Whistable’s annual Oyster Festival will be held from July 27 – August 2 this year.
The week-long annual celebration is structured around the traditional local customs of the oyster fishing industry but the event includes family and arts entertainment, workshops and activities and food and drink, alongside local heritage and history.
The week opens with the Landing of the Oysters and a town parade, which delivers ‘the catch’ to local restaurants. A Harbour Food Fair showcases local produce during the opening weekend and the streets are awash with foodies and families from far and wide, enjoying events such as the Mud Tug and the fiercely competitive Oyster Challenge.
After the opening weekend, Whitstable offers a week-long programme of music and cultural events, including daily workshops and activities for children, heritage walks and talks, open air performances and cooking demonstrations from local chefs.
The festival culminates in a spectacular fireworks display over the sea, viewed from the beach, where children display illuminated ‘grotters’ that they create earlier in the day.
For more see www.whitstableoysterfestival.com and www.canterbury.co.uk