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Thanks To So Very Many of You

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you very much for making this Spot Prawn Festival a great success. The thousands of visitors who came to our Citta Slow Village all enjoyed the two days. Without your help and generous support we could not have made this happen. Thank you sincerely.

Nick Versteeg


True Grain Bakery, The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, Cowichan Bay Seafood, The Rock Cod Café , Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, CBIA, Cowichan Sound & Cellular, DV Cuisine, Cow Café West Coast Grill, Island Hose and Hydraulics, MNP (Meyers Norris Penny), Kilrenny Farm, Drillwell Enterprises, David Coulson Design, Dinter Nursery, Classic Marine, Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre, Lakes Marine Supply, Ocean Ecoventures, Ocean Front Suites at Cowichan Bay, Island Savings, DFH Real Estate, Morning Mist, Mark’s Instant Sign Shop, Country Grocer, The CVRD, Hilary’s Cheese, Robert Stitt (Flight),Cobblestone Inn, Bench Elementary School, The Lawn Tennis Club, Chris Clay, Clay Co., Sharon Jackson (website) Beverly Corners Marketplace (Highway Sign), Herb Rice, Cowichan Bay Fire Department, Rachel Penney(Photography)

The Cooking Demonstration

Jeff Downie, Master of Ceremonies, The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar


Brad Boisvert, Amuse at Cherry Point Vineyards; Frederic Desbiens, Saison Market Vineyard; Matt Heyne, Cow Café West Coast Grill; Dan Hudson, Hudson’s On First; Janice Mansfield, Real Food Made Easy; Rob Martin, The Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar; and Brock Windsor, Stone Soup Inn.
Anne and Gregg Best, Cowichan Bay Seafood, for their generosity in supplying the prawns. Jenn and Matt Heyne and the Cow Cafe West Coast Grill for their help and support.

Our Fantastic Volunteers:

Bailey Essler, Kirsten Mackie, Annie Lafreniere, Jennifer Steward, Brigitte and Peter Miller, Laurie Butler, Cory Towriss, Pip Woodcock, Gregg Connor, Tanya Wilson, George Bold, Jenny Horn, Mariah Campbell, Sheila, Jocelyn Larsen, Heather Foster, Wayne Strang, Nathan Doering, Ross Runciman, Elly Driessen, Charlene Parsonson, Ashley Vigar, Dan Casey, Janina Westelaar, Nanci McArthur, Julia Musial, Angela Atkins and Hylton McAllister. Tony Owen, Len Mayea (and his truck), Tony Iannidinardo, and Steve Garnett.

Barry Welsh and Ms. Jenny Ferris and her students of the Shawnigan Lake School: Olivia W, Olivia S, Erin, Maria Jose, Hilary, Denetria, Francesca, Louise, Kevyn, Luke and Ariel.

Daphne Goode, Community Relations, Shaw TV

And Our Committee: (All Volunteers)

Sharon McLeod, Lew Penney, Susan and Robert Stitt, Jacob Hokanson, Jenn Heyne, Lara Brunschot, Gregg and Anne Best, Phillip Tinevez, Ron Bogdonov, Lori Iannidinardo, Patty Abbott, Timan Hainle, Karen Bittner and Nick Versteeg.

Spot Prawn Videos by Nick Versteeg

baby lobsterFor the 2013 Cowichan Bay Spot Prawn Festival, local chef and filmmaker, Nick Versteeg produced five great little prawn related videos.

The first is about how prawns make it to market and the other is about handling and cleaning. View the spot prawn videos here.