The Cortes Island Seafest was the place to be this past May long weekend. Hundreds of locals and visitors to the island – as well as a huge volunteer corps – turned out for the popular annual Victoria Day event, ensuring it was as successful as ever. Cortes Radio was there to capture the Sounds of Seafest as people enjoyed the food, music and wares ideally located at Gorge Harbour Marina.

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Sounds of Seafest

Sounds Of Seafest

Ever growing in popularity since its 1995 inception, the festival was created by the Cortes Island Seafood Association (CISA) to celebrate the community’s connection to our surrounding waters. A non-profit society, CISA mandate is to monitor the water quality surrounding Cortes Island.

Hosted by those who make a sustainable living from the ocean, Seafest is a meant to be a celebration with the wider community.

It’s also an opportunity to promote a mutual understanding and appreciation of the work within the sector, and celebrate the bounty of the ocean.

Not to mention, it’s an ideal way to sample the gourmet offerings the industry provides.

Tastes Of Seafest

Hundreds of people lined up to sample a range of tasty, fresh-cooked oysters prepared in a myriad of ways by dedicated volunteers working their magic on camp stoves. They were only outdone by an industrious crew, shucking oysters at a frenetic rate to keep pace with demand.

As usual, Seafest was an ideal way to launch the summer season and connect with friends, family and community.

All photos by Rochelle Baker