The BC Seafood Festival 2019 Boasts 10 Days of Shell-tastic Events and Tours June 7 – 16

Over 85 events and tours are being featured at the Festival this year! With the Festival kicking-off tomorrow, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, grab your sunscreen and get immersed in everything ocean. Check out the shell-tastic line-up of tours aboard sail boats, bikes, speed boats, on beaches and more!

From June 7th through June 16th, the 2019 BC Seafood Festival offers up endless fun events for everyone including a variety of land and sea tours of the beautiful surrounding areas of the Comox Valley.  From “Wine Time” to craft brewery tours and 4 hour whale watching excursions to a tour of Fanny Bay Oysters – tickets are now available!

Start by taking in the first-ever Dock Days celebrating the fun and adventure of the Comox Harbour home all weekend long June 8th and 9th . Guests can enjoy sights and sounds of Outrigger Canoe Races, Safety at Sea Seminars, Sailboat Stadium Racing, Big Animal Encounter Whale Watching Tours, Comox Valley Cycle Tours and more!  A highlight of the Dock Days weekend is the not-to-be-missed Sailfest, the most exciting sailboat racing ever seen in Canada. The fun starts at 11am on Saturday and continues all weekend long.

During the week days, the BC Seafood festival events and tours continue both on land and sea including: whale watching trips or a Big Animal Encounter Day Sail, Holmalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours, and the Sip and Savour Tour presented by Ambassador Tours.  Enjoy a cycling adventure or tour the local producers of Fanny Bay Oysters and Manatee Holdings. More dining, slurping and sipping options are available at featured events including a 4 Course Winery Dinner with 40 Knots Winery or dining amid the winery vines during the Terroir Meets Merroir.  Enjoy the fun at Slurp! Gin and Wine or Seafood Bites and Wine at Prime Chophouse. Times and dates vary so check out the listing at bcseafoodfestival.com/#tours

The Signature Weekend kicks off on Friday, June 14th and continues 11:00 – 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. What is the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend? Only the largest seafood celebration of the Festival, perfect for foodies who love BC seafood & spirits, music lovers, and families who want to learn about the oceans and seafood!

Visitors have the opportunity to learn to cook BC seafood during chef demos throughout the weekend featuring top regional chefs, or can take in action-packed competitions including the Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking competition, the Best Caesar in Town competition, Junior Chef Challenge, and the BC Seafood Festival Chef Challenge sponsored by FortisBC and Garland Canada. Enjoy BC seafood at roving tasting stations; meet the producers and incredible chefs; savour BC craft beer, wine and spirit tasting stations; enjoy live musical performances; the Interactive Kids Zone featuring touch tanks. Kids can also learn how to cook a tasty seafood dish, or learn how to shuck with famous “Shucker Paddy”!  In addition to the Signature Weekend,there are so many other featured ticketed events that you don’t want to miss including Shucked! Oyster Bar Happy Hour (June 14th), Baked n’ Boiled Kitchen Party (June 15th) and Bounty! A Seafood Brunch (June 16th).

Shucker Paddy

New for 2019 – If you’ve never shucked oysters before you now have the opportunity to learn from Guinness Book of World Record holder Shucker Paddy during a hands-on cooking class you won’t find anywhere across the 7 seas except during the BC Seafood Festival!

The 2019 BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend is pleased to welcome Don Genova, Freelance Writer, Broadcaster and Podcaster, Cooking Instructor and Food Journalist who will emcee this year’s competitions Saturday and Sunday while music of Retro Rock Revival will fill the air as guests mingle with the chefs and seafood producers all while enjoying a wide variety of tasty seafood experiences.

Tickets are selling fast so be sure to book for one or many of the wonderful events and tours featured throughout the festival days. Now is your chance to enjoy the bounty of our oceans all during the BC Seafood Festival! Tours and tickets for events area available at bcseafoodfestival.com/#tours

Don’t forget that June is BC Seafood Month. During the festival, top participating British Columbia restaurants will be showcasing their favorite seafood dishes to celebrate BC’s bounty and compete for a $1,000 prize by earning the most votes. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit BC Seafood on Your Plate.

For more information and tickets, please visit BCSeafoodFestival.com

June is BC Seafood Month. During the festival, top participating British Columbia restaurants will be showcasing their favorite seafood dishes to celebrate BC’s bounty and compete for a $1,000 prize by earning the most votes. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit BC Seafood on Your Plate.

BC Seafood Festival 2019 Signature Weekend pass tickets are now on sale at BCSeafoodFestival.com. Weekend Pass with 50 food vouchers $70, Weekend Pass (no food) $25, Saturday or Sunday Day Pass $15.

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

Join the conversation at #BCSeafoodFest.

About the Comox Valley

Located midway on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is well known for its culinary bounty from the farms and sea to table. Rich with festivals and sporting events, stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, this region is a place of super natural beauty that offers lush culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. It is comprised of the communities of Comox, Courtenay and surrounding rural areas in the Comox Valley Regional District. Visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com

Media release provided by Suzanne Girard, Suzanne Girard Travel & Communications.

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