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Oyster Workshop: Wednesday 4 October 2017

Date: 04/10/2017
Event Time(s): 18:30

Location: Westminster Kingsway College, Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PD

Number of places left: 12

Price: £15.00 (Members) and £25.00 (non-members)
How to Book: To provisionally reserve a place, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

We may simply think of oysters as a gourmet treat – a touch too pricy and particular for everyday – but for centuries they were of course a mainstay of the UK diet. Perhaps less well known is how these bivalves – both native and Pacific rock oysters – have built and shaped our coastal communities.  And how exactly does their taste compare?  Is it variety or estuary that determines nuances of flavour? Tonight’s workshop will look at all these aspects of one of the UK’s most historic and commercially important shellfish. 
Photograph of oysters
To guide us we have secured two leading lights from the UK oyster world:

Aquaculture specialist and lifelong oyster farmer Tristan Hugh-Jones (below) will explain the life of the farmed oyster from ‘seed to shuck’ and how modern-day techniques mean the UK can now produce oysters at an affordable and sustainable level – we have enough both for ourselves and for export.
Photograph of Tristan Hugh-Jones
Katy Davidson (below aka The Oyster Lady) will guide us through the history of oysters in the UK and reveal the nutritional benefits that happily accompany their deliciousness. Katy is a passionate oyster advocate and travels the country raising consumer awareness of this hugely valuable shellfish that many consumers still treat with unwarranted suspicion.
Photograph of Katy Davidson
We will sample different types of oyster, provided and sourced by Tristan, and Katy will show us how to differentiate between oysters produced from various ‘terroirs’. She will also explain what is required of an ‘ostrelier’ – a professional qualification originated by Katy’s Oyster Academy.
 
A glass or two of wine and stout should help the oysters slide down nicely – though you should, as Katy will explain, chew and savour, not swallow them whole. Whatever your preference, a delicious and informative experience awaits.

Directions: The session will be held at Westminster Kingsway College at their Victoria Centre, www.westking.ac.uk/contact-us/information-locations/victoria-centre/. For help planning your journey go to www.tfl.gov.uk.



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