The Hungry Sailors set their sights on the Falmouth Oyster Festival

James and Dick Strawbridge, otherwise known as ‘The Hungry Sailors’ from ITV are heading down Cornwall way and will be featuring the Falmouth Oyster Festival in their new TV series which will be aired next year.

The duo, who are father and son, will be pitting their culinary flair and genius against two of the best chefs in Falmouth; Nick Hodges of the Flying Fish restaurant which is located at St Michael’s Hotel and Spa and Arty Williams from the Cove restaurant.

This contest will be known as the Hot Chef’s Challenge and is to take place on Friday the 13th October. There will be much creativity, and a great dose of humour as these two duos battle it out in the festivals kitchen.

“Cornwall boasts a full menu of quality food and drink festivals which demonstrate why we have one of the finest reputations for food and drink in the whole of the UK” confirms Malcolm Bell, Head of VisitCornwall, the tourism service for Cornwall Development Company. “Falmouth Oyster Festival has become a firm favourite with both visitors and locals, showcasing the very best of Cornish seafood and celebrating the traditional methods of harvesting native oysters of one of the last remaining fisheries still dredging using only sail and hand drawn punts.”

The 2012 festival, sponsored by St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, is set to be bigger and better than ever with an action packed programme. The usual highlights, including daily cookery demonstrations, live music and the Cornish produce marquee, all feature in this year’s line up. The exciting entertainment line up includes the debut appearance of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, Cornwall’s sea shanty sensations on Saturday night, following on from the BBC’s ‘Fisherman’s Apprentice’ Monty Halls sharing fun tales of adventures and spending time with the Cadgwith fishermen. Cornwall’s own Johnny Cowling is back with his unique brand of humour on Thursday 11th October after a sell out success last year.

Nigel Carpenter, Proprietor of St Michael’s Hotel & Spa said; “We are delighted to welcome Dick & James Strawbridge and the Fisherman’s Friends this year, it helps to show how committed both the festival and St Michael’s as sponsors are to supporting local fishermen and this is an ideal way of expressing it.”

Now in its 16th year, the Oyster Festival celebrates the much-revered mollusc and marks the start of the oyster dredging season, from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th October at Falmouth’s Events Square. Full festival details on www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.

For a full listing of events in Cornwall and inspiration for where to stay and things to do and see in Cornwall see www.visitcornwall.com.