When it comes to seafood celebrations we in British Columbia know how to honour, praise and share the bounties from our ocean. The BC Seafood Festival is a must-attend festival if you love eating seafood and meeting chefs. If you love adventuring, and care a great deal about food-sustainability, then even better.
Come summertime in Canada the celebratory festivals pour out into the parks, streets and beaches. Festivals traverse Canada from East to West and North to South, showcasing all that is amazing about our country. From celebrating Canada Day in every city, to cultural festivities highlighting our diversity, and from folk music festivals, to festivals celebrating our bountiful agriculture and aquaculture industries.
Start your summer fun with the BC Seafood Festival, 2018.
Summer festivals kickoff starts with a visit to Comox Valley on Vancouver Island for our most brilliant and largest seafood festival, BC Seafood Festival.
This year’s event will be held from June 8 to the 17 and will highlight the best of the best in the food industry. Local and visiting chefs will show off their creativity and skills at signature events.
Book a couple of days, or the entire 10 days to tour, adventure, and eat your way around these vibrant communities.
The 12th annual BC Seafood Festival kicks-off with this new, premier TGIF happy hour showcasing an extensive line-up of British Columbia oyster producing families & businesses as they shuck these perfectly plump, ice cold, sustainable slurp-tastic oysters at roving, longboard stations. PLUS, the entertaining Shucker Paddy will be on hand as he shows off his Guinness Book of World Records shucker skills.
Brunch Seafood Cookout – Learn the tricks-of-the trade on preparing a BC seafood brunch-to-remember at this intimate, hands on cook-along class with celebrity Chef Nathan Fong, and renowned International & Domestic Executive Chefs, plus an award-winning Mixologist.
Baked n’ Broiled Kitchen party – East-coast meets West-coast at this seafood boil featuring endless Mac’s Oysters Ltd. clams prepared by Culinary Team BC, Shelter Point Distillery tastings, with musical entertainment by The Whiskeydicks, the Celtic gypsy party rockers.
More female chefs at the Gala Dinner event than ever seen before – The signature event of the BC Seafood Festival features top domestic chefs who will dazzle with an array of seafood tasting stations, set amongst the stunning grounds of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park.
Events and Tours:
Go on the Half Day Wildlife Tour and you will possibly see more than you will on most other expensive tours geared towards spotting wildlife. Cruise these local inlets, bays and tidal rapids in search of large marine animals.
Try the Full Day Tour – ply the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. On full day trips, they provide a BBQ lunch and refreshments. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop for breaks at interesting and historical sites in this beautiful area.
Snorkeling with Seals – Ready to get up close and personal with a Rockfish? Maybe even a huge Lingcod, or how about a seal? Well, you don’t need any experience to join in on this family-oriented Vancouver Island Snorkeling Adventures. They provide all the necessary equipment, and visit popular sites where the resident populations of seals and other marine animals love to interact with snorkelers.
BC Salmon Farm Tour – Guests have the opportunity to see a working farm and chat with the staff about the operations as well as enjoy a scenic boat ride from Campbell River through the Discovery Passage. You might spot some wildlife too so bring your camera to capture nature’s spectacular displays, and record the most serene sights that you could ever imagine existed. This is by far one of the best tours of the BC Seafood Festival.
Comox Valley Rocks for Kids – The Comox Valley comes together to Rock for Kids with an all-day music festival in support of the Comox Valley Child Development Association.
BC Seafood Expo – This event brings together the best in the industry. Meet keynote guest, Calvin Helin, one of the the most dynamic First Nations activist for self-reliance. Calvin Helin, a member of the Tsimshian Nation, comes from the community of Lax Kw’alaams on the Northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The son of a hereditary chief, Helin is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and best-selling author.
The above are just a few key events, there are many, many more to check out over the 10 days of our best seafood festival in Canada. Visit BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, 2018 GUIDE HERE.
BC Shellfish Festival 2017
This is salmon raised in BC