Stranraer Oyster Festival is cancelled

Stranraer Oyster Festival, one of Scotland’s biggest food festivals, has announced it will not take place this year.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 4:08 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 4:08 pm
Stranraer Development Trust says the festival will return in 2022

In 2019 the three day community-run festival attracted more than 17,000 people to the shores of Loch Ryan.

The 2021 festival had been scheduled for September 10-12, and it was hoped ongoing easing of Covid restrictions might allow for a major gathering of people in the autumn.

However, festival organisers, Stranraer Development Trust, announced it has been cancelled.

Romano Petrucci, chairman, said: “Despite our best intentions, and with the clear knowledge our community is desperate for a boost, the board are sorry to announce the cancellation of this year’s festival.

“We have been working very hard behind the scenes to explore approaches that might allow our festival to return this year. We carried out a very thorough examination of all the possibilities, but circumstances make it impossible for us to guarantee a festival that is safe for our community and safe for our visitors at this time.

“By the time 2022 comes around, it will be a staggering and very sobering three years since we last all gathered for such a wonderful weekend celebrating our local oysters. For now, all we can do is apologise for this year’s cancellation and wish each and every one of you a safe, happy and healthy summer.”