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Calling All Seafood Lovers – the 2019 BC Seafood Festival Has Arrived!

The Epic Signature Weekend Featuring a Bounty of Seafood is June 14-16thin the Comox Valley

June 8, 2019


For Immediate Release

Comox Valley, B.C., June 8, 2019 — Plan on having a seafood adventure with the entire family at this year’s BC Seafood Festival in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The much anticipated 2019 BC Seafood Festival is here and ready to serve up some of the most succulent, delicious and diverse variety of seafood and culinary bounty from the Comox Valley.

Discover how satisfying and healthy seafood can be for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the 2019 BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend from June 15-16, 2019. Cheer on celebrity chefs, mixologists and oyster shuckers as they fight their way to win prizes including the coveted $5,000 top prize from the BC Seafood Festival Chef Challenge sponsored by FortisBC and Garland Canada. Signature Weekend ticket holders will sample, savour and slurp the freshest BC seafood while enjoying featured BC wines, ciders and live music performances. Tickets for kids under 12 are free with the purchase of Signature Weekend passes!

All-time favourite events are back for you to completely immerse your senses into all things seafood including:

  • Shucked! – June 14th kick-off the festival in style at this premier TGIF happy hour! BC’s most prominent oyster producing families & businesses show off as they shuck perfectly plump, sustainably slurp-tastic oysters at roving, longboard stations. Sit back and explore the unique characteristics and flavours of BC’s one-of-a-kind coastline. PLUS the always entertaining Shucker Paddy will join us to show off his Guinness Book of World Records shucking skills!
  • Ceviche! Ceviche! Ceviche! Masterclass – June 15th if you love ceviche but have always been a little wary to try it on your own? Then this is the class for you! Two of the province’s top seafood chefs will let you in on the tricks of their trade for creating a seafood ceviche that will be the talk of countless summer parties to come! Of course, there’ll be samples aplenty to preview some of the “wow” your friends will know once you become a Ceviche Master!
  • Baked and Boiled Kitchen Party! – June 15th you can break out the fiddles when East Coast meets West Coast at a good old-fashioned seafood boil! Simmering pots will chock-full of local shellfish and there’ll be tasty sides to go with. Plus craft-spirit tastings and, of course, plenty of music from The WhiskeyDicks!
  • Bounty! A Brunch Seafood Cookout – June 16th This ain’t your typical Sunday brunch! Grab your besties and come rub shoulders with top seafood chefs as they guide you through the creation of a delicious seafood dish – that you then get to enjoy! And while you work away at all that fun, expert mixologists will be whipping up perfectly paired cocktails to keep the kitchen party going! Chef Nathan Fong, and Chef Quang Dang, 2018 BC Chef Challenge Winner, will share all their best seafood tips and tricks with you!

This year’s festival is offering up new Ticketed Events that bring together the best that the Comox Valley has to offer. Don’t be disappointed as all events will sell out quickly! Book your tickets now to:

  • 40 Knots Winery Dinner – June 9th enjoy a 4 course dinner paired with wines from 40 Knots Winery.
  • Seafood Bites & Wine – June 12th come and celebrate the marriage of Shellfish with some fine local wine by the sea. Prime Chophouse chef, Kevin McKellar will be crafting a number of delicious seafood appetizers while 40 Knots winery pairs each dish with some of their incredible wines. Money raised goes towards the Charity Shore Rider Cleanup.
  • Slurp! Gin and Oyster Social – June 12th come and celebrate the marriage of Shellfish with some fine local wine by the sea. Prime Chophouse chef, Kevin McKellar will be crafting a number of delicious seafood appetizers while 40 Knots winery pairs each dish with some of their incredible wines. Money raised goes towards the Charity Shore Rider Cleanup.
  • Terroir Meets Merroir – June 13th join us for an intimate long table dinner among the grape vines, where you will experience Old World Elegance with the finest preparation of our New World local products. Chef Lars expertly prepares canapes and courses, perfectly paired with 40 Knot’s award-winning wines. The ultimate experience will feed your mind, body, and soul as you sit back, and experience the ambiance of the vineyard with soft music, professional table service, and flavours that awe you.

Family fun will abound in the Kids Interactive Zone with touch tanks and interactive displays. Learn about wildlife rescue, sustainable seafood and aquaculture. Kids can visit the Storytime tent, play games and enjoy all things seafood! Get your little ones cooking in our Kids Seafood Cooking Classes for 5-12 years and 10-15 year olds! New for this year, “Learn to Shuck” classes for 12-18 year olds with sessions available during the Signature Weekend. Classes are FREE!

New for 2019! Cheer on Junior Chef Competition contestants as they compete to win an amazing $1,000 RESP contribution provided by Mindset Wealth and bragging rights! Four junior chefs aged 8-15 will have just 45 short minutes to prepare a seafood masterpiece and win the judges over with their creativity, plate presentation and, of course, delicious flavours.

Funding support provided, in part, by the BC Government’s Buy BC Partnership Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the Government of British Columbia.

Signature Event Sponsors for this year’s festival include: Air Canada, Garland Canada, Fortis BC, Buy BC, Nespresso, Sobeys and Coast Capital Savings.

June is BC Seafood Month. During the festival, top participating British Columbia restaurants will be showcasing their favourite seafood dishes to celebrate BC’s bounty and compete for a $1,000 prize by earning the most votes. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit BC Seafood on Your Plate.

BC Seafood Festival 2019 Signature Weekend pass tickets are now on sale at BCSeafoodFestival.com. Weekend Pass with 50 food vouchers $70, Weekend Pass (no food) $25, Saturday or Sunday Day Pass $15.

For more information about the Comox Valley, accommodation, tickets and all the incredible events, go to BCSeafoodFestival.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitors Center 1-855-400-2882.

Join the conversation at #BCSeafoodFest.

About the Comox Valley

Located midway on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is well known for its culinary bounty from the farms and sea to table. Rich with festivals and sporting events, stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, this region is a place of super natural beauty that offers lush culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. It is comprised of the communities of Comox, Courtenay and surrounding rural areas in the Comox Valley Regional District. Visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com.