Setting up camp on this early Sunday morning has begun.
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
This Sunday was one of those perfect spring days, sunny but never hot, and people whether waiting or promenading had a great time.
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.
here is more information about prawns and cooking them in different ways.