BC Shellfish Festival: Shellshocked – Win Tickets

UPDATE: Congratulations to Meaghan Harvey – she’s won the passes to see Shellshocked with a wine and raw bar reception. Thanks to all who entered!

Shellfish have been a key component to BC’s culinary scene for as long as I can remember and oysters in particular are vital to Vancouver Island’s seafood industry.

The annual BC Shellfish Festival is getting set to kick off on June 12th, and to celebrate, the organizers are holding a premiere screening of Shellshocked: Saving the Oceans to Save Ourselves as a fundraiser to benefit the Ocean Wise Program.

Oyster in the Shell

Wild oyster reefs keep our oceans healthy by filtering water and engineering ecosystems, but because of pollution and overfishing, wild oyster reefs are “the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth”. Today wild oyster reefs no longer play any role in the oceanic ecosystem.


Shellshocked follows scientists, government officials, artists and environmentalists as they fight to bring oysters back to the former oyster capital of the world – New York Harbour.

The organizers of the BC Shellfish Festival want to give away a pair of passes to one of my readers to attend the Vancouver Island premiere of Shellshocked on Tuesday, June 12th at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College in the Comox Valley. The passes also include a wine and raw bar oyster reception prior to the screening with oysters courtesy of Hollie Wood Oysters and Courtenay’s VQA Wine Store. 2010 BC Shucking Champion Devon Shute of Avenue Bistro in Comox will be on hand to shuck oysters!

You have two ways to enter:

    1. Leave a comment below and tell me which is your favourite seafood from the ocean off BC’s coast. [1 entry]

    2. Post the following on Twitter: [1 entry]

    RT to enter to win passes to the screening of Shellshocked w/ wine/raw bar reception from @bcsfestival and @KeiraAnne http://tinyurl.com/cqo6c33

I’ll draw one winner’s name at noon on Friday, June 1st.

For more information on the BC Shellfish Festival and the exciting events taking place between June 12th and 16th in the Comox Valley, please visit the BC Shellfish Festival’s official website. You can also follow the festival’s updates on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Winner must be 19 years of age or older. Winner cannot have won a contest on Keira-Anne.com within the last six months. This prize is not transferable and is of no monetary value. Keira-Anne.com nor its affiliates or the contest prize sponsor bear any responsibility to the winners, the collection of the prize and/or the use of the prize.

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25 Comments on “BC Shellfish Festival: Shellshocked – Win Tickets

  1. I *think* you may have an idea of what quickly become my favourite summer patio seafood 😉

  2. my favourite…to-die-for food off the BC coast is oysters!!! the variety in tastes and textures leaves me wanting to try them all!

  3. I love mussels prepared in a spicy white wine broth… yum!

  4. Spot prawns! Tried for the first time when we moved to the Island last year and we have them whenever company visits. We only get seafood with guests so this giveaway sounds fantastic!

  5. My favourite seafood from our BC coasts has to be dungeness crabs! I could eat them every day. Most of the seafood we eat, including these crabs, we catch ourselves – nothing like catching your own food & preparing it yourself! I’ve been an avid seafood lover since the age of 8 when my family used to do clam digging or crab catching weekends – our entire extended family would come out & harvest seafood for a big family feast afterwards. Great memories – most of my best life memories include seafood.

  6. Fave BC seafood? Tough one. Tiny fresh raw oysters from Cortez or Comox Bay? Prawn tacos? Candy smoked salmon? Sablefish? Hmmm…. Candy smoked salmon.

  7. To decide on just one … Oysters, Dungeness Crab, Spot Prawns, Salmon, Halibut, Mussels, scallops All FRESH! there is nothing that can beat West Coast Seafood! How you serve them, the options are endless – the freshness, the vitality .. you can taste the sweetness in each morsel! My favourite is salmon! But like the fresh air of BC, the taste of the seafood is second to NONE.

  8. I love sampling all the different types of Oysters that our beautiful coast has to offer..

  9. I like it all but for contest sake .. I’ll state shrimp

  10. Oysters, they are amazing and each way I try them seems to be better than the last which is incredible in its selg

  11. I feel so lucky every day to live on this beautiful island of ours. The bounty of good local foods, including treats from the sea, is awe inspiring, not to mention delicious and healthful. I love all seafood, although steamed Dungeness crab with garlic butter tops my list, followed closely by scallops, oysters, mussels, prawns, salmon, well, the list is very long!

  12. I can never get enough fresh sea scallops! Either that or crab. We’re so lucky to live on the island where we have access to fresh and affordable seafood:)

  13. fresh crab with garlic butter and white wine and friends

  14. crab, hands down! but i love all seafood.

  15. Spot prawns for sure! and Dungeness crab!

  16. Hi Keira! The post is more than 140 characters. Can I shrink it down a bit?

    RT to enter to win passes to screening of Shellshocked w/ wine/raw bar reception from @bcsfestival & @KeiraAnne tinyurl.com/cqo6c33

  17. The spot prawn over the shrimp of course but only after the accompanying white wine blindfolded taste test…

  18. Fresh crab off the beaches of Tofino was a favorite until I tried oysters RAW they are the best. I havent tasted an oyster I havent liked. Our local oysters cannot be beaten hands down!

  19. Fresh lobster, scallops sauteed in butter and oysters on the half shell….le drool!

  20. I love seafood from the BC coast: prawns, crab, salmon, halibut, lingcod, mussels and oysters. My favorite depends on the season.

  21. I love a good Oyster Seafood Chowder ! Oysters have flavor enhancing ‘umani’ blending wonderfully with other seafood & vegetables in season. It’s versatile, nutritios & Soo good : )