TRH The Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall Taste Oysters At The Whitstable Oyster Festival
After a busy opening weekend, The Whitstable Oyster Festival continued this week with a visit from TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Visiting Kent on official business, the royal couple took the time to visit The Whitstable Oyster Festival, tasting the local delicacy and joining in with some of the activities going on; much to the delight of those who live in this quaint seaside town.
TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the Harbour Office at 11.05am and, after being greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, were presented to members of the Whitstable Oyster Festival Association, the production team and local dignitaries.
Firstly, the royal couple enjoyed a performance from Local Samba Band, Samba Pelo Mar, even joining in on the drums at one point! They then had a quick chat to Dominic Scannell, known locally as The Community Chef, and tasted his range of sustainable fish. Dominic has been a key part of this year’s festival, running cooking demonstrations each day in the harbour. His charity project looks to creating opportunities locally through food; working with local farmers and growers and encouraging people of all ages to get into cooking. He also works with young offenders and other youngsters, looking to introduce them to the catering industry – Kent’s answer to Jamie Oliver perhaps?!
Continuing their tour, the royal couple walked along South Quay, meeting many of the town’s people, including local fishermen and business owners at the Whitstable Harbour. Prince Charles also stopped to enjoy oysters at The Harbour Garden Cafe and West Welks; Camilla declined, saying: "I love them but I ate a bad one once”.
TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were then escorted to the RNLI Whitstable Lifeboat Station and then onto the Yacht Club where they were presented a posy of flowers and a souvenir Oyster Festival baby t-shirt by Miss Hannah Corcoran (aged 3) from Seasalter. The visit finished at The Forge, before the royal couple made their way to Chatham.
The buzz could be felt in the town for hours afterwards and events such as Crabbing and the Punch & Judy shows were well attended. After such excitement, there was still plenty to come for The Whitstable Oyster Festival that visitors were spoilt for choice throughout the week.
The festival came to a dazzling finish on Friday as the Grotters (built earlier that day) were lit at dusk and a fireworks display over the sea finished the week in style.