Vancouver’s Spot Prawn Festival Returns with New Ways to Enjoy a Favourite Local Sustainable Seafood

Photo Credit: Meighan Makarchuk

Without a doubt, the annual spot prawn season has become highly anticipated by food-lovers around the city. Known for their sweet and subtle flavour profile, spot prawns are a wild and sustainable seafood item. If you’re looking to identify them visually, look for white spots on their tails and horizontal bars on their carapaces.

The kick event is the Spot Prawn Festival that will be happening May 12, 2018 at Fishermen’s Wharf (1505 West 1st Avenue).

This family-friendly event, hosted by the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia, is now in its twelfth year. The format for the Spot Prawn Festival has been rejigged this time, so that instead of the usual prawn boil, there are two new delicious ways to enjoy this season’s spot prawns.

The first option is to purchase a richly satisfying portion of spot prawn chowder, which comes with bread from Terra Breads. It’s available to go and is $10 (plus tax and service). You can pick it up during four time slots on May 12 (11am to noon, noon to 1pm, 1pm to 2pm, and 2pm to 3pm).

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Another option is a grazing event ($60 plus tax and service), which allows you to sample six different spot prawn dishes created by top BC chefs at various food stations. There will also be coffee samples from Mogiana Coffee, wine sipping from Evolve Cellars, beer samples from Moody Ales, bread from Terra Breads, and a sweet treat. There are two time slots for the grazing event (11:30am to 1pm; 1:30pm to 3:00pm). The chefs cooking during each time slot differ. The first session features chefs such as Vikram Vij from Vij’s and Tret Jordan from Homer St. Cafe and Bar; the second time slot features chefs like Alessandro Vianello from Wildebeest and Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson from Hawksworth.

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In addition, expect free chef cooking demonstrations, live music, and fun activities for the kids. If you’re looking for an event during the Mother’s Day weekend, this would be ideal.

Those looking to purchase live spot prawns for home cooking can also do so, starting at noon on the day of the Festival. For the rest of the spot prawn season, the boats will be selling their catch from noon to 2pm at the dock.

Photo Credit: Meighan Makarchuk

Further info and tickets are available on-line.

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