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Fly, Stay and Play in Comox

Comox is Just a Quick Flight Away

I am so very fond of traveling to Vancouver Island and do so at least several times a year. One of my favourite reasons to go is always the BC Shellfish Festival and I am looking very forward to it again this year. Last year I flew over for a day for quick visit as well, and managed to get in a whale watching tour, dinner at Locals an overnight and even a tasting and tour at Shelter Point Distillery. With Harbour Air you are there in less than an hour, so I may just have to repeat this this season!

Harbour Air

Easy peasy to jump on Harbour Air from Coal Harbour and it’s a gorgeous journey even on a cloudy day.

The Old House Hotel and Spa

We were picked up and transported to the Old House Hotel & Spa provided by Ambassador Shuttle Service. The hotel offers roomy accommodations with kitchens, fireplaces, soaker tubs and has Oh Spa on the property, as well as an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and lush historic gardens, all at a reasonable price.

After a quick freshen up we wandered over to Locals Restaurant, right on the property where Chef Ronald Pierre prepares uber local foods from Vancouver Island producers. Love the local Tannadice Farms pork and super fresh seafood here.

That next day we headed out on the Big Animal Encounter Tour with Pacific Pro Dive & Marine Adventures  and cruised the waters in search of marine animals in Desolation Sound. We immediately saw whales and then stopped for a BBQ and cruised the day away in style, running into several more whales, seals and wildlife; truly a special adventure.

Heading back to shore we were just in time for the Happy Hour Tour and Tasting at Shelter Point Distillery. Shelter Point Distillery, is the second single malt distillery in Canada and one of only a handful of distilleries that grow their own barley and distill on the same site. We ripped out into the fields and did a tasting outside.

Shelter Point Distillery

I even had to pick up a bottle for Michael before we headed back to the float plan and back home to Vancouver.

Don’t miss this year’s BC Shellfish Festival…..

Counting Down – BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival June 12 – 21 in the Comox Valley

So much more going on this year at the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival. Wish we were there for the whole time, but we’ll be heading up from June 18-21 so stay tuned for coverage.

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Popular Habour Air Glacier Tours Returns for Festival
Experience the majesty of Vancouver Island’s largest glacier at this year’s BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. Take off from Comox Harbour and enjoy a 40 minute tour of Comox Valley’s greatest landmark aboard Harbour Air Seaplanes, Saturday June 13 and 14, launch special of $125 pp. Festival runs June 12-21; FMI bcshellfishfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882

Chef Ned Bell Coming to the Comox By the Sea Celebration, June 20
An event that celebrates the bounty of the ocean, the Comox by the Sea Celebration, has announced a big line up of 11+ tasting stations presenting dishes by seafood producers and restaurants, numerous interactive touch tables & fun kids activities, Chef Cooking Demonstrations with host Chef Ned Bell, and several other renowned BC Chefs, competitions and more. Advance admission tickets $15, kids under 10 free. The BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival runs June 12-21; FMI bcshellfishfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882

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Seafood Producer Tours Provide Educational Opportunities during Festival
Sally Kew and Gordy McLellan of Macs Oysters will be presenting unique Beach Tours at Ships Point, June 15-19, for families to learn about growing shellfish. Other producers also opening up their farms and facilities for tours include Fanny Bay Oysters, Manatee Holdings, and BC Salmon Farmers Boat Tours. Additionally a Fisherman’s Wharf Tour will be held along the docks in Comox. The BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival runs June 12-21; FMI bcshellfishfestival.com or 1-855-400-2882

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival

I’ve attended this twice and am crossing my fingers to get there this year again! Such an amazing region with the freshest of seafood and an abundance of excellent restaurants, wineries and food experiences.

Seafood Festival

The 9th annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival is the largest festival of its kind in British Columbia! Located in the Comox Valley, you can enjoy 10 days filled with culinary events, shellfish and seafood producer tours, celebrity chef demonstrations, winery dinners that celebrate the bounty of the sea, coupled with aquaculture industry workshops, networking events and tradeshow. The festival takes place during BC Seafood Month, the perfect time to showcase seafood excellence!

The pristine waters that surround the Comox Valley produce more than 50% of all of British Columbia’s shellfish. This stunning location and vibrant sector are the perfect combination for bringing visitors and industry together to educate, enhance and taste the very best aquaculture has to offer.

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Friday, June 12 / Fresh Festival at the Marina
The kick-off event for this summer’s festival takes place at the scenic Comox Marina. Delicious salmon dishes and beer garden will be accompanied by a headlining concert. There’s no better way to start the festival; high-energy and great food complete with Comox Harbour and Beaufort Mountain range framing the backdrop.

Saturday, June 13 / Flying Lobster Extravaganza & Opening Reception 
What do you get when you fly in 250 fresh Atlantic Lobster, mix in aquaculture industry enthusiasts and guests, and hold a gourmet dinner in a stunning riverside garden? A Saturday evening to remember, and the perfect way to celebrate the aquaculture industry! This unique, one-of-a-kind dinner and reception brings the East and West Coast together on the beautiful grounds at the Old House Hotel & Spa.

Sunday, June 14 – Monday, June 15 / BC Seafood Expo & Workshop Series
Takes place at the Best Western – Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre. Leaders in the fields of aquaculture research and development, exporting, shipping, innovation & knowledge mobilization and certifications, will present professional development and industry sessions for aquaculture produc- ers, suppliers and distribution chain providers, coupled by an Aquaculture Industry Tradeshow Expo. Concurrent seminars for the general public will feature Chefs, local shellfish and aquaculture educators and leaders to share cooking techniques, discuss environmental impacts on aquaculture, and more.

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Friday, June 19 / BC Shellfish Growers Chef’s Gala Dinner
Hosted in the historic Filberg gardens overlooking the ocean, this decadent dining event begins with a raw oyster bar reception, sampling oysters of different regions of BC, shucked and served by farmers who grew them. Guests will enjoy sit down dinner of six courses, each one created by a different BC Chef and expertly paired with a BC wine or craft beer.

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Saturday, June 2O / Comox by the Sea Celebration
A fun-filled, delicious and informative day for families and seafood lovers, Comox By the Sea showcases seafood producers from across BC at a stunning oceanside heritage park located in Comox Harbour. Enjoy shellfish and seafood tastings prepared by Chefs who live and breathe seafood, live music, beer garden, educational displays, livetouch-tanks and demos. The event supports the BC Shellfish Growers Association bursary for North Island College’s aquaculture program in its Centre for Applied Research Technology & Innovation division.

Harbour Air Scenic Charter Tours
Back by popular demand, Harbour Air partners with the festival once again to present a series of once in a lifetime float plane tours & charters. Take a stunning one-hour Comox Glacier Tour (the Island’s largest glacier) or charter a private flight to one of the innovative Shellfish or Salmon Farms dotted throughout the ocean waters of the central or north Island region.

Other Festival events include:
Oysters 101, Deep Bay Marine Field Station, Comox Harbour Charters Deep Water Oyster Farm Tour, Manatee Holdings Hatchery Tours, Fanny Bay Oysters Plant Tours, Best Caesar Competition, Seafood Feast & Casino Royal, Winery Gala and Cooking Class Events.

pdf of All events here 

More on the website

BC Shellfish Festival

shellfishBC Shellfish Festival Announces Chefs for Highlight Chefs’ Dinner

The BC Shellfish Festival Society is pleased to announce the chefs participating in this year’s Chefs’ Dinner. Taking place Friday, June 14th at the historic Filberg Lodge and Park in Comox, over 200 guests will be treated to a six-course chef inspired seafood dinner that has been expertly paired with a BC wine showcasing the best BC has to offer. The event takes places outdoors, along the banks of the Georgia Straight overlooking the oyster growing capital of Canada – Baynes Sound in the Comox Valley.

This year our chefs are an eclectic array of some of BC’s finest chefs including:

Our chefs will be working with are geoduck, oysters, clams, halibut and sablefish.

During the reception, before the meal program begins, growers will host a raw bar featuring a variety of raw oysters from different parts of the province to be enjoyed along with the BC wine bar and Townsite Brewing beer bar to complement the experience.

Tickets to this event traditionally sell out quickly and this year will undoubtedly prove no different. Tickets are $130 each and go on sale on Monday, April 1, 2013 ONLY on Eventbrite (Google Eventbrite BC Shellfish Festival).

Connect with the festival on our website bcshellfishfestival.caFacebook Page or on Twitter. Chef bios will be available on our website shortly.

Comox Valley’s fourth annual Dine Around just keeps getting better

old houseEnjoy a mini stay-cation with a three course meal and a cozy evening at a local hotel or B&B

The fourth annual Dine Around returns to Comox Valley celebrating the extraordinary bounty from the farms and sea.

With one of Canada’s only whiskey distilleries, award-winning wineries, and an ever expanding variety of restaurants and cafes showcasing locally produced, raised and harvested ingredients, it is a chefs’ paradise and a food lover’s dream. The month-long event begins Feb. 20 and runs through to Mar. 17, 2013.

“Comox Valley is in the midst of a mini-culinary boom and so the dining choices have never been better,” says Danielle Duncan, owner/manger of Union Street Grill. “And, like other food establishments, we take pride in working with the local producers to bring the seasonal ingredients to the menu, so Dine Around is an excellent way for locals and visitors to come in and check out what’s new while enjoying the festive vibe the event creates.”

This year, 22 Comox Valley restaurants will partake in the annual event by creating delicious three-course, prix fixe meals – each available to diners for $17, $27 or $37 Cdn, per person. With a climate that supports a year-round growing season and the diversity of the farm produce, chefs have access to the freshest of local ingredients. Even the most discerning gourmands and connoisseurs should be able to satiate the taste buds.

There are also several properties offering special accommodation rates. They can arrange shuttle service, so food lovers can further pamper themselves by taking advantage of special discounts to make it a real ‘night out.’ Accommodation partners include The Travelodge Courtenay ($79/night), Old House Village Hotel & Spa ($99/suite $129/night), the Best Western Plus – The Westerly Hotel  ($99/night) and the Comox Valley Bed and Breakfast Association (starting from $90/night).

“Dine Around is the perfect opportunity for a stay-cation – a mini vacation in town – with your partner,” says Tansy Pauls, front desk manager, Courtenay Travelodge. “Couples can enjoy a romantic dinner for two then adjourn to one of the participating accommodations for an evening and the best part about it is they are free from household chores and daily distractions.”

In recent years, the Comox Valley has risen in culinary circles as a food destination – thanks in part to the great number of agricultural and aquaculture products produced in the surrounding land and waters. This, combined with local wineries and breweries, diverse restaurants and excellent chefs, has put the Comox Valley region on the maps of food lovers everywhere. The Comox Valley also plays host to a number of annual food-centric events. In addition to Dine Around, there is the BC Shellfish Festival in June, Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour in August and FLAVOUR: The North Island’s Gourmet Picnic in September.

For any vacation planning in the Comox Valley, the new Vancouver Island Visitor Centre (VIVC) is a great starting point. The centre has the latest information on events and activities to do pre and post Dine Around Comox Valley and, as a winter destination, it means same day adventures can take visitors from a snowy mountain top to an ocean adventure. From the centre, visitors can make accommodation reservations, purchase activities and even beat lineups at the ski hill. Mount Washington Alpine Resort snow tubing and lift pass and rental packages are available at the VIVC’s new Snow Desk.

VIVC will also offer a Dine Around Sweepstakes on Facebook from Feb. 18 to March 17, with gift certificates to participating restaurants and accommodations drawn at the end of Dine Around. (www.facebook.com/VIVisitorCentre)

And, working in partnership with Comox Valley Economic Development in overseeing the Dine Around event is a top-notch steering committee. Members include Ronald St-Pierre from Locals – Food from the Heart of the Island; Edd Moyes and Barbara Hansen from Blackfin Pub, and Sandra Viney from Atlas Café and Avenue Bistro.

For more information about the restaurants and accommodations participating in this year’s Dine Around Comox Valley, visit comoxvalleydinearound.com. You can also follow them on Twitter @vivisitorcentre #DineAroundCV or on Facebook at fb.com/vivisitorcentre for profiles on participating locations.

Dine Around Comox Valley 2013 participants

Restaurants:

  • Atlas Café
  • Avenue Bistro
  • Billy D’s Pub & Bistro
  • Bisque Restaurant
  • Blackfin Pub
  • Carmie’s Café
  • Chad’s West Coast Grill and Bar
  • Coasters Express Bistro
  • Crystal’s Place
  • Delicados
  • The Griffin Pub
  • Kinaree Thai Restaurant
  • Locals – Food from the Heart of the Island
  • Mad Chef Cafe
  • Martine’s Bistro
  • Plates Eatery & Catering
  • The Prime Chophouse & Wine Bar
  • Ricky’s All Day Grill
  • Timber Room, Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
  • Red21 Gaming Tap + Grill
  • Union Street Grill & Grotto
  • The Westerly Family Restaurant

Hotels:

  • Travelodge Courtenay
  • Old House Village Hotel & Spa
  • Best Western Plus – The Westerly Hotel
  • Comox Valley Bed and Breakfast Association

About the Comox Valley

Located halfway up Vancouver Island’s east coast, the Comox Valley abounds with culinary bounty from land and sea. Coupled with arts, music and sporting events, and stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, the region is a place of supernatural beauty that offers rich culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. For more information, visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com.

 

BC Shellfish Festival – 2012 Chefs’ Dinner Lineup announced

The BC Shellfish Festival is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2012 highlight Chefs’ Dinner to be held Friday, June 15 at the historic Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park in Comox. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 2, 2012. Over 200 guests will be treated to a six-course chef designed seafood menu paired with a BC wine. Ideally held in the oyster growing capital of Canada, the Comox Valley, the meal is served outdoors, along the banks of idyllic Baynes Sound. This year’s dinner will bring in chefs from near and far who all share a passion for preparing sustainably raised shellfish to offer guests a truly authentic taste of the West Coast. This year’s lineup includes:

Chefs have been paired with a BC shellfish grower and their product to bring their combined creations to guests. Every course will be expertly paired with a BC wine. During the reception, guests will be able to sample various raw oysters from different regions of BC, shucked and served by the farmers who grew them  as well as samples of raw geoduck.

Tickets historically sell out quickly and with this year’s line-up that trend will undoubtedly continue so interested parties are urged to order tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are $125 and are available by calling 250.890.7561 on Monday, April 2. Chef bios are below.

More information about the festival and all the events taking place can be found on our website at bcshellfishfestival.ca/ and our FB Page at www.facebook.com/BCShellfishFestival.

Ned Bell, Executive Chef, Four Seasons/ Yew Restaurant, Vancouver

Ned Bell is one of Canada’s foremost culinary talents. Born in the Okanagan, British Columbia’s wine country, Bell has always had a passion for cooking and is steadfast in his vision and drive to create new, imaginative dishes with fresh, local ingredients.

Bell began his career in Vancouver working under two local restaurant legends: first under the tutelage of Le Crocodile’s Michel Jacob and then as Sous Chef for Rob Feenie’s Lumiere restaurant. In 1997 Bell set his sights eastward where he enjoyed successful stints as Executive Chef at Niagara on the Lake’s Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery, and at Toronto’s Accolade and Senses restaurants where he earned significant recognition by the city’s culinary cognoscenti. During his time in Toronto, Bell was a regular on Food Network Canada’s “Cook Like a Chef.”

Ready to make his mark on the up-and-coming Calgary restaurant, the new millennium saw Bell moving west to cook up a storm at Murrieta’s Grill in Calgary, where his list of accomplishments included winning Where Magazine’s Rising Star and Best Overall awards.

Wanting to get further engaged in the business side of restaurants, Bell joined the team at Vintage Chophouse and Red Water Grille as Corporate Chef where his passion, knowledge, creativity and focus turned the restaurants into two of Calgary’s most exciting culinary locales.

The vibrant, young chef is thrilled to return to his roots where he is excitedly living his dream of being both Executive Chef and an owner at Cabana Bar and Grille in Kelowna, BC. Bell’s talent and charisma continue to propel him forward. Since opening Cabana Bar and Grille, Bell has begun filming “It’s Just Food” for CTV, and has been voted one of Western Living’s Top 40 Foodies Under Forty.

Jonathan Chovancek, Kale & Nori Culinary Arts, Vancouver

Chef Jonathan Chovancek is the Chef/Owner of Kale & Nori Culinary Arts, with over 16 years experience cooking across Canada in such award-winning, ingredient-driven restaurants as the Relais and Chateaux   Aerie Resort, Sooke Harbour House, Eigensinn Farm, Avalon, Zambri’s, and King Pacific Lodge. During the 2006 and 2008 Olympic Games, Jonathan led culinary teams to Torino and Beijing, respectively, where he earned rave reviews from a discriminating international clientele on both occasions. Chef Jonathan’s skills were in full force throughout Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Games, during a two-week period, serving over 59,000 people at 578 events. Two months later, Jonathan’s food and wine pairing skills won the top prize at the 2010 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Vintner’s Brunch.

As one of the Vancouver’s top catering chefs, Chef Jonathan is sought out as an expert speaker and instructor – teaching over 1000 delegates about the catered arts at the Catersource /International Caterers Association conference in Las Vegas.

2011 saw Chef Jonathan as the expert chef/host on CBC’s ground-breaking documentary, Village on a Diet, which was watched by over a million people weekly from coast-to-coast.

Jonathan has contributed recipes to the Ocean Wise Cookbook, Taste magazine, Wallpaper magazine and CBC’s Live Right Now national campaign for promoting healthy lifestyle. Chef Jonathan is a regularly featured guest on CityTV’s Breakfast Television, Shaw TV’s Urban Rush, CBC’s Steven & Chris Show and the O Network’s Grocery Bags.

Jonathan’s uniquely creative spirit, dedication to a healthy lifestyle and passionate organic philosophy have evolved into a gospel that he lives by, in both his personal and professional kitchens. He is committed to using the freshest possible ingredients and can be found shopping daily at Granville Island Public Market and local Farmer’s markets around Vancouver.

Bill Jones, Deerholme Farm, Cowichan Valley

Bill Jones is a chef and author based on Deer­holme Farm in the Cowichan Val­ley. He is a French-trained chef, author of 9 cook­books, win­ner of 2 world cook­book awards and busy jour­nal­ist, food con­sul­tant and com­mu­nity builder.

Bill and wife Lynn, gar­den year round on the prop­erty which they style as an edi­ble land­scape. He is an acknowl­edged local expert on wild foods and for­ag­ing with a pas­sion for wild mush­rooms and a keen respect of local First Nations eth­nob­otany and cul­ture. Bill has taught at many pres­ti­gious venues includ­ing The Herb Farm (Seat­tle, Wash.), Hol­ly­hock Retreat (Cortes Island, BC) and Fox­glove Farm (Salt Spring, BC)

Jones is a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of local food com­mu­ni­ties, a found­ing mem­ber of FarmFolk/CityFolk and  Slow­Food Van­cou­ver Island. His con­sult­ing com­pany Mag­netic North Cui­sine, is active in all areas of local food pro­duc­tion, mar­ket­ing and devel­op­ment. He has worked with hotels, restau­rants, bak­eries, seafood stores, gro­cery stores and regional farm-based busi­nesses. If it’s local food, Bill has worked with it.

Aaron Rail, Avenue Bistro, Comox

Aaron Rail has been cooking as long as he can remember. Citing his grandmother as his first inspiration, he was making pancakes for the family at age 5.  He started working in the restaurant industry at 13 and was immediately drawn to the camaraderie and shared efforts that took place behind the scenes to create memorable dining experiences.

With his easy going personality and ambitious nature, great jobs seemed to always be there when he needed them. Shortly after moving from Ottawa to Victoria, he was offered an apprenticeship at the Oak Bay Marina under Matt MacDonald. There he refined his skill both on the line and in the pastry shop. Now, with almost 20 years of honing his craft, he and his wife Hannah have decided to call the Comox Valley home.

Aaron’s food philosophy is simple: get the best ingredients you can, as locally sourced as possible, and treat them with respect. Chef Aaron’s vibrant talent shines through on the Avenue Menu. We hope you enjoy his efforts as much as we do!

Ronald St. Pierre, Locals, Courtenay

Locals, Food from the Heart of the Island is a restaurant that celebrates the quality food production of the Comox Valley. Chef St. Pierre is a Certified Chef de Cuisine, having earned the highest professional culinary recognition and accreditation available in Canada.  His team provides a memorable dining experience that marries the bounty of the region with culinary artistry, offered in a casually elegant setting, with heartfelt service.

Chef St. Pierre has worked for more than 20 years with producers to help develop local food sustainability with his ever changing seasonal menus and market sheets, setting the prevailing standard for the renowned Comox Valley food culture.

Matt MacDonald, Berwick, Comox

Chef Matt Macdonald has 27 years as a culinary professional. His experiences have varied from a small French restaurant, to a gourmet pizza joint, to Chateau Lake Louise. In that time he has owned and operated 2 award winning restaurants.

Presently Chef Matt heads up the food service for Berwick Comox Valley. He also continues to run a fine dining catering company, City Cuisine Catering, here in the Comox Valley.  As a chef he has found his passion in working with seafood, in particular that which is here on the BC coast.

As a chef he has found his passion working with seafood, in particular that which is here on the BC coast. Local produce and having friends who are farmers are part of the muse that inspires meals in Chef Matt’s culinary repertoire. “We are especially lucky here in the Comox Valley as we have the best of both worlds.  We live in a fertile valley that produces incredible produce, as well as we are adjacent to ocean filled with huge array of fresh seafood. What more could a Chef ask for”.

Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge

Welcome to the 2011 Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge – a month-long celebration of food from July 2 to August 2 where you spend each day tasting, exploring, connecting and learning about the farmers, food producers and people who create our food through Showcase Events, hands-on workshops, tours and fun community food events.

You don’t have to give anything up to enjoy. Just head out and dig in to all of the great food our region has to offer.

With more than 40 events this year, we invite you to experience the Comox Valley at its very best – from sipping wine overlooking the vineyards at Coastal Black Estate Winery to the Silliest Sandwich Making Competition with children’s author Tina Powell.

Experience the spectacular local creations of some of the Comox Valley’s top chefs at restaurants including Avenue Bistro, Old House, Atlas Cafe, Locals – Food From The Heart of the Island, Mad Chef Café, Flying Canoe West Coast Pub and Plates Eatery.

Create memorable summer holidays with Shelter Point Distillery as they kick off the Food Challenge with a Canada Day weekend celebration and Tria Culinary Studio’s Kathy Jerritt creating a spectacular meal at Nature’s Way Farm and Blue Moon Winery.

Get the kids involved and digging in the dirt with the 2011 NeighbourWood Eats youth education program and learn about local food all month long with our Know Where Your Food Comes From Tour where local farmers, gardens, food producers and grocers host open houses.

Dust off the aprons and learn how to preserve the bounty of the Valley as Bernardin Canada and LUSH Comox Valley host a Canning 101 workshop series taught by Valley Chef Vivian Cruise and veteran canner Alexa Gilbert.

The Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge is an immersive community experience that connects people from around the Comox Valley to the agricultural traditions and potential of this region. Now in its third year, it is produced by Our Big Earth Media Co.

2011 major sponsors include Hellmann’s Canada, the Comox Valley Record, Discover Comox Valley, Bernardin Canada and the BC Shellfish Association with additional sponsorship from the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Strathcona, the City of Courtenay Green Team, the Comox Valley Farmers Market Association, Holiday Inn Express Courtenay and Old House Village Hotel and Spa.

Comox Valley Shellfish Festival June 2010

The Comox Valley Shellfish Festival is expecting their largest turnout yet for the two-day festival starting on June 19th. The Gala Evening Dinner kicks things off at the     historic Filberg Lodge where 200 people will be treated to the culinary delights of some of BC’s top chefs. This event sold-out by the end of May.

 The festivities continue on Sunday at Comox Marina Park and organizers are expecting to break   the attendance record of 1,500 guests as word spreads about this unique event in the Comox Valley. Culinary tourism is growing and the Comox Valley Shellfish Festival is taking off as seen by the attendance this year of two film crews from both domestic and international  markets that will be highlighting the festival and the Comox Valley to a national and             international audience. Even the Globe & Mail has jumped on the festival in an uncompromising East vs West Coast shellfish debate.

With more to do, see and taste this year, the festival day promises a little bit for everyone. The Sunday event is open to all and tickets can be purchased on-site for the tasting booths. On top of the many culinary treats being offered there will be seafood sales, a beer garden, live entertainment, an oyster shucking competition for Island bragging rights and info booths from the likes of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and more.

 For more information and a schedule of events please visit the website at  www.comoxvalleyshellfishfestival.ca

See you at the park this Sunday!

Shellfish Festival growing into a must see event on Van Isle

The Comox Valley Shellfish Festival is gearing up for a bigger and even better event this year in BC’s shellfish capital, the Comox Valley. The festival opens June 19th with the Gala Evening Dinner. 200 guests will be treated to a gourmet nine-course seafood supper served along the banks of Comox Harbour, outdoors underneath tents at the historic Filberg Lodge. Along with locally grown seafood, local vintners Beaufort Winery as well as Surgenor Breweries will be providing the wine and ale infusions throughout the evening. This year we are holding a silent auction to raise funds for local charity Y.A.N.A. Tickets are limited and going quickly.
The party continues on Sunday, June 20th at Comox Marina Park with tasting booths featuring shellfish delicacies as well as desert treats, live entertainment, a beer garden and the much anticipated Oyster Shucking Contest.
Visitors coming in from out of town can take advantage of a festival hotel rate being offered at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa or discounts being provided for travelers from Vancouver to Comox on WestCoast Air.
Come meet growers, chefs and shellfish aficionados as you savour a truly west coast experience in scenic Comox Valley.
More information can be found on the festival website at www.comoxvalleyshellfishfestival.ca
Sea you at the festival!

For more information contact:
Matthew Wright
Festival Producer
250.890.7561
matt@bcsga.ca

The Alpine Food Festival at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

AlpineSeptember 4-6, 2009

Weekend Package includes 2 night’s Accommodation, Cocktail Reception Friday night, 2 Cooking Classes on Saturday, 2 Breakfast Buffets, 5 tickets to the Marketplace on Sunday and a Mile High Chairlift Ride.

$239 with Accommodation $139 without Accommodation
Also: Gourmet Gala Dinner Saturday Night $115 plus tax
Each delicious course prepared by one of our guest chefs and featuring a local producer, paired with a wine from a BC winery

* Per person, based on two people sharing a one bedroom condominium.
Subject to availability. Taxes extra
Book Now! Call Reservations:
Toll Free: 1-888-231-1499 or local: 250-338-1386
Or fill out our Central Reservation Information Request form

The Alpine Cocktail Reception
Friday, September 04, 2009: 07:00:PM – 9:00:PM
Location: The Whiskey Jack Banquet Room

Highlighting our kick-off to the Alpine Festival are appetizers made fresh by local chefs using local ingredients, paired with Vancouver Island and B.C. wines, and beer from the Comox Valley’s new brewery, the Surgneor Brewing Company, www.surgenorbrewing.ca The evening will feature guest chefs, winemakers, authors and a presentation from Mary Ann and Edgar Smith, owners of the award-winning Natural Pastures Cheese Company. A host of Comox Valley producers will also be in attendance – all-working to provide guests with gourmet grazing in true Alpine-to-Valley style. The evening will be serenaded by the intimate guitar music of Chilean-born virtuoso Rodrigo Figueroa, who returns to the Alpine Festival by popular demand to play his outstanding mix of Latin and Blues-inspired melodies. Figueroa’s intricate, emotional guitar songs frequent the CBC and he has performed at festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, playing with legends like Sting and Chick Corea.

The reception will be a great place to meet the festival’s many chefs, including our Emcee and host for the weekend, Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, who famously hosts the Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover show. A festival sponsor, ‘Beyond’ The Kitchen Door, will showcase the bestselling cookbooks of local authors Eric Akis, Ann Kask, Vivian Cruise and Tahera Rawji. The authors will be present to meet guests, sign books and prepare delicious samples. Tahera will create appetizers from her vast repertoire of sweet and spicy Eastern cuisines, while one of Eric’s favorite recipes will be featured from his “Everyone Can Cook” cookbook series.

Some of the Local fare featured will be:Karen Pattison of BiteSize Specialty foods with her famous Raspberry pepper Jelly Glazed Chicken Wings with Bleu cheese Dip

Mark Howarth of Greenwood Pies pairs his special Surgenor Beer Sausage with Surgenor’s Steam Donkey Lager & Red House Ale

Eric Akis’ Smoked Salmon & Tuna on a Green Onion Pancake

Tahera Rawji will feature her fabulous Fish Cutlets served with coconut Chutney

Vivian Cruise prepares Bison Sliders from Island Bison served amongst her old World Food Display

Belinda Jones of The Gateway Bistro sampling her Espresso Balls with Rhodos Coffee

To attend the reception as a separate event, the fee is $25. You may call Central Reservations at 250-338-1386 or 1-888-2… to purchase your tickets.

Alpine-to-Valley Gala Dinner – 8 Courses paired with BC wine
Saturday, September 05, 2009: 07:00:PM
Location: Whiskey Jack Banquet Room

Eat well, eat fresh and eat locally as our chefs, renowned for their passion for organic produce and sustainable seafood, present a menu that reflects the season’s harvest. Each course of this gourmet field-to-fork feast highlights a Comox Valley or Island chef and features fresh produce picked from the stalls of the Alpine Market. Host Corbin Tomaszeski presents the chef, the producer and the dish as it arrives at the table. Every sumptuous course will be paired with a wine from a BC winery, including Island-made wines wherever possible. Wine pairings for each course will be discussed by the vintner.