Whitstable Oyster Festival-Day Trip

£24.00

Date: 22.07.2018

Start time: 10.15am

Today’s week-long festival, a colorful celebration packed with food & drink, music, parades, competitions, and many many other great events, is actually a modern revival of an ancient holy festival dating way back to Norman times.

What`s included: train ticket

Meeting point

London Victoria Station

Start

2018-07-22 10.15am

End

2018-07-22 7pm

Description

Today’s week-long festival, a colourful celebration packed with food & drink, music, parades, competitions, and many many other great events, is actually a modern revival of an ancient holy festival dating way back to Norman times.

Back then Whitstable had already established itself as a fishing port and the local fishermen and dredgers held annual ceremonies of thanksgiving, not just for the success of the harvest, but also as thanksgiving for their survival at sea. Being practical, and so as not to interrupt their busy seasons, the Whitstable fishers held these celebrations during the slack period for oyster harvesting. This explains why even today, you’ll find the festival is held in the summer, outside of the season for eating the Whitstable native oysters.

WHITSTABLE OYSTERS

The native or flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) is the oyster that made Whitstable famous. When the Romans arrived, the shores off Whitstable were abundant in these bivalves due to Whitstable’s favoured position on the Thames Estuary. Here, the nutrient-rich waters that flow down the river when mixed with the saltwater of the North Sea in the shallow warm water off Whitstable provide the perfect growing environment for the microscopic algae which form the oysters’ diet. As their name suggests, these native oysters are indigenous to our shore with a reproduction cycle adapted to our waters. During their breeding season in the summer months the native oysters are unpalatable. They are only fished in the winter months (those months with an ‘r’ in them) September to April. The more common rock oyster (Crassostrea gigas) was introduced from the Pacific specifically for farming as it is more resilient than the native oyster. Rock oysters are available all year round and it is these that are consumed in abundance at the Whitstable Oyster Festival every July.

Meeting time: 10:15am

Meeting point: Victoria train station, next to the ticket counter. Look out for the balloon with the logo!

Train ride: You will be taking 10:40 train, arriving in Whitstable at 12:00. Just in time for lunch! 🙂 It is a direct train.

Plan of the day

10:15 meeting at Victoria station

10:35 leaving the meeting point and going to the platform

10:45 train to Whitstable

12:06 arrival in Whitstable just in time for lunch!

12:06-12:15 walking to the harbour from the station

You can dine around the world with the best Kent ingredients, enjoy our local craft beer or cider, sample the freshest seafood in the harbour with hand picked stalls selling only the very best street food, craft and local produce. With musical performances all day and free access to the Festival venue, The Shuck, it`s a great way to kick back for the afternoon and take in the views across the harbour.

16:15 – 16:30 walking back to the station

16:30 meeting at the train station to travel back

16:39 – 18:06 Train to Victoria

The plan above has been created for your convenience and to highlight the main events of the day, however if at any point you want to separate from the group and explore on your own, that’s ok. Just make sure you are at the train station at 16:30 or they will leave without you. Please see the list of other events available on the day below.

The plan above has been created for your convenience and to highlight the main events of the day, however if at any point you want to separate from the group and explore on your own, that’s ok. Just make sure you are at the train station at 16:30 or they will leave without you. Please see the list of other events available on the day below.

Oyster Easting Competition ( start at 1pm)
Ready, set, go! Don’t spit, try not to wretch, just swallow! The challenge is simple – get half a dozen oysters and half a pint beer down your neck in the fastest time (and keep it there) to win! In perhaps the most reliably funny and messy moments of the festival, a true gullet-defying-gobbler will emerge from the throng and be proclaimed the 2018 Oyster Eating Champion. Limber up, get that gag reflex under control and hone your technique – visit any number of fine Whitstable establishments to get practicing!

Tankerton Food Fair
The Tankerton Food Fair is back! Featuring regional, national and international cuisine to tantalize the taste buds and a range of tipples for the discerning drinker to sample in the sun (fingers crossed)! Better than that, back by popular demand, there will even be some oysters on sale from those famous shuckers at the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company!

For 2018, the Food Fair site is being opened up, to give you more space to enjoy the food, relax and take a big long look out to the vast expanse of the sea… (anyone subsequently experiencing an existential crisis should report to the Welfare Point).

The Harbour Stage
The Harbour Stage returns! Two days of traditional and community programming on stage, right there, in the beating heart of Whitstable!
Nestled in next to the excellent Harbour Market and some of Whitstable’s bestest, most freshest seafood suppliers, WOF18 is proud to be returning to the Harbour – and we’re bringing the infamous WOF Oyster Eating Competition back home with us!
Keep an eye on this page for programme updates! (https://www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk/the-harbour-stage/)

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