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A plate of clams at the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival in Comox

BC Seafood Festival



The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island produces 50%+ of British Columbia’s shellfish and the greatest number of oysters in Canada. Seems fitting, then, that it’s also the setting for the Island’s annual BC Seafood Festival.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in June, the BC Seafood Festival (formerly the BC Shellfish Festival) began as a single dinner developed and hosted by the BC Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA). In time, the BCSGA added a second day with a public event that focused on increased awareness of the growing shellfish industry.

This year, the festival will make its home at Mount Washington Alpine Resort and will feature returning events and new seafood-filled dinners, competitions, masterclasses, and tastings to celebrate award-winning BC seafood producers, chefs, and experiences. 

Events include the Clam it Up Happy Hour, Baked n’ Boiled Kitchen Party, Wild about Halibut– Halibut Demo & Lunch, Shucked Oyster Bar Happy Hour, a Gala Dinner, a Masterclass Series, and Bounty! A Brunch Seafood Cookout.

Competitions among chefs include the BC Seafood Festival Chef Challenge, Best Caesar in Town Challenge, a Chowder Challenge, and a Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Competition. 

Photo credit: Boomer Jerritt


Mount Washington Alpine Resort
1 Strathcona Parkway
Comox-Strathcona C, BC
V9J 1L0

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  • Monday8 AM – 4 PM
  • Tuesday8 AM – 4 PM
  • Wednesday8 AM – 4 PM
  • Thursday8 AM – 4 PM
  • Friday8 AM – 9 PM
  • Saturday8 AM – 9 PM
  • Sunday8 AM – 9 PM

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About British Columbia

In Canada’s westernmost province, fresh local bounty, talented chefs, and a melting pot of cultures combine to make British Columbia a top culinary destination. It’s a rich tapestry supported by farmers, growers, and producers whose ingredients shape menus in communities along the Pacific Ocean, in the Rocky Mountains, and everywhere in between.

Here, Indigenous cultures who have been nurturing the land for millennia showcase traditional offerings with a modern twist. Other multicultural influences inspire chefs and artisan food producers to blend local ingredients with global flavours. Dishes also vary widely, depending on place, creating distinctive regional dining scenes—from wild salmon sushi in Tofino to down-home guest ranch cooking in the Cariboo to delicate dim sum in Richmond. 

Victoria, the province’s capital, boasts more restaurants per capita than almost anywhere else in Canada, while Vancouver, BC’s most populous city, was recently recognized with several MICHELIN Stars, further elevating the city’s reputation as an international dining destination. Wine touring, spirits, and local beer are hugely popular here, too, in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, on Vancouver Island, and especially along the Okanagan Valley lakeside, where seasonal pours provide the perfect finish to a day of hiking, biking, and swimming.

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