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10th anniversary marks largest BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival to date

July 10, 2016

Comox Valley, BC – With its extensive industry partners including the BC Shellfish Growers Association and the BC Salmon Farmers Association, the Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the BC Shellfish Seafood Festival from June 9 – 19 with the biggest and most successful event in its history.

Media, buyers and consumers enjoyed industry tours, events, dinners, seafood demonstrations from celebrity chefs (Ned Bell, Quang Dang, Nathan Fong, Shucker Paddy and Tojo Hendekazu) and the notable Comox by the Sea Celebration. This year CVEDS reported numerous sell out events and the Festival welcomed some fresh new events to the Festival, including a Big Adventure Tour and 40 Knots Paint and Pints.

Throughout the Festival competitions were held to find the best oyster shucker and tastiest chowder in BC!

  • Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Competition was held at the Comox by the Sea Celebration. The winner was Yvon-Jean Nicod from Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House. Yvon-Jean won return flight with Air Canada to Prince Edward Island to compete in the Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Companionship as part of the PEI International Shellfish festival, September 15 – 18, 2016, as well as accommodation for three nights in Charlottetown, PEI.
  • Ocean Wise™ Annual Chowder Challenge was also held at the Comox by the Sea Celebration. The winner, Fluid Bar & Grill from Courtenay, won round trip transportation to Vancouver for the Vancouver Aquarium Oceanwise Chowder Chowdown and accommodation for one night in Vancouver.
  • Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar in Town Competition was held at The White Whale Restaurant. The winner, Dylan Ball from the Blackfin Pub, won $500.
  • BC Seafood on Your Plate contest was held throughout the Festival. Consumers voted for their favorite participating restaurant. The winner was the Steamship Bar and Grill in Victoria.

Festival ticket purchases were predominately completed online at This year there was a 101% increase in unique visitors to the website from 2015.

“First of all, a BIG thank you for having invited me to this rich and beautiful experience which I am participating with journalistic interest and passion. I would not have seen the beauty of the Comox Valley and tasted great fresh seafood without your invitation. Secondly, the experience has enriched my knowledge about a very massive industry in marine life especially salmon, one that could only grow and expand with all the programs around it, to meet global demands. Thirdly, it has been a wonderful cultural experience coming to the Comox Valley, a vibrant region of Canada, that has much to offer Canadians and the rest of the world. Lastly, and most importantly, I thank the hosts, for a very well organized program that allows great enjoyment in our stay,” commented Eddy Lok, China Daily, one of 25 Canadian and International media that visited during the Festival.

Throughout the month of June, CVEDS has been promoting local seafood in partnership with the BC Government Buy Local program. The campaign – BC Seafood on Your Plate –  launched with 15 local restaurants and 49 seafood stores, including IGA and Country Grocer, who have been promoting BC options for the month of June. 15 local BC wineries, 3 breweries and 6 liquor stores also contributed to the program, hosting wine/beer/seafood pairing events.

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