They’ll regret that later! Competitors in Whitstable race to down six oysters and half pint of beer in annual festival
- Every year Whitstable residents see who can gobble down six oysters and half pint of beer in the fastest time
- The unusual contest in Kent is part of the seaside town’s annual Oyster Festival to celebrate their oyster trade
- Up to 36 brave competitors gather in Whitstable Harbour and the winner will be 2018 Oyster Eating Champion
As thousands of Britions flocked to beaches today to take advantage of the scorching temperatures, residents in Kent kicked off their own unique celebration.
Every year the people of Whitstable see who can gobble down six oysters and half a pint of beer in the fastest time.
The unusual contest is part of the seaside town’s annual Oyster Festival to celebrate their oyster trade.
Up to 36 brave competitors gather in Whitstable Harbour and line up side by side on benches before scoffing down the shellfish and downing the ale as quickly as they can.
This year’s winner will be proclaimed 2018 Oyster Eating Champion.
There is only one rule: keep it down.
Head to head: Contestants at the Whitstable oyster-eating competition race to down half a dozen oysters and half a pint beer
In it to win it: Oyster-eating competitors knock back the molluscs in the sunshine today in Whitstable, south east England
Yuck! A competitor at the WhitstableOyster Festival grimaces during today’s contest to celebrate the Kent seaside town’s oyster trade
Focussed: Up to 36 people take part in the oyster-eating competition every year in Whitstable. Above: contestants hunch over the table while stuffing their mouths with the shellfish
Winner! Oyster-eating enthusiasts stuff their faces with the oysters and neck pints of beer during the messy annual contest
Here come the shellfish: Buckets full of oysters are carried to shore for the festival in Whitstable to celebrate the town’s trade
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The oysters being brought to shore in Whitstable before being served up to contestants in the oyster-eating competition
The oysters are blessed after being brought to shore during the two-day Whitstable Oyster Festival in Kent
Oysters are molluscs with rough irregular shells. Several kinds are eaten as a delicacy and can be served up with salt and lemon
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