PICTURES: Town comes alive with activities at Oyster Festival
Organisers of a four-day oyster extravaganza have said their largest event to date was a storming success.
The 17th Falmouth Oyster Festival bought food displays, celebrity guests and live music to the town at the weekend.
Organisers say early estimates show that the visitor numbers equalled last year's record attendance of 38,000.
This year saw a new marquee on the National Maritime Museum car park, plus an extended marquee on Events Square, both filled with extra craft and food stalls.
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Mike Rangecroft, from Falmouth Festivals, said: "It's been our largest festival to date, with an extra 60 stalls, more chef demos, extra food offerings and a packed programme of events.
"We're very pleased that it's once again been a great success and would like to thank all that came along and joined in the celebrations."
The festival opened with a parade featuring a 12ft Oyster Man and 300 local school children performing an oyster dance, which had been taught in the schools.
TV presenter, chef and sustainable living expert James Strawbridge led a pasty crimping competition, while other big name visitors to the festival included Global Baker Dean Brettschneider and Andy Tyrell from River Cottage.
This year saw a newcomer in the form of the Oyster Fringe Festival held at various venues around the town.
A craft market, food from some of Cornwall's leading producers and live music from top musicians also featured in the event.