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.

Xavier Bauby

NIC

Ned Bell

Ocean Wise

Kathryn Guenette

Wild Blueberry Gourmet Eats

Steve Dodd

Bisque Restaurant

Brian Archibald

Boulders Resort & Spa

Freddy Raoult

The Nest

Laura Agnew

Dave Ryan

Vancouver Community College

E. Michael Reidt

Pilgrim Culinary INC

Aaron Rail

The White Whale

Chindi Varadarajulu

L'attitude 49

Rod Butters

RauDZ Regional Kitchen

Darren MacLean

Shokunin

Nyle Petherbridge

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

Brock Bowes

RauDZ Regional Kitchen

Nick Nutting

Wolf in the Fog

Kevin Frisch

Toscanos Mediterranean Grill

Tim Gilleland

The Prime Chophouse

Trevor Bird

Fable Kitchen

Siddharth Choudhary

Siddhartha's Indian Kitchen

Duncan Ly

Foreign Concept

Jinhee Lee

Foreign Concept

Chris Andraza

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Chance Wilke

Avenue Bistro

Injenika Wilson

Tyler Parker

Steamship Grill & Bar

Geoff Rogers

Savoury Chef Foods

John McManus

Vancouver Fish Company

Alex Chen

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Taryn Wa

Ronald St. Pierre

Locals Restaurant

Nigel McMeans

Blackfin Pub

Chris Whittaker

Forage

Angus An

Maenam

Pino Posteraro

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
Photo of Nathan Fong

Nathan Fong

Fong on Food

Ned Bell

Ocean Wise

Quang Dang

West Restaurant

Weimar Gomez

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW Seafood + Bar

Cameron Ballendine

Notch8

Wes Erikson

Fourth Generation Fishing Co LTD

Jade Berg

Anglers Dining, at Dolphins Resort

Ian Blom

The Old Firehouse Wine & Cocktail Bar

Alain Chabot

Chez Vous Artisan Foods

Andrew Shepherd

Vancouver Island Salt Company

Chris Zmeis

Yiamas Greek Taverna

Warren Barr

The Pointe Restaurant

Adrian Merrilees

Fluid Bar & Grill

Todd Radford

Billy D's

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.

  • June 9
    • 9:00 am – 4:00 pmFull 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

      Adult: $189; Child: $149

       1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pmDeep 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

      $68 per person

       288 Gladstone St, Comox
  • June 10
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pmHalf 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

      Adult: $129; Child: $109

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 6:30 pm – 10:00 pmFresh 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:


      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 

      $99.50 per person

  • June 11
    • 9:00 am – 4:00 pmFull 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

      Adult: $189; Child: $149

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 10:30 am – 2:00 pmSalmon Capital Seafood Taste

      Minimum donation of $5/person

      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

      Not to mention that Courtenay’s Luke Blu Guthrie will perform original rhythm and blues songs for your entertainment.

      This is one event you won’t want to miss! All proceeds raised will be donated to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation.

    • 12:00 pmOn 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.

    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny 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

    • 3:00 pmCaesar 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!

       White Whale Restaurant, Courtenay
    • 5:00 pmChef’s Shellfish Showdown

      $150 per person

      Buy tickets now!

      Indulge in an evening of culinary adventure as four renowned chef’s battle to prepare your favourite dish. Enjoy a gala of 8 courses while listening to the sweet sounds of Easy Street and sipping 40 Knots clean crisp wines.

      This year’s chefs include:

      • Chef Jade Berg
      • Chef Andrew Shepherd
      • Chef Ian Blom
      • Chef Alain Chabot
       40 Knots Winery
    • 6:00 pmBCSGA 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.

      $10 per person

       Filberg Lodge, Comox
  • June 12
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pmBC Seafood Expo

      June 12-13,

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

      2 days

      various

       Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre,
    • 9:00 am – 4:00 pmBC Seafood Expo Trade Show

      REGISTER HERE

      7 hours

      $10 per person

       Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pmHalf 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

      Adult: $129; Child: $109

        Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 10:00 am – 11:30 amTerry 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

      $20 per person

       Sid Williams Theatre
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 amSalish 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

      $10 per person

       Salish Sea Foods — 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox
    • 11:00 amManatee 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.

      Free, but have to register

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
  • June 13
    • 8:30 am – 4:00 pmBC Seafood Expo Trade Show

      REGISTER HERE

      7.5 hours

      $10 per person

       Florence Filberg Centre & Native Sons Hall
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pmBC Seafood Expo

      June 12-13

      2 days

      various

       Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 amSalish Sea Foods Tour

      BUY TICKETS NOW

      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

      $10 per person

       Salish Sea Foods — 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox
    • 11:00 amManatee 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.

      Free, but have to register

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 11:00 am – 12:15 pmNed Bell Keynote Plenary Session – Farmed & Wild Fish, It’s All Seafood

      REGISTER HERE

      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

      $20 per person

       Sid Williams Theatre
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pmCrabbing 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

    • 5:30 pmTie the Seafood & Wine Knot with 40 Knots & Prime

      4 Course Paired Dinner with 40 Knots Vineyard

      Tickets: call the restaurant at 250-871-7292

      $75.00 per person

       The Prime Chophouse — 1089 Braidwood Rd, Courtenay 250-871-7292
  • June 14
    • 9:00 am – 4:00 pmFull 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

      Adult: $189; Child: $149

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 amSalish Sea Foods Tour

      BUY TICKETS NOW

      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

      $10 per person

       Salish Sea Foods — 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox
    • 11:00 amManatee 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.

      Free, but have to register

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 1:00 pmMacs 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!

      $15 per person

       Ships Point
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pmSeafood & 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

      $15 per person

       Cascadia Liquor Store
  • June 15
    • 8:30 am – 2:30 pmBC 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

       depart from Campbell River Cabs — 1500 Island Hwy (behind the Quinsam Hotel)
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pmHalf 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

      Adult: $129; Child: $109

       depart from either Comox Municipal Marina or Campbell River Discovery Harbour Marina — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 9:00 amSnorkeling with Seals Tour

      PRESENTED BY: Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures

      BUY TICKETS NOW

      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.

      Adult: $129; Child: $99

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 amSalish Sea Foods Tour

      BUY TICKETS NOW

      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

      $10 per person

       Salish Sea Foods — 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox
    • 11:00 amManatee 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.

      Free, but have to register

    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny 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

      $15 per person

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmGin & 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

      $20 tickets

       Wayward Distillation House
    • 6:30 pmWhite 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.

      $75 per person

       The White Whale
  • June 16
    • 9:00 am – 4:00 pmFull 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

      Adult: $189; Child: $149

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 10:30 am – 11:30 amSalish 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

      $10 per person

       Salish Sea Foods — 820 Shamrock Pl, Comox
    • 11:00 amManatee 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.

      Free, but have to register

       Manatee's Royston Hatchery
    • 4:00 pm – 7:00 pmCrabbing 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

    • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pmBCSGA Shellfish Dinner by the Sea

      $125 per person

      Buy your tickets now!

      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.

      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.

       Filberg Park, Comox 250-890-7561
  • June 17
    • 8:30 am – 2:30 pmBC 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

       depart from Campbell River Cabs
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pmHalf 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

      Adult: $129; Child: $109

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
  • June 18
    • 9:00 am – 4:00 pmFull 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

      Adult: $189; Child: $149

       Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures — 1340 Island Hwy, Campbell River
    • 10:00 am – 11:15 amPrivate 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).

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

    • 11:00 am – 5:00 pmComox by the Sea Celebration

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      6 hrs

      Early Bird: $15

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park

* Events subject to change.

Events & Tours

Fresh Fest

6:30pm

Half Day Wildlife Tour

June 10, 12, 15, 17

Snorkeling with Seals Tour

June 15

Full Day Wildlife Tour

June 9, 11, 14, 16, 18

Oyster Farm Tour & Cruise

June 9

Fanny Bay Oysters Tour

June 11 - 15

BC Salmon Farm Tour

June 15 & 17

Caesar Competiton

June 11

Salish Sea Foods Tour

June 12 - 15

Comox by the Sea

June 18

Manatee Holdings Tour

June 12 - 16

Crabbing Experience

June 13 & 16

Macs Oysters Beach Tour

June 14

Gin & Oysters Happy Hour

June 15

Seafood & Wine Pairing

June 14

Salmon Capital Seafood Taste

June 11

On Farm Safety & Traceability Program Session

June 11

Terry O’Reilly Keynote Plenary Session – Marketing BC Seafood

June 12

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

June 13

White Whale Shellfish Festival Collaboration Dinner

June 15

BC Seafood Expo Trade Show

June 12 & 13

BCSGA Oyster Reception + Showing of Ebb & Flow

June 11

Tie the Seafood & Wine Knot with 40 Knots & Prime

June 13

Private VIP Seafood Brunch Chef Cook-along

June 18

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

The Vancouver Fish Company

Forage

Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood & Oyster Bar

Victoria

Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill

Comox

The Prime Chophouse and Wine Bar

Courtenay

Ocean7 Restaurant and AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar

Courtenay

Bisque Restaurant

Courtenay

Yiamas Greek Taverna

Courtenay

Avenue Bistro

Comox

Blue Water Cafe

Vancouver

Martine’s Bistro

Comox

Steamship Grill & Bar

Victoria

The Pointe Restaurant

Tofino

Savoury Chef Foods

Vancouver

Blackfin Pub

Comox

Locals

Courtenay

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Vancouver

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Vancouver

Billy D’s

Courtenay

COMOX BY THE SEA CELEBRATION!

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

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!

ADMISSION & TASTING TICKETS

EARLY BIRD  – $15 per person Until June 16 |  GATE RATE – $20 per person

TASTING TICKETS – $1 each, available at the event. Tasting prices vary.
*Tickets are non-refundable

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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.

Taryn Wa

Chris Whittaker

Forage

Angus An

Maenam

Pino Posteraro

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
Photo of Nathan Fong

Nathan Fong

Fong on Food

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!


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!

Shucker Paddy


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!



Live Entertainment

Little Big Lions

Big Little Lions

Paul Otten, Helen Austin

Will Miller & Mary Murphy Band

Will Millar, Mary Murphy Band

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

More About the Entertainers

Big Little Lions

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 Miller

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 Murphy

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

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.

Paul Keim

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!

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.

Best Western

BEST WESTERN, WESTERLY HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTRE

10% off current rate at time of booking. To Book call 1-800-668-7797
Details
Travelodge Courtenay

TRAVELODGE COURTENAY

Starting from $89 To book call 1-800-578-7878
Details
Holiday Inn

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

Starting from $133.95, quote code BS4 To book call 1-778-225-0010
Details

OLD HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Starting from $149.95 To book call 1-888-703-0202
Details
Crown Isle Resort

CROWN ISLE RESORT

To book call 1-888-338-8439
Details
Anco Inn

ANCO INN

Starting from $77 To book call 1-877-393-2200
Details
Comox Valley Inn

COMOX VALLEY INN & SUITES

To book call 1-800-811-5955
Details
river heights

RIVER HEIGHTS MOTEL

To book call 1-888-873-7022
Details
Cona Hostel

CONA HOSTEL

To book call 1-877-490-2662
Details

 PARTICIPATE

EVENTS, COMPETITIONS & MORE! 

There are many ways Chefs, food and beverage businesses, seafood producers, and tourism businesses can get involved and leverage the Festival. Use links below to download participation agreement forms:

HOST AN EVENT OR TOUR
COMOX BY THE SEA
SHUCKING COMPETITION
CHOWDER CHALLENGE
BC SEAFOOD ON YOUR PLATE 

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

The 2017 BC Shellfish & 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!

LEARN MORE

PARTICIPATION PACKAGE FOR BUSINESSES

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

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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. Use link below to download the Program Overview and access Application Forms.

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BE A BC SEAFOOD 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.

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PLAN 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 info@vivccomoxvalley.com

GALLERY

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the 2016 BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival!

Contact Us

For information on events, accommodation specials, and how to get to the Festival, contact the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre:
phone:  1-250-400-2882
tollfree: 1-855-400-2882
email: info@vivisitorcentre.com

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