Songs Stages and Seafood 2014 ….What a Time!!!

Songs Stages and Seafood 2014 ….What a Time!!!
I can’t believe our second Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival has come and gone, leaving many fond memories for those who attended. For those who attended, it was a weekend to celebrate the sea and all it inspires. Our festival is designed to engage a broad audience, those who love music, dance, and of course food. Most of the events were family friendly and interactive. One of the festivals foundations is education, most of the events had some component of learning, from workshops, demos, and a chowder competition, and it is indeed experiential and engaging.
It is important that I acknowledge that this festival is a developing project, there will be changes to ensure the primary goals are met. (Which are: profiling local product, world class chefs and musicians, celebrating the heritage and culture of the sea and of course bring more people into our region)
As the festival grows, so will partnerships with the industry and the local business community, opportunities will present itself to ensure this event is sustainable and aid in the tourism development of the region. The ultimate goal is to offer a world class event and make the festival a destination within our destination management organization http://legendarycoasts.com/
We have a great deal to be thankful for and much to show the world, our region abounds with treasures it is our time to ensure we have the building blocks in place , the Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival is becoming one of the foundations to the tourism shoulder season in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Please take the time and look at a sampling of some of the pictures taken at this year’s festival.

Roger Dewling's Salt Cod Ravioli during the Small Plate Opening of the Songs Stages and Seafood Festival

Roger Dewling’s Salt Cod Ravioli during the Small Plate Opening of the Songs Stages and Seafood Festival

Chef Garry Gosse's Chowder, love the presentation during the Small Plates Opening Friday Night

Chef Garry Gosse’s Chowder, love the presentation during the Small Plates Opening Friday Night

Morning Culinary Workshop with Chef Andrea Maunder of Bacalao St. John's

Morning Culinary Workshop with Chef Andrea Maunder of Bacalao St. John’s

Ronnie Power and Anthony McDonald performing during the "Experience the Sea Luncheon"

Ronnie Power and Anthony McDonald performing during the “Experience the Sea Luncheon”

Chef Chris Sheppard from the College of the North Atlantic and Nancy Brace of the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador...proud to call them friends

Chef Chris Sheppard from the College of the North Atlantic and Nancy Brace of the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador…proud to call them friends

Chef's Ruth MacDonald and Chris Sheppard (judges) with the winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chowder Challenge Champion Paula Bowering.

Chef’s Ruth MacDonald and Chris Sheppard (judges) with the winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chowder Challenge Champion Paula Bowering.

Chef Roger Dewling prepping his salmon for the Seafood BBQ...product from Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

Chef Roger Dewling prepping his salmon for the Seafood BBQ…product from Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

Crab on harvested only hours before the BBQ, there was plenty for everyone!!

Crab on harvested only hours before the BBQ, there was plenty for everyone!!

Kathi Stacy , Executive Director of the Legendary Coast DMO was certainly in here element and supportive!!

Kathi Stacy , Executive Director of the Legendary Coast DMO was certainly in here element and supportive!!

Stu and his team from the NL Chocolate Company profiled local chocolate at the festival, thanks so much for attending!!

Stu and his team from the NL Chocolate Company profiled local chocolate at the festival, thanks so much for attending!!

Some of the chefs for the BBQ included Roger Dewling. Garry Gosse, Chris Sheppard, Rut and Matt MacDonald, Shaun Hussey and Roary MacPhearson #booya

Some of the chefs for the BBQ included Roger Dewling. Garry Gosse, Chris Sheppard, Rut and Matt MacDonald, Shaun Hussey and Roary MacPhearson #booya

Special thank you to the BBQ king Chef Garry Gosse of Hr. Breeze Catering!!

Special thank you to the BBQ king Chef Garry Gosse of Hr. Breeze Catering!!

Chef's Andrea Maunder, Mark Mc Crowe and Roger Dewling working on the desserts. (they were amazing!!

Chef’s Andrea Maunder, Mark Mc Crowe and Roger Dewling working on the desserts. (they were amazing!!

Chuck Lewis , John Curran, and Greg Walsh of the Masterless Men entertained the crowd. Thanks so much guys!!

Chuck Lewis , John Curran, and Greg Walsh of the Masterless Men entertained the crowd. Thanks so much guys!!

Adam Blanchard of Five Brothers Cheese at the Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes for the final event of the Songs , Stages and Seafood Festival...it was a long weekend, thanks for staying for the final event!!

Adam Blanchard of Five Brothers Cheese at the Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes for the final event of the Songs , Stages and Seafood Festival…it was a long weekend, thanks for staying for the final event!!

Local fisherman Dave Parsons showing the participants the traditional way to split a cod for salting, he also broke down the cod afterwards showing all the usable parts. Thanks Dave!!

Local fisherman Dave Parsons showing the participants the traditional way to split a cod for salting, he also broke down the cod afterwards showing all the usable parts. Thanks Dave!!

The venues were amazing, the people were fantastic, our volunteers were top notch ...this is one of my favorite shots of the festival.

The venues were amazing, the people were fantastic, our volunteers were top notch …this is one of my favorite shots of the festival.

Thanks so much to the FFAW and NAIA, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Town of Bay Roberts, and Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for your support financially or product!!
To the many volunteers, staff and councillors for your support, it is appreciated.
To Lois Dawe, Ian Flynn, and Nichole Hiscock a heartfelt thank you. To our Special Events Committee, we have been doing events a long time and you are always up for the challenge, thank you for the best team I have ever worked with.
To Garry Gosse, Nancy Brace, Shaun Hussey, thank you for your support and guidance.
Chefs, musician’s, dancers (Catherine’s Dance Studio) thank you for making this a wonderful event.
Kindra Bowering of Jungle Jims for being a Sous Chef during the event.
Our Fire Department and Wolverines Search and Rescue Group thank you.
The Royal Canadian Legion, Grace United Hall, SUF Lodge, Powell’s Test Kitchen Thank you.
if I missed any one I am sorry, as you can see it takes many to make this a success.

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4 thoughts on “Songs Stages and Seafood 2014 ….What a Time!!!

  1. Ron, you and your team did a fantastic job. We had a great time, learning about the seafood and the dishes being presented. My favorite was the small plate opening on Friday, although I enjoyed Saturday Seafood BBQ too. I enjoyed when the chefs gave a little talk on what the dish was and some sutilties about it. I.e. Texture etc. The feedback from those attending was all very positive. Once again, a big boots to you and your team.

  2. Wow !!! what a celebration… Looks like it was a great success, the food the presentation was delicious Thanks Ron for all the great pictures to actually make me feel as I was there!!! Congratulations to the team!

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