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BC Seafood Festival 2019, kickoff

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April 30, 2019

The BC seafood festival is back for another year, and today we were invited down to “Pacific Yacht Charters” to get a taste of what you can expect from the week long festival in June. And what better way to enjoy the bounty of the sea than on a yacht, in it. The celebration BC seafood included the announcement of their “Buy BC Seafood Campaign”, encouraging the purchasing of local goods. And a collection of chilled drinks and delicious seafood tastings from Chef Mardy Ra, Pacific Yacht Charters, and other guest chefs. Here is a recap of what we enjoyed.


“Pacific Yacht Charters” had severs coming around with small bites, like these crispy crab cakes.

“Locals Restaurant” in Commox were offering guests their cucumber wrapped smoked sablefish with kelp and caviar cream.

“Fanny Bay Oysters” served up a thick and creamy Manila clam and corn chowder, topped with corn salsa and paprika oil. And they paired with smoked pork belly with a crispy crackling skin. This was a gluten free chowder that won the “2019 Oceanwise Chowder Chow Down”.

From “Ancora Waterfront Restaurant” in West Vancouver came a refreshing ceviche. A mix of fresh seafood and citrus that we were encouraged to take down like a shot.

From “Blackfin Pub” came a made to order pan seared albacore tuna, all done before our eyes.

And on the deck was Gordy McLellan from Mac’s Oysters shucking a variety of BC oysters that guest slurped down.

The empty shells were tossed over board, or used as a shot glass for some “Unruly Gin” from Wayward Distillation House.

I highly recommend the “KRUPNIK“ they were also sampling. This was a spiced honey liqueur that was one of a kind and easy to sip neat.

“40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery” was also on site serving guests a taste of their red, white, and rose.


The 2019 BC Seafood Festival will run from June 7-16. It will once again be held in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. This the largest seafood festival in western Canada. It is a great treat for seafood lovers, and a better destination for families looking for a summer vacation trip. More than just food stalls and booths, they offer up seminars, gala dinners, master classes, cooking competitions, and plenty of activities to keep the whole family engaged. For more details on how you can get your tickets and help in planning your trip check out their website with the link below.



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