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The Rock Oyster Festival returns

A boutique food and music festival returns to the banks of Cornwall’s Camel Estuary in June, with organisers promising a line up of top chefs and critically acclaimed music acts.

Now in its third year, The Rock Oyster Festival is a family-orientated food, music and arts festival. The event will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June 2012.

Held in the grounds of Dinham House near Rock, north Cornwall, the festival will showcase some of the county’s best food and chefs, acclaimed headline music acts and a full programme of kids’ activities

Event organiser Charlie Anderson said: “The Rock Oyster Festival is all about celebrating the delicious artisan-produced food and drink that we have here in Cornwall in a lighthearted and fun environment. We are making these amazing foods accessible to everyone, where else can you feast on a plate of food prepared by top chefs for a fiver?

“Moving the festival to Dinham House has been a great success. It’s an absolutely stunning location, plus we have the space to fit in more food providers, more entertainment and on-site camping.”

Last year's Rock Oyster Festival was the first at new venue Dinham House on the banks of the Camel Estuary.

New for 2012 is the addition of a chefs’ demonstration theatre, where some of Cornwall’s most talented chefs will host cooking demos over the whole weekend.

Confirmed to appear so far are Stephane Delourme and David Sharland from Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant; James O’Connor from St Moritz Hotel; Tom Scade from Tides at The Mariners, Rock; and star of BBC2’s Great British Menu, Paul Ainsworth.

Festival goers will also see their favourite chefs compete in the famous oyster shucking competition, where they will go head-to-head to present perfectly prepared fresh oysters in the fastest time.

Organisers have already confirmed half a dozen alternative music acts from around the world, including Friday night headliners the Dub Pistols, who were voted the best live act of 2011 by DJ Mag, and the Mercury Prize-nominated band The Bees.

The Bees have been confirmed as a headline act at this year's Rock Oyster Festival

Mr Anderson said: “We’re hoping to be able to announce another headline music act to join the fantastic bands we already have confirmed to play at the festival. The event has always made a point of booking quirky musicians who know how to put on a great show and get their audience dancing. Music that is guaranteed to put a grin on your face.”

A limited number of discounted weekend early bird tickets are now available from the festival website, at the rate of £40 per adult, with under 17s weekend tickets priced at £10.

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Notes to editors
Rock Oyster Festival is a food, music and arts festival held at Dinham House on the Camel Estuary near Rock, north Cornwall. Now in its third year, the festival will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June 2012.

The Rock Oyster Festival is a not-for-profit festival which last year raised £4,000 for the charities Cornwall Hospice Care and The Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers’ Charity.

Media Contacts
Jim Michell, Barefoot Media | | 01208 895089 or 07899997336
Charlie Anderson, Rock Oyster Festival | | 07971684737

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