Seafood and Drink Beer at SODC

Sidney aquarium opens their doors to Camosun students

Patrons at last year’s event enjoyed beer and seafood pairings in an aquatic educational environment.

A focus on local food and drink is taking place in Sidney by way of the second annual Seafood, Drink Beer event at the Shaw Ocean Discover Centre (SODC).

The event is being put on by students from Camosun College’s Hospitality Management Program and will feature culinary delights combining sustainable seafood and local craft beer.

“We’ve chosen to highlight a new brewery this year, Moon Under Water, and will be designing the layout a little bit differently to improve event flow,” said Co-Project Leader Kyla Chiarot.

“We want to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to try each food pairing as well as enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the aquarium.”

The first Seafood, Drink Beer event took place last year as a way for students to showcase the skills they’ve learned from the program and also raise money for a charitable organization.

The event was a success, raising $1,500 in charitable profit and this year’s class decided to make it annual event.

A new addition for 2013 will be a shuttle bus taking event-goers from Victoria out to Sidney and back again at the end of the evening.

“It will make the event more accessible for the downtown crowd,” said Chiarot.

SODC’s Sales and Marketing coordinator Christina Smethurst said the event is a great compliment to the Centre.

“After the event was such a huge success last year we were thrilled to hear that a new group of Camosun students were interested in putting it on for a second year. We’re hoping that it will continue to be an annual event for years to come. Not only do the hospitality students gain practical experience, it’s also a great event for Sidney and acts as a fundraiser for the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. It’s really a win, win, win.”

Seafood, Drink Beer kicks off Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and the SODC’s Oceaneers will be on-hand to provide information to interested guests on sustainable seafood and best practices. Raffle drawings and presentations by honourable speakers will also take place throughout the night.

Tickets ($45, $50 with shuttle) are available at the SODC as well as at a variety of other locations including Moon Under Water. For more information visit www.seafooddrinkbeer.com.