Stranraer Oyster Festival 15 – 17 Sept 2017

What’s On

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Where ‘Book Here’ is stated we advise that you to book in advance so that you can be sure of a place or a seat at the events of your choice. Many events are free of charge, however some have restricted capacity. Where a cost applies this is stated on the listed event summary.

FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY

Friday 15 / 6.00pm – 9.15pm / Stranraer Harbour & Market Street / free / no booking required for any of our Friday events

 

6.00pm: Loch Ryan Pipe Band

6.00pm: Festival Bar – opens in Performance Marquee

Loch Ryan Pipe Band provide a stirring start to the Festival, providing a traditionally Scottish welcome to all our visitors. Stranraer is proud to be home to this award winning piping powerhouse who have competed successfully on numerous occasions and who devote themselves to promoting our area of South West Scotland, both here and in many other parts of the country.

 

6.30pm: Landing the Catch!

Loch Ryan’s famous oyster boat, The Vital Spark sails into harbour, triumphantly bearing one of the first catches of the season! Loch Ryan Pipe Band pipe the oysters ashore where they’re presented to the Oyster Pearl Prince and Princess. Watch Stranraer’s young volunteers in a performance supported by renowned theatre company Oceanallover. Then follow our Oyster Procession en route for the Festival Marquees where a feast awaits!

 

Ode to the Oyster – Translating Tradition with Sandy McKnight

Prior-to-the-Paella – / Performance Marquee

Poet, author, storyteller, painter and pagan Sandy McKnight is a well-loved and remarkable Wigtownshire based character, whose ‘must see’ performances and readings are legendary! Stranraer Oyster Festival is therefore delighted to welcome Sandy to establish what we hope will become a new tradition for Stranraer. Join him when he performs his own, specially commissioned Ode to the Oyster as part of the Festival Opening Ceremony.

 

7.00pm: Share in a Giant Paella

Spectacular giant paella, freshly cooked in our Kitchen Marquee by chef John Henry who owns and runs Stranraer’s popular Henry’s Bay House Restaurant, will be brimming with local seafood including oysters and crab plus queenies, kindly donated by Kircudbright’s West Coast Sea Products. Paella tasting is free, so that everyone is offered the chance to try our delicious local seafood. Get there early to be sure of your bowlful and perhaps raise a glass in a toast to Scotland’s first Oyster Festival!

 

 

7.30pm: The Bookshop Band – Music, Oysters and Books

Performance Marquee / free

Acclaimed Wigtown duo – The Bookshop Band, provide a musical toast to the evening, skilfully transporting us from ‘city to sea.’ Their set features maritime songs and tunes inspired by author Emma Hooper’s story of an old lady’s journey to see the sea for the first time; by Kate Mosse’s salt-flavoured best seller, The Mistletoe Bride; and who knows – perhaps even by Ross Poldark’s torrid adventures in Cornwall!

And Just for Fun

The Bookshop Band will be joined on stage by some of their long-standing musical collaborators.

8.45pm – 8.55pm Festival Fireworks

Gather safely near the harbour site to enjoy a magnificent display of fireworks exploding into the night sky over Loch Ryan – a truly spectacular way to round off our Festival opening night.

9.15pm – Friday Night Event Closes

 

 

 

 

 

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SEAFOOD COOKING MADE SIMPLE with AWARD WINNING CHEF TONY BUDDE

Cookery Class
Saturday 16 / 9.30am -12.00pm  / Stranraer College Campus, Lewis Street, Stranraer, DG9 7AL / 12 places only / free 

Whether you’re a total novice or a food fanatic we have something for you! Multi-award winning chef Tony Budde has over 30 years of professional experience, including his role as Executive Chef with the Scottish Parliament and Chief Chef at Glasgow’s SEEC. Now Chef Instructor at Dumfries and Galloway College, Tony is brimming with practical advice and delicious recipes for you to try. Let him guide you through all the ins and outs of seafood cookery in this enjoyable half-day session open to all.

From filleting salmon and preparing shellfish to cooking up a fabulous fish supper, Chef Tony will equip you with the basic skills and know-how, enabling you to confidently prepare a variety of seafood dishes.

In this class, you will learn how to prepare, cook and finish two fabulous fish dishes with ample time at the end of the session to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labours. You will also learn about the nutritional value of eating fish and how to pair different flavours and spices while coming away with lots of new ideas.  And you’ll be encouraged to err…‘plaice’ delicious fish at the heart of your everyday home cooking!

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Oyster Festival Market with Artisan Food, Drink, Arts and Crafts

Saturday 16 / 11am – 6pm / free entry


SPICE UP YOUR LIFE with HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Saturday 16 / 11.15am – 12 noon / Kitchen Marquee / free

Comfortable in the kitchen and on stage, chef and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli brings his own unique culinary flare to the Festival Kitchen. With his use of exciting spices and unexpected flavour combinations, Hardeep’s dishes excite the senses and tickle those taste buds as he puts his own vibrant twist on everyday seafood dishes. To prove his point, Hardeep will rustle up delicious Oyster Pakora with Samphire Spiced Salad to fire your culinary creativity in the kitchen.

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Sand Art Workshops with Kids Bee Happy

sand art workshopsSaturday 16 / Sessions running from 11.15am – 5pm / Nos. 10 – 15 / Children’s Marquee / free

Colouring in with a difference! Sand Art is hands on, bright and colourful – an arts and crafts activity that children and adults love. You’re given laser cut, pre-glued picture cards and lovely smooth sand, then you choose your own colour combinations to create your very own vibrant pictures. From simple pictures of trains and animals for pre-schoolers and younger children, through to complex and detailed Sand Art pictures of motorbikes, horses, and butterflies etc. for older children, there’s something for all ages.

Children are given a sleeve to pop their finished picture into, plus an adhesive hook tab, so that they can hang their Sand Art pictures up and display them proudly.


Children’s Felting Workshop with Linda Irving

Saturday 16 / 12noon – 1.00pm / Agnew Park, Teaching Room at rear of Driftwood Restaurant / £15 (10 places)

Tickets: contact Linda Irving on 07870 705 185 / 01776 840 442 or book below.

Linda Irving Felt Artist, leads the first of two of the weekend’s Felting Workshops for children. No experience is required and the workshop suits children aged from five years accompanied by an adult. This is soap and water process only – no chemicals! And you get to make your own Jellyfish!

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ALL ABOUT OUR OYSTERS with TRISTAN HUGH-JONES

Saturday 16  / 12.30pm – 1.00pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

Join our resident oyster expert Tristan Hugh-Jones of The Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Company Ltd. for an informative talk and tasting, as he recounts the joys and challenges of breeding, harvesting and selling the native oysters from Loch Ryan.

Tristan guides you through the life cycle of the oyster and demonstrates how Loch Ryan has proved to be an ideal habitat for the cultivation of this celebrated delicacy. His vast experience will give you an unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the local and British seafood industry – not to mention the opportunity to taste some of Galloway’s and indeed Scotland’s tastiest shellfish – delicious when accompanied by a glass of champagne!

Book Here


WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – FORAGING with MARK WILLIAMS

Saturday 16 / 1.00pm – 2.30pm / Walkers assemble at the Anchor Memorial in Agnew Park  / £15 including Wild Cooking Demo at 5.30pm 

Explore the edible opportunities of autumn around Agnew Park and Loch Ryan with full-time foraging tutor Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Over a short, easy walk, Mark will explain the food, drink and medicinal uses of plants, fruits and fungi around Stranraer and Galloway, with tips on thoughtful harvesting, cooking, preserving and even some wild cocktails making.

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STRANRAER MUSIC TOWN

Saturday 16 / 1.30pm – 4.00pm / Castle Square / free

Stranraer Music Town: ‘Doon the Toon’ take the spirit of the Festival right into the centre of Stranraer with a lively afternoon programme of music and song performed in Castle Square, sharing the wonderful diversity of their combined talents with all.

 

 


FESTIVAL BAR OPEN – 2PM – 6PM

COOKERY DEMO with CHEF DOUGLAS LISI of SANDHEAD’S TIGH NA MARA

Saturday 16 / 1.30pm – 2.00pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

Chef Douglas Lisi has been cooking in Dumfries & Galloway, running his own business for the best part of 48 years. He now pursues his passion for education by training the next generation of chefs at the local college. He willing gives his time to local groups such as the W.R.I. Springboard Initiative among others as well as using his culinary skills to support former inmates of Dumfries Prison in getting back to work. Douglas joined the team at Sandhead’s Tigh Na Mara over 3 years ago and shows no signs of retiring. Neil Fisher of the Tigh Na Mara Hotel says: “Long may he reign!”

Chef Douglas will be joined on stage by Neil Fisher, in an inspiring cookery demonstration where the following dishes will be created before our eyes.

Seared West Coast King Scallops braised on Ramsay’s of Carluke Blackpudding with a Creamed Veloute & Crispy Proscuitto   – wine to taste Vidal Sauvignon

Local Seafood Linguine Pasta / wine to taste – Australian Chardonnay

Lockerbie Beef Fillet & Mull of Galloway Lobster Thermidor, Garnished with Loch Ryan Oysters Fritters – Gocce Primitivo Del Manduria

The Tigh Na Mara hotel has been established since 2003 under the Fisher Family’s watchful eye. It is operated by Neil Fisher who also has 18 years’ experience in the trade, for a spell, working with one of Britain’s most highly regarded chefs, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. The hotel employs over 10 fulltime staff and has expanded over the years to include 8 bedrooms and 2 self-catering houses.  Neil’s emphasis is on using local produce when possible, currently using suppliers such as Cream O’ Galloway Ice Cream, Dumfries & Galloway Beef, Local Clash Farm Sausages & Cured Meats, Mull of Galloway Lobster and Crab to name a few…  and now of course Loch Ryan Oysters!

So if you’re heading to the Mull of Galloway, look no further than the “House by the Sea”, sitting overlooking the shores of Luce Bay, and on a clear day, the stunning  views of the mountainous Galloway Hills.

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SCOTLAND’S FIRST OYSTER SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP  

Sponsors Seafood Scotland

Saturday 16 / 2.00pm – 4.00pm / Performance Marquee / free

Brought to Stranraer by Seafood Scotland this top event brings Scotland’s first Oyster Shucking Championships to this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival. Professional chefs and industry specialists compete against each other in a lively race to beat the clock, and bag the title of Scotland’s Oyster Shucking Champion 2017. The winner will go on to represent Scotland at the famous World Oyster Shucking Championships in Galway, Ireland later in the month.

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ADULTS’ FELTING WORKSHOP with Linda Irving

Saturday 16 / Agnew Park / Teaching Room at rear of Driftwood Restaurant / 2.00pm – 4.00pm / £25 (10 places)

Tickets: contact Linda Irving on 07870 705 185 / 01776 840 442 or book below.

Linda Irving Felt Artist invites you to join her in the first of her two festival felting workshops geared towards anyone aged over sixteen.  No experience is required and this is a soap and water process only – no chemicals. Come along, find out what it takes to be a ‘felt artist’ then having mastered a few basic skills under Linda’s expert guidance, you can try your hand at making a seascape!

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SEAFOOD COOKING MADE SIMPLE with AWARD WINNING CHEF TONY BUDDE

Cookery Class
Saturday 16 / 2pm -5pm  / Stranraer College Campus, Lewis Street, Stranraer, DG9 7AL / 12 places only / free 

Whether you’re a total novice or a food fanatic we have something for you! Multi-award winning chef Tony Budde has over 30 years of professional experience, including his role as Executive Chef with the Scottish Parliament and Chief Chef at Glasgow’s SEEC. Now Chef Instructor at Dumfries and Galloway College, Chef Tony is brimming with practical advice and delicious recipes for you to try. Let Tony guide you through all the ins and outs of seafood cookery in this enjoyable half-day session open to all.

From filleting salmon and preparing shellfish to cooking up a fabulous fish supper, Chef Tony will equip you with the basic skills and know-how, enabling you to confidently prepare a variety of seafood dishes.

In this class, you will learn how to prepare, cook and finish two fabulous fish dishes with ample time at the end of the session relax and enjoy the fruits of your labours. You will also learn about the nutritional value of eating fish and how to pair different flavours and spices while coming away with lots of new ideas.  And you’ll be encouraged to err…‘plaice’ delicious fish at the heart of your everyday home cooking!

Book Here


WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – FORAGING with MARK WILLIAMS

Saturday 16 / 3.00pm – 4.30pm / Walkers assemble at the Anchor Memorial in Agnew Park / £15 including Wild Food Cooking Demo at 5.30pm

Explore the edible opportunities of autumn around Agnew Park and Loch Ryan with full-time foraging tutor Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Over a short, easy walk, Mark will explain the food, drink and medicinal uses of plants, fruits and fungi around Stranraer and Galloway, with tips on thoughtful harvesting, cooking, preserving and even making some wild cocktails. 

Book Here


SPICE UP YOUR LIFE with HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Saturday 16 / 4.15pm – 5pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

Comfortable in the kitchen and on stage, chef and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli brings his own unique culinary flare to the Festival Kitchen. With his use of exciting spices and unexpected flavour combinations, Hardeep’s dishes excite the senses and tickle those taste buds, as he puts his own vibrant twist on everyday seafood dishes. In the second of his two festival events Hardeep shows his unique take on Mackerel – Spiced – with Punjabi Salsa.

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EXTREME POND DIPPING!

Saturday 16 / 4.15pm – 5pm / by the moored Oyster Boat, The Vital Spark / Harbour / families/ children / free

Children will just love our EXTREME version of pond dipping – well LOCH dipping in fact! We produce a catch landed straight from the floor of Loch Ryan so that you can have fun spotting and discovering exactly what weird and wonderful creatures and plants live on the bottom of the sea!


PERE MATA – Indie Rock

Saturday 16 / 5.00pm – 6.00pm / Performance Marquee / free

Stranraer’s local three-piece, Pere Mata “mix emotion with melody finding joy in melancholy” with punchy bright indie-rock in the same vein as musical idols The Cure or Joy Division. Support them by coming along to hear their latest releases live and don’t forget to look out for their brand new EP coming soon. Catch the band on their Facebook page; track down their new single Night on Bandcamp

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WILD FOOD COOKERY DEMONSTRATION WITH MARK WILLIAMS

Saturday 16 / 5.30pm – 6.00pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

One of the greatest pleasures of eating wild food is, according to Galloway Wild Foods’ Expert Forager and Tutor Mark Williams: “that you never quite know what you are going to come home with and which new flavour combinations may present themselves.” In his wild cookery demo Mark will draw on the finds of our Festival Foragers earlier in the day, encouraging everyone to experiment with their wild cooking and try something new.  Experience tells him that pleasing new combinations of ingredients frequently evolve given the variety of ingredients that foragers discover. Join Mark in treading the untrodden path. You might find out what suits you.

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Mostly Ghostly Tours

September 16 / 6pm and 8pm / Stranraer Castle

The Castle of St John, Stranraer sets the scene for an evening of hidden history and haunting tales. As you explore this 500-year-old building, we’ll unearth its past lives, revealing a collection of curious stories from Stranraer and surroundings. Featuring crime and justice, ghostly connections and a glimpse into a dark period known as The Killing Times, this is a must-experience event for lovers of history and the supernatural…

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The BIG OYSTER BASH

THE DANGLEBERRIES
introduced by HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Saturday 16 / 8.30pm / North West Castle / £15 per person to include buffet

‘Pipe Rock’ is one way of describing the terrific sound produced by all-time festival favourites The Dangleberries. The band have performed throughout Scotland at many festivals, including The Wickerman, Wizard, Loopallu and the Tartan Heart Festival at Belladrum. They draw on many influences, skilfully blending bagpipes, drums and guitars producing their own compositions and covers – but covers most certainly with a difference! Just try mixing the sound of The Killers and The Black Eyed Peas with the bagpipes! It’s going to be an unmissable night that’s for sure!

Plus: A beautiful glass plaque will be presented to the winning Rowing Club following Saturday’s skiff races on Loch Ryan

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Tickets for The Big Oyster Bash are also available locally in Stranraer from Hugh Aitken, Central Cafe, McKenzies Electrical, Baxters, Cafe Pizzeria, North West Castle.


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ALSO AT THE FESTIVAL

OYSTER FESTIVAL MARKET

50 Fantastic Market Stalls inside and out, packed with some of our very best locally produced, food, drink, arts and crafts. Full details click here.

STRANRAER WATER SPORTS ASSOCIATION

hosting FIRST SKIFF ROWING REGATTAfull details here.

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DRUM FOR FUN

Stranraer African Drumming Group will be entertaining audiences throughout the festival, with a number of impromptu, rhythmical performances indoors and out on festival Sunday/ free

STRANRAER STORMS!

Look out for our rousing cheerleaders who’ll be adding their own touch of oyster magic to the weekend’s festivities / free

Oyster Festival Market with Artisan Food, Drink, Arts and Crafts

Sunday 17 / 11am – 6pm / free entry

 


Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Regatta hosted by SWSA.

Sunday 17 / 11am onwards / Loch Ryan


Go Fly your Kite!

Event Sponsors

Sunday 17 / 11am and then regularly throughout the day / Max number per session 30 / Children’s Marquee / free

Come along to one of our fabulous kite making workshops and we will help you bring your designs to life.We will provide all the materials you need to make your very own kite that you can fly all the way home as it will be yours to keep! This creative children’s workshop encourages you to get creative, have fun and let your imagination run wild!

 


EXTREME POND DIPPING!

Sunday 17 / 11.30am – 12 noon / by the moored Oyster Boat, The Vital Spark / Harbour/ Families / children / free

Children will just love our EXTREME version of pond dipping – well LOCH dipping in fact! We produce a catch landed straight from the floor of Loch Ryan so that you can have fun spotting and discovering exactly what weird and wonderful creatures and plants live on the bottom of the sea!


Champion Cocktail Combos  – Cookery and Cocktails with the Four Tops!

Sun / 17 / 11.30am – 12noon / Kitchen Marquee / free

Two top chefs AND two top cocktail concocters shake up our attitudes to cooking seafood – cocktail combos as never before…

Combine the skills of North West Castle Hotel’s Head Chefs Craig McCulloch and Ryan Halley with former British Champion Cocktail maker Massimo Lisi of Port Patrick’s Mount Stewart Hotel, and cocktail connoisseur Adam Chung of  Stranraer’s popular evening haunt, The Meeting Place’ and you’re sure to be shaken and stirred!

There’s much to enjoy in the Festival Kitchen Marquee, as this spirited foursome show you exactly how to cook the best of succulent seafood, complemented by the most delicious, freshly made cocktails imaginable.

Chef McCulloch’s menu boasts pan-fried fillet of sea bass, fondant potato, carrot puree and a chive beurre blanc, challenging Massimo Lisi to dream up the perfect accompanying cocktail.  Meanwhile Chef Halley creates a delicious dish of pan-seared scallops with pea puree, bacon and chard cauliflower, tempting Adam Chung to devise an exotic, swirling cocktail mix to match. Tempted to taste? Well you can – guaranteed to zap those taste buds.

The McMillan family are proud to celebrate their tenure of nearly sixty years at the North West Castle Hotel while Chef Lisi’s family have been leaders in local catering industry for a similar length of time.

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Create a Shell Mobile! – a wild challenge for all the family

Sunday 17 /12 noon – 1.00pm /Agnew Park / Teaching Room at rear of Driftwood Restaurant / free

Come and join RSPB staff at Stranraer Oyster Festival to create your own shell mobile with Nature’s Bounty that has been washed up on our local shores. Learn about our local wildlife. Find out how you can help to protect our fragile environment.

 

 

 


SEAFOOD COOKING MADE SIMPLE with TOP CHEF TONY BUDDE

Cookery Demonstration

Sunday 17 /12.30 pm – 1.00 pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

Whether you are a total novice or a food fanatic we have something for you! Multi-award winning chef Tony Budde has over 30 years of professional experience, including his role as Executive Chef with the Scottish Parliament and Chief Chef at Glasgow’s SEEC. Now Chef Instructor at Dumfries and Galloway College, Chef Tony is brimming with inspiration, information and lots of excellent tips to encourage us all to cook more seafood.  He’s delighted to share these with you during his cookery demonstration.  Come along and watch Tony cooking up delicious Herb Encrusted Salmon, steamed and served cold, along with Oyster Aioli and Hand Dived Scallops on Lamb with Lemon Thyme Sauce.

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Mr BLOOM from CBEEBIES FAME

Sunday 17 / 1.00pm – 1.45pm / Performance Marquee / free

Join Mr Bloom from CBeebies for fun, songs and dancing at this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival. Mr Bloom will be bringing all of your favourite songs from his much loved children’s show. So, come along, get involved and maybe even learn something new! 

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Walk on the Wild Side – Foraging with Mark Williams

Sunday 17 / 1.00pm – 2.30pm / Walkers assemble at the Anchor Memorial in Agnew Park / £15 including reserved seat at Wild Food Cookery Demo at 5.30pm

Explore the edible opportunities of autumn around Agnew Park and Loch Ryan with full-time foraging tutor Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Over a short, easy walk, Mark will explain the food, drink and medicinal uses of plants, fruits and fungi around Stranraer and Galloway, with tips on thoughtful harvesting, cooking, preserving and making some wild cocktails.

Book Here  


ALL ABOUT OUR OYSTERS with TRISTAN HUGH-JONES

Sunday 17 / 2.00pm – 2.30pm / Kitchen Marquee /free

Join our resident oyster expert Tristan Hugh – Jones of The Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Co. Ltd. for an informative talk and tasting, as he recounts the joys and challenges of breeding, harvesting and selling the native oysters from Loch Ryan.

Tristan guides you through the life cycle of the oyster and demonstrates how Loch Ryan has proved to be an ideal habitat for the cultivation of this celebrated delicacy. His vast experience will give you an unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the local and British seafood industry – not to mention the opportunity to taste some of Galloway’s and indeed Scotland’s tastiest shellfish – delicious when accompanied by a glass of champagne!

Book Here  


Create a Shell Mobile! – a wild challenge for all the family

Sunday 17 /2.00pm – 3.00pm /Agnew Park / Teaching Room at rear of Driftwood Restaurant / free

Come and join RSPB staff at Stranraer Oyster Festival to create your own shell mobile with Nature’s Bounty that has been washed up on our local shores. Learn about our local wildlife. Find out how you can help to protect our fragile environment.

 

 

 


THE WORLD’S YOUR OYSTER – RYAN YOUTH THEATRE

Sunday 17 / 2.15pm – 2.45pm / Performance Marquee / free

A 30 minute performance written and directed for the Oyster Festival by 17 year old rising theatrical talent Jarad Rowan from Stranraer. A member of the council selects a family to represent stereotypical life in Stranraer at a seafood festival. Join Jarad and his cast for a half hour or reminiscing, laughter and a little bit of Stranraer history!


WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – FORAGING with MARK WILLIAMS

Sunday 17 / 3.00pm – 4.30pm / Walkers assemble at the Anchor Memorial in Agnew Park / £15 including reserved seat at the Wild Food Cooking Demo at 5.30pm

Explore the edible opportunities of autumn around Agnew Park and Loch Ryan with full-time foraging tutor Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Over a short, easy walk, Mark will explain the food, drink and medicinal uses of plants, fruits and fungi around Stranraer and Galloway, with tips on thoughtful harvesting, cooking, preserving and even some wild cocktails making.

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KNOCKINAAM LODGE HOTEL – Cookery Demonstration

Sunday 17 / 3.30pm – 4.00pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

Knockinaam Lodge Hotel brings to the festival, the exquisite expertise for which they are renowned. Watch multi-award winning chefs Craig Drysdale, Colin Brackenridge and Tony Pierce rustle up a selection of mouth-watering miniature oyster dishes – shellfish with a difference.

  Loch Ryan native oyster with smoked Scottish Salmon and champagne jelly  

  Pickled oyster, cucumber and caviar 

  Warm loch Ryan oyster red pepper sabayon.

And as a bonus – sample some of Knockinaam’s delectable signature soufflés.

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TRIP –  Powerful, Driven and Energetic!

Sunday 17 / 3.30pm – 5.30pm (two sets) / Performance Marquee/ free

We’re thrilled to welcome TRIP to the festival. Stand by for a great afternoon as this exciting, new, Glasgow-based trad folk band join us on what will be their first gig in South West Scotland.

All currently in their first year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, TRIP began playing together during freshers’ week. They clicked instantly! We invite you to come along have fun sharing in their obvious passion for traditional music.

The impressive six piece line-up features Manx fiddler Isla Callister, Lewis singer Mairi MacLennan, Sligo flautist Tiernan Courell, Newcastle accordionist Michael Biggans, with Scots Rory Matheson on piano and Craig Baxter on bodran.

Having made their debut at this year’s Celtic Connections at the Danny Kyle Awards ( 30th January) and supported the renowned “ATLAS” (2nd February), TRIP look set to make a big impact this year on the Scottish music scene.

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WILD FOOD COOKERY DEMONSTRATION WITH MARK WILLIAMS

Sunday 17 / 5.30pm – 6.00pm / Kitchen Marquee / free

One of the greatest pleasures of eating wild food, according to Galloway Wild Foods’ Mark Williams is: “that you never quite know what you are going to come home with and which new flavour combinations may present themselves.” In his wild cookery demo Mark will draw on the finds of our Festival Foragers earlier in the day and encourage everyone to experiment with their wild cooking and try something new.  Experience tells him that some pleasing new combinations of ingredients frequently evolve given the variety of ingredients that foragers discover. Join Mark in treading the untrodden path. You might find out what suits you!

Book Here


Festival Finale

The Harbour / 6.00pm

Join Loch Ryan Pipe Band as they pipe out Stranraer Oyster Festival 2017.

ALSO AT THE FESTIVAL

OYSTER FESTIVAL MARKET

50 Fantastic Market Stalls inside and out, packed with some of our very best locally produced, food, drink, arts and crafts. Full details click here.

STRANRAER WATER SPORTS ASSOCIATION

hosting FIRST SKIFF ROWING REGATTAfull details here.

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