Kick back on Cortes Island Saturday at the annual Seafest at Squirrel Cove Commons and enjoy delicious oyster recipes

Cortes Island Seafest a delicious mix of food, fun and music

Come to Seafest 2013 on Saturday at Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island and enjoy seafood favourites and new oyster dishes

The recipes are chosen and the grocery lists are in!

Come to Seafest 2013 on Saturday at Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island and enjoy seafood favourites and new oyster dishes.


Well loved favourites include:

  • Oysters Rockefeller prepared by the Sawmill Bay Co team from Quadra;
  • “Del’s favourite” oysters glazed in lime marmalade and stone ground mustard;
  • “That prawn recipe” with Thai sweet chili sauce, water chestnuts and cucumbers;
  • Mussels from Island Sea Farms & Clams steamed with stories by Brent Petkau.


New oyster recipes:

  • “Red Pepper Poppers” Oysters in a roasted red pepper sauce – a hint of smoky sweet and spicy smoothed with Parmesan – drizzled over oysters dusted with Italian herb flour and pan-fried.
  • “Jumped up Jalapeno” A delicate hot sauce of pickled Jalapenos and Dijon mustard with a hint of sugar and apple cider vinegar over oysters knapped in buttermilk and fried in cornmeal powder, then topped with minced shallot.
  • “Oysters Motoyaki” on the barbecue in a half shell of creamy miso and Sambai Oelek chili garlic sauce.


On the side:

  • Romaine salad, steam fried noodles, slivered almonds and artisan garlic bread from the Cortes Natural Food Co-op.

Entertainment for adults and children will be at the Seafest. Pirates, mermaids and others will show up to entertain you, your family and friends.

Come early, stay late! Enjoy the music, the food, the entertainment and the people. Browse the craft store and visit with friends.

Last year a long standing challenge of where to park all the cars and how to get visitors without vehicles to the festival was relieved when the organizers offered a free shuttle by reservation, operated by the Cortes Connection and sponsored by the Cortes Community Credit Union.

They can again provide a round trip free shuttle from the Cortes Ferry landing to the Festival site. Call Andrew at 1-250-935-6911 or go to to reserve your space.

Reserved passengers will be given priority. CCCU for sponsored the festival shuttle again this year.

With the help of some 45 volunteers drawn from the seafood workers, a yearly changing charitable organization, and the community at large—approximately 450 gourmet lunches are served to islanders and guests on Saturday of the Victoria Day weekend. Each year, in an ever closer relationship, members of the Klahoose First Nation have offered salmon and fry bread prepared with traditional and family recipes.

When the festival has been located at the Squirrel Cove site – the Cortes Craft Store has used this holiday Saturday for the opening of the store for the season.

For the past several years the island teen organization,TeenZene, has joined in the fun by offering non-sea food and soft drinks.

The festival is becoming known for the live music played throughout the day, the desert and craft tables, the spectacular beach setting looking out to Desolation Sound, and of course, for the food.

Cortes Island Seafest will run from 11:30 a.m.until 4 p.m. at Squirrel Cove Commons. Tickets are $18, $5 for a second round.

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