Every September since 1954, Clarenbrige in Galway has come alive with seafood & oysters as it celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised food festival in Ireland and the world's longest running International Oyster Festival. Any why is the Clarenbridge Oyster so famous? Well, quiet simply for the taste – it’s unrivalled. Nowhere else can match the perfect conditions that exist in Clarenbridge for growing and harvesting Oysters – a sheltered bay, a perfect ratio of fresh and salt water and added to this the skill and knowledge of the community. Throughout the festival, a host of tantalising events to whet your appetite will take place throughout Galway.Festival-goers will have an action-packed weekend, including: an electrifying musical line up, celebrity cook-offs, quality Irish seafood, the National Oyster Opening Competition, the World Oyster Opening Championship, tantalising meals in Galway's best restaurants, the glamorous black-tie gala ball, a colourful parade through the streets of Galway, and plenty of fun and laughter. Sample the world-famous Galway Bay oysters and the legendary craic of the West of Ireland at one of the biggest events on Ireland's social calendar.