You’re invited to a Feast for the Eyes and Palette ….

Mark May 29th, on your calendar as the night to enjoy the best of west coast seafood, art and music at the semi-formal gala dinner being hosted by Project Watershed. This event is part of the “Keeping It Livingcampaign to raise awareness and funds for estuary restoration and protection.

Our valley is rich in natural and culinary treasures which will be used by Chef Dawn McRae in preparing a buffet of west coast specialties like smoked tuna canapé, halibut cakes, candied salmon mousse, and sautéed prawns. She has also prepared blueberry ginger chicken and a selection of Natural Pastures Cheeses to satisfy your cravings.

As well as the valley’s rich culinary treasures, art treasures for the silent auction will also be displayed. This will be the last chance to bid on an array of estuary inspired art. Local artists such as Bev Beyerly, Tracy Kobus and Ken Kirkby have produced rich and original pieces to reflect the beauty of the estuary and of Comox Bay. To preview the artwork go to the Gallery section of

There will be a feast for the mind and heart as well as with Peter Donaldson of the Salmon People. If you did not see this guy last time he was in the valley, you owe it to yourself to see him now. Donaldson will be accompanied by the newly formed Estuary Ensemble, a collection of local storytellers, musicians, and actors. They will be presenting a collage of sights and sounds representing one of the jewels of the Comox Valley – our estuary.

All of this is to raise funds and to help us “Value what is Invaluable” here in the valley. Dr. Scott Wallace of the David Suzuki Foundation will inspire us to see that the paradise that we are living in is worth protecting.

To wrap up the evening Luzna Orchestra will get you on your feet with music that will keep you dancing – And if that isn’t enough the Cona Shuttle will whisk you to the after party “Under Water; DJ’s” at the Avalanche Bar and Grill on 8th and Cliffe.

Gala dinners of the Valley are an excellent way to contribute to causes that make the Comox Valley a great place to live and a way to experience the best of what our valley has to offer.

Tickets are $35 per person ($45 at the door) available from: Blue Heron Books, Brambles Market, Freakin’ Coffeeshop, Seeds Natural Market, Tarbell’s Café.

The event takes place at the Fish and Game Hall on Comox Lake, a shuttle is available from Shoppers Drug Mart. Doors open at 6:00 pm, presentations 7 -10pm and lots of dancing after.  Check out for more info.

From Caila.

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