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New spot prawn event connects people to Richmond fisher families

The Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration runs until June 5.
Spot Prawn celebration
Steveston is hosting its newest spot prawn event this year.

There is no better way than to connect people through food, according to Tourism Richmond and the Steveston Harbour Authority.

Richmond is hosting its first Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration that highlights the spot prawn season and local fisher families at the same time.

Nancy Small, CEO of Tourism Richmond, said the event invites people from across Metro Vancouver to have a taste of the city’s “rich culinary history.”

“This is one of the first major events to happen in Richmond since the start of the pandemic and we know how essential these types of events are for our local businesses, especially after all the hardships they have endured the past couple of years,” said Small.

Spot prawn season lasts about a month each year between May and June and this year, the season is highlighting several events until June 5.

People visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf are encouraged to talk to local fisher families, connect with them and learn about the Steveston’s fishing history as they purchase spot prawns this year.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is also hosting a cooking demo where Chef Sushila Narain from Steveston Seafood House and Chef Viray from Globe@YVR will show how to properly eat and cook spot prawns and seafood on May 21 and 22.

Meanwhile, a “dine about” program is taking place between May 18 to June 5 where several Richmond and Steveston restaurants are working with Steveston fishermen to create dishes using spot prawns.

Jamie Gusto, general manager at the Steveston Harbour Authority, said it's no secret that Metro Vancouver loves their spot prawns and Steveston Wharf is one of the places people line up for fresh, daily catches.

“The Steveston Spot Prawn and Seafood Celebration was created to make it easy for people to not only get their hands on delicious fresh BC spot prawns, but also to meet and connect with local fisher families bring seafood to our plate to experience coastal culture in a charming, intimate setting, that celebrates the many ways our local fisher families are preserving traditions and uplifting sustainable practices,” said Gusto.

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