After going through a process of identifying what we are trying to achieve in hosting a seafood festival and what we are as a community, including promoting our cultural assets, we were blessed to come up with some amazing concepts. These concepts enabled us to launch a poll to gage interest and to seek ideas for a name for the festival. There were some inventive, clever, funny and relevant suggestions. At the end of the day and through much thought, we picked a themed festival that will profile the culture of the area through music and song, tell our story on the stage through its use in the fishery or performance (culinary or theatrical ) and the link of seafood. The festival will profile those who harvest from the sea and those who prepared and present it to the world on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The “Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival” will be a fusion of culinary styles from some of the provinces best chefs, profiling the treasures of the sea while integrating our culture into a memorable weekend in Bay Roberts Newfoundland and Labrador, May 31- June2 2013.
We will be launching a new website to ensure everyone has a bigger picture of this year’s event. It will profile the many provincially renowned guest chefs who will be visiting our community as well as some of the performers who will take the “stage” during some of the evenings.
I am personally very proud of our chefs and musician, and I am particularly very passionate of our culture and who we as Newfoundlander and Labradoreans, we now have another weekend to profile them, their food and their song.
I wish I could tell you about some of the amazing chefs who have agreed to be part of this new project during this pilot project year. But good things come to those who wait, and I want to ensure the entire team is in place.
I look forward to everyone supporting this event and helping it grow into a national class attraction to our province during the spring season.