Carlingford Oyster Festival 2016 , Pearls Selected!
Following a 3 month trawl for this year’s oyster pearl contestants, the Carlingford Oyster Festival organisers are delighted to announce the final 11 contestants have been selected.! The finalists represent local business’s from around the Cooley Peninsula and expectation is running high considering the 2015 crowned Oyster Pearl Megan Ferguson is on her way to represent Louth at this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival .
The Pearls mentors, recently briefed the Pearl Girls on the expected ‘tasks’ that they are signing up for…. Cruising on the lough including lunch on board, a tractor ride at Carlingford Oyster Farm, dining out in Carlingford’s award winning restaurants and whooping it up at the finale night at The Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford are some of the strenuous duties that is demanded form contestants.
The girls will proudly strut their stuff over the five fun filled days of the festival keeping visitors entertained by some oyster pearl antics as they assist with kiddies activities such as the Kiddies Welly Hunt, Crab fishing competition and a Teddy Bears Picnic
Needless to say the village will be bursting with delicious Carlingford oysters waiting to tempt you and on Sunday this year’s Carlingford’s Irish Walled Towns Day will present the towns heritage. Medieval activities will include coin striking at the Mint, fire stunts by the famous Journey Man Juggler and a bed of nails presented by the Other Brothers!
Tickets are available for the finale night of the festival taking place in The Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday 7th August where the winner will be crowned Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl 2016 followed by live music by The Long Riders. The winning Pearl will receive one year’s full membership to The Four Seasons Hotel Leisure Centre, a €100 voucher by the Marshes Shopping Centre, a handcrafted pearl necklace sponsored by Garrett Mallon and €1000 in CASH sponsored by Morgan’s Fine Fish.
The famous festival has extended its programme to include the Monday Street Sports and funfair Discount Night this was traditionally known as the local festival night. The 2016 packed programme guarantees music and merriment throughout the village over the four days so don’t miss it!
The Carlingford Oyster Festival is supported by Failte Ireland, The Loughs Agency The Heritage Council, IPB Insurance, Louth County Council, Parkview Provisions and Morgans Fine Fish.