Make it a date with Clarissa Dickson Wright

Celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright will be opening Falmouth Oyster Festival this year.

The festival opens on Thursday 18 October, at 11.30am.

TV viewers will recognise this exuberant chef as one half of the much loved, TV cooking partnership ‘Two Fat Ladies’, and more recently from her television series ‘Clarissa and the Countryman’.

Clarissa will be signing her latest book, her autobiography, ‘Spilling the beans’ in which she tells of her fascinating life and her love of cooking.She will aos be demonstrating her culinary skill at the Opening Ceremony at the festival.

The eleventh Falmouth Oyster Festival will be held from the 18th to 21st October, and is timed to co-inside with the start of the oyster dredging season.

The four-day programme for the event will include cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, Falmouth Bay Oysters, Walter Hicks Wines, Skinners ales, hot seafood dishes, children’s shell painting, town parade, oyster shucking competition, sea shanties, live music and marquees packed with the very best of Cornish produce and crafts.

New this year is a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ evening on Friday 19 October, featuring chefs Nick Hodges from Lusty Glaze and Artie Williams from The Cove, plus live music from The Shirts. The contestants will be selected through a competition run on BBC Radio Cornwall, the evening will be compared by a Radio Cornwall presenter and is set to become a regular highlight of the festival.

Also new for 2007 – visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy a highly entertaining evening on Saturday 20th, with Tom Cunliffe, the well known yachting journalist and broadcaster, and Claudia Myatt, marine illustrator and author. There will also be live music, with fish supper, oysters, wine and Cornish ale available.

Entrance to the festival is free throughout the four days, including evening entertainment, with the exception of the Opening Ceremony – tickets cost £5 and will be available from the Maritime Museum.

www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk