September 3, 2008

Roll Up for the First Oysterfest

A plymouth restaurant will celebrate the start of the oyster season with a day of live music, oysters and beer.

The first Oysterfest will take place at the Waterfront restaurant and bar on Saturday, featuring five live bands from lunchtime to evening.

Bigbury Bay Oysters, a small family-run business, will be selling their organic pacific oysters. Guinness and St Austell Brewery's Tribute, sponsors of the music and food festival, will be on hand to provide refreshments.

Waterfront director Nick Barber said: "It's just something a bit different to mark the start of the oyster season. It could be the start of an annual event that would be great for Plymouth." The Plymouth business specialises in seafood in its restaurant, due to the proximity to the sea. They are well-known for their lobster, so they believe the Oysterfest will tie in well with this.

September will be an important month of music for the Westcountry, following news that rock giants Oasis will be performing at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Oysterfest is another example of how the South West is leading the way in live musical events.

Shoot the Crow, a five-piece Irish folk and acoustic band based in South East Cornwall and Plymouth, will headline the show. They will be joined by Speakeasy, Sheelanagig, Mad Dog McRea and Aaron Catlow. Mr Barber has noticed a real love for music in the Westcountry since moving down from London.

He said: "In London, it's all about the clubs, but Plymouth is a live music city. It's going on all the time."

He puts this down to the large student population that loves nothing more than to hear a band while drinking cheap beer.

Oysterfest will be a outdoor event, with the bands performing at the West Hoe harbour.

Mr Barber said the success of the day is very weather-dependent, so they will be hoping for some late summer sun.

Admission will be free, and the music will be sounding off from noon to 8.30pm.

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