October 7, 2008

Town’s Oyster Festival to Be Opened By Top Chef

Celebrity chef Sophie Grigson is set to open the Falmouth Oyster Festival.

The town is gearing up for the annual four-day festival, which runs from October 16-19.

Ms Grigson has presented her own cooking programmes on television, as well as writing books and features for newspapers and magazines.

Mike Rangecroft, of organiser Falmouth Festivals, said: "Sophie follows a long line of well-known and much-admired celebrity chefs who have opened proceedings over the 12 years."

The "tried and tested ingredients" of the festival remain, but there are also some new elements. On the Friday evening, October 17, Falmouth chef Artie Williams, of The Cove, will pit his wits against Nick Hodges of Lusty Glaze, Newquay, in a re-match of last year's cook-off.

Now renamed Hot Chefs Challenge, they will start at 7.30pm, having picked their ingredients earlier in the day.

Saturday night is a little different, with The Pearl of Africa Children's Choir and an evening with sailor and adventurer Pete Goss.

The choir will be fresh from the Royal Festival Hall as part of their UK fundraising tour for projects in Uganda.

Mr Goss and his crew will share their experiences and plans for their journey via Cape Town through the Southern Ocean to Melbourne, Australia, with the Spirit of Mystery. The lugger was built 150 years ago and he has built a replica to recreate the maiden voyage of the original.

Cookery demonstrations, a Cornish food market, fish stalls, oysters, local seafood and wine and beer will all be back. On Sunday, October 19, the working boat race will take place in the bay and there will be live music and a town parade.

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