Lots of Fun and Oysters at The Rock Oyster Festival:
(22nd to 24th June 2012)
A Mid-Summer Celebration of Food, Music and Art
I am lucky enough to have been invited to Rock Oyster Festival and that is GOOD news, as I used to live near Rock in Cornwall and also I happen to love oysters too……so, back to my old stomping ground, and a fun-filled fest of oyster eating and gastronomy! Before I go I would like to share the press release with you, as the festival is non profit-making and raises money for charity……so, great fun, lovely seafood and all for a GOOD CAUSE too. You can visit the website here for more information too……
Food galore at The Rock Oyster Festival
Now in its third year, the boutique food and music festival will for the first time feature the
Flying Fish chefs’ theatre where some of Cornwall’s best culinary talents will take to the
The festival, a ‘Glasto for the foodies’, is held in the grounds of Dinham House near Rock,
North Cornwall, and will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June 2012.
Event organiser Charlie Anderson said: “The festival has always had a strong food focus
and so it seemed like a natural progression to introduce live cookery demonstrations.
Flying Fish have kindly sponsored the theatre and will be providing the chefs with fresh
Cornish fish for the weekend.
“The chefs’ theatre will have plasma screens so the audience will be able to see their
favorite chefs preparing dishes close up. They will also be able to learn professional tips
and sample some of their cooking afterwards.”
The Camel Estuary, where the festival is set, has rapidly become synonymous with
fabulous food, amazing produce and talented chefs, and the demonstration line-up is
certainly representative of this.
Local chef James O’Connor from the St Moritz Hotel will be showcasing his culinary skills
along with Tom Scade, who is head chef at the nearby Tides restaurant and was 2011
South West Chef of the Year.
From across the estuary, Paul Ainsworth will be demonstrating some of his favourite
dishes and talking about his time on the BBC2 program The Great British Menu.
Sharing their secrets on stage will be Stephane Delourme, head chef from The Seafood
Restaurant, alongside Rick Stein’s executive chef David Sharland and sous chef Peter
More gastronomic entertainment will come from Andy Appleton, head chef of the Jamie
Oliver inspired restaurant Fifteen Cornwall and Neil Haydock, executive chef for
Watergate Bay Hotel. Andy was one of the team that launched the original Fifteen
concept which has gone from strength to strength and has just celebrated its tenth
birthday, with sister restaurants in London and Amsterdam.
James Nathan, Masterchef winner in 2008, will be going head to head with a mystery
guest in a timed ‘chef off’ with Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radio Cornwall judging the
You can buy your tickets here: Tickets
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary ticket to attend the Rock Oyster Festival with no request to advertise it; however, as this is a charitable event and I am an ex-Cornish resident, I chose to promote this festival on my blog. Karen Burns-Booth