Festival Countdown

BC SEAFOOD AND SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

Western Canada’s largest seafood festival is less than a month away, and tickets are selling fast, with hotels & resorts filling up. Don’t be disappointed; book your tickets and tours to over 45 spectacular events to experience the bounty of British Columbia’s wide array of seafood producers and 40+ participating Chefs. To plan your shucktastic getaway, call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre 1-855-400-2882 to learn more about the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, the Festival host destination and largest shellfish producing area in BC! Purchase tickets and tours below!

#BCShellFest

MEET THE CHEFS

A growing list of renowned Chefs are celebrating & presenting the best of BC seafood during the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival! Learn more about these top chefs here.

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Ned Bell

Ocean Wise

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Nathan Fong

Fong on Food

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Pino Posteraro

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill

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Angus An

Maenam

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Chris Whittaker

Forage

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Nigel McMeans

Blackfin Pub

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Ronald St. Pierre

Locals Restaurant

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Taryn Wa

Savoury Chef Foods

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Alex Chen

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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John McManus

Vancouver Fish Company

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Geoff Rogers

Savoury Chef Foods

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Tyler Parker

Steamship Grill & Bar

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Injenika Wilson

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Chance Wilke

Avenue Bistro

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Chris Andraza

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

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Jinhee Lee

Foreign Concept

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Duncan Ly

Foreign Concept

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Siddharth Choudhary

Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen

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Trevor Bird

Fable Kitchen

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Tim Gilleland

The Prime Chophouse

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Kevin Frisch

Toscanos Mediterranean Grill

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Nick Nutting

Wolf in the Fog

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Brock Bowes

RauDZ Regional Kitchen

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Darren MacLean

Shokunin

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Rod Butters

RauDZ Regional Kitchen

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Andrew Shepherd

Vancouver Island Salt Company

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Alain Chabot

Chez Vous Artisan Foods

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Chindi Varadarajulu

L'attitude 49

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Aaron Rail

The White Whale

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E. Michael Reidt

Pilgrim Culinary INC

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Dave Ryan

Vancouver Community College

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Laura Agnew

As You Like It Catering

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Freddy Raoult

The Nest

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Kathryn Guenette

Wild Blueberry Gourmet Eats

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Xavier Bauby

NIC

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Brian Archibald

Boulders Resort & Spa

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Steve Dodd

Bisque Restaurant

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Chris Zmeis

Yiamas Greek Taverna

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Warren Barr

The Pointe Restaurant

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Dave Craggs

Ferris' Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Nyle Petherbridge

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

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Ian Blom

The Old Firehouse Wine & Cocktail Bar

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Jade Berg

Anglers Dining at Dolphins Resort

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Wes Erikson

Fourth Generation Fishing Co LTD

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Cameron Ballendine

Notch8

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Weimar Gomez

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW Seafood + Bar

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Quang Dang

West Restaurant

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

It’s official; the 2017 BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival will be the largest in its 11 year history; events are being added here daily, and tickets will sell quickly. Interested in one of these events? It sounds cliché, but take our word for it – tickets do sell quickly and many events and tours will sell out.

EVENTS FOR JUNE

Full Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll ply the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. On full day trips we 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. Tour may depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

7 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $189; Child: $149

Deep Water Oyster Farm Tour with Chef

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Learn about growing, preparing and eating oysters on a 3.5 hour boat trip. We will cruise down Baynes Sound to an oyster farm. They will give a 20-minute presentation on oyster farming. Holliewood Oysters will also supply us with their product for the Chef on board to prepare for tasting.

3.5 hours

288 Gladstone St, Comox

$68 per person

Half Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll cruise the local inlets, bays and tidal rapids in search of large marine animals. Snacks and refreshments provided. May depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

4 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $129; Child: $109

Fresh Fest

Purchase tickets here

Top Chefs. Fresh Farm-Raised BC Seafood. Energizing Musical Tones.

As one of the signature events for the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, Fresh Fest features unique culinary creations that showcase seafood sustainably raised in B.C., which will be perfectly paired with B.C. VQA wine to highlight the best of B.C.'s ample bounty.

Taking place at Coastal Black Winery - an award winning 600 acre fruit winery on the outskirts of the beautiful Comox Valley - Fresh Fest will feature an all-star line-up of the country's top-level chefs including:


Jinhee Lee

2017 Gold Medal Plates Champion - Jinhee Lee (Foreign Concept, Calgary)

2010 and 2013 Gold Medal Plates Champion, Silver & Bronze Medalist in 2008, 2009, 2012 - Duncan Ly (Foreign Concept, Calgary)

2017 and 2012 Top Chef Canada Competitor - Trevor Bird (Fable Kitchen, Vancouver)


  • Renowned Chef and Cookbook Author Rod Butters (RauDZ Regional Kitchen, Kelowna)
  • 2015 Chopped Canada Winner Brock Bowes (RauDZ Regional Kitchen, Kelowna)
  • Celebrity Chef Ned Bell (Vancouver Aquarium, Ocean-Wise, Vancouver)
  • Chef Nick Nutting (Wolf in the Fog, Tofino)
  • Chef Ronald St. Pierre (Locals Restaurant, Courtenay)
  • Chef Siddharth Choudhary (Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen, Vancouver)
  • Chef Darren MacLean (Shokunin, Calgary)

Guests will have the opportunity to personally interact with the chefs at each station, while enjoying the incredible musical talents of local B.C. musician, Ari Neufeld.

This is a 19+ event and ID will be required.

3.5 hours

Coastal Black Winery - 2186 Endall Road, Black Creek

$99.50 per person

Full Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll ply the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. On full day trips we 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. Tour may depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

7 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $189; Child: $149

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Salmon Capital Seafood Taste

Showcasing the talents of B.C.'s chefs, the Salmon Capital Seafood Taste is a new addition to the BC Seafood Festival - expanding the festivities into Campbell River for the first time!

There’s no better way to celebrate Seafood Month than joining Campbell River's aquaculture industry for a taste of B.C.'s fresh farm–raised fish. Featuring chef-inspired food stations with creative culinary delights created by:

  • Chef Dave Ryan, Culinary Team Canada Champion
  • Chef Siddharth Choudhary, Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen
  • Chef Xavier Bauby, International Chef & Coach / Culinary Instructor (North Island College)
  • Chef Kathryn Guenette, Wild Blueberry Gourmet Eats

In addition, Courtenay's versatile rhythm and blues musician – Luke Blu Guthrie – will perform original soulful and passionate songs for your entertainment. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

In order to give back to the community, there will be a minimum donation of $5/person. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.

3.5 hours

Spirit Square, Campbell River

Minimum donation of $5/person

On Farm Safety & Traceability Program Session

Register here

Presented by Excel Career College

Funding is now available to help you meet emerging national and international food safety and traceability standards and requirements, helping you to gain access to new markets and retain and expand your existing markets.

This information session will present full program details including what the program is about, how to apply, what funding is available and what else to expect.

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Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Caesar Competiton

This annual Caesar Competition brings together the best mixologists to compete for the title of Best Caesar in Town, as part of the 11th annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. Come enjoy drink specials, buck-a-shuck oysters and more at the White Whale Restaurant, Courtenay!

Caesars will be judged on appearance, taste, garnish and of course shellfish & seafood relevance!

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White Whale Restaurant, Courtenay

Chef’s Shellfish Showdown

Enjoy an 8 course dinner with wine pairing. Listen to the sweet sounds of Easy Street.

This year’s chefs include:

  • Chef Jade Berg
  • Chef Andrew Shepherd
  • Chef Ian Blom
  • Chef Alain Chabot
 

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40 Knots Winery

$150 per person

BCSGA Oyster Reception + Showing of Ebb & Flow

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Chef Ned Bell will be shucking local oysters at a special showing of the movie, Ebb & Flow. The movie depicts the history of oyster farming on the West Coast, and gives a glimpse of a larger community of people working together to hold onto healthy shellfish resources and recognizes the Jerry Yamashita for his role in helping to save the shellfish farming industry from collapse in the 1930s.

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Filberg Lodge, Comox

$10 per person

BC Seafood Expo

BC Seafood Expo – June 12-13,

Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay

2 days

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Half Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll cruise the local inlets, bays and tidal rapids in search of large marine animals. Snacks and refreshments provided. May depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

4 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $129; Child: $109

BC Seafood Expo Trade Show

Register here

June 12

7 hours

Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

$10 per person

Terry O’Reilly Keynote Plenary Session – Marketing BC Seafood

Register here

Presentation Summary: A negative perception in the marketplace is like a kink in a hose. The flow of business can be disrupted and the support of the public can be dampened. Join Terry O’Reilly as he talks about how marketing can help turn a negative perception into a positive one by changing the conversation. Learn how to isolate the obstacle, how to drill into that obstacle to find a leverage point and how to turn science into compelling stories. Terry will break these steps down and will show you how various industries have taken what seemed like insurmountable problems and turned them into incredible opportunities.

90 mins

Sid Williams Theatre

$20 per person

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Salish Sea Foods Tour

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Shellfish Production: Customers will have a 20-minute tour the daily production of a small seafood processing facility with the opportunity for a question and answer period. Tour participants will be able to taste a variety of smoked salmon products and leave the facility with 1/2lb of frozen smoked salmon candy, and one can of smoked salmon pate.

1 hr

Salish Sea Foods, 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox

$10 per person

Manatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

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This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee's Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

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Free, but have to register

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

BC Seafood Expo

BC Seafood Expo – June 12-13

Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay

2 days

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BC Seafood Expo Trade Show

Register here

June 13

7.5 hours

Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall

$10 per person

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Salish Sea Foods Tour

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Finfish Production: Customers will have a 20-minute tour the daily production of a small seafood processing facility with the opportunity for a question and answer period. Tour participants will be able to taste a variety of smoked salmon products and leave the facility with 1/2lb of frozen smoked salmon candy, and one can of smoked salmon pate.

1 hr

Salish Sea Foods, 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox

$10 per person

Ned Bell Keynote Plenary Session – Farmed & Wild Fish, It’s All Seafood

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Presentation Summary: As the Executive Chef of Ocean Wise, and the Founder of Chefs for Oceans, Ned believes chefs have a unique opportunity, quite honestly a responsibility, to engage, educate and advocate for healthy lakes, oceans and rivers. The conversations surrounding seafood, both locally and globally, are and continue to be challenged, especially when it comes to the farming and cultivation of fish and shellfish, and the wild capture of some of the most delicious things we have on our dinner plates. Ned’s talk will focus on the importance of a deeper understanding of these challenges and the opportunities we all are facing.

75 mins

Sid Williams Theatre

$20 per person

Manatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

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This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee's Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

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Free, but have to register

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Crabbing Experience

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Enjoy this 3-hour boat trip and learn how to catch and prepare crab. This tour is a mix of adventure and culinary treats. As we cruise around the local waters, we will point out the marine life and historic sites that grace our area. Our recreational crab traps will be pulled onboard with the hope of catching Dungeness Crab. Any legal keepers will be prepared by the local chef to go with the meal that is part of this trip.

3 hours

$95 per person

Tie the Seafood & Wine Knot with 40 Knots & Prime

4 Course Paired Dinner with 40 Knots Vineyard

Tickets: call the restaurant at 250-871-7292

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The Prime Chophouse, 1089 Braidwood Rd, Courtenay

$75.00 per person

Full Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll ply the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. On full day trips we 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. Tour may depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

7 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $189; Child: $149

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

Buy Tickets Now

Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Salish Sea Foods Tour

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Finfish Production: Customers will have a 20-minute tour the daily production of a small seafood processing facility with the opportunity for a question and answer period. Tour participants will be able to taste a variety of smoked salmon products and leave the facility with 1/2lb of frozen smoked salmon candy, and one can of smoked salmon pate.

1 hr

Salish Sea Foods, 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox

$10 per person

Manatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

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This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee's Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

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Free, but have to register

Macs Oysters Beach Tour

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Come for a beach walk on Ships Point to see the different farming practices. Enjoy nature and the fresh air! Bring boots as we'll be foraging the beach for local delicacies!

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$15 per person

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

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Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Seafood & Wine Pairing

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Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill, 40 Knots Estate Winery and Cascadia Liquor Store are partnering up to bring you a delicious seafood and wine pairing event, part of the 11th annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival!

Enjoy smoked albacore tuna prepared by Executive Chef Kevin Frishe, paired with locally made, award winning Gamay Noir, Chardonnay and White Sails from 40 Knots Estate Winery. Learn first hand from these local food and beverage champions as you taste your way through this informative and flavourful hour.

1 hr

Cascadia Liquor Store

$15 per person

BC Salmon Farm Association Tour

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Come and learn more about our fish, our farms and sustainable salmon farming through our public tour program. Learn about how we are helping to meet the world’s growing demand for salmon, while protecting our natural environment.

6 hrs

depart from Campbell River Cabs located at 1500 Island Hwy (behind the Quinsam Hotel)

$60 per person

Snorkeling with Seals Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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June 11 and 18 SOLD OUT!

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 our family-oriented Vancouver Island Snorkeling Adventures. We provide all the necessary equipment and visit popular sites where the resident populations of seals and other marine animals love to interact with snorkelers.

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Adult: $129; Child: $99

Half Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll cruise the local inlets, bays and tidal rapids in search of large marine animals. Snacks and refreshments provided. May depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

4 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $129; Child: $109

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

Buy Tickets Now

Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Salish Sea Foods Tour

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Finfish Production: Customers will have a 20-minute tour the daily production of a small seafood processing facility with the opportunity for a question and answer period. Tour participants will be able to taste a variety of smoked salmon products and leave the facility with 1/2lb of frozen smoked salmon candy, and one can of smoked salmon pate.

1 hr

Salish Sea Foods, 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox

$10 per person

Manatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

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This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee's Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

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Free, but have to register

Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

Buy Tickets Now

Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

1 hr

8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay

$15 per person

Gin & Oysters Happy Hour

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Choose your own venture at this exclusive gin & tonic bar. Locally distilled Unruly Gin made from BC honey, paired with Kusshi Oysters of Stellar Bay Shellfish. Learn why Kusshi oysters are known as “cocktail oysters”. Discover how they're grown and a little bit about some of the people, places, and processes that create these wonderful little mini kusshi gin & tonics.

2 hours

Wayward Distillation House

$20 tickets

White Whale Shellfish Festival Collaboration Dinner

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White Whale's Executive Chef, Aaron Rail, is bringing you an intimate dining experience with celebrity chefs working together to create beautiful courses highlighting the best Seafood and Shellfish the West Coast of BC has to offer, as well as BC wines, ciders and craft beers, great service and overall good times! Weather permitting, this event will be held on our waterfront patio, adding to the magic of the evening.

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The White Whale

$75 per person

Full Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

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We’ll ply the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. On full day trips we 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. Tour may depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

7 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $189; Child: $149

Salish Sea Foods Tour

Buy Tickets Now

Shellfish Production: Customers will have a 20-minute tour the daily production of a small seafood processing facility with the opportunity for a question and answer period. Tour participants will be able to taste a variety of smoked salmon products and leave the facility with 1/2lb of frozen smoked salmon candy, and one can of smoked salmon pate.

1 hr

Salish Sea Foods, 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox

$10 per person

Manatee Holdings Hatchery Tour

Register Here

This public tour will feature an overview of industry best sustainable aquaculture practices with a tour of Manatee's Royston Hatchery operation including Geoduck, Sea Cucumbers, Scallops and Oysters.

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Free, but have to register

Crabbing Experience

Buy Tickets Now

Enjoy this 3-hour boat trip and learn how to catch and prepare crab. This tour is a mix of adventure and culinary treats. As we cruise around the local waters, we will point out the marine life and historic sites that grace our area. Our recreational crab traps will be pulled onboard with the hope of catching Dungeness Crab. Any legal keepers will be prepared by the local chef to go with the meal that is part of this trip.

3 hours

$95 per person

BCSGA Shellfish Dinner by the Sea

Shellfish Dinner by the Sea. It will be the meal to remember and the place to be. This special evening will include a cash bar that features delicious BC wines and beer.

Several of the BCSGA Board members have pulled together to bring you this next iteration of our annual event. Come on out to enjoy the new look and feel of this year's event. Chefs include Cameron Ballendine (Notch8, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver), Guiseppe Posteraro (Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill), Chris Whittaker (Forage), Nathan Fong (Fong on Food), Quang Dang (West), Alex Chen (Boulevard), Ronald St. Pierre (Locals Restaurant), Weimar Gomez (Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver + Bar), Chris Andraza (Fanny Bay Oyster Bar) and Chef Wes Erikson. Celebrated BC Chefs come together to create a meal that will showcase BC shellfish in an upscale outdoor setting that is second to none. June 16's event – BCSGA Shellfish Dinner by the Sea – will feature chefs preparing and serving their culinary creations from stations in Filberg Park. They will showcase shellfish grown in BC by our members and will feature a few of our fin friends.

4 hours

Filberg Park, Comox

$125 per person

BC Salmon Farm Association Tour

Book Here

Come and learn more about our fish, our farms and sustainable salmon farming through our public tour program. Learn about how we are helping to meet the world’s growing demand for salmon, while protecting our natural environment.

6 hrs

depart from Campbell River Cabs located at 1500 Island Hwy (behind the Quinsam Hotel)

$60 per person

Half Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

Buy Tickets Now

We’ll cruise the local inlets, bays and tidal rapids in search of large marine animals. Snacks and refreshments provided. May depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

4 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $129; Child: $109

Full Day Wildlife Tour

PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

Buy Tickets Now

We’ll ply the waters in search of the biggest and most exciting marine animals in Desolation Sound and the Salish Sea. On full day trips we 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. Tour may depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina.

7 hours

1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River

Adult: $189; Child: $149

Private VIP Seafood Brunch Chef Cook-along

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This VIP learn and taste event features top award-winning Chefs Nathan Fong (Fong on Food), Quang Dang (West Restaurant), and Mixologist Sabrine Dhaliwal (UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar) as they provide attendees instruction on creating a do-it-yourself Seafood Bruch featuring Cioppino… Seafood Stew! Attendees will come together in groups of four cooking stations to prepare this tasty dish and then enjoy the fruits of their labour, complimented by a custom signature cocktail to top off the perfectly paired brunch. Your ticket includes full day access to the Comox by the Sea Celebration as well ($20 value).

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Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox

$85 per person OR $75 per person when you purchase four tickets

Comox by the Sea Celebration

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6 hrs

Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park

Early Bird: $15

EVENTS & TOURS

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Fresh Fest

June 10

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Half Day Wildlife Tour

June 10, 12, 15, 17

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Snorkeling with Seals Tour

June 15

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Full Day Wildlife Tour

June 9, 11, 14, 16, 18

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Oyster Farm Tour & Cruise

June 9

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Fanny Bay Oysters Tour

June 11 - 15

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BC Salmon Farm Tour

June 15 & 17

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Caesar Competiton

June 11

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Salish Sea Foods Tour

June 12 - 15

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Comox by the Sea

June 18

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Manatee Holdings Tour

June 12 - 16

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Crabbing Experience

June 13 & 16

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Macs Oysters Beach Tour

June 14

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Gin & Oysters Happy Hour

June 15

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Seafood & Wine Pairing

June 14

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Salmon Capital Seafood Taste

June 11

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On Farm Safety & Traceability Program Session

June 11

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Terry O’Reilly Keynote Plenary Session – Marketing BC Seafood

June 12

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Ned Bell Keynote Plenary Session – Farmed & Wild Fish, It’s All Seafood

June 13

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White Whale Shellfish Festival Collaboration Dinner

June 15

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BC Seafood Expo Trade Show

June 12 & 13

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BCSGA Oyster Reception + Showing of Ebb & Flow

June 11

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Tie the Seafood & Wine Knot with 40 Knots & Prime

June 13

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Private VIP Seafood Brunch Chef Cook-along

June 18

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BCSGA Shellfish Dinner by the Sea

June 16

BC SEAFOOD ON YOUR PLATE

Love seafood? These incredible restaurants are presenting BC Seafood on Your Plate features and specials, June 9-18, in celebration of BC Seafood Month. While dining, don’t forget to pair incredible BC Wines, Spirits and Craft beers with your sustainable seafood experiences!

Participating Restaurants:

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Locals

Courtenay

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Forage

Vancouver

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Blackfin Pub

Comox

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Savoury Chef Foods

Vancouver

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The Pointe Restaurant

Tofino

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Steamship Grill & Bar

Victoria

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Martine’s Bistro

Comox

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Blue Water Cafe

Vancouver

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Avenue Bistro

Comox

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Yiamas Greek Taverna

Courtenay

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Bisque Restaurant

Courtenay

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Ocean7 Restaurant and AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar

Courtenay

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The Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar

Courtenay

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Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill

Comox

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Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar

Victoria

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The Vancouver Fish Company

Vancouver

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Vancouver

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Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Vancouver

COMOX BY THE SEA CELEBRATION!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 11 AM – 5 PM
Location: Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox, BC

Early Bird Rate – $15 per person! Until June 16
Gate Rate – $20 per person! June 18
*Tasting Tickets $1 each, available at the event. Tasting prices vary.
*Tickets are non-refundable

See more seafood! This year’s Comox by the Sea Celebration promises a bigger bounty of seafood sampling with more tasting stations and chefs than ever before!

Things to do

Celebrity Chef Demos

Celebrity Chef Nathan Fong will be hosting the Comox By The Sea seafood demonstrations, as well as showcasing his own skills. Demonstrations and recipes are provided by the following Vancouver Chefs: Pino Posteraro from Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill; Angus An from Maenam; Taryn Wa from Savoury Chef Foods; and Chris Whittaker from Forage.

Photo of Nathan Fong

Nathan Fong

Fong on Food

Pino Posteraro

Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill

Angus An

Maenam

Taryn Wa

Savoury Chef Foods

Chris Whittaker

Forage

TASTING-BOOTH

Shellfish and Seafood Tasting Booths

Sample the best of British Columbia’s award-winning shellfish and seafood producers and restaurants. Stay tuned for a complete list of tasting booths!

Educational and Interactive Booths

Bring the whole family and learn all about our amazing shellfish and seafood industry. Stay tuned for a complete list of educational and interactive booths!

EDUCATIONAL
Shucker Paddy
Shucker Paddy

Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Championship

International shucking sensation and Guinness Book of World Records holder, Shucker Paddy, will be emceeing the Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Championship and providing interactive demonstrations throughout the day. The winning shucker will be awarded a trip to the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Festival to compete in the Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Championship!

Oceanwise Chowder Challenge

Cheer on Chefs as they compete for the title of ‘Best Chowder’. Public tastings provided. The winning participant will be awarded a trip to Vancouver to compete in the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown!

CHOWDER
beer-&-wine-garden

Live Entertainment

Little Big Lions

Big Little Lions
Paul Otten, Helen Austin

Big Little Lions is the ferocious songwriting duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten. Both successful singer/songwriters in their own right, they met while both on a conference songwriting member success panel and then a couple of years later started the band from afar, with Helen based on Vancouver Island, BC, and Paul in Cincinnati, OH.

It was while Paul was producing for Helen’s JUNO Award winning album that they became Big Little Lions and together they have won many awards including 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition, the top prize of Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Canadian Folk Music Awar 2015 for Ensemble of the Year. Their latest album, Just Keep Moving, was nominated for two 2016 Canadian Folk Music Wards for Contemporary Album and Vocal Group of the Year.

Both of them are hugely prolific songwriters and between them, they have had hundreds of TV, movie and ad placements and are also often featured on CBC radio shows including The Vinyl Cafe.

Their live show is quite the spectacle with Paul playing the drums, bass and keyboard all while singing lead vocals with Helen, who is no slacker playing guitar and foot percussion. They use every limb, and then some, to make two people sound like a full band.

Their music has been featured on TV including MTV’s Catfish, ABC’s The Vineyard, NBC’s The Night Shift, CBS’s Elementary, movie trailers, Microsoft, Ikea and McDonald’s commercials.

Will Millar & Mary Murphy Band

Will Millar, Mary Murphy Band
Top: Will Millar, Mary Murphy Bottom: Martin Nolan, Paul Keim

Is he reverently known as the creator of the internationally acclaimed musical group “The Irish Rovers”? Affirmative.

Is he affectionately known for the originality he brought to the award-winning CBC Television program “The Irish Rovers” (which by the way was one of the most popular variety shows of its day, as proved by its awards and 7-year run)? Absolutely.

Does he have gold, silver and platinum plated discs on his wall, one of which sold over 8 million copies? Yes Indeed.

Is he a musicologist of such depths as to be mind boggling to those who know him? ‘Tis true, he is.

Is he a writer and a poet? Assuredly.

Can he, through the medium of canvas, brush and colour, bring to life, his birth country? There is no doubt that he can and does.

For Will, living life, and embracing all its possibilities is akin to reincarnation in the here and now. He has reinvented himself countless times, and all these reincarnations of self has proven successful beyond measure. It is as though the sun specifically shines is warmth and light upon him.

Will Millar is a storyteller through all his arts, a musicologist and an extraordinary human being. Mary Murphy says of Will, “Performing with him unfailingly infuses my soul with joy, connectedness and light. He is an absolute character whose warmth, wit and charm envelope all those who are blessed enough to be in his presence.

Mary, who originally hails from Wexford, Ireland, possesses an inherent authenticity in both her musical and literary worlds. She ushers first generation immigrants home again, gifts those with Irish roots a taste of inheritance and shepherds those who wish they a were a wee bit Irish, into an ephemeral union.

While Murphy does sing primarily in the English language, her native Irish is always highlighted in her recordings and stage performances.

When Will Millar heard Mary sing, he hired her on the spot to be featured on one of his releases. The two formed an instant bond was have been lighting up the stage together on a regular basis. She has written and performed music for film and continues to be hired to sing on countless musical projects for others.

Mary’s creative fire is not solely billowed by a musical wind, but also lives on the volition of a literary one. She has authored one novel, “The Emerald Diaries – Secrets of an Irish Clan” and two children’s books, “Away with the Fairies” book one and two. She is about to begin recording her eleventh and twelfth CD’s and has several other books waiting in the wings to be released.

It is evident—through audience’s reactions—that she is an artist who loves to connect with people through music, humour, and lightness of spirit. To quote Will Millar with regards to Mary, “When Mary sings, it is like listening to the heart and soul of Ireland.

Martin Nolan is an Irish uilleann piper whose energetic and passionate performing has taken him throughout Europe, the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. Respected in the Irish traditional scene, he has also played alongside jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, the late Michael Brecker, Ronan Guilfoyle, Conor Guilfoyle, Tommy Halferty, Michael Buckley and the Boclé Brothers. He currently plays with the UK Celtic progressive rock band, Iona. Martin has two critically acclaimed albums, Travel’n Style and Bright Silver Dark Wood.

On any given day, Paul Keim may be seen wearing the hat of Producer, Engineer, Songwriter and/or Guitarist. As the owner / operator of Dove Creek Recording Studios in Courtenay, B.C., Paul is continually immersed in a rich musical world.

One of Paul’s greatest gifts is his ability to ‘see into’ musical space. “Writing music is where it all comes together for me. My hope is that my writing and playing will cause listeners to feel, to inspire imagery about a time, a place. As an engineer and as a producer I strive to bring this same awareness to the recording studio.”

His main musical focus over the past many years has been producer and guitarist for his wife, Mary Murphy. He also fell easily into the indispensable role of bandleader and lead guitarist for the Will Millar Band.

His recent acoustic solo guitar CD, Lily of Peru, highlights his diversity and prowess as writer and guitarist.

Kids Zone

Face painting, balloon animals, and more!

Bottle Wayward Distillation Rum

BC Seafood on Your Plate Contest

Drunken Hive Rum from Wayward Distillation House Drunken Hive Rum, a limited edition rum crafted with caramelized BC honey. Only 648 numbered bottles were produced from one bourbon cask in this Single Barrel Release.

Wayward Distillation House offers daily tours and tastings at the distillery.
Come out and try their latest creation – while it lasts!

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

ACCOMMODATIONS

GET FESTIVAL TICKETS FOR FREE with the COMOX BY THE SEA CELEBRATION PACKAGE!

Stay for one or two nights on the weekend of June 17-18, 2017 and get tickets to the Comox by the Sea Celebration! To book your Comox by the Sea Package, follow the instructions below. See you at the Festival!

A range of excellent accommodation options are available to festival attendees. Remember, as the festival has grown, so too has the demand for overnight accommodations – don’t delay in booking your stay!

All Festival rates are based on double occupancy, taxes extra, subject to availability.

PARTICIPATE

Participation Package

Businesses that want to gain exposure by leveraging western Canada’s largest seafood festival, and a whopping $350k marketing campaign, should click here to view the Official Festival Participation & Sponsorship Package.

 

Festival – Advertising Opportunities

The 2017 BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival offers outstanding advertising opportunities that speak directly to your market. Whether you’re an aquaculture industry or tourism-based business, our comprehensive media partner list offers prime advertising space in publications that can increase exposure and improve your brand awareness at rates only buying power can achieve. Leverage the power of partnerships today!

To learn more, view the advertising opportunities here.

 

Participate in Events, Competitions and more!

There are many ways Chefs, food and beverage businesses, seafood producers, and tourism businesses can get involved and leverage the Festival. Click here below for participation forms:

Host an Event or Tour – Participation Agreement

Comox by the Sea – Participation Agreement

Shucking Competition – Participation Agreement

Chowder Challenge – Participation Agreement

BC Seafood on your Plate – Participation Agreement

 

Visiting Media Hosting Program

Media on approved assignment are encouraged to apply for the Visiting Media Hosting Program to become an accredited media during the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival and the BC Seafood Expo. Click here to review the Program Overview and access Application Forms.

 

Be a BC Seafood Expo Exhibitor

Includes: Expo Pass items PLUS Exhibitor space with table, chairs, and access to power and internet. Click here to register as an exhibitor. If you have any questions, contact Linda Hiemstra.

2017 BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival Master Participation Agreement

 

Planning Your Festival Getaway

To learn how to get to the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, click here.

For trip planning, accommodation packages and event tickets call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre at 1-855-400-2882 or email [email protected]

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