Okanagan Spot Prawn Festival

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
  • Poppadoms
  • Ricardo‚Äôs Mediterranean Grill
  • The Terrace at Mission Hill Family Estate

 

Wild BC Spot Prawns on Ice

Live spot prawns for sale

Spot Prawn Trap casting a shadow on the patio

A sustainable choice, closely regulated to minimize the impact on our oceans

The Patio with Event Tenting at the Cove

The venue

Chefs at Poppadoms Tasting Station at the Wild BC Spot Prawn Festival

The team from Poppadoms presented Coconut Curry Prawns over Basmati Rice.

Cold Poached Prawns with Cucumber Relish and Muscat Pearls served on a Rice Cracker

Hillside Winery & Bistro presented Cold Poached Prawns with Cucumber Relish and Muscat Pearls served on a Rice Cracker

Chafing dish filled with Sambuca Spot Prawns

Bonfire Grill at the Cove presented Sambuca Prawns served with Puff Pastry ~ Recipe courtesy of Chef Grant

Cold Gazpacho with spot prawns served in small cups

C Restaurant, Vancouver presented Wild BC Spot Prawn Gazpacho ~ Recipe courtesy of Chef Robert Clark

Patio Bar at the Cove Beach Resort

The Cove Beach Resort nestled along the western shore of Lake Okanagan.

Empty lounge chairs on the beach on Lake Okanagan

Beach side at The Cove

Pathway thru the green grass and trees at Gellatly Nut Farm

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.

Poster for Wild BC Spot Prawns