March 21 – 31, 2019
Following the 2018 edition’s success, Seal Fest is coming back for 2019 and it promises to be just as delicious! For the second year, nearly twenty restaurants are taking part in the project in order to highlight a local Canadian meat that is still largely unknown – seal!
Seal meat has received “Smarter Seafood“ certification from Exploramer, a program that aims to “offer little-known flavours of the St. Lawrence with a view to sustainable development and the protection of biodiversity”. The population of harp seals and grey seals in Canada’s northeast has multiplied over the course of recent decades. The number of seals is now in the millions and hunting quotas are established with the goal of resource conservation and sustainability.
The demographic growth of seals continues to have repercussions on many Atlantic fisheries. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), a single adult seal can eat up to two tons of fish and seafood stocks each year. DFO’s research has also shown that seals represent a major obstacle to restoring cod stocks in the south of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. DFO’s official website states that “Predation by grey seals may account for up to 50 percent of this natural mortality, making them a major factor limiting the recovery (of larger cod stocks).”
Nearly all parts of the animal can be used in cooking and made into gastronomic dishes. It’s a natural, eco-friendly meat that is rich in minerals and proteins and contains less than 2% fat. The skin is used to make the legendary seal-skin boots and mittens that keep our extremities nice and warm in our torrid winters. Even the fat is processed into oil to make Omega-3 supplements. Using seal products must be encouraged since they are a 100% Canadian source of protein, sustainable and do not originate from intensive farming. That’s the goal we’ve set for ourselves!
Seal Fest, a festival showcasing the culinary possibilities of seal, will take place in several restaurants in Montreal, Quebec and the Magdalen Islands. This offering is exceptionally enticing: each restaurant will serve a delicious seal appetizer accompanied by a wine, cocktail or beer pairing carefully selected by their sommelier and/or mixologist to offer foodies an exceptional gourmet experience.
Dates: March 21 – 31, 2019
Participating restaurants: www.sealfest.ca
Offer: Starting at $10 for a seal appetizer + an alcoholic beverage
Peruse the menu at phoquefest.ca/en and book directly with participating restaurants.
Cathy Dominguez | 514-578-0645 | firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on seal products and the sealing industry:
Romy Vaugeois | 514-601-3866 | email@example.com
Seals and Sealing Network | https://sealsandsealing.net/
Atlantic Seal Management Office | https://www.ogpa.ca/blank