The 8th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

Be a prawn star! 8th Annual Festival Celebrates BC’s Wild Spot Prawns

The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is proud to kick off one of Metro Vancouver’s most beloved food festivals: the 8th Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Each year at this event, Chefs’ Table Society member chefs from across the Lower Mainland serve you fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns, as they aim to educate diners about this local, sustainable and delicious delicacy.

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At the Spot Prawn Festival you can buy prawns fresh from the ocean
At the Spot Prawn Festival you can buy prawns fresh from the ocean

A Family Festival Featuring Culinary Stars

Festival day is Saturday, May 10, 2014 at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf.

Presented by Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association and the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, the festival gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy free entertainment, free activities for kids, and attend free cooking demonstrations from top local chefs on the culinary stage, emceed by Chefs’ Table Society member, Ned Bell of YEW at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver,  all while taking advantage of the chance to buy live, locally-sourced prawns directly from the dock.



Spot Prawn Boil

Get your tickets for the region’s biggest Spot Prawn Boil today. The festival was so popular last year that tickets sold out well before festival day, so you are encouraged to get your Boil tickets early and guarantee your spot [prawns].

The Spot Prawn Boil Single Admission ($15) includes a plate of three succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of sauces, salad, and baked goods, and access to the drink tent for free samples from coffee, beer, and wine sponsors. Or the Brine and Dine Combo ($40) makes a special day out. Treat your favourite person to lunch on the wharf and pack some spot prawns to take home. This combo includes two Spot Prawn Boil single admissions, and one Chefs’ Table Society insulated tote bag, so you can take your live spot prawns home in style.

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Free, family friendly activities at the Spot Prawn Festival

When the festival day is over, you can still get your fill of spot prawns throughout the harvest season. Check weekly at for more events, and where you can dine on this succulent sea bounty.

About Spot Prawns:

Wild BC spot prawns are a delicacy known around the world for their sweet, delicate flavour and firm texture, and are the largest of the seven commercial species of shrimp found on the west coast of Canada. While they vary in size, they are most recognizable for their reddish brown colour, which turns bright pink when cooked, defining white spots on their tail and white horizontal bars on the carapace.

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A delicious fresh spot prawn dish as prepared in 2013 at Oru restaurant

BC spot prawns are available live during the harvest season, which usually starts in May and lasts anywhere from six to eight weeks. Prawn fishermen spread baited traps along the rocky ocean floor at depths ranging from 40 to 100 metres. This method has minimal impact on ocean habitat and very low levels of by-catch of other species.


In BC, approximately 2,450 metric tonnes are harvested annually, with about 65% of the harvest coming from the waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland.


BC spot prawns are very popular in Japan and the rest of Asia, with more than 90% of BC’s commercial catch consumed there. Most of the prawns are frozen at sea by fishermen, and then packed and exported across the Pacific. The remaining few, however, are available to be enjoyed fresh in local BC restaurants and kitchens during the fishing season! Frozen spot prawns are also available in Canada year round.

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Spot Prawns in the pan


Spot Prawns are a sustainable choice

Spot prawn stocks are carefully and sustainably managed to ensure that they remain available to enjoy for many years to come, including:

  • Limiting the number of vessels that can commercially harvest spot prawns
  • Limiting the number of traps that can be used
  • Returning females with eggs live to the ocean
  • Monitoring the spot prawn population and closing the fishery when prawn stocks approach a pre-determined level
  • Learn more about Spot prawns from Ocean Wise
About the Chefs’ Table SocietyThe Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia is a non-profit society comprised of BC’s leading chefs and culinary professionals. It is a chef-administered, province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. The Society supports innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture BC chefs, producers and the local food industry. The Chefs’ Table Society secures apprenticeships for and bestows bursaries to emerging local chefs and also finances culinary education programs in BC schools. For more information or to become a member visit .Generous Community SupportThe Spot Prawn Festival would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors and the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia thanks the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, False Creek Fisherman’s WharfOrganic Ocean Seafood,and media partners Vancouver Magazine, and Scout magazine.

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