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BC Seafood Expo and BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival – June 9-18, 2017 Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

11th annual BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival; Biggest in its history, largest in Western Canada

April 25, 2017

At the time of publication, the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, which is hosted annually in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, was ballooning to well over 45+ events and tours, firmly establishing itself as the largest seafood celebration in Western Canada.

The Comox by the Sea Celebration, the signature and largest event of the festival, showcases BC’s best seafood products presented by award winning producers, top seafood Chefs, suppliers and educational institutions. Numerous seafood tasting booths, interactive educational displays including touch tanks, plus live music, competitions, and BC craft beer, wine and spirit tastings are expected to drive in excess of 2500 guests to that event alone this year.

Leading Chef Cooking Demonstrations:

A popular feature of the Comox by the Sea Celebration is the cooking demonstrations provided by renowned BC chefs including Chef Nathan Fong, Fong on Food, Chef Pino Posteraro from Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill; Chef Angus An from Maenam; Chef Taryn Wa from Savoury Chef Foods; Quang Dan, West Restaurant, and Chef Chris Whittaker from Forage in Vancouver. New this year will be the addition seafood pairing sessions with BC craft beer and wine.

Dynamic Seafood Competitions:

Three popular competitions will return; The Best Caesar in Town Competition will wrap up event the first weekend of the Festival, and the following weekend will showcase the OceanWise TM Chowder Challenge and the Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Championship, emceed by Shucker Paddy, the Canadian, North American and International oyster shucking champion – both held at the Comox by the Sea Celebration.

Educational Producer Site Tours:

Presented throughout the 10 days of the Festival by leading BC seafood producers including:

  • Fanny Bay Oysters
  • Manatee Holdings Shellfish Hatchery
  • Macs Oysters
  • BC Salmon Farmers Association
  • Holliewood Oysters

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