Saturday was Vancouver's 5th Annual Spot Prawn Festival, a foodie event created to mark the opening of the Spot Prawn fishing season. To take part, we headed down to Fisherman's Wharf where they were cooking up the little beasties.
3 Prawns, plus salads, bread, and local beer, wine, and coffee tasting, all for a mere $10 - what a steal! :)
The food was prepared by some of Vancouver's finest chefs - had one been so inclined, one could've also bought the cookbook they were selling on-site (featuring yummy recipes from these very chefs), and then run around collecting autographs in said cookbook. (this one was not so inclined - if I want to eat very fancy recipes prepared by local chefs, I'd rather go sample it at their respective restaurants!)
The festival was very popular - they temporarily sold out of tickets at one point, after we'd bought one ticket, but before we'd had a chance to run and get cash to buy the other two we needed. Fortunately, they were able to round up a few more prawns to throw on the BBQ, so we didn't have to fight over one serving! :)
After lunch, we headed over to the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise information booth to learn about sustainable fish sources, and do a little fishing of our own.
These kids are being trained in the "catch and release" style of fishing.
Part of the emphasis of this event was to encourage the public to make smart choices in selecting their seafood, by choosing only sustainable fish and seafood sources. To learn more about making ocean-friendly fish choices, check out SeaChoice.org where you can download portable guides to sustainable seafood and sustainable sushi! :)