Hundreds, then thousands of people enjoy BC Shellfish Festival in Comox

It's dubbed the largest shellfish festival on the West Coast.

Chef James Derry of the North Vancouver Island Chefs' Association serves customers during the BC Shellfish Festival at Marina Park in Comox.

Chef James Derry of the North Vancouver Island Chefs' Association serves customers during the BC Shellfish Festival at Marina Park in Comox.

It’s dubbed the largest shellfish festival on the West Coast.

It was all that and more at the sixth annual BC Shellfish Festival in Comox on the weekend.

About 225 people attended the Chef’s Dinner, a six-course affair Friday at the Filberg Lodge. Then another couple thousand showed up for Saturday’s festivities at Comox Marina Park.

“Which was amazing because it was quite windy,” said Roberta Stevenson, a board member of the Comox-based non-profit BC Shellfish Festival society. “The wind was a bit of an issue in that the tents wanted to fly away. The weather was less than perfect but at least it wasn’t raining.”

The day-long event featured an array of food samples from the sea, a chowder challenge, an oyster-shucking contest, cooking demos and live music.

“Suffice to say we had mussels and scallops and clams and oysters,” Stevenson said. “We sold a lot of food at bargain prices and people went home happy and full — and I hope appreciative of how great it is that all that stuff grows in their back yard. How good is that?”