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  • Press Eye - The 24th Hillsborough International Oyster Festival - 3rd September 2016
Photograph by Declan Roughan

Former World Oyster eating champion Colin Shirlow lost his title this year to Michelle Lesco from Arizona, who is currently 10th in the world for major league eating.

A Festival of Fun In Hillsborough
The 24th Hillsborough International Oyster Festival got underway on Saturday 3rd September with a fun-packed day of activities and attractions including the Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship, the Phoenix Natural Gas Soapbox Derby, and the first Northern Irish heat of the British Street Food awards. Crowds also enjoyed live entertainment, a marquee filled with treats from local producers, and lots of childrenÕs games and activities at the oyster fun fair.

    New World Oyster Eating Champion Crowned at Hillsborough International Oyster Festival

    Ten-year oyster eating champion, Colin Shirlow from Dromore, Northern Ireland finally faced defeat at this year’s Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship which took place on Saturday 3rd September 2016. Out-eaten by US Contender Michelle Lesco at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival, Michelle managed to knock Colin off his throne by eating 227 oysters in…

  • Oyster Masters gets Festival underway

Secretary of State James Brokenshire meets the captains of the Lisburn Golf Club Daphne Bailie and Ken Haslem at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s GMcG Chartered Accountants Oyster Masters Golf Day on Tuesday 30th August 2016 at Lisburn Golf Club. The event welcomed golfing enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland as well as local dignitaries, including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP, and principal Festival sponsors Turkish Airlines, Phoenix Natural Gas, Quilter Cheviot and Charles Hurst. The Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of this year’s event.

    Oyster Masters gets Festival underway

    The 24th Hillsborough International Oyster Festival got off to a great start with the GMcG, Chartered Accountants, Oyster Masters Golf Day on Tuesday 30th August 2016 at Lisburn Golf Club. The event welcomed golfing enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland as well as local dignitaries, including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP, and…

  • BALLADS AND BARBEQUES AT OYSTER FESTIVAL 
Northern Ireland’s top Queen tribute band, Flash Harry, is set to return to the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s line-up on the evening of Saturday 3rd September 2016. Harry Hamilton, the band’s front-man and Oyster Pearl, Shannon Graham (pictured), have started warming-up for the live concert and BBQ which is supported by New City Cabs.  
Performing all the top Queen tracks, Flash Harry will entertain guests with hit records like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and Don’t Stop Me Now, while local chefs will be serving up a sizzling barbeque menu produced with premium Northern Irish meats for concert and BBQ ticketholders. 
To book your tickets and further information on the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s full programme visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. 
The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of this year’s event.

    BALLADS AND BARBECUES AT OYSTER FESTIVAL

    Northern Ireland’s top Queen tribute band, Flash Harry, is set to return to the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s line-up on the evening of Saturday 3rd September 2016. Harry Hamilton, the band’s front-man and Oyster Pearl, Shannon Graham (pictured), have started warming-up for the live concert and BBQ which is supported by New City Cabs. Performing…

  • Quilter Cheviot toasts the Pearl and Oyster Ball
 
Oyster Pearl, Shannon Graham, celebrates the launch of the exclusive Quilter Cheviot Pearl and Oyster Ball which will take place on Friday 2nd September as part of the Festival’s 2016 programme. 
With world-class entertainment from the American Supreme Dream Girls, guests will enjoy a six-course gala dinner with boutique Chateau de la Ligne wines. A raffle will also take place to raise funds for the Festival’s 2016 charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with one lucky winner receiving a stay at the luxurious Chateau. 
Nigel Crawford, Executive Director, Quilter Cheviot said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Pearl and Oyster Ball and helping to support the Festival’s charity. The festival is a huge draw for visitors to our region and we are proud to give our backing to the Ball, which is a key part of the event and a much-anticipated date on the local social calendar. We’re looking forward to greeting guests to what is set to be a fabulous evening.”
To reserve a table contact Sean Hall on 0044 (0)7802 311388 or email sean.g.hall@outlook.com 
For further information on the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s full programme visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. 
The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of this year’s event. The ball gown worn by Oyster Pearl Shannon Graham (pictured) was generously provided by leading Irish designer Mary Rose McGrath.

    Quilter Cheviot invites guests to attend the annual Pearl and Oyster Ball

    With world-class entertainment from the American Supreme Dream Girls, guests will enjoy a six-course gala dinner with boutique Chateau de la Ligne wines. A raffle will also take place to raise funds for the Festival’s 2016 charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with one lucky winner receiving a stay at the luxurious Chateau. Nigel Crawford, Executive…

  • Lockton presses play on Hillsborough International Oyster Festival Musical Evening
(L-R) Grainne Diamond from Lockton Insurance, Connie Donald (aged 8), and Oyster Pearl Shannon Graham celebrate the launch of the ‘Magic at the Movies’ musical evening which will take place as part of the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s 2016 programme on Wednesday 31st August. Sponsored by Lockton Insurance, the musical evening will include performances from the Belfast Operatic Company and The Leading Ladies. For further information and to buy tickets visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com.

    Lockton presses play on Hillsborough International Oyster Festival Musical Evening

    The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival is cuing action for the ‘Magic of the Movies’ community concert taking place on Wednesday 31st August as part of the Festival’s 2016 programme. Sponsored by Lockton Insurance, the musical evening will include performances from the Belfast Operatic Company and The Leading Ladies and will raise funds for the Festivals…