Galway Oyster Festival – Sept 2011

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Oyster Festival Logo On the last weekend of September each year, the cosmopolitan town of Galway hosts the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, one of the biggest events in Ireland’s social calendar. A feast of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine and of course oysters and seafood are enjoyed by some 10,000 people with guests and luminaries from all over the world.

Eating An Oyster In GalwayDuring Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2011, the festival will host the National Oyster Opening competition as well as the overall World Oyster Opening Championship. Each year, there is a tradition of selecting an ‘Oyster Pearl’ from the beautiful ladies of Galway who enter the longstanding pageant and they will lead the Festival parade as it moves through the streets of Galway to the Festival Marquee at Galway Harbour. Festival goers have an action packed weekend from a seafood dine-around Galway’s best restaurants to the Gala Ball in the stunning surroundings of Hotel Meyrick on Eyre Square including an electrifying musical line up, an array of quality Irish seafood, celebrity cook offs and plenty of  ‘craic’ (fun) throughout the three days.

The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is undoubtedly a world event and a great time for visiting Galway, the City of the Tribes.

 The 57th Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, 23rd – 25th of September 2011, will make a welcome return to a Marquee this year and will be located at Galway Harbour.

The festival has been acclaimed as “one of the 12 greatest shows on earth” by The Sunday Times, and has attracted over 10,000 international and local attendees each September. This year the programme will be widened to include seafood as well as oysters and there is an exciting line up of events confirmed so far.

Following a seafood dine-around the restaurants of Galway city, the Irish Oyster Opening Championships will headline Friday evening in the Festival Marquee with openers from all over Ireland getting ready to take on the challenge of becoming the Irish Oyster Opening Champion. This honour is currently held by Michael Moran, who has remained unbeaten for the past three years! Guests will enjoy Galway seafood chowder with a Gourmet Seafood platter. Sean Slattery and the Connections will kick the night off followed by the Party Kings. Tickets are only €25 and the non-stop entertainment guarantees you’ll be finding your dancing feet before the night’s end.

On Saturday, the much loved parade will start from Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square at 11.30am and will travel through the streets of Galway featuring a colourful musical line-up, vintage cars, oyster openers, the Oyster Pearls and visiting dignitaries.

Oyster Festival Dancing In GalwayA non-stop afternoon of entertainment and festival fun awaits in the Festival Marquee; Oyster Tasting, The World Oyster Opener Championship, Best Dressed Lady competition and live music. Guests are invited to enjoy a seafood medley with freshly baked Irish brown bread followed by a choice of fresh Galway Oysters or locally Smoked Salmon platter whilst sipping on a complimentary beverage of their choice. The World Oyster Opening Competition will feature Irish and international experts who have all proven speed accomplishments as they compete for the coveted title currently held by Johan Malm of Sweden, our 2010 winner. A varied, live music programme featuring the renowned Friendship Band, Emma O’Sullivan & dance troop, Long John Jump Band and The Bentley Boys will keep the crowd in high spirits throughout the day. Tickets are €80 for the full day.

The Gala Dinner will be held in in the stylish surrounding of the Hotel Meyrick. It will be a glamorous black tie evening to celebrate the 57th World Oyster Opening Champion. Sip on champagne and enjoy fresh oysters during the pre-dinner drinks reception. A gourmet five – course banquet style meal will be served accompanied by select wines throughout. An impressive musical line up including The Piano Man – Sean de Burca, Keith McDonald and the Wall Street Band with Gareth Phillips will keep you entertained and dancing until the early hours – making this event the festival highlight that simply can’t be missed! Tickets for the Gala Dinner are €110.

On Sunday 25th September – Round up the 57th Galway International Oyster & Seafood festival with style at the final event of an action-packed weekend. Live music, dancing, ‘Blas na Mara’ (Taste of the Sea) – seafood extravaganza, family activities, cooking demos and much, much more.

Experience the unique atmosphere, savour some wonderful Irish produce and bring your little ones in marine theme costume for our ‘Oyster Sprat’ competition (a sprat is a young oyster). Kids under 12 years go FREE. Overall, a great day out in Galway for all the family!




2007 World Oyster Opening prize giving (Small)   2008 Irish Oyster Opener Champion - Michael Moran    2008 World Oyster Opening Champions



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