New organiser for Whitstable Oyster Festival

October 27, 2017 12:09 PM

The Whitstable Oyster Festival will have a new organiser for the next four years after Full Event Production Ltd was the successful bidder for the city council's contract.

The bid placed the local community at the heart of the event, pledging to develop close links with the Whitstable Oyster Festival Association, establish a festival steering group with business partners and interested organisations, hold public forums to discuss events and plans, and use local suppliers wherever possible.

The Canterbury City Council called for bids in an open, competitive tender process. Cllr Neil Baker, chairman of the council's Community Committee, commented: We are very pleased to have awarded the oyster festival contract to Full. They put together a comprehensive bid and showed real passion for the festival, so we’re looking forward to working with them over the next four years.”

Baker said the tender attracted a lot of interest from the events industry, and saw a number of strong bids. “Clearly the oyster festival is seen as a prestigious event and one that companies want to be associated with. We would like to thank the previous organiser, The Event Umbrella, for their work on the festival over the last few years and wish them the best for the future,” he concluded.

Three-day festival

In its submission, Full set out its aim for a family-orientated three-day festival with a focus on heritage, artistic events and food and drink.

Luke Fitzmaurice, operations director at Full, commented: We are delighted to have been appointed as delivery partner to this fantastic event. We're looking forward to meeting with local residents and businesses who are integral to our vision for creating a festival focused around the community and the unique history of Whitstable.

Full will be organising the oyster festival between 2018 and 2021. Dates for next year's event will be announced in due course.

With more than 20 years' experience, Full has a proven track record of organising events across the country. Its directors have worked on events such as Latitude music festival, Manchester Food and Drink Festival and Big Chill Festival, as well as delivering a range of community events including Dartford Festival and Love Luton Festival.

Murielle Gonzalez