Saturday 23rd July marked the opening of the Whitstable Oyster Festival. For years I have been promising myself a trip over the Downs to the Sea to sample the fresh seafood the Kent Coast has to offer and this year I finally made it (only just as it was incredibly busy and we came close to doing a 180° turn and heading home after finding nowhere to park for what felt like hours!)
Kent’s gorgeous coastline will always have a special place in my heart, it runs through my blood. My distaff line have stong connections to fishing and my maternal Grandfather worked in the famous Billingsgate Fish Market in London right up until he retired. My Uncles also held steady jobs there for at least part of their working lives. For birthdays and Christmas sea food was always on the menu…Crab sticks, Cockcles, Winkles, Jellied Eels, Whelks, Crab Claws, Scallops…all fresh thanks to the perks of my Granpops’s job!