Signature Weekend Info

Where does the Signature Weekend take place?

The Signature Weekend happens at the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park, in Comox, on Vancouver Island. A full site map will be available soon.

What are the hours of the Signature Weekend?

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days (June 16 and 17).

How do I get to the Festival?

  • Driving: A free Park and Rideservice is available from Gaglardi Academy (1475 Noel Ave, Comox) will operate from 10:30am – 5:30pm on June 16 & 17
  • Ambassador Shuttle. Two vans will run in a continual loop — longest wait should be 5-10 minutes; look for the signs at Gaglardi Academy. Riders are not allowed to leave dogs in their vehicles at the Park and Ride location.
  • There is no parking on the event site and very limited parking in the surrounding area — please plan accordingly.

Where are the washrooms?

There are 3 washroom locations – one on the lower level and two on the upper level of the Lodge.

Are children able to attend?

Kids under 12 are free, but to attend they need a free ticket which you can obtain at the gate. View all the educational and interactive booths here.

Is the Festival dog-friendly?

As per the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park regulations, dogs are not permitted.

I want food and drinks! What do you take for payment?

You can buy food and drink tickets using cash or credit card at designated ticket booths, or pre-purchase your food and drink tickets online. Each food ticket costs $1 per ticket, while drink tickets cost $6 per ticket. Food items generally cost between 1 and 6 food tickets, while 1 drink costs 1 drink ticket. An ATM will be located near the Main Gate.

At what events can I use my food and drink tickets?

You can use food and drink tickets at food and drink booths during the Signature Weekend Day Events (11:00AM – 5:00 PM on June 16 & 17). Drink tickets can also be used at the Shucked! Oyster Bar Happy Hour, Baked n’ Boiled Kitchen Party, and the Gala Dinner events at their respective cash bars if you are a ticket holder to those events. ID is required to purchase drink tickets.

Where can I see a full schedule?

The schedule for the Signature Weekend can be found here. Please note times are subject to change.

I forgot to purchase my tickets. Can I buy them onsite?

No, due to overwhelming demand Signature Weekend day and weekend passes are sold out. Currently, no gate sales are planned.

What should I wear to the Signature Weekend?

Come prepared! Bring sunscreen and a hat and be prepared for all weather, being located very close to the water can make things a little chilly. We hope for amazing weather this June but dress accordingly.

Will there be first aid on site?

Yes, St. John Ambulance first aiders will be on site all day June 16th and 17th.

General Info

Where can I see a full schedule?

You can view the entire schedule of events spanning the entire Festival here. If you want to view all the events happening during the Signature Weekend (June 16 & 17), click here.

What kind of competitions can I expect?

There are four competitions this year which can be viewed here. To see when these competitions take place, please view the Signature Weekend schedule.

Can I bring my own signs or pamphlets to distribute at the festival?

Unfortunately, no third party signage, materials or handouts are allowed on site.

Accommodation Info

I’m visiting from out of town. Where can I stay?

Visit our hotels section for a full list of participating hotels.

Getting Involved

I’m interested in volunteering for the Signature Weekend. How do I get involved?

Please complete this online form to sign up to become a volunteer.

I’m a bartender / shucker / chef; what competitions can I compete in?

There are four competitions this year: Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Competition, Ocean Wise® Annual Chowder Challenge, Best Caesar in Town Competition, FortisBC BC Seafood Festival Chef Challenge. Click here to learn more about these competitions and to sign up.

What is BC Seafood on Your Plate and how can I participate?

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

I’m a media representative show wants to cover the Festival. How do I get a pass?

All members of media must be accredited. Please fill out this online form to be considered for accreditation.

I would like to sponsor the Festival. How do I 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.

What is the BC Seafood Month Feature and can I advertise in it?

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. Click here to view the 2018 rate sheet.

How can I host an event or tour during the Festival?

There are many ways Chefs, food and beverage businesses, seafood producers, and tourism businesses can get involved and leverage the Festival. Fill out this online form with the details of your event or tour.