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Locals and visitors are licking their lips in anticipation for a tasty new event that launches in Richmond this month. Running from May 6 to June 5, the first ever Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration offers a mouthwatering menu of activities––including fresh-off-the-boat sales of spot prawns and more, expert on-stage cooking demonstrations and a delicious dining promotion teeming with handpicked city restaurants.

Spot Prawns and More

The fun starts on May 6 when the colourful fishing boats of Steveston’s Fisherman’s Wharf start selling their freshly caught B.C. spot prawns straight from the vessels. There’ll be a party-like atmosphere on most days as visitors promenade along the floating dock and peruse the glistening bounty piled high on the gently bobbling boats.

It’s a great chance to chat with friendly fishers, check out lots of additional catch-of-the-day seafood––look for octopus and spiky sea urchins––and also soak up the authentic heritage atmosphere of shoreline Steveston Village. The historic home of Canada’s largest commercial fishing fleet, Steveston has long been the heart and soul of the B.C. seafood sector.

For most Seafood Celebration visitors, the spot prawn delicacies will be the biggest hook. Before you leave the Wharf, make sure you pick-up a bag of the freshest and sweetest-tasting spot prawns you’re ever likely to try. And don’t leave it too late: they’ll only be available here as long as supplies last and if you miss them in 2022, you’ll have to wait until next year for your next fresh-catch opportunity.  

Expert presentations

The nearby Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site––a brilliant museum-like attraction that tells the story of B.C.’s biggest salmon canning plant––is also joining the Seafood Celebration’s inaugural run. On the weekend of May 21 and May 22, its in-house theatre will host a series of free-entry cooking demonstrations on a special Culinary Stage.

Aimed at curious seafood fans, these taste-tripping presentations will be hosted by food experts and professional chefs from throughout the city, including Head Chef Sushila Narain from the celebrated Steveston Seafood House. Each will offer their well-honed insights on preparing B.C. seafood––while also demonstrating dishes and providing handy cooking tips. Audiences can expect everything from general insider advice to how best to enjoy those fresh-catch spot prawns.

Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

Time to eat!

If cooking crustaceans at home seems like a stretch for you––or you’d rather sample the delectable creations of some well-seasoned chefs––the Seafood Celebration’s Dine About feature will also be calling your name. Running May 18 to June 5, a dozen or so restaurants in Steveston and wider Richmond will be serving their own special dishes––and a diverse array of approaches with spot prawns and other seafood will be on the table.

Blue Canoe and Little Mexico Cantina will offer their own distinctly different spot prawn ceviche appetizers, while Globe@YVR, inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Airport, will serve them in a delicious Okanagan white wine and garlic butter sauce. Over at Liuyishou Hot Pot, diners can cook their skewered spot prawns at their own table in one of the restaurant’s bubbling soup bases.

Richmond’s stylish new Versante Hotel, which opened in July 2021, is also getting in on the act—at all three of its super-cool eateries. There’ll be a spot prawn tsukune skewer dish at Cask Whisky Vault; an amazing dry aged spot prawn crudo with pickled local kelp at Oo La Cha; and a mouthwatering spot prawn and wild pink scallop papardelle, with sea asparagus and saffron lobster nage, at its signature Bruno restaurant.

In contrast, Steveston Built Local Taphouse will be serving a special seafood jambalaya––prawns, salmon, cod and chicken included––while nearby Purpose Smoothie will be offering a spot prawn poke bowl. Craving a Thai take? Try steamed spot prawns with glass noodles at Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill. Or sample a traditional Taiwanese approach at CHJ Bistro, where flame-baked seasoned spot prawns will be on the special menu.

But if you’re keen to try more than one approach at the same restaurant, consider Steveston Seafood House. A long-time devotee of top-notch Pacific Ocean ingredients, this hugely popular village eatery will be offering a different spot prawn feature every week, as well as a highly tempting menu of other dishes showcasing fresh-caught B.C. delicacies.

Hungry? Get out your calendar and book a table or two at some of these popular local restaurants. And be sure to add a Fisherman’s Wharf visit and some Cannery chef presentations to your plans at the same time. The very first Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration is about to drop anchor, and you won’t want to miss the boat!

Last Updated on May 12, 2022 by Tourism Richmond