The 2 –day Comox Valley Shellfish Festival concluded yesterday and the combination of weather, attendance and record sales have organizers elated and already looking forward to next year’s event.

“First of all I have to thank Mother Nature for providing us with the best possible weather over the weekend, it couldn’t have been better. Our gala dinner for 200 guests at the Filberg Lodge was a huge success and we were able to raise $3,000 during our silent auction for Y.A.N.A. It was great seeing all nine chefs and their sous-chefs working collaboratively to prepare the finest nine-course seafood meal served on Vancouver Island,” said festival producer Matthew Wright.

Sunday in Comox Marina Park drew a throng of locals and visitors alike to the site to enjoy live music, a beer garden and plenty of tasty seafood treats.

“The festival day in Comox Park was also a huge success with record numbers in attendance which we estimate to be over 2,000 people. Our food vendors were sold out by 3 p.m. and the oyster shucking contest was a crowd favorite,” Wright said.

Nine competitors from as far away as Vancouver drew shucking knives and went toe-to-toe while a large crowd curiously watched and cheered them on. At the final tally, it was 23 year-old Comox Valley resident and line cook Devon Shute from Avenue Bistro who won the $500 cash prize.

Organizers were also extremely pleased with the amount of attention the festival generated this year culminating in a mention in this past weekend’s Globe & Mail as well as by the attendance of two food/travel TV shows from both internationally and nationally broadcast companies who will be highlighting the festival.

The festival would like to thank all the generous sponsors who generously donated to this year’s live auction including BC Ferries, West Coast Air, Cindy Mawle, The Old House Village Hotel & Spa, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, Atlas Café, Avenue Bistro, Horne Lake Caves, Mustang Survival, the Vancouver Aquarium, Mussels and More Pottery and Horne Lake Outdoor Centre.

Festival organizers are now setting their sights even higher for next year’s festival, stay tuned to developments at www.comoxvalleyshellfishfestival.ca