Join us for a monthlong celebration of sustainable seafood
Calling all seafood lovers! The Ocean Wise National Seafood Festival has arrived and is on through the month of February in support of Ocean Wise’s sustainable seafood program.
Ocean Wise partners across the country will be serving up creative chowders, mouth-watering dishes, fillets, and packaged products as part of the festival. The festival runs from February 1-28 with sustainable options available at over 400 locations Canada-wide.
“We are thrilled to see the Ocean Wise Seafood Festival coming into its own as a Canada-wide celebration of sustainable seafood,” says Claire Dawson, Senior Manager of the Fisheries initiative at Ocean Wise. “This event brings together conservationists, consumers and the industry alike to prepare and savour creative dishes featuring sustainability superstars like clams, mussels, kelp and many more! At a time when we all need something to celebrate, why not support your local sustainable seafood businesses by trying as many as you can through the month of February?”
Dive in to check out some festival features below
West Coast Creations
In British Columbia, diners will find much to love at restaurants offering up everything from Albacore Tuna and Kaiso Seaweed Tartar to seafood risotto at 1931 Gallery Bistro.
Chowder diehards can find the Keep Clam and Ocean Wise on chowder at ShuckShuck, Kyuquot Sound Miso Chowdown at Holts Café Vancouver, or head to the Okanagan for Chef Ned Bell’s famous Naramata Inn Chowder.
Further North, Chef Dai Fukasaku at Fukasaku will be serving up North West Treasure, a delicious bowl featuring Dungeness crab, halibut cheek, ginger tuna flake, bok choy, tomato/miso broth, and spot prawn heads all sourced via local farmers and fisherman.
On the island, diners can find a selection of dishes at The Union Club, dine on miso baked sablefish at Marina Restaurant (both in Victoria), or try out Effin’ Oyster Motoyaki at Port Alberni’s Wildflower Café.
GTA and Quebec Offerings
In Toronto, diners can go as high as the 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower for Crusted Fogo Island Cod or as wild as the Toronto Zoo for its By the Bay Burger.
The Healthy Butcher and Fresh City Farms have Ocean Wise Fish Pie on offer, while The Sweet Potato is serving salmon and leak pie, and De La Mer Fresh Fish Market is serving up Clam-era Worth Curried Chowder.
Holts Café Bloor is serving up poached halibut with parsnip textures, while Holts Café Yorkdale has spaghetti vongole on offer. A few more creative offerings include a clam bake from Stamp’s Lane Restaurant in Toronto, Coast Café’s ‘Ciao Ciao’ Chowder and Salt Spring mussel bowl.
In Quebec, home chefs can pick up Le Soleil du Sud scallops or oysters from Frandon Seafoods (Valentine’s Day is coming up, take note).
Not to be outdone by their counterparts further West, Café Holt Oglivy’s festival dish is pan seared salmon with creamy potato puree, chorizo cream sauce with salmon roe, cherry tomato salad, pea shoots, and chive oil.
Take home delicious sustainable seafood nationwide
You don’t need to dine-in to take part in the festival. Retailers including Afishionado (Nova Scotia), Sailors Seafoods (BC), Organic Ocean (Canada-wide) and Intercity Packers (Lower Mainland, BC) offer up tasty take-home options. Across the country, festival supporters can pick up fresh seafood at Sobeys and Safeway to challenge themselves to create their very own signature sustainable dish.
Beverage sponsors Steamworks Brewery, Walter Craft Caesar, Lighthouse Brewing, Beere Brewing Co, Ontarieau, and GoodLot Farmstead Brewing are also offering select items in support of the festival.
Vote for your favourite sustainable dish
Ocean Wise partners participating in the festival will compete for four awards, including the coveted People’s Choice Award – make sure to vote for your favourite dish at seafood.ocean.org/festival2022. Other awards include Fundraising Champion, Best Dish Title, and Best Dish Photo (the latter two chosen by Daily Hive).
Not only does the festival celebrate sustainable options Nationwide but proceeds from each item also purchased during the Ocean Wise Seafood Festival will support Ocean Wise in its efforts to ensure healthy and sustainable marine life. Ocean Wise seafood evaluates stock health, management practices and impacts on the environment and other species. Choosing Ocean Wise recommended seafood ensures the long-term health of our oceans and waterways for generations to come.
Check out the full list of participating restaurants and retailers below or visit www.seafood.ocean.org/festival2022 for full dish details.
|1931 Gallery Bistro – Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC)||Le Soleil du Sud (Montreal, QC)|
|360 Restaurant – CN Tower (Toronto, ON)||Mamas Fish Chips (Vancouver, BC)|
|Afishionado (Halifax, NS)||Marina Restaurant (Victoria, BC)|
|Cantina Norte (North Vancouver, BC)||Minami (Vancouver, BC)|
|De la Mer Fish Market (Toronto, ON)||Naramata Inn (Naramata, BC)|
|Equa Ocean Farms (Vancouver, BC)||Organic Ocean (National)|
|Frandon Seafoods (Montreal, QC)||Sailors Seafoods (Vancouver, BC)|
|Fukasaku (Prince Rupert, BC)||ShuckShuck (Vancouver, BC)|
|Hello Nori (Vancouver, BC)||Sobeys and Safeway Grocers (National)|
|Holt at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy (Montreal, QC)||Stamps Lane Restaurant (Toronto, ON)|
|Holts Café Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)||The Healthy Butcher – Fresh City Farms (Toronto, ON)|
|Holts Café Yorkdale (Toronto, ON)||The Sweet Potato (Toronto, ON)|
|Holts Café, 50 Bloor Street West (Toronto, ON)||The Union Club of British Columbia (Victoria, BC)|
|Intercity Packers (Vancouver Based)||Toronto Zoo (Toronto, ON)
Wildflower Café (Port Alberni)
Ocean Wise is grateful to the following partners for supporting the Ocean Wise Seafood Festival: Daily Hive, Global BC, 980 CKNW, 980 CFPL, 900 CHML, Global New, 640 Toronto, Sobeys and Safeway, Centennial Food Service, Ocean Jewel, Ontarieau, Walter Craft Caesar, Lighthouse Brewing Co, Beere Brewing Co, GoodLot Farm, Farmstead Brewing and Steamworks Brewery.