Stranraer Oyster Festival 2018 Programme at a Glance

 

Friday Family Night 14th September

We’re opening this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival with an evening of activities designed for the whole family to enjoy, including a wealth of delicious local food and drink prepared by fantastic local chefs.  So forget about making dinner, head down to the harbour and get stuck into the festivities!

6pm-6.30pm Opening Ceremony, Harbour

Stranraer Oyster Festival gets off to a spectacular start when we welcome the Vital Spark, our local oyster boat, into the harbour where it will sound its horn to mark the start of the festival.  The oysters on Friday night will be landed by the crew of the Vital Spark, skipper Robert Lamont and John Mills. They will then be piped ashore to our Seafood Celebration Marquee by a lone piper from Loch Ryan Pipe Band.  The ceremony will conclude with Ode to the Oysters, performed by Sandy McKnight followed by a performance by performance from the 400 Choir in the Seafood Celebration Marquee.

6.30pm-10pm Seafood Street Food and Live Music, Seafood Celebration Marquee

Friday’s opening celebrations will be packed with local flavour in a celebration of local seafood with live music till late. Grab a seat and a bite to eat and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere as we welcome our Oyster Festival back for its second year with live music and lots of family fun.

6.30pm-7.30pm Road Runner Performance, Children’s Marquee

Younger children will love the antics of award winning entertainer the Road Runner who will get everyone moving and laughing in the Children’s Marquee straight after the opening ceremony.

7.45pm-8.45pm Silent Disco with John Munro, Children’s Marquee

Older children and teens are invited to grab a pair of headphones and join in a silent disco! Rather than using a speaker system, the music will be transmitted to wireless LED headphones providing an immersive music experience for those taking part.  No need to book, just turn up, join in and get dancing!

9pm Fireworks, East Pier

We’re lighting up the sky above Loch Ryan with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm to mark the opening of Stranraer Oyster Festival.

 

Saturday at the Oyster Festival is absolutely packed with things to do, see, taste, make and enjoy!  From drop in family fun to mouth-watering demos by celebrity chef Nick Nairn to the drama and spectacle of the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships!

All Day Activities

11am-6pm  Seafood Street Food & Music, Seafood Celebration Marquee

A fantastic array of local seafood will be available throughout the weekend with a café style layout so you can enjoy your meal in comfort while you listen to live music.

11am-6pm Makers Market, Market Marquee

Our local area is bursting with skilled crafters, inspiring artists and sensational artisan producers, and this is a fantastic opportunity to browse their produce in one place.  Last year our Makers Market was so popular that many of our makers sold out!  We’ve asked them to bring extra this year, but shop early for the pick of the produce.

11am-6pm Children’s Activities, Children’s Marquee

Younger visitors can enjoy a mix of workshops and activities throughout the weekend including Kids Bee Happy Workshop, Whithorn Iron Age Crafts, D&G Urban Art Project, Festival Face Painting, Photo Cut-Out boards, Circus Skills Workshops, Primary Schools Art Display.  Plus there will be Oyster Shell Crafts with Solway Firth Partnership between 11am-1pm, and Storytelling with Cherry Dashper at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Ticketed Events

11am-12pm Nick Nairn Cooking Demo 1, Kitchen Marquee

Learn how to cook delicious seafood dishes with Nick Nairn at this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival!  Nick will be providing 4x 1 hour demos in our Kitchen Marquee.  In each demo Nick will take you step by step through 3 unique seafood dishes.  Cookery Demo 1 dishes:
Grilled Oysters with pancetta in breadcrumbs, topped with parmesan
Diver King Scallops with a sweet mango salad and Asian dressing
Seared Hake served with chorizo, peas and lettuce
Price: £5 Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nick-nairn-cookery-demo-1-stranraer-oyster-festival-tickets-48948787140?aff=ebapi

2pm-3pm Nick Nairn Demo 2, Kitchen Marquee

Cookery Demo 2 dishes:
Crab Linguine with chilli, lime and parsley
Deep fried oysters served with aioli
Seared Cod topped with caviar and served with a butter mash, wilted greens and a chive cream
Price: £5 Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nick-nairn-cookery-demo-2-stranraer-oyster-festival-tickets-48948862365?aff=ebapi

11am-1pm Felt a Seascape Workshop, Driftwood

Local felt artist, Linda Irving, help you to create wonderful felted images of seascapes and learn the craft of felting as an art form. All materials are included in the cost.  No experience necessary, ages from 16 years. Charges apply. Booking is essential, contact Linda on 07870 705 185 or 01776 840442

Secret Stranraer Mostly Ghostly Tours, Castle of St John

6pm-7.30pm Tour 1
8pm-9.30pm Tour 2

Award winning dark history experts Mostly Ghostly are returning to the historic Castle of St John to unearth its past lives, revealing a collection of curious and thought-provoking stories.  The tour will feature everything from crime and justice to poltergeist activity, and a glimpse into a dark period known as The Killing Times.  Age guide: 8 years and above.  Access:  There are some steep narrow stairs within the castle and uneven areas, therefore mobility is restricted.
Charges apply.  Book direct with Mostly Ghostly at:  Link to follow

7.30pm till late.  The Big Oyster Bash, North West Castle

Music by The Dangleberries, a fabulous auction, finger buffet, two drink bars, oyster bar and much, much more!  Hosted and compered by the Heart of Midlothian himself, Mr Scott Wilson and sponsored by R&S Windows.
For many, The Big Bash was the highlight of last year’s inaugural Oyster Festival. Set in the fantastic surroundings of the North West Castle Ice Rink, over 600 guests were lavished with a mix of wonderful music, oysters, entertainment and plenty of good food.
Please note, seating at the Oyster Bash is informal, tables and chairs available on first come, first served basis.
Price:  £20 per person includes buffet. This event will sell out so book your tickets early!
Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-oyster-bash-2018-tickets-48651615291?aff=ebapi
Tickets also available from: Oyster Festival Office, Castle Court; Central Café, Charlotte Street; North West Castle Hotel; Baxters, George Street; Hugh Aitken Jewellers, George Street; Coffee Bean, George Street and McKenzies Electrical, Charlotte Street.

Other Highlights

12pm-2pm The Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships, Seafood Celebration Marquee

The #ShuckOff is back!  For the second year, Seafood from Scotland brings its hotly anticipated Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships back to Stranraer.
Chefs, oyster growers, producers, fishermen and industry professionals will battle it out against each other and the clock in a bid to be named Scottish Oyster Shucking Champion 2018. The winner will go on to represent Scotland at the World Oyster Opening Championships in Galway.
Hosted by Guinness World Record holder and world champion oyster shucker, Patrick McMurray, aka Shucker Paddy, shuckers will compete against the clock through heats, quarter and semi-finals before two finalists shuck it out to win the coveted title and take home the trophy.
An energetic, risky and fun competition, the ShuckOff is not to be missed. It’ll be a shell of a fight!

1pm-1.30pm Glenapp Demonstration, Kitchen Marquee

Chef Dave will demonstrate how to prepare prime white fish with an oyster sauce.

2-4pm Pop-up Beauty Salon, Driftwood

This is bound to be popular so get there early for mini make-overs, bath bomb making, glitter tattoos, face painting and hair accessory making.

2pm-4pm Bubble Football plus lots more!  Agnew Park

There will be lots of sport with a difference taking place at Agnew Park, and as well as watching the tournaments you can have a go yourself.  Try out bubble football, boccia, ten pin bowling, basketball and netball.

3.30pm-4pm All About Oysters, Kitchen Marquee

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about oysters from Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery’s oyster expert Tristan Hughes Jones.

4.30-5pm Oyster Eating Competition, Kitchen Marquee

Ten contestants will race the clock and each other to be crowned Oyster Eating Champion, each tasked with the goal of downing 6 oysters and a pint of Guinness.  It’s more difficult than you could possibly imagine!  Want to take part?  Sign up details will be announced soon!

5.30-6pm Marie-Clare Cooking Demo, Kitchen Marquee

Our kitchen compere and expert home economist will be demonstrating her skills with an inspirational cookery demo.

 

Sunday at the Oyster Festival is a great day out for all the family with our headline act in the Children’s Marquee, Samsam Bubbleman, set to thrill spectators with his fantastical bubbleology! There’s more inspirational cookery demos in the Kitchen Marquee and lots of local seafood to enjoy, including, or course, our wild, native oysters.

All Day Activities

11am-4pm  Seafood Street Food & Music, Seafood Celebration Marquee

A fantastic array of local seafood will be available throughout the weekend with a café style layout so you can enjoy your meal in comfort and live music throughout the weekend to keep you entertained!

11am-4pm Makers Market, Market Marquee

Our local area is bursting with skilled crafters, inspiring artists and sensational artisan producers, and this is a fantastic opportunity to browse their produce in one place.  Last year our Makers Market was so popular that many of our makers sold out!  We’ve asked them to bring lots more this year, but shop early for the pick of the produce.

11am-4pm Children’s Activities, Children’s Marquee

Younger visitors can enjoy a mix of workshops and activities throughout the weekend including Go Fly Your Kite, Kids Bee Happy Workshop, Whithorn Iron Age Crafts, D&G Urban Art Project, Festival Face Painting, Photo Cut-Out boards, Primary Schools Art Display.  Plus there will be Oyster Shell Crafts with Solway Firth Partnership between 1pm-3pm, and Storytelling with Cherry Dashper at 1pm and 3pm.

Ticketed Events

1pm-2pm Nick Nairn Cooking Demo 3, Kitchen Marquee

Learn how to cook delicious seafood dishes with Nick Nairn at this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival!
Cookery Demo 3 dishes:
Haddock and crab fish cake with an avocado salsa and fish cream
Bloody Mary Oysters
Tangy chilli and lime monkfish collops with lentils, coriander and coconut
Price: £5 Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nick-nairn-cookery-demo-3-stranraer-oyster-festival-tickets-48948988743

3pm-4pm Nick Nairn Cooking Demo 4, Kitchen Marquee

Cookery Demo 4 dishes:
Oysters served in the shell with cucumber and caviar
Ceviche of bream with sweet potato and red onion
Risotto of Stranraer fish and shellfish (local catch of the day)
Price: £5 Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nick-nairn-cookery-demo-4-stranraer-oyster-festival-tickets-48949072995

11am-1pm Felt a Seascape Workshop, Driftwood

Local felt artist, Linda Irving, help you to create wonderful felted images of seascapes and learn the craft of felting as an art form. All materials are included in the cost.  No experience necessary, ages from 16 years.  Charges apply. Booking is essential, contact Linda on 07870 705 185 or 01776 840442

Other Highlights

11.30am-12.15pm Sam Sam the Bubbleman, Children’s Marquee
12.45pm-1.30pm Sam Sam the Bubbleman, Children’s Marquee

We have two performances from Samsam Bubbleman, the most amazing bubble-ologist on the planet!  He holds ten world records and has performed in front of some very famous people including Prince Harry, Lady Gaga and at the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

11am-11:30am Tony Budde Cookery Demo, Kitchen Marquee

Scotland’s hospitality educator of the year is joining us fresh from his award win to inspire us! Tony will be preparing two dishes, Baked Salmon or Cod with Parmesan Crust, and Cured Pollock with Smoked Mussel Chowder, Samphire and Tempura Oysters.

12pm-12.30pm Douglas Lisi Cookery Demo, Kitchen Marquee

Douglas of Tigh Na Mara will be creating a local smoked salmon timbale, pan fried oysters in panko breadcrumbs and rustling up something special with local lobster!

2pm-3pm Popdance, Children’s Marquee

Get your dancing shoes on and get moving with this fantastic 80s themed dance and exercise workshop!