Trying oysters for the very first time at Stranraer Oyster Festival? Here are some tips from the Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery team that will help you enjoy oysters like a pro!
Oysters from different native oyster beds have different flavour profiles. Loch Ryan oysters are considered to have a firm texture with a plump, almost crisp, bite to them. They are salty and nutty, with a pure flavour of the sea.
Make sure your first taste of an oyster is straight, with no other flavours added. Take a little sip of the oyster liquor initially. This will give you a hint of the flavour that’s to come.
Put the whole oyster in your mouth and give it a chew. Lots of people swallow oysters too quickly. Instead, take your time and savour the different textures of the oyster. Chewing the oyster will also give you a longer aftertaste, and reveal more complex flavours.
For your second oyster, try it with a little lemon, and for your third try with a single drop of Tabasco sauce. Both these flavours complement Loch Ryan oysters beautifully.
Give them a go!
“Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re incredibly good for you too. If you’ve never tried an oyster before, Stranraer Oyster Festival is the ideal place to give them a go. To be eating the wild, native oysters while watching the sun set over the water that nurtured them; it’s a truly special experience.” Tristan Hugh Jones, Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery