Unsung Heroes Festival Returns to Blue Water Cafe

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VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is set to kick off its 14th annual Unsung Heroes Festival on February 1.

The Unsung Heroes Festival, which will run through Feb. 27, celebrates lesser-known and often-overlooked fish and seafood to educate diners about alternative sustainable Ocean Wise choices.

“The Unsung Heroes Festival is always a popular initiative of Blue Water, as we’re up for the challenge of bringing a spotlight on new Ocean Wise products and sharing the importance of dining sustainably with our guests,” says Blue Water Cafe executive chef Frank Pabst. “As a founding member of the Ocean Wise program, we’re truly honoured to work with the Vancouver Aquarium and our trusted suppliers who provide guidance and expertise on highlighting ocean conservation practices.”

Chef Pabst has created a special menu of unique dishes for this annual affair, which benefits the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program with a 10-per-cent contribution of proceeds. Dishes featured on the 2018 Unsung Heroes menu include Red Sea Cucumber “Casino” with bacon, celery, onions, garlic, red pepper and white wine ($13.50); dried mullet roe grated over dulse seaweed gnocchi, with artichoke barigoule ($14.50); and a Sea Urchin “Hot Dog” with Asian pear and sweet pepper relish, uni miso mustard and a nori bun ($15.50).

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