The Galway oyster festival is annually celebrated from its interception in 1954. This festival was organized by Brian Collins, the manager of the Great Southern Hotel, who wanted to draw attention to his hotel. And although the first festival had only 34 visitors who ate just about 2 dozens of oysters, the festival was born. Later the festival was organized by the local authorities, and it’s when it became really popular among the visitors.
The events of this three-day festival include street parade, carnival, the World Oyster Opening Championship and other colorful and jolly events. The first day of the festival starts with the National Oyster Opening Championships that are followed by the night party. The second day is known for its parade that weaves its way through the narrow streets of the city, but the highlight of the day is the World Oyster Opening Championships with participants from many countries around the world.
The championship is the most interesting event of the day. All participants have to open as many oysters as they can and put them on display. The shells will be everywhere, but the speed the participants open the oysters is really fascinating.
The third day of the festival is all about catering the visitors. It’s a family day, and parents with their children enjoy the day alike. There are lots of music performances, cooking demonstrations and other entertaining for children. And there’s also lots of oysters for everyone to enjoy. Apart from the oysters, other seafood dishes are also available in many local pubs and restaurants. They’re always accompanied by creamy Irish stout or sparkling wine.