Food, music, and art come together this weekend from June 21st to 23rd at the Rock Oyster Festival in Rock, North Cornwall. The English coastline is ideal for oyster beds and the family-friendly environment of the festival promises to be an entertaining weekend for all.

Two trays of dressed oysters at Rock Oyster Festival, an event bringing together the best of Cornish food and produce, music and entertainment. (Photo Credit: Rock Oyster Festival)
Two trays of dressed oysters at Rock Oyster Festival, an event bringing together the best of Cornish food and produce, music and entertainment.
(Photo Credit: Rock Oyster Festival)

“Final preparations are underway for this year’s Rock Oyster Festival, as the family-friendly event returns to the banks of the Camel Estuary for the fourth year.

Taking place at Dinham House, North Cornwall, from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2013, the festival is a unique mid-summer celebration of food, music and entertainment for all ages.

Nicknamed the ‘Glasto for foodies’, Rock Oyster Festival promises to showcase the fantastic food and drink Cornwall is famous for.

Throughout the weekend the Flying Fish Chefs’ Theatre will hold demonstrations from The Times columnist and food critic Joanna Weinberg, plus forager Thom Hunt of 7th Rise and the Three Hungry Boys. Michelin starred chef Paul Ainsworth of restaurant Number 6, and Jack Stein from The Seafood Restaurant will fly the flag for nearby Padstow. 2008 Masterchef winner James Nathan from The Green Room will also be working his culinary magic on stage.

The new Food Academy is where artisan experts will host talks and share their skills. Festival-goers can learn how to fillet a fish with Annie Sibbert of My Fish Kitchen, cook with Caroline Davey from Fat Hen Wild Foraging, and learn all there is to know about oysters from Tim Marshall of Rock Shellfish.

The festival site will be crammed full of food and drink stalls featuring Cornwall’s best producers. Many local restaurants like the St Moritz Hotel will be serving up local seafood and Cornish ales, ciders and juices will be also on sale.

Local brewery and festival sponsor Sharp’s will be bringing their entire beer portfolio. As well as quenching revellers’ thirst, Sharp’s will also have a rowing machine simulating a race out to the Doom Bar without getting wet.

Ed Hughes, resident beer guru and retail and hospitality manager at Sharp’s Brewery said: “I’ll be demonstrating just how diverse beer can be on Sunday 23 June and matching Sharp’s beers with some delicious dishes. “To truly make the most of Rock Oyster Festival and celebrate North Cornwall’s quality local produce, we’ve prepared both traditional and alternative beer and oyster pairing suggestions for you to try.”

Organisers have also unveiled an eclectic line up of over 30 music and entertainment acts across three stages. The new Glade Stage is perched on a hill overlooking the estuary and provides dramatic views of the festival site.

Families are well catered for at Rock Oyster Festival with a designated children’s area and plenty of space for the little rascals to run around. Activities on offer include circus workshops, wood whittling, den building, seashore scavenging and archery. Circus Berzercus will be returning to dazzle the crowd with their acrobatics and Cafe Chaos show.”

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