West Vancouver’s Fresh St. Market hosts inaugural Halibut Festival

A whole lot of fish is coming to Ambleside on Saturday, May 25, 2013 as Fresh St. Market (1650 Marine Drive) hosts its first ever Halibut Festival. From 11 am to 5 pm, the entire community is invited to celebrate the season’s biggest catch, halibut, with food demonstrations from local chefs, children’s activities, contests, wine tastings, and tours aboard a 30-foot fishing boat.

About 10,000 lbs. of fresh, Ocean Wise halibut from B.C.’s Haida Gwaii region will be available for purchase. In addition, on-site barbequed halibut burgers and drinks are available with a donation of $5, with all proceeds going towards Cops for Cancer, supporting the local West Vancouver police department.

“At Fresh St. Market, we are all about fresh, local, and community,” explains Dave Sherwood, Director, Fresh St. Market. “We wanted to create an event that would highlight one of British Columbia’s most seasonal and delicious fish, halibut, while involving the whole neighbourhood. We are very excited to see people come together and learn more about seafood sustainability in a fun way.”

During the event, guests will have an opportunity to chat with Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium about seafood sustainability. The food demonstrations are sure to whet appetites with local purveyors from Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, Fresh St. Salsa, B.C. spot prawns, and more sampling throughout the day. Local chefs, such as Fresh St. Market’s own Stu Smith and Fred Ram will talk about and teach cooking techniques. There will also be kids activities such as face painting and balloon art.

From 4 pm to 6 pm, Fresh St. Market has also partnered up with 16th Street Liquor Store on a special wine pairing tasting on-site. The knowledgeable staff will give tips on what wines pair best with the star of the show, halibut.

For more information, please visit www.freshstmarket.com.

About Fresh St. Market
Located at 1650 Marine Drive, Fresh St. Market brings a brand new food shopping concept to the North Shore. With the look and feel of a bustling public market, the food store has a wide variety of locally-sourced foods, fresh produce, a substantial amount of organic foods, and several dedicated food destinations for customers to enjoy. For more information, please visit www.freshstmarket.com.

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