From Thursday 21st July until Sunday 31st July, hoards of people will be flocking to the picturesque Kent town of Whitstable to take part in what is undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the Kent festival calendar.
We are, of course, talking about the Whitstable Oyster Festival. 2016 sees the 32nd time the festival has taken place in the area, with each year getting bigger, better and even more popular. From what the organisers describe as humble beginnings in the form of a local community celebration, the Whitstable Oyster Festival now welcomes more than 80,000 people from all across the globe to come and find out what this seaside town has to offer over 10 days of activities, comedy events and live performances – all paired with more delicious food than you can shake a seashell at.
The Harbour Food Fair, taking place over the weekends of the 23rd & 24th and 30th & 31st, is the perfect place to enjoy a selection of these tasty treats from a host of traders. Whether you want to grab a snack from one of the global food stands or enjoy a fishy favourite from one of the local Harbour stalls, there is sure to be something to please each and every palate.
Once you’ve filled your belly with all of the delights on offer then don’t panic – there is still plenty of fun to be had. From craft fairs, the classic mud tug and other daytime events to live music, you’re sure to find a place to relax and enjoy the seaside air. The busking area at Deadman’s Corner and live music at the beach will take place across the festival’s weekends, while The Shuck is once again going to be the place to be if you want to see some of the best comedic and musical talent that this country has to offer.
There’s something for everyone to see, enjoy, and join in with. Test your oyster eating capabilities in Whitstable’s very own ‘Man vs Food’ style oyster eating competition, where competitors will be racing to finish half a dozen oysters and half a pint in order to steal the crown from 2015’s champion, Charlie Lynam. Or, if you fancy popping on your dancing shoes, head to The Shuck on the 29th July to see pioneer, icon, DJ and actor Goldie take the stage in front of what is sure to be an ecstatic crowd.
The final moments of the festival are a thing of tradition; a glittering fireworks display explodes over the waters of Whitstable Harbour, bringing a burst of light and drama to close what is sure to be a fun-packed period of festivities. Plus, it offers just enough sparkle to serve as temptation for next year’s event.
Want to get an idea of what’s changed over the years? Check out our blog on last year’s Oyster Festival and see if you can spot any differences!