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General News · 29th May 2011
Kristen Scholfield-Sweet

The oyster festival at Squirrel Cove on Saturday the 21st of May was a stunning success!
Thank you to O’Byrne and her staff at Squirrel Cove Store, especially Jan and Traci, who made all that preparation easy. Thank you to the musicians who made the energy smooth: Andy Vine and Danielle, Laurel Bohart, Eric Fine and Liesa Van Rossen. Thank you to the cooks who made the day: Christine Robinson, Carol and Steve London prepared Pernod sauce, Wanda Stretch, Greg Sumner, Dale and Shelly Henderson served pico de gallo. FOCI members Max Thaysen, Malina Gerrard and Leya Anderson tossed salad. Victor MacClaggan, Ces Robinson and Garth Walton shucked shooters and Jim Kerney cooked rice. Ron Francis and Brandon ladled up mussels, Barry and Amanda Glickman served prawns, Paolo Phillipin and Dianna Safarik offered marmalade curry sauce. Cortes Bay Church members Marg Sullivan and Jeanie Campbell served clam chowder, Dave and Janet Nikleva barbecued oysters wrapped in bacon by Bret, Bret, Colleen and Sara Downey. Julia Rendell, Stephen and Linda Pocock offered oysters Rockefeller. Thank you especially to Island Sea Farms who donated the mussels, to Mac’s Oysters in Fanny Bay and Walcan on Quadra who donated the oyster processing. Also to BCSGA who supplied several of the tents, propane cook stands and tanks. Thank you to all the folks who were supporting the cooks: Ian Ross and Bob Tracy kept everyone supplied with product while Noba Anderson brought around food and drink. FOCI members Myann Wooley and Richard Andrews sold tickets and kept the line moving with good humour and creativity. FOCI members Chris Reynolds and James helped everywhere, Kate Maddigan and Chris Walker made traffic flow signs, and Leya Anderson created the poster. Thank you to Doug Wyler, Bob Tracy, Matthew Wright, Gary Block, Marc Ochsenbein and FOCI’s Fred Savage who helped put up tents on Friday, and to so many good folks who helped clean up the entire site on Saturday. I’m sure I have missed acknowledging some of the great helpers we had—please forgive my not knowing your names.

We served 3,600 oysters, 800 prawns, and 200 pounds of clams, 160 pounds of mussels, 48 heads of romaine and 30 pounds of rice in less than 4 hours. Thank you to the Cortes community and friends, who came in such numbers despite the cloudy showery day that we are able to pay for Seafood Association 2011 water testing program, plus give $200 to the Cortes Bay Church and $1000 to FOCI.