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

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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BC Family Fishing Weekend – June 19-21, 2015

June 19-21, 2015 is Family Fishing Weekend in BC!

BC Family Fishing Weekend | June 18-21 2015

Now in its 16th year, it has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition. In addition to a number of FFW events throughout BC, there are a number of ways you can fish for free this weekend (ie. without needing a fishing license).

Check out the BC Family Fishing Weekend webpage for more details–and if you land a catch, bring it on by one of our stores or depots and we’ll turn it into a seafood specialty!

Thanks to the Family Fishing Society of BC for coordinating these events and for the promotion of responsible fishing for anglers of all ages.

Bon Vivant: Vancouver Island food ‘n fun

Bon Vivant Vancouver IslandOne of our favourite sources for ‘food ‘n fun’ knowledge–as relating to Vancouver Island food, beverage, and local food events–is Bon Vivant on Vancouver Island. Created by Hans Peter Meyer and filled with posts and stories about farmers’ markets, food trucks, must-attend culinary events, artisan food producers, and more, the website and active Twitter feed are very informative sources for anyone looking to dig deeper into the Island’s craft culinary scene. It’s especially valuable for food fans in the Comox Valley. Highly recommended!