BC spot prawns made a brief appearance in the Okanagan yesterday as the stars of the 2nd Annual Wild BC Spot Prawn Festival. The event took place from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the sunny patio at The Cove Lakeside Resort, and was co-sponsored by Codfather’s Seafood Market.
Some of the Valley’s top chefs were on hand offering samples that showed off the sweet and succulent flavour of these little beauties. Participating restaurants included:
- 19 Grill + Lounge
- Bonfire Grill at the Cove
- C Restaurant, Vancouver
- Hillside Estate Winery & Bistro
- Joy Road Catering
- Ricardo’s Mediterranean Grill
- The Terrace at Mission Hill Family Estate
Live spot prawns for sale
A sustainable choice, closely regulated to minimize the impact on our oceans
The team from Poppadoms presented Coconut Curry Prawns over Basmati Rice.
Hillside Winery & Bistro presented Cold Poached Prawns with Cucumber Relish and Muscat Pearls served on a Rice Cracker
Bonfire Grill at the Cove presented Sambuca Prawns served with Puff Pastry ~ Recipe courtesy of Chef Grant
C Restaurant, Vancouver presented Wild BC Spot Prawn Gazpacho ~ Recipe courtesy of Chef Robert Clark
The Cove Beach Resort nestled along the western shore of Lake Okanagan.
Beach side at The Cove
The cool, shady pathways at neighbouring Gellatly Nut Farm.
Chef Ned Bell from last year’s Spot Prawn Festival at False Creek in Vancouver, BC, courtesy of Vancouver Magazine.
Residents of the Okanagan obviously adore spot prawns (half of the restaurants sold out of samples before 3:00 pm) so if you’re planning to check out next year’s festival, be sure and go early!
For more great recipes and tips on buying, storing and preparing wild BC spot prawns, check out www.wildbcspotprawns.ca.
*Many thanks to Val at More Than Burnt Toast for giving me the lowdown on the festival!