Two roving fish feasts support sustainable seafood in Vancouver

Photo sourced from the Fish Counter on Facebook

Photo sourced from the Fish Counter on Facebook

Vancouver has a bounty of fantastic seafood–and local chefs want to make sure it stays that way.

That’s why so many of them are involved with the sustainable seafood movement. For diners, that means an abundance of delicious events that support the cause.

Case in point: two upcoming roving feasts.

The first, on Sunday, September 27, is a Slow Fish Dinner. No, it’s not about fish that don’t swim fast enough to get away; rather, the name refers to the Slow Food movement.

The evening is put on by the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, which has a mandate to support BC producers and sustainable food production.

The Fish Counter chef Robert Clark, who is a longtime champion for the cause, spearheaded the event along with Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts executive chef Julian Bond.

It takes place at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, just off of Granville Island. Eight local chefs will be cooking in eight of the school’s professional teaching kitchens.

Guests can tour through, tasting sustainable and lesser-known local  seafood species as they go.

Photo sourced from the Chefs' Table Society of B.C. on Facebook

Photo sourced from the Chefs’ Table Society of B.C. on Facebook

Each dish will be accompanied by local Salmon-Safe produce and paired with wines sourced from Salmon-Safe B.C. winegrowers.

There are just 100 tickets for sale, and they go for $79 each (plus taxes and fees), inclusive of a reception, samples, and beverages.

Photo credit VisionPhoto.ca |Courtesy of Toast to the Coast

Photo credit VisionPhoto.ca |Courtesy of Toast to the Coast

On Friday, October 16, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is holding its annual Toast to the Coast fundraiser. The party takes place throughout its galleries and involves extensive wine-tastings as well as excellent seafood.

B.C. wineries pouring include Blasted Church, Fort Berens Estate, and Howling Bluff Estate, and there will also be cocktails made with Russian Standard Vodka.

Some of Vancouver’s top Ocean Wise restaurants will be offering small plates, including Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, CinCin Ristorante + Bar, and Homer Street Café. (Ocean Wise is the Aquarium’s national sustainable seafood program.)

Photo credit VisionPhoto.ca |Courtesy of Toast to the Coast

Photo credit VisionPhoto.ca |Courtesy of Toast to the Coast

This is a kick-up-your-heels kind of affair: the after-party features live entertainment, dancing, a lounge, and late night nibbles.

Complimentary shuttle service from the Vancouver Trolley Company will transport guests between Waterfront Skytrain station and the Aquarium’s location in Stanley Park.

Toast to the Coast has sold out for five years running; tickets cost $125 each. Proceeds support aquatic conservation, research and education programs, including Ocean Wise.

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