Spot Prawn Festival – coming up in May!

Spot Prawn Committee Chair - Ryan Bissell - is looking for CTS members who would like to join the working group and help out with task related projects leading up to the event. Areas where we will be needing organizational support are: coordinating vendors, coordinating Chefs, marketing, ticket sales, event volunteer coordination, etc. This is an excellent opportunity to support your Chef community and to get to know the Chefs' Table Society better.

If you are interested in participating, please email Ryan at: chefryanbissell[at]gmail.com

We look forward to another fun and successful year!

Spot Prawn Festival Kicks Off 8-Week BC Spot Prawn Season

BC spot prawns make their triumphant return on Saturday, May 5th at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, just off the entrance of Granville Island. The Spot Prawn Festival celebrates its sixth year of sustainability and participation in the Eat Local movement. It's an outdoor gathering of spot prawn enthusiasts and Chefs, complete with a Spot Prawn Boil, cooking demos, and the opportunity to purchase these tasty crustaceans fresh off the boat.

The Chefs' Table Society of BC once again hosts this growing festival, and they expect to draw hundreds of people to feast and learn about this truly sustainable and local indulgence.

As popular as they may be today, it is only recently that these succulent morsels began to enjoy well-deserved fame on their home turf. Until six years ago, BC spot prawns were imported to Japan in its entirety; Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean explains that it took a fishing trip with Chef Robert Clark to realize that spot prawns needed to stay here in Vancouver.

"Rob Clark and I came up with the idea five years ago. It's really because I had Rob out here fishing and he wanted [to use] the prawns, but I told him it was all going to Japan. So that winter, we came up with the idea of a Spot Prawn Festival to keep all the 'Luv' at home. It didn't make sense to ship all these beautiful prawns and be stuck eating farmed tiger prawns that are not very good."

And it's a good thing they did. Steve describes that BC spot prawns are "like eating sugar. These spot prawns, all day long when we are fishing, we eat them alive out of the trap. They are sweet, succulent, and melt-in-your-mouth tender."

If product quality alone is not enough to get you down to the dock, know also that our local Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association--the Festival's title sponsor--represents one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world. Instead of cutting down the man-made rainforest to make room for expanding tiger prawn farms, BC prawn fishermen like Organic Ocean catch them in "clean glacier water, and they are wild and grow naturally, so that you can feel good about eating them." And BC spot prawns are as local as they get. Steve mentions that when they are fishing, they are fishing only 5-6 miles away from downtown Vancouver.

So for 8 short weeks, you can do your part to eat local and sustainably, and delight your taste buds at the same time. BC spot prawns are available in the early afternoon daily from False Creek Fishermen's Wharf for $12 a pound.

And with all the cooking tips and inspirations you will take back from the Spot Prawn Festival, you won't run out of ways to enjoy these crustaceans.

Spot Prawn Festival Quick Links

Special thanks to Welbert Choi for use of his photos from last year's Spot Prawn Festival.

Join Us For The 5th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

Spot Prawn Festival - May 7, 2011 from 11am - 3pm

5th Annual BC Spot Prawn Festival
Saturday, May 7th – 11 am to 3 pm
False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island)

On Saturday, May 7th the city's top chefs prepare a spot prawn boil at False Creek's Fishermen's Wharf benefiting The Chefs’ Table Society. Meet local chefs and fishermen at this fifth annual prawn boil featuring demonstrations from Vancouver's top chefs including Bishop's Andrea Carlson; Ned Bell, Executive Chef of Rosewood Hotel Georgia, The Pear Tree's Scott Jaeger, Provence Restaurant’s Alessandra Quaglia and Tojo as well as a BC wine tasting, live music and autographed cookbooks. The Vancouver Aquarium provides kids exploration of fabulous fish and other cool creatures through hands-on activities and other family friendly events.

This is a free family event with cooking demo’s and kids activities. Tickets for the prawn boil are available at $10, which includes fresh, off-the-boat spot prawns, salad side dish and Terra Breads to mop it all up with! Also included is a BC wine sample tasting and samples of Mogiana coffee. Tickets available on site; check back soon to pre-purchase your tickets online.

EDIT: online ticket sales are now open! Visit the Spot Prawn Festival page for full details or start grabbing your tickets below.

Canada's largest Spot Prawn Festival and Prawn Boil makes fresh, right off the boat, local spot prawns available for hundreds to taste so after you've been inspired by the demo’s, grab your own bagful off the fishing boats ($12 per lb) and recreate the chef inspired dishes at home.

The festival kicks off the spot prawn season, which continues on for six to eight weeks allowing the public an opportunity to buy live, locally sourced and sustainable prawns directly off the dock daily from 1 pm at Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island).

Parking: Please note on May 7th only PARKING IS OFF SITE with a drop off zone at the bottom of 1st Avenue and Creekside Drive Map.

The BC Spot Prawn Festival Continues for 8 Weeks

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Steve Johansen on the "Organic Ocean" with the first catch of the season

(Vancouver, BC) – The 3rd Annual Chefs’ Table Society Spot Prawn Festival launched on Saturday May 9, 2009. The occasion was celebrated with a community event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf that saw over 800 food lovers lining up to nosh on tasty spot prawn dishes prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs. Upon returning to the wharf from the sea with the season’s first spot prawn catch, local fisherman Steve Johansen from Organic Ocean was greeted with a lineup of eager customers.

The yearly Spot Prawn Festival will provide another local, fresh, and sustainable ingredient for our restaurant chefs and home cooks to enjoy. Those who take pride in serving the bounty of British Columbia can use this eight week window of opportunity to purchase live, locally sourced and sustainable spot prawns directly from our local fishermen at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (1505 West 1st Avenue) and at over 40 participating restaurants (complete list here) At $12 per pound for the public they are an excellent and affordable alternative to farmed tiger prawns.

As the official wine sponsor of the BC Spot Prawn Festival, Prospect Winery will donate 50 cents of each bottle of wine sold at partner restaurants during the Spot Prawn season to support the Chefs’ Table Society and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program. The Spot Prawn Festival is also sponsored by the Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association, False Creek Harbour Authority, Organic Ocean, Wisent, Go Fish, Ethical Bean Coffee, Scout Magazine, Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, Granville Island, Heather Goldsworthy Photography and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.

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