Hungry? Halibut Fest Returns to Vancouver This Weekend

Photo credit: Mack Male | Flickr

Photo credit: Mack Male | Flickr

Do you love halibut? Then this is the festival for you.

This weekend, the Halibut Festival returns to Metro Vancouver.  The star of the show: 20,000 pounds of freshly caught Haida Gwaii halibut, brought in especially for the occasion.

The festival takes place over two days at two separate locations.  On Saturday, May 3, the parking lot of Fresh St. Market in West Vancouver becomes halibut headquarters. Explore a real, 32-foot fishing trawler used to catch Ocean Wise-certified halibut in northern British Columbia.  Grilled halibut burgers and drinks will be on offer for the bargain price of $5. And – most importantly – fresh halibut will be on sale, offered at what’s promised to be the best price of the season.

Photo credit: Justin Marx | Flickr

Photo credit: Justin Marx | Flickr

Apart from all the fishy fun, there will also be a wine tasting, games for the kids and demonstrations of local foods by Whistler Cooks, Peche Mignon Shortbread and Wiggins Meat Pies.

On Sunday, May 4, the festival moves to Fresh St. Farms in Surrey, where similar offerings will be on hand: tons of fresh halibut, grilled halibut burgers, and food demos courtesy of Fraser Meadows Yogurt and Sutra Curry.

So why all the fuss about halibut? While Vancouver may be synonymous with salmon, halibut is regarded by many local fish lovers as the king of the sea. Pacific halibut is renowned for its light, sweet flavour and firm texture. Indeed, the best seafood restaurants in the city tend to give halibut pride of place.  Plus, it’s an eco-friendly alternative to the severely overfished Atlantic halibut.  In fact, all of the halibut at the festival is wild caught and Ocean Wise, certifying that it has been sustainably harvested.

Of course, all of these perks come at a cost.  Halibut is among the priciest fish on menus and in supermarkets – which makes the annual halibut festival, and its promise of the best prices of the season, that much more exciting.


Photo credit: VJ Beauchamp | Flicrk

The Halibut Festival takes place on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fresh St. Market in West Vancouver (1650 Marine Dr., West Vancouver) and on Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fresh St. Farms in Surrey (15930 Fraser Highway, Fleetwood, Surrey).

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