The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival returns to celebrate all local produce, not purely local shellfish, for a fourth consecutive year from 8th – 11th October. Organisers are using the change of venue, brought on by the development of the Whisstocks Boatyard, as inspiration to make this year’s festival the biggest and best yet.
The festival brings together an exciting programme of events over four days. On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th the hugely popular Shuck Shack pop up restaurant is back at Woodbridge Tide Mill, organised by Bespoke Events. Stephen David and the team will be serving up local shellfish at this unique venue.
Saturday 10th – the Shuck has partnered up with Choose Woodbridge’s ‘What’s Tasty?’ local food producers market on Market Hill.
The market is a great way for shoppers to meet the producers, try and buy the fresh local produce. At the market, the cooking demos by local chefs with have a focus on local shellfish and Simpers of Suffolk will be selling oysters, mussels, crab and more on the day alongside land sourced produce including sweetcorn, bread, cakes, Tide Mill flour, and more.
Sunday 11th – in the afternoon there is the aptly dubbed, Seafood Sunday, a relaxed community celebration by the Tea Hut, thanks to new owners Sharon & Brian Wolff, with a showcase of local producers (not just shellfish), music, comfy seating and a choice of delicious food including Italian seafood, Asian seafood, cold seafood, paella, BBQ, cakes & ice cream, kids meals and kids entertainers as well as fully stocked bars including Champagne & Pimms for the grown-ups. There will also be a Shuck Off: Oyster Shucking Competition between chefs from local restaurants.
Make sure you leave room for dinner! On Sunday evening there is a Safari Supper in Woodbridge where diners move between restaurants having one delicious locally sourced course in each.
Organisers are looking for pubs & restaurants in and around Woodbridge to support local shellfish and the Shuck by having their own Shuck Specials – themed events, specials and menus during the festival.
Chris Harrold, Chairman of Choose Woodbridge said: ‘We’re very happy to be involved in the organisation of this year’s event. It is great for Woodbridge and really joins up the river with the town, celebrating delicious local food and the people who produce, cook and eat it! We have a fantastic team working on this year’s event with representatives from Simpers, Bespoke Events, Infotex, The Crown at Woodbridge, Woodbridge Tide Mill and The Tea Hut as well as ourselves. We look forward to seeing many locals and visitors enjoying the festival.’