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June is BC Seafood Month

Why are we at St. Jean’s Cannery particularly smitten with June? June is BC Seafood Month! It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the bounty of seafood available to us on the west coast as well as the quality of the seafood industry in the province.

The Comox Valley on Vancouver Island is arguably the annual hot-spot for BC Seafood Month celebrations, including:

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival

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Western Canada’s largest seafood festival consists of 40 events over 10 days (June 9-18). Events include tastings, dinners, industry tours, celebrations, and chef demos with more than 40 top-level chefs taking part over the course of the festival.

BC Seafood Expo

BC Seafood Month - Chef Ned Bell
Photo: BC Seafood Expo / Comox Valley Economic Development Society

Part of the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, the BC Seafood Expo (June 12-13) brings leading seafood producers, exporters, international buyers, and educators together for two days of education sessions and networking/sales at the BC Seafood Expo Trade Show. The keynote speakers for 2017 include Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell and host of CBC’s ‘Under the Influence,’ Terry O’Reilly.

Enjoy BC seafood this month–whether at home, your favourite restaurant, or right after a fishing trip! We are proud that our Pacific Northwest wild salmon and tuna are primarily sourced from BC waters (the fisheries stretch from Oregon to Alaska) and our primary source of oysters is Vancouver Island (Baynes Sound/Fanny Bay).  We offer our thanks to all of the fishers and seafood producers in BC who treat oceans and fishing grounds with respect, care, and environmental sensibility.

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