Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest 2012 October 23 2012

All safely gathered in...

THE OYSTER Gathering and Seafood Harvest, now in its third year at Mylor Yacht Harbour, celebrates the last Friday and Saturday of the native oyster season for the last fleet working under sail. On Friday the Truro River Oyster Boats are out for the last full day gathering wild native oysters. In the evening, oystermen and fishermen from Mylor gather for a free meal and a pint to celebrate the harvest of winter landings. Saturday is harbour day and Roger Graffy invites the fleet into Mylor Yacht Harbour for entertainment. Sunday is a day for seafood, the very best of all the fish and shellfish from the local boats. This year's culinary kings are from Flushing, Truro and London … best fresh seafood served all day, all weekend, by Paul Arrow from The Waterside, Dale McIntosh from Bustophers and Masaki Sugisaki from Dinings. This year the harvest welcomes the Best Sushi & Japanese Tapas Reataurant in London, as voted by Zagat Guide, to the harbour and budding chefs can learn from the masters and even purchase the finest Japanese knives. Oyster Gathering organiser Christopher Ranger said: "It's about my boat the Alf Smythers and the oyster fishery she was built to work on … sure it's about selling oysters, but I buy some in from other oystermen, I buy crab from the crabbers, scallops from the scallopers and fish from the fishermen, even beer from the brewer, everyone that wants to chip in can and everyone that does should benefit from the event's ethos: the best seafood, local fishermen, local chefs that only use the finest ingredients and local producers on or around the Fal. "The impact of some festival waste is terrible on the environment, so we look at every opportunity to be friendly, down to the bio- boxes, crockery and even sustainable fuel from ecofuels and Tregothnan's charcoal. Look around and you will see that a real effort has gone in to establishing the atmosphere, recreating the old fishing village feeling makes it feel like a very local gathering." The festival runs from 10am until 10pm on Friday to Sunday. To get to Mylor Yacht Harbour follow the signs from Perranarworthal, through Mylor Bridge or turn off at St Gluvias in Penryn and go via Flushing Turning. Parking is at the top of the hill, thanks to Porloe Farm – RNLI donation box. Falmouth Water Taxi runs from 9am to 10.30pm; St Mawes Ferry – stopping at Mylor on limited trips from Falmouth and St Mawes, 01872 862312; Century Taxi – 24-hour service from Falmouth and Penryn, 01326 212000.