2018 Festival Countdown

BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

After 12 years in the making, the next generation of the BC Seafood Festival, proudly held in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, is from June 8 to 17, establishing itself as the ‘must attend’ and largest seafood festival in western Canada!

Select ticket sales are on sale now and new event details are being announced weekly.

Please note – the Festival has been advised that area accommodation providers are already booking up during the Festival, so don’t delay in booking your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. To find out how your business can participate – click here.

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BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SIGNATURE WEEKEND
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 June 15 – 17 2018
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox, BC

Don’t miss the largest seafood and ocean celebration on the West Coast of Canada! The Signature Weekend will feature the Shucked! Canada’s Largest Oyster Bar Happy Hour (June 15), BC Shellfish Growers Assn. Gala Dinner (June 15), plus the Signature Weekend Day Events  (June 16 & 17) showcasing the biggest line-up of renowned guest Chefs and Chef Demonstrations, new and enhanced competitions, incredible seafood & beverage tasting stations, live entertainment and interactive sea-life touch tanks. Each event will be outlined below in more detail.

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20+ BC seafood & beer/wine/spirit tasting stations, PLUS celebrity Chef demos, competitions, live entertainment and incredible Interactive Kids Zone!

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The premier Festival dinner event with renowned international & domestic Chefs, presented by the BC Shellfish Growers Assn.

SOLD OUT!


A Brunch Seafood Cookout

More info

 


Canada’s Largest Oyster Bar Happy Hour

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

New 2018 events and additional details are being added daily! Check back often to help plan your Festival experience here.

  • June 8
    • 10:00 am – 1:30 pmDeep Water Oyster Farm Tour with Chef

      Learn about growing, preparing and eating oysters on a 3.5 hour boat trip. We will cruise down Baynes Sound to an oyster farm. They will give a 20-minute presentation on oyster farming. Holliewood Oysters will also supply us with their product for the Chef on board to prepare for tasting.

      3.5 hours

      $88 per person.

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       288 Gladstone St, Comox
    • 5:00 pmChef’s Shellfish Showdown

      Indulge in an evening of culinary adventure as four renowned chef’s battle to prepare your favourite dish. Enjoy a gala of 8 courses while listening to the sweet sounds of Easy Street and sipping 40 Knots clean crisp wines.

      This year’s chefs include:

      • Chef Alain Chabot
      • Chef Jonathan Frazier
      • Chef Ian Bloom
      • Chef Laura Agnew

       

      $150 per person.

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       40 Knots Winery
  • June 9
    • 9:30 am – 1:00 pmBC Salmon Farm Association Tour

      Come and learn more about our fish, our farms and sustainable salmon farming through our public tour program. Learn about how we are helping to meet the world’s growing demand for salmon, while protecting our natural environment.

      Departure Location & Time: Unless otherwise noted, we leave from Way West Water Taxi, 1348 Island Highway (located on the docks between F & G at Discovery Harbour Mall (Superstore mall) Tours depart at 9:30 am and return around 1:00 pm.

      How to Dress & What to Bring: Guests are required to use footbaths so a sturdy shoe is recommended (e.g. running shoes or rubber boots). No open-toe shoes please. We’ll spend most of our time outside so a jacket, hat, sunglasses and suntan lotion are good ideas for the trip.

      Cost: $60/person with lunch featuring farm-raised salmon and a comfortable water taxi ride through the scenic Discovery Islands.

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    • 10:00 amComox Valley Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

      Enjoy a guided walk of the CVHA Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Free, but have to register

      REGISTER HERE

    • 2:00 pmComox Valley Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

      Enjoy a guided walk of the CVHA Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Free, but have to register

      REGISTER HERE

    • 3:00 pmComox Valley Rocks for Kids 2018

      Music event at Marina Park in Comox.

       Marina Park, Comox
  • June 10
  • June 11
  • June 12
    • 9:00 amBC Seafood Expo
       Filberg Centre, Native Sons Hall, Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
  • June 13
  • June 14
    • 10:00 am – 1:30 pmDeep Water Oyster Farm Tour with Chef

      Learn about growing, preparing and eating oysters on a 3.5 hour boat trip. We will cruise down Baynes Sound to an oyster farm. They will give a 20-minute presentation on oyster farming. Holliewood Oysters will also supply us with their product for the Chef on board to prepare for tasting.

      3.5 hours

      $88 per person.

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    • 10:00 am – 11:00 amFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFanny Bay Oysters Plant Visit

      Fanny Bay is home to the world famous Fanny Bay Oysters; growers, processors, and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head down to this tiny oceanside community and take a tour of the Fanny Bay Oyster processing plant.

      1 hr

      $15 per person. Tickets Coming Soon!

       Fanny Bay Oysters — 8260 Island Hwy S, Fanny Bay
  • June 15
    • 9:30 am – 1:00 pmBC Salmon Farm Association Tour

      Come and learn more about our fish, our farms and sustainable salmon farming through our public tour program. Learn about how we are helping to meet the world’s growing demand for salmon, while protecting our natural environment.

      Departure Location & Time: Unless otherwise noted, we leave from Way West Water Taxi, 1348 Island Highway (located on the docks between F & G at Discovery Harbour Mall (Superstore mall) Tours depart at 9:30 am and return around 1:00 pm.

      How to Dress & What to Bring: Guests are required to use footbaths so a sturdy shoe is recommended (e.g. running shoes or rubber boots). No open-toe shoes please. We’ll spend most of our time outside so a jacket, hat, sunglasses and suntan lotion are good ideas for the trip.

      Cost: $60/person with lunch featuring farm-raised salmon and a comfortable water taxi ride through the scenic Discovery Islands.

      Buy tickets!

    • 10:00 amComox Valley Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

      Enjoy a guided walk of the CVHA Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Free, but have to register

      REGISTER HERE

    • 2:00 pmComox Valley Harbour Authority Fisherman’s Wharf Tour

      Enjoy a guided walk of the CVHA Fisherman’s Wharf learning about the commercial fishing industry, stopping at different fishing vessels along the way. Different gear types and fishing methods will be discussed as well as costs associated with being a commercial fisherman and benefits the industry has to the coastal communities. Learn how the fishermen target their species associated with their license and how bycatch is dealt with.

      Free, but have to register

      REGISTER HERE

    • 3:00 pm – 6:00 pmShucked! Canada's Largest Oyster Bar Happy Hour

      The ultimate bivalve celebration, in Canada’s largest producing oyster region!

      • All you can eat oysters presented by west coast oyster producing families and businesses
      • Learn how to shuck oysters from Shucker Paddy, the Guinness Book of World Record oyster shucker
      • Taste the subtle differences in the flavours and types of sustainable BC oysters

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      Friday, June 15
      3:00 – 6:00 pm
      Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
      Comox

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park — 61 Filberg Road, Comox, British Columbia
    • 5:30 pm – 10:00 pmSOLD OUT - Gala Dinner by the Sea - Presented by the BC Shellfish Growers Association

      The signature event of the BC Seafood Festival features top international and domestic chefs who will dazzle with array of seafood tasting stations, set amongst the stunning grounds of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park. The smooth sounds of Easy Street will fill the air as guests mingle and talk with the Chefs, seafood producers and enjoy exquisitely prepared seafood. Ticket holders receive complimentary access to the Oyster Bar Happy Hour held in advance of the dinner, PLUS receive a bonus General Admission Day Pass to the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend ($20 value).

      SOLD OUT!

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       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park — 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC
  • June 16
    • 11:00 am – 5:00 pmBC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend

      1-day & 2-day passes available now!

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       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
    • 8:30 pmEnter The Haggis LIVE! In Filberg Park

      Join us in Filberg Park for another summer season of open-air concerts. As the sun goes down you will be part of the magic of this one-of-a-kind venue that could not be more perfect for live, outdoor performances.

      As part of #LIVEinFilbergPark, the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park Association is very proud to present Enter The Haggis in concert.

      Since 1995, Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting and musical proficiency.

      http://filberg.com/liveinfilbergpark/

       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
  • June 17
    • 9:30 am – 11:00 amBounty! A Brunch Seafood Cookout

      Learn the tricks-of-the-trade on preparing a BC seafood brunch-to-remember at this hands-on cook-along class with celebrity Chef Nathan Fong, and renowned International and Domestic Executive Chefs, plus an award-winning Mixologist. Guests will be grouped into four at their own cooking station, with all the BC seafood and ingredients to prepare and then enjoy this special seafood brunch. A welcome drink and cocktail are included with ticket purchase, PLUS a General Admission Day Pass to the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend that Sunday. Stay-tuned Chefs and ticket sales to be announced soon!

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       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park — 61 Filberg Road, Comox, BC
    • 11:00 am – 5:00 pmBC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend

      1-day & 2-day passes available now!

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       Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pmExposed & Protected Beaches Tour

      Shoreline Attack: How waves and wind shape our beaches and coastlines. Goose Spit Park interpreters explain the forces at work along the Lazo Bluffs and the spit. See how both exposed and protected beaches are constantly changing. Learn how the spit was created and how it may look 20 years from now.
      Free!

       Meet at bottom of Goose Spit stairs (parking lot #1)

* Events subject to change.

ACCOMMODATIONS

GET FESTIVAL TICKETS FOR FREE with the BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL SIGNATURE WEEKEND PACKAGE!

Stay for one or two nights on the weekend of June 15 – 17, 2018 at participating hotels, resorts & motels, and receive a Day Pass Ticket for the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend! A range of excellent accommodation options are available to festival attendees, however, as the festival has grown, so too has the demand for overnight accommodations – don’t delay in booking your stay!

All Festival rates are based on double occupancy, taxes extra, subject to availability.

Best Western

BEST WESTERN, WESTERLY HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTRE

Call now to book: 1-800-668-7797
BOOK NOW
Travelodge Courtenay

TRAVELODGE COURTENAY

Call now to book: 1-800-795-9486. Starting from $55 per person, based on double occupancy
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Holiday Inn

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

Call now to book: 1-778-225-0010. Starting from $74.97 per person, based on double occupancy
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OLD HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Call now to book: 1-888-703-0202. Starting from $107 per person, based on double occupancy
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Crown Isle Resort

CROWN ISLE RESORT

Call now to book: 1-888-338-8439
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Anco Inn

ANCO INN

Call now to book: 1-877-393-2200. Starting from $79 for one guest, $10 additional per extra person
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Comox Valley Inn

COMOX VALLEY INN & SUITES

Call now to book: 1-800-811-5955
BOOK NOW
river heights

RIVER HEIGHTS MOTEL

Call now to book: 1-888-873-7022
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Cona Hostel

CONA HOSTEL

Call now to book: 1-877-490-2662
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PARTICIPATE IN THE BC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL!

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

The 2018 BC Seafood Festival offers outstanding advertising opportunities that speak directly to your market. Whether you’re an aquaculture industry or tourism-based business, our comprehensive media partner list offers prime advertising space in publications that can increase exposure and improve your brand awareness at rates only buying power can achieve.

2018 Rate Sheet

VISITING MEDIA HOSTING PROGRAM

To attend 2018 BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend event(s), all members of the media must be accredited. Please complete the form below to be considered for accreditation.

Thank you for your interest.

2018 Media Accreditation

2017 Media Coverage

SIGNATURE WEEKEND

June 16 & 17, 11 am – 5 pm
Over 2000 guest have attended historically; enjoy signature events, food booths, beverage booths, interactive displays, chef demonstrations, oyster shucking, chowder competitions and more!
Participate as the following:

Ocean Wise Chowder Challenge

Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Competition

EVENTS, TOURS, & MORE! 

There are many ways Chefs, food and beverage businesses, seafood producers, and tourism businesses can get involved and leverage the Festival.

Host an Event or Tour

BECOME A SPONSOR

Businesses that want to gain exposure by leveraging western Canada’s largest seafood festival, and a whopping $250k marketing campaign, should review the Official Festival Participation & Sponsorship Package.

2018 Sponsorship Package

BC SEAFOOD ON YOUR PLATE

Are you a BC restaurant that offers fresh seafood on your menu or fresh sheet? Participate in the BC Seafood on Your Plate campaign, June 8  17, 2018!

Click below to read about marketing opportunities and how you can WIN $1,000 cash!

Participate!

Volunteer at the BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend!

Learn more

GALLERY

2018 Partners and Sponsors

Contact Us

For information on events, accommodation specials, and how to get to the Festival, contact the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre:
phone: 1-250-400-2882
tollfree: 1-855-400-2882
email: visitorcentre@discovercomoxvalley.com

 

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