Mylor Harbourside host Cornish oyster festival

Enjoy the Oyster Event

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March

We’ll be hosting the annual Oyster Gathering and Seafood Harvest event, which is a great chance to sample the locally caught oysters with some other Cornish produce.

You can take a trip to join the oystermen on the water, experiencing life as part of the last remaining sailing oyster fleets – an experience that should not be missed!

Feeling brave? Try an oyster in its raw state, straight out of the shell, for an interesting culinary experience! Or taste some mouth watering oyster dishes from Arty Williams, Head Chef at the Cove Bar & Restaurant, Maenporth Beach.

Visit the Oyster Gathering & Seafood Harvest Event website

Traditional Cornish Oyster boats

Traditional Cornish Oyster boats, part of the Port of Truro Oyster fishery, the last oyster fishery in Europe harvested under sail.

Open ended cages are dragged through the silt to harvest the Oysters. The cages are tipped out onto trays built along the inner rim of the hull where the silt is washed out the stern leaving the Oysters behind.

Its not hard to cast your mind back in time to when the background of the picture would be void of modern boats. The two in the foreground may date back as far as the 19th century.

When Richard Carew wrote the Survey of Cornwall in 1602, oysters were being caught using dredges “a thick strong net fastened to three spills of iron, and drawn to the boat’s stern, gathering whatsoever it meeteth lying in the bottom of the water, out of which, when it is taken up, they cull the oyster and cast away the residue, which they term gard, and serveth as a bed for the oysters to breed in.”

More photos of Mylor Harbour HERE