Catch and Release

Yesterday I wandered on down to the Cunard Centre to Catch: the Nova Scotia Seafood Festival. I spent the afternoon doing everything from taking in an oyster shucking competition, watching a black box chef competition and tasting some delicious ocean treats, courtesy of some of the best restaurants and seafood suppliers in Nova Scotia.

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My favourites of the day, included in the above slideshow, were from the Delta, Waterfront Warehouse and Ryan Duffy’s. The Delta prepared a pan-roasted local halibut with smoked tomato coulis, fried basil leaves and a basil drizzle. It was light and delicious. The Waterfront Warehouse brought lobster sandwiches and their famous fish & chips. I had the sandwich — one of my favourite dishes from last year — and it was as tasty as I remembered. The clams prepared by Chef Chris Velden from Ryan Duffy’s were also delicious. They were in a mild coconut milk broth, and were really tender and juicy.

I had a few other nibbles as I wandered through the venue, but those are the three that really stand out for me. Instead of eating, I spent most of the afternoon watching the Great CATCH Chef competition. It was really fantastic. I’ll save that for another blog post!