Galway International Oyster Festival
The Galway International Oyster Festival takes places on the last weekend of September each year. It's an incredibly popular event drawing in over 10,000 people on an annual basis and is high up on the list on Ireland's social calendar. Over the course of the weekend you'll be treated to a wide range of live entertainment, gourmet food, fine wine, endless amounts of Guinness and of course Oysters.
The festival has been taking place in Galway since 1954 and is second only to the St. Patrick's Day Festival in terms of international recognition. The full range of senses are in for a treat through the multitude of events taking place over the 3 days: seafood trails, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway's best restaurants, The Festival Marquee, a Mardi Gras style Gala Event along with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations and more.
The oyster shucking championships, better known as 'The Oyster Olympics', are the main event over the weekend. Witness masters at work as competitors seemingly fly through bucket after bucket of oyster without mistake, you'll find this even more impressive if you try and open up an oyster over the weekend.
Taking a trip to Galway, arguably Ireland's most attractive city, to attend the Galway Oyster Festival will put you in Galway as the summer winds down and there's plenty to do. If you're planning to come to Galway you should check out our handy Top 10 Guide which is perfect for filling out your itinerary.
The 2015 Oyster Festival runs from the 25th – 27th September. For more information and ticket prices check out the official website for the Galway International Oyster Festival.