BC Seafood Festival

Kitchen getting crowded at BC Seafood Festival

BC Seafood Festival to showcase over 40 local, national and international chefs

By Samantha McLeod


The kitchen is getting crowded at the 12th annual BC Seafood Festival.

The festival organizers have announced an extensive list of chefs from British Columbia, Canada, and around the world to celebrate the bounty of BC Seafood.

Tickets to select public events for the 10-day celebration on Vancouver Island, B.C. from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 17, 2018 are now on sale.

This year the 2018 event is unveiling the next generation of the festival by extending the highly anticipated BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend  to three-days featuring new events and celebrations including celebrity chef demonstrations, award-winning shellfish and seafood tastings, interactive & educational displays, and competitions including the famous Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and the OceanWise™ Chowder Challenge.

International Celebrity Chefs include:

Chef Tony Su, Ming Court, Cordis Shanghai, Shanghai

Chef Mark Best, Marque, Bistro by Mark Best, Sydney, Australia

Chef Tim Ho, The Food Gallery, Langham Hotel Hong Kong

Chef Chris King, Roux at the Landau, Langham Hotel London

United States Celebrity Chefs include:

Chef Scott Schneider, Al Fiori, Langham Hotel New York

Chef Abby Ferrer, Star Noodle, Maui, Hawaii

Chef Jose Duartes, Taranta, Boston

The growing list of regional and domestic chefs currently includes:

From the Comox Valley – Chef Ronald St. Pierre, Locals Restaurant (pictured); Chef Nigel McMeans, Blackfin Pub; Chef Chance Wilke, Avenue Bistro; Chef Sloane Romano, Atlas Café; Laura Agnew, As You Like It; Dawn McRae, Custom Gourmet; Chef Aaron Rail, White Whale Restaurant; Chef Todd Radford, High Tide Public House; Chef Xavier Bauby, Culinary Arts; Chef Christian Arbez and Chef Melania Pearson, Thrifty Foods Truck.

Outside the Comox Valley – From Victoria: Chef Morgan Wilson, The Fairmont Empress Hotel. From Vancouver: Chef Hidekazu Tojo, Tojo’s; Chef Pino Posteraro, Cioppinos; Chef Ned Bell, OceanWise™; Chef Chris Andraza, Fanny Bay Oysters Bar; Chef Andrea Carlson, Burdock & Co.; Chef Jenice Yu, FISH; Chef Jennifer Peters, Next Jen; Chef Eva Chin, Royal Dinette; Chef Caitlin Mark, H2 Westin Bayshore; Chef Shelome Bouvette, ChiCha; Chef Lisa Ahier, Sobo, Tofino. From Whistler, BC: Chef Melissa Craig, Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler; Chef Isabel Chung, Fairmont Chateau Whistler. From Calgary, Alberta: Chef Darren McLean, Shokurin; Chef Matthias Fong, River Café, and Sal Howell, Proprietor River Café and Deane House.

Also featuring for the first time, Culinary Team British Columbia Chefs:

Chef Chris Braun, Chef Vincenzo Capitano, Chef Aaron Hoffman, Chef Leah Patitucci, Chef Tina Tang, Chef Kurt Waddington; and Team Manager, Chef JC Felicella.

“This year’s BC Seafood Festival promises to be the best yet for presenting a stellar line-up of famed local, domestic and international chefs, while also showcasing our renowned sustainable seafood from our pristine West Coast waters. We look forward to welcoming visitors and locals to the festival and events,” states Chef Nathan Fong, Chef Producer for the Festival.

For more information and tickets: Early-Bird BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend pass ticket sales opened on April 13th with more tickets being released soon for these and other Satellite

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

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