Celebrity Chefs headed for festival

Celebrity chefs and judges are coming to Comox Valley to share their talents and insight during a wild and exciting afternoon of shucking, cooking, connecting and discovering aquaculture at the Comox by the Sea Shellfish and Seafood Celebration, June 21.

The event becomes like a mini Master Chef Canada.

There will be seafood and shellfish flying in the trusted hands of four chefs including award-winning food stylist and food and travel journalist Nathan Fong of Global TV’s Saturday Chefs who is now hosting his new food and travel segment on Shaw TV’s, The Rush, Quang Dang, executive chef of Vancouver’s award-winning West Restaurant, David Sider of Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn and Aaron Rail, executive chef of the soon-to-open White Whale Public House.

In addition, travel and food journalist, Cinda Chavich, and food columnist on CBC Radio’s All Points West Don Genova will be on site to help judge the oyster shucking and chowder-making competitions, both of whom have extensive experience in the culinary scene. Genova is also launching his newest book, Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Comox by the Sea Shellfish and Seafood Celebration will take place from 12-5 p.m., Saturday June 21 at the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park.

Event tickets are $15. Visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com or call 1-855-400-2882. One can also join the conversation with the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre by visiting or using #BCShellFest. The VIVC is open seven days a week.