We’re in the midst of the cherished B.C. spot prawn season – the perfect time to enjoy this sweet and succulent gem of our oceans. What’s a better way to celebrate these spot prawns than by holding a tasty contest?

For the first time ever, Vancouver Aquarium wine partner Mission Hill Family Estate and the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ program is teaming up on a new spot prawn contest. Participating Ocean Wise restaurants in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island will put their culinary mastery to the test by cooking up their best spot prawn dish, which will be paired with a Mission Hill wine. The dish-wine pairings will be judged by a panel of well-known judges, who will then declare a contest winner.

What does this mean for you? You can support our participating Ocean Wise restaurants by visiting them during the contest, as a way to recognize their commitment to Ocean Wise. You can also enter to win a trip for two to Mission Hill Family Estate in Kelowna, including an Ocean Wise Culinary Workshop hosted by the winning chef. Visit this website to enter to win this exclusive, experiential prize.

You’re probably curious as to who is sitting on the judges’ panel. Well, we have a great lineup of judges for this contest, including:

  • Fred Lee, lifestyle commentator and columnist
  • Anthony Gismondi, wine reviewer and writer
  • Kasey Wilson, award-winning food and travel writer
  • Rob Clarke, nationally-renown chef and founding Ocean Wise chef partner
  • Sharon McLean, independent journalist and wine instructor based on Vancouver Island

And the list of participating Ocean Wise partner restaurants is equally as scintillating:

Victoria + Vancouver Island:

  • Canoe Club
  • Fairmont Empress
  • Laurel Point Inn
  • Marina Restaurant


  • Beach House
  • Brix
  • C Restaurant
  • Coast
  • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Fish House
  • Forage
  • Glowbal Grill
  • Hotel Georgia
  • Italian Kitchen
  • La Terrazza
  • Mangia E Bevi Ristorante
  • Sandbar – Granville Island
  • Water St. Café

For more information about the spot prawn contest, visit Mission Hill’s website here. And don’t forget to enter to win the coveted prize!

Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program was created to address the issues surrounding overfishing, the biggest threat to our oceans today. Look for the Ocean Wise symbol wherever you choose to enjoy seafood for Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly choice. The free Ocean Wise iPhone app provides partner locations where you are, as well as recommendations for sustainable seafood choices. Ask your seafood suppliers and restaurants for their Ocean Wise choices, and if they’re not yet Ocean Wise, encourage them to join this important movement.

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