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Cowichan Bay prawn festival

Setting up camp on this early Sunday morning has begun.

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In this part of the world we have the spot prawn which is the largest of the bunch. The allotted time for catching these is in May and June. Sunday past saw the Cowichan Bay prawn festival. All it really is is a gigantic prawn selling and buying event.  Tons of people (mostly buyers) attend and the final result is a festive market atmosphere with local vendors’ sales, exhibitions, prawn cooking demonstrations, music, that sort of thing.

Three sales outlets, one on the Government Wharf, one below it from the boat, and the third one two minutes up the road at the fish monger‘s, had a  mass of people lined up throughout the day


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This Sunday was one of those perfect spring days, sunny but never hot, and people whether waiting or promenading had a great time.

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Even though this is the season for fresh prawns, the buyers are clearly intent to fill their freezers as well. They have come here from up and down Vancouver Island and I expect to see them back in 2014 during the next Cowichan Bay prawn festival.

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here is more information about prawns and cooking them in different ways.



About Joseph de Lange

Before retirement worked in art galleries, a photo studio, offices, and the trades. Don't travel much anymore but still photograph. For the past 5 years 95% of my photography is done with the phone. My prediction for big cameras: DSLRs and their beautiful lenses and even the smaller mirrorless cameras will be mostly a historical footnote in the not too distant future.

9 responses to “Cowichan Bay prawn festival

  1. I love these kinds of festivals, and I love prawns. The spot prawn look really large in the photo in the link you provided. My favorite is prawns with linguini.

    • Yes linguini and other pastas are very nice with prawns.In addition it is good with many other foods or on its own. you are right also about the fun factor of these type of events, nice weather, loads of cheerful people, it is enough to cheer one up.

  2. Thanks for stopping by today.! I love your house 🙂

  3. We’ve got family visiting so we missed the event… sort of!… at least we were able to enjoy a little of it through your terrific post here, Joseph!

    • I must admit, Mr Toad, the thought crossed my mind that I might run into you and Mrs Toad here, even though crowds of people are perhaps not suited as subjects for HDR type photography. It definitely was a day as nice as they come for such an event.

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