The annual Colchester Oyster Feast: an exciting new venue for 2023

PUBLISHED: 10 August 2023

Colchester’s traditional Oyster Feast returns on Friday, 27 October 2023. But this year, in a break with tradition, the feast will be held at one of Colchester’s most prestigious venues, the Talbooth restaurant in Dedham.

Since it was first held in 1845, the Oyster Feast has celebrated Colchester’s rich heritage and community ties and established itself as a major occasion in the city’s civic calendar. Traditionally held in the Town Hall, this year’s feast has been relocated while extensive structural work in the Moot Hall continues.

The Feast is a special event that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the city's famous oysters. The event is attended by dignitaries from the local area and further afield, as well as members of the public who can apply for one of the limited number of tickets. Tickets cost £110 per person and include a pre-lunch reception, delicious meal, musical entertainment and special guest speakers, with the main attraction of the event being a celebration of the famous Colchester Oyster.

The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr John Jowers, said: “As a former local fisherman, I know that Colchester has a long and proud maritime connection. The city’s history of oyster fishing is a testament to this, and the Oyster Feast is a celebration of that history. It is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy some of our wonderful local oysters.

“I would like to invite residents to apply for tickets to this year's feast. It is a truly unique and special event.

“So come one, come all, and join us for this year’s Colchester Oyster Feast! It will be a feast fit for a king... or a fisherman!”

To enter the public ballot for tickets guests should email with their name, address and telephone number.
Alternatively, written applications can be dropped off at the Town Hall or posted to Colchester City Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG. Applications must be received by 1 September 2023 and will be entered in the ballot for two tickets – unless applicants state only one ticket is required. Successful applicants only will be advised by 18 September 2023.
Guest speakers will be announced at a later date.

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Page last reviewed: 10 August 2023


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