up venue before we take the whole thing on tour to parties, festivities and @PopUpGatherings ending up back @CarlyonBeach for Easter 2016 and the "7th Fal Oyster Gathering", which by all accounts maybe about to become part of something much bigger"
Of course, on the menu will be all sizes of Fal Oysters fresh from the fishery and verified by Trading Standards as a Genuine 'Fal Oyster' with Protected Designation of Origin status. Fal Oyster Ltd. t/a Cornish Native Oysters, based right on the fishery at Mylor, are the 1st company to be verified and the Fal Oyster is the ONLY oyster to have a PDO, Whitstable has PGI.
Tempura Pothilly Rocks with Wasabi Mayo
Additionally Ostraca will always have a specials board of Porthilly Rock Oysters, natural, Kilpatrick, Rocker Fella, or tempura, other cooked options such as Steak & Oyster will be available too.
Fal Oyster Ltd.
[Kiddlywink (sometimes spelt kiddleywink) is an old name for a Cornish beer shop or beer house, which became popular after the 1830 beer act. They were licensed to sell beer or cider by the Customs & Exercise rather than by a Magistrate's Licence which was required by traditional Taverns and Inns. They were reputed to be the haunts of smugglers and often had an unmarked bottle of spirits under the counter.
Farm labourers could receive beer instead of their wages.
MEDIA INFORMATION 19/05/15
The second ‘pop up’ experience arrives at Carlyon Bay this weekend (Sat May 23rd) with Pop Up Gatherings setting up an oyster shack and wine bar on Crinnis Beach.
The fully licensed restaurant and bar Ostraca will be open for a week from Saturday for the bank holiday and school half term with seating for eight inside which can be reserved (www.ostraca.co.uk) or alternatively, visitors can pop up and eat and drink al fresco on the decking or at the large tables facing the bay.
Director of Fal Oyster Ltd, Chris Ranger, said he was excited about being the first 2015 Carlyon pop up, following the return of the popular venue Sam’s @ The Bay who arrived on site last year.
“It’s a stunning location and we hope that lots of people will come down to sample our menu,” he said. “We know every producer we work with personally and will be offering a selection of local goodies including Porthilly Rock oysters, Cornish sardines, Cornish scallops, Cornish crab and Cornish salad, Baker Tom cakes, Tregothnan teas, Fal Oyster Stout, beers ciders and as the 1st Official Camel Valley Wine Bar the solar powered fridge will be stocked with 'Cornish Champagne' see #ShellfishBRUT
“If it’s successful, we would love to return for the summer season and be part of this fantastic development.”
Cornish Native Oysters was set up in 2009 and evolved in to Fal Oyster Ltd, which was launched in 2012, by local fisherman Chris Ranger. Ranger bought the Alf Smythers in 2008 and decided there was a future in the sustainable gathering of the wild native oysters found on the riverbed of the Fal Estuary - famed for their distinctive sweet, fresh and delicate flavour. The Fal Oysters have been harvested in the same highly sustainable fashion without the use of mechanical power for more than 500 years, but sadly natives are only available September to April so we source the best farmed oysters 'Porthilly Rocks' during the summer.
Jacky Swain, site manager for Commercial Estates Group, said: “We’re delighted to be able to welcome the first of what we expect will be many other attractions to our site. I hope everyone will come down and try some of the delights on offer. We are currently talking to a number of other organisations with the aim of creating a hub of activity down here for local people and holidaymakers to enjoy.”
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Cornish Native Produce at Fal Oyster Gathering 2015 March 19 2015
We are showcasing the four soon five Protected Food Names and also showing the Feast Films, so we hope to put on the finest spread of food and drink from the counties top producers...
Ok so its quite a list, and still growing... some of the top produce you can enjoy at our event:
Fal Oysters, Porthilly Rocks, Cornish Mussels, Cornish Sardines, Cornish Scallops, Cornish Crab...
Camel Valley Wines, Rebel Brewing Co, Skinners Brewing Co, Cornish Cider Co, Tres Hombres RUM, Grandma's Weapons Grade Ginger Beer, Keltic Ale, Polgoon Orchards...
Baker Tom, Portreath Bakery Cornish Pasty's, GrumPies, Lynher Dairies, Chocolarder, Cornish Seaweed, Furniss Biscuits, Rodda's Cornish Clotted Cream...
Tregothnan Tea, Olfactory Coffee, Karenza Arval Apple Juices, Just Water...
to be continued...
Cornwall's Protected Food Names (and soon Drink) in bold
Any Resemblance Film producers in italics
Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March at Prince of Wales Pier Falmouth
Program coming soon... Headline act confirmed: Rosie & The Goldbug on Saturday Evening 2100hrs
With the aim of celebrating the end of the native oyster season, the last weekend in March (and the beginning of the Easter holidays!) the Prince of Wales Pier plays host to the Fal Oyster Gathering. After a hard 6 months of fishing for oysters on the water of the Carrick Roads, the fisherman prepare to hang up their oilskins for the summer, but not before a good old knees-up!
The Fal Oyster Gathering is a fantastic opportunity to delight in the freshest native Fal Oysters....and don't panic! If oysters don't happen to whet your apatite, this festival has a veritable feast of local Cornish produce on offer that will be sure to hit the spot!
As well as an 'au naturel' Fal Oyster Bar, the gathering will feature oysters in all guises to tempt the the taste buds of the visitors. If the thought of a raw oyster sends shivers down your spine, then perhaps you will be tempted by oyster & pork stuffing on bruschetta? Or a tempura oyster with wasabi mayo, that turns the oyster into an almost fish & chip shop affair. Proof that a cooked oyster has to be tried.
Both local and national chefs will be working their magic in the kitchen to bring you a menu of the best seasonal produce that Cornwall has to offer.
For gathering organiser, local oyster fisherman and merchant Christopher Ranger, it's all about the 'Terroir'. " You get a real sense of place when you eat these Fal Oysters. They have played a huge part in the history of the Carrick Roads, for them to still be fished under sail and in a conservation area makes them like no other oyster." A reason why the Fal Oyster has been given it's own Protected Designation of Origin along with only 3 other foods in Cornwall, The Cornish Pasty, Cornish Clotted Cream, & Cornish Sardines.
So pop to the bar and drink up the fantastic atmosphere that the Fal Oyster Gathering has to offer......
Ostraca Pop Up Venue - for hire!
Next @PopUpFineDining event dates:
Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March
Cupid's Pop Up 14-20th February 2015 March 02 2015
Please pop up and say hello, we have Rebel Ales for him and Camel Valley Wines for her! We are over by the tennis courts opposite St Michaels Hotel and Spa, Gyllingvase Beach, Falmouth 10am til 10pm...
... if nothing else worked, try Fal Oysters, au naturel or cooked, that should work Cupid ;)
You Shellfish BRUT November 18 2014
Cornish Shellfish & Camel Valley BRUT on Truro Piazza 21-23rd November 2014
We are pleased to announce that OSTRACA.co.uk, the Fal Oyster pop-up restaurant and bar, will be coming to Truro Piazza this weekend! Not only will our own wild, sail gathered, Fal Oysters be on the menu, but also a feast of Cornish seafoods to keep you sustained whilst your Christmas shopping.
We will have a hearty menu of Steamed Mussels, Mylor Prawns and Tempura Battered Porthilly Oysters with Wasabi mayo (our star of the show at the Fal Oyster Fringe Festival!) for you to feast on. This year we have partnered up with Camel Valley Wines, the award-winning Vineyard from Bodmin, so why not get into the Cornish Christmas cheer with a glass of Camel Valley sparkling wine and a dozen fresh Fal Oysters.
There is also something for the beer lovers amongst you, as we will be serving Rebel Brewery Co. 3rd edition Fal Oyster Stout. Both the Fal Oysters and the shell go into the boil for this very special beer, giving it a fresh and light taste which is only available whilst the native Fal Oysters are in season.
We will be open all day from 10am-10pm Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd November, so make sure you come on down to sample some of our delights (shellfish) before buying them for everyone else (not selfish!)
In the evenings, the Cornish Chefs Club: Steve Marsh head chef at the Greenbank Hotel Falmouth, Ben Prior from Ben's Cornish Kitchen and Adrian Oliver from Margot's in Padstow will be offering a unique 10 seater fine-dining experience on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
Finally, sign up to newsletter at the bottom of our home page and we will keep you posted about our OSTRACA Box (and Pop Up Gatherings) for these unique fine dining events in special locations around Cornwall. You will also be sent a code to claim the 10% OFF discount we are offering this weekend for Christmas or New Years Eve Fal Oysters & Camel Valley Brut!
Fal Oyster Wink - Thursday 9th til Sunday 12th October 2014 September 17 2014
The 6th Fal Oyster Wink is confirmed for Falmouth Oyster Festival weekend and as always we will pop up outside The 'Front Bar thanks to Matt for his continued support, Sophi at The Watermens, Chris at Trago and Barry at Falmouth Haven!
This year we will be showcasing our unique pop up restaurant and bar, converted from a 20ft shipping container and fully fitted with an EHO approved kitchen so we can do all sorts of cooked oysters and shellfish...
Thursday's guest chef is: Mark Apsey from the Idle Rocks St Mawes - Fal Oyster with Raspberry & Horseradish
Friday's guest chef is: Stephen Marsh from The Greenbank Falmouth - Fal Oyster Soup & Stout Bread
Saturday's guest chef is:TBA
Sunday's guest chef is:TBA
We have always sold Camel Valley Cornish BRUT and this year we will have unique flutes to celebrate the collaboration with the Lindo family, so you can enjoy the award winning sparkling wine by the glass!
Fal Oyster Stout 3rd edition is in the pipeline... draft available over the festival weekend at The Front and other Falmouth Oyster Fringe participating venues... Hand Beer Bar, Seven Stars on the Moor, Royal Standard Flushing...
Kiddlywink (sometimes spelt kiddleywink) is an old name for a Cornish beer shop or beer house, which became popular after the 1830 beer act. They were licensed to sell beer or cider by the Customs & Excise rather than by a Magistrate's License which was required by traditional Taverns and Inns. They were reputed to be the haunts of smugglers and often had an unmarked bottle of spirits under the counter. Farm labourers could receive beer instead of their wages.
Easter 2014 - Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier April 15 2014
We will be serving the freshest fish and shellfish landed by local day boats, the last of the seasons Fal Oysters accompanied by Rebel Brewing Co's Fal Oyster Stout (2nd limited edition), Skinners Pennycomequick, Camel Valley Wines and the newest arrival to Falmouth is the Tres Hombres Rum landed from the only sail cargo vessel!!
Wednesday 16th - Tuesday 22nd 1000-2200
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My first Fal Oyster - Mark Essien competed in the Pewter Oyster Race on 29th March, where you have to gather a Fal Oyster before 1pm then race to the Fal Oyster Gathering... Photo: Mark Falmouth
Welcome back to the weekend of British Summer Time, Mother's Day and celebrations of the harvest of the Fal Oyster!
The Fal Oyster Gathering is held this year on Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, Cornwall
FalRiver.co.uk for Fal River Information
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th March 2014
We've moved again from our previous venues to Falmouth where there's enough space for an Aussie Marquee and Skinners Bar and large enough to keep everyone warm and dry inside. We're open 10 till 10!
Celebrate the unique Fal Oyster and its new Protected Food Name, and enjoy fish and shellfish landed by local fishermen using traditional and sustainable methods.
Come and enjoy recipes and menus created with local produce by top chefs, both local and from exclusive London restaurants, Dale McIntosh from Merchants Manor and Mark Apsey from Idle Rocks then from Marylebone in London Masaki Sugisaki and his sushi masters at Dinings whose contemporary Japanese tapas combine traditional Japanese and modern European cuisine.
The Local Producers Market lets you see (and buy) the produce that these renowned chefs will turn into their delicious recipes for you to eat all weekend.
The Little Yellow House Studios are hosting the Artists & Makers tent so you will find nautical and local artists selling their best...
The second Fal Oyster Race from the Fal Oyster Fishery to the Fal Oyster Gathering starts again at 1300 Mylor Harbour, this year Hannah Batstone Contemporary Jewellery has been commissioned by Fal Oyster to cast a Pewter Fal Oyster for the trophy... Prize giving by Betty Stogs... if its sunny... :)
Not forgetting live music on Miss Peapods Stage: Shanties on Friday, bands on Saturday including headline act Lightknife Band at 2030, but Sunday its a Mother's Day so a Camel Valley special.
We will also be proud to showcase our new venture OSTRACA and introduce the Fal Mussel at the inaugural Fal Mussel Festival...
all gatherings of friends are free!
5th Fal Oyster Gathering February 03 2014
The 5th Fal Oyster Gathering will be on Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, Cornwall from Friday 28th through til Sunday 30th March.
A massive marquee with everyone warm inside if the weather is unkind again!
Fal Oyster Bar Furniture January 11 2014
Fal Oyster Ltd. are about to launch the 1st Pop Up Seafood and Sushi Bar... Designs are in final stages before we place the order.
We are now looking at furniture, chairs and chairs, we thought crowdfunder may be an interesting way of affording designer furniture rather than cheap and cheerful.
We will put your name and the crowdfunder logo on one piece of furniture we we purchase if we make the target!
more info to follow so watch this space!
Inaugural Falmouth Oyster Fringe... September 12 2013
We are pleased to announce the dates for the inaugural Falmouth Oyster Fringe are 10-13 October 2013
Following in the footsteps of the Oyster Wink, which has been running at The ' Front on Customs House Quay for four years we are pleased to be involved with Da Boas events throughout the town.
The first supporters are:
Seven Stars (Moor)
and Samphire who will be hosting a VIP (open to all) Oyster and Bubbles bar featuring award winning Camel Valley BRUT
for more information as it is added please refer to...
Oyster Gathering & Local Food Harvest 2013 December 19 2012
Local Producers Market:
Responsible Fishermen, Artisan Bakers,
Local Game Keepers and Marmalade Makers
The 4th Annual Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest will be Easter weekend from Good Friday all the way through to Easter Monday...
... and it will be hosted at a new location this year, Flushing Quay, Falmouth...
Cornish Native Oysters .co.uk
'Best Fish & Seafood Producer' Telegraph's Good Produce Guide 2012
'Official Video' Beirut 'The Rip Tide' see http://cornish-native-oysters.myshopify.com/pages/media-suite
Or Twitter: @FalOyster
Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest 2012 October 23 2012
Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest 2010 October 23 2012THE WEATHER may not have been the kindest, but the atmosphere at the first oyster gathering and seafood harvest festival at Mylor could not have been beaten. Organised by Christopher Ranger, known as Ranger to his friends, the event was held over three days to celebrate the end of the oyster fishing season. During the festival at Mylor Yacht Harbour people were invited to see oyster fishermen in action with boat trips on the Fal. There was also a local seafood market and a chance to sample culinary delights cooked up by local chefs Arty Williams, Sanjay Kumar and Dale McIntosh. 'Brilliant' "I think, as a first trial for a small oyster festival, it was brilliant," said Ranger, whose girlfriend, Marion Monnier, coordinated the event. "We did have a fairly good turnout and the feedback has been very good." The festival also had a serious message. "It was also about raising awareness of the fishery and trying to encourage younger people to get involved. "The fishery on The Fal is between 400 and 500 years old. It would be a great shame if, in two years' time, that fishery was not there. "There are a lot of old boys on the fleet, but not many younger boys." Ranger is fairly new to the business himself after buying and restoring a boat two years ago. After fishing for a season and passing his catch on to merchants, he has now cut out the middle man and set himself up as a merchant. It was his love of his job that inspired Ranger to stage the festival, an idea he only came up with in January. "I've had a lot of help from friends and some big sponsors," he said. "I've had massive support from lots of people who thought it was a good idea." It has not been without its challenges, though. With days to go, Ranger was still without mussels, fish and crab. "I didn't know if I was going to have it by the weekend and I thought I might have done an awful lot of hard work for nothing. "Thankfully, it just fell into place and I have to say a big thanks to everyone who helped out." Ranger already has plans to repeat the festival next year, and hopes it will be bigger and better. "I don't want to turn it into an oyster festival like on the Events Square (Falmouth). It is kind of aimed at the fishermen themselves and celebrating the fishery." http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Work-oyster-fishery-celebrated-festival/story-11418187-detail/story.html
Oyster Wink 11th - 14th October 2012 September 16 2012
Oysters From The Fal Stall
The next event where we will be selling the freshest wild native Oysters From The Fal will be outside The 'Front (thanks again Matt) and The Watermans gallery (thanks again Sophi)
"Dear Ranger, It is everyone's opinion in our party that your oysters are the superior ones & v well done on the shucking competition. Much love Felicity & Simon x."
Thursday 11th til Sunday 14th October 2012
On Sunday we are hoping to retain the Falmouth Oyster Festival Harbour Race Trophy for Licensed Falmouth Working Boats, the photo below sets the scene...
Alf Smythers 'Licensed Fleet' cutting across the 'Racing Fleet'
at St Mawes Working Boat World Championships 2012
Photo: Graham Pinkney
Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest 2011 September 16 2012
Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest, March 2011
Photo: Kate Cornish
Celebrate the end of the season, the harvest, on the last wild oyster beds and for the last fleet working under sail in Europe… See the fleet in action then enjoy traditional harbour side entertainments including a fresh Local Seafood Market – Then celebrate the start of the summer with Camel Valley Seafood Sunday – A Jazz, Sparkling Wine and Seafood Sunday