Pop Up Gatherings - since October 2009
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.
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!
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