PRESS RELEASE: Victoria Public Market Announces “Spot Prawn Festival 2016”

By Kyla Pedlow

May 1, 2016

Victoria, BC – It’s all about the Prawns! Victoria Public Market invites the community to Spot Prawn Festival 2016 on Sunday May 22nd, a free event celebrating the BC Spot Prawn Season!

The festival will feature Live Spot Prawns available for purchase from Cowichan Bay Seafood, Chef Demonstrations and samples throughout the afternoon in the Community Kitchen, Fresh-off-the-boat BC Spot Prawns on menus of various vendors throughout the Market, local wineries sampling wines that pair well with BC Spot Prawns, live local musicians, kids activities, and local artisans and vendors offering handcrafted items.

The media and the public are invited to attend this festival celebrating the BC Spot Prawn Harvest Season:

What:   Spot Prawn Festival 2016

When:  Sunday May 22nd, 2016 11:00am – 5:00pm (Chef Demonstrations: 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm)

Where: Victoria Public Market, 6-1701 Douglas Street, Victoria BC

Spot Prawn Information

From our local waters comes one of the true delicacies of the sea – spot prawns (Pandalus platyceros). In recent years this delicacy was harvested and over 90 percent was shipped overseas (primarily Japan). The spot prawn is the largest of 7 species that are fished in our waters and can exceed 23 cm (9 inches) in length. These prawns are identified by the reddish brown shell with white horizontal lines and two white spots on the first and fifth shell segments. The fishery is rated as sustainable and continually monitored and managed in a responsible way.

About Victoria Public Market

Victoria Public Market is located in the historic Hudson building in downtown Victoria, and features fresh seafood, locally-produced cheese, local meats, farm-fresh groceries, handmade pies, a French bakery, oils and vinegars, fresh flowers, specialty retail, gourmet food service offerings, and much more!

The day vendor program features even more of Vancouver Island’s artisans and makers.

Victoria Public Market is not only the freshest, tastiest place to be on Vancouver Island; it’s a bustling community gathering place, and a hub of food, art, and entertainment together under one roof!


To learn more about this event, please contact

Kyla Pedlow, Program Coordinator

6-1701 Douglas Street, Victoria BC

Office: (778) 433-2787


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2 Responses to PRESS RELEASE: Victoria Public Market Announces “Spot Prawn Festival 2016”

  1. Bill Hapgood says:

    What a disappointment! It was not a festival. Having attended the Prawn Festival at Cowichan Bay on numerous occasions and the Crab Fest in Port Angles, I would be embarrassed to hear that any Americans came over to it.

    I would guess that Fisherman’s Wharf would be a more appropriate location for a Prawn Festival.

    • Public Market says:

      Hi Bill. Thank you for your feedback! We’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed by our Spot Prawn Festival today! We never expected the absolutely overwhelming amount of support from our local community for this event, in terms of attendees! Unfortunately Spot Prawns did sell out, however we have had excellent feedback from those that attended and experienced the Chef’s Demonstrations and samples, live music, Prawn boil, different Spot Prawn menu items available, wine pairings, and local artisans. We’ll be working hard over the next year to make next year’s festival even better! Thanks again for your feedback, and have a wonderful rest of your long weekend!

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