Vancouver's Ocean Wise to hold National Chowder Chowdown Festival throughout February

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      Canadians who love seafood chowders are about to have their dreams come true.

      The first-ever fundraising National Chowder Chowdown Festival kicks off across Canada on February 1, and continues running until the end of the month (February 28)

      The Vancouver-based ocean conservation organization Ocean Wise is partnering with 36 restaurants throughout the country to celebrate sustainable seafood-based variations of the stew-like comfort food fave.

      Ocean Wise Seafood is a non-profit program made up of nine scientists and account managers across Canada who analyze data about seafood options and make recommendations, based upon science, to food and beverage establishments, seafood suppliers, and grocery stores.

      These recommendations factor in assessment of species, fishery impacts on the environment and other species, and fishery management.

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program had to adapt their annual fundraising events held in Vancouver and Toronto, which raised over $70,000 each year.

      Participating restaurants and retailers in B.C. include:

      1931 Gallery Bistro (Vancouver)

      Big Feast Bistro (Maple Ridge)

      Edge Catering (Vancouver)

      Fairmont Chateau Whistler—Portobello (Whistler)

      Fanny Bay Oyster Bar (Vancouver)

      Intercity Packers (Vancouver)

      Fukasaku of Prince Rupert (Prince Rupert)

      Hart House Restaurant (Burnaby)

      Holts Café Vancouver (Vancouver)

      Holts Café Vancouver (Vancouver)

      Little Mexico Cantina (Richmond)

      Locals Restaurant (Courtenay)

      Naramata Inn (Naramata)

      Organic Ocean (Vancouver)

      Pajo’s Fish and Chips (Richmond and Port Moody)

      Showcase Restaurant at the Vancouver Marriott Downtown (Vancouver)

      ShuckShuck (Vancouver)

      Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub (Victoria)

      Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub (Vancouver)

      The Vancouver Fish Co. (Vancouver)

      Full details are available at the Ocean Wise website.

      Ocean Wise