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Natives. Flats. Native flats. Ostrea edulis – whatever you call our native oysters they are as much a part of the food fabric and history of Ireland as our butter.
This year’s Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, a highlight on the Wild Atlantic Way Calendar, runs from 28th to 30th September 2018, a festival 64 years in the making celebrating an Irish tradition thousands of years old. Galway, the country and this iconic festival may all have changed over those 64 years but what the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival celebrates is timeless – that unchanging Irish tradition and treasure, and the ongoing pleasure given by those little heroes in a half shell.
The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival takes place this weekend on Nimmo’s Pier from tomorrow September 23rd to 25th. Among the feature events are the World Championship Oyster Opening competition which this year will see an unprecedented 20 international champions vie with each other for the title.