Vancouver Spot Prawn Festival May 7, 2011

Photo: 2010 Vancouver Spot Prawn Festival

One of the things I love about Vancouver is the abundance of fun, unique food festivals that happen throughout the year. They’re a great way to experience fresh, new and locally-sourced foods, which is exactly what you’ll find at the 5th Annual Vancouver Spot Prawn Festival happening next weekend on May 7, 2011.

The Spot Prawn Festival kicks off B.C.’s spot prawn season with food, cooking demos from some of Vancouver’s top chefs, and family-friendly activities for kids of all ages, including a chance to explore fish and other sea creatures hands-on, courtesy of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Most of the Spot Prawn Festival is free—including the kids activities, cooking demos from top Vancouver chefs like Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s and Neil Wyles of Hamilton Street Grill, and a chance to purchase your own bagful of spot prawns straight off the fishing boat.

You do need to pay $10 per person for admission to the Spot Prawn Boil, but it’s a fantastic deal for a seafood meal. For that $10, you get a plate of fresh-off-the-boat B.C. Spot Prawns, accompanied by sides, sauces and Terra Breads baked goods to mop it all up, a sampling of Neck of the Woods Winery and Backyard Vineyards wines, a sampling of R & B Brewing craft beers, and a sampling of farm-direct and family-traded Mogiana coffee.

The 5th Annual Spot Prawn Festival runs from 11am – 3pm, May 7, 2011, at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island). Proceeds from the festival benefit The Chefs Table Society of British Columbia.

If you’ve been to the Spot Prawn Festival in previous years, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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