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Fresh Fest Features Top Chefs, B.C. Seafood & Energizing Musical Tones

June 6, 2016

For Immediate Release

COMOX, B.C. – Celebrating unique culinary creations, Fresh Fest showcases the talents of the province’s top chefs and features nine of B.C.’s major aquaculture products: Chinook salmon, Steelhead, Atlantic salmon, Coho salmon, Sablefish, Sturgeon meat and caviar, Oysters, Mussels, and Clams – all paired with B.C. VQA wines.

As one of the signature events for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, this year’s sold out event will take place on

June 10th at the Old House Inn in Courtenay, B.C.

Fresh Fest’s talented chefs will include:

  • Chef Ned Bell – Founder of Chefs For Oceans / Yew Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
  • Chef Ronald St. Pierre – Locals Restaurant, Courtenay
  • Chef Matt Horn – Cowichan Pasta Company, Cowichan Bay
  • Chef Andrew Shepherd – Vancouver Island Salt Company, Cobble Hill
  • Chef Nyle Petherbridge – Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa, Courtenay
  • Chef Nathan Tymchuck – Vancouver Island
  • Chef Siddharth Choudhary – Siddhartha’s Kitchen, Vancouver
  • Chef Laura Gosnell – Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House, Campbell River

“This year’s menu focuses on providing a diverse selection of the province’s freshest
sustainable seafood to appeal to a variety of palettes,” said Chef Ned Bell. “All of us are working hard to create special dishes that best showcase B.C.’s marine bounty.”

While the chefs and seafood are the stars of the event, Vancouver Island’s talented Luke Blu Guthrie will entertain the crowd with live music to round out the event and delight all your senses. As a highly versatile rhythm and blues performer, Luke will perform original material of soulful and passionate songs.

As the largest of its kind in Western Canada, the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival is celebrating ten years with the greatest offerings of events to date. From June 9th through 19th attendees can participate in 11 days of chef demonstrations, gala dinners, educational seminars, aquaculture tours, and more – showcasing the best of B.C.’s seafood industry, producers and its bounty.

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Media Contact:

Lara Greasley
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism
Office: 250-334-2427  Ext: 233