Tony Singh, Massimo Lisi and Douglas Lisi at Stranraer Oyster Festival

Stranraer Oyster Festival 2019

credit: Pete Robinson


Bigger, better and even more delicious.

They’re sought after by chefs around the world but until fairly recently Scotland’s only wild, native oyster fishery, hidden beneath the crystal clear waters of Loch Ryan, was a well-kept seafood secret.

Stranraer Oyster Festival 2019 shone a spotlight on this delicious seafood delicacy, making Scottish native oysters accessible and easy to try and enjoy during this three-day foodie celebration.

Local fishermen dredging for catch
credit: Allan Devlin

The Festival returned for its third year from 13-15 September, and despite being relatively new to the food festival scene, it has quickly become established as one of Scotland’s most exciting foodie experiences.

The Festival marks the start of the native oyster season, which means a busy time for the crew of oyster boat the Vital Spark, who need to gather thousands of oysters for our chefs, competitors and visitors.

The packed programme included celebrity chef demonstrations by Tony Singh, the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships, and an Oyster Eating Competition for those whose preference is enjoying them rather than preparing them! 

Chef Tony Singh Serves Loch Ryan Native Oysters
credit: Pete Robinson
Road Runner at Stranraer Oyster Festival
credit: Pete Robinson

Our children’s marquee had a non-stop programme of entertainment, things to make and things to learn for our younger visitors. Including exciting shows from much-loved children's entertainer, the Road Runner!