Get ready for spot prawns!
Delicious, sweet and locally-sourced, B.C. spot prawns will be all over the menus of Vancouver's top seafood restaurants when spot prawn season launches in mid-May. The season gets it's annual start with the free B.C. Spot Prawn Festival, at Fisherman's Wharf (just west of Granville Island).
Organized by the Chefs' Table Society and created by Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean and C Restaurant's Chef Robert Clark in 2006, the B.C. Spot Prawn Festival has had an enormous impact on keeping B.C. spot prawns visible and local; before the festival began, the vast majority of B.C. spot prawns were exported to Japan. Now there are few Vancouverites who don't love the sweet appeal of our local spot prawns, which, in addition to being delectable, are also a sustainable seafood.
Though the festivities at the B.C. Spot Prawn Festival are free (including kids' activities and cooking demos), tickets for the famous Spot Prawn Boil--where you get to actually eat the spot prawns--are $12 and must be purchased in advance. Get tickets to Spot Prawn Boil 2013 here.
Of course, you can also buy your own spot prawns at the festival, right off the fisherman's boat!
The B.C. Spot Prawn Festival happens Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 11am - 3pm.
Images Courtesy of The Chefs' Table Society / B.C. Spot Prawn Festival