Behind the Scenes at CAIA: 2012 International Boston Seafood Show

We made it through another fantastic International Boston Seafood Show!

Last week the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) set up a live cooking station from its booth at the International Boston Seafood Show to promote Canadian farmed seafood and our producer members.

This show is the largest and most anticipated seafood event in North America attracting thousands of exhibitors and participants from 130 countries – and it didn’t disappoint.

Not only did we hand out hundreds of copies of our supplier booklets listing export-ready producers of Canadian farmed seafood but we also handed out over 1,000 seafood samples!

Boston-based Chef Scott Patnode sautéed, steamed and shucked tirelessly throughout the three-day event preparing samples of sablefish, Atlantic and Coho salmon, salmon caviar, oysters, mussels and Arctic charr for visitors to taste.

Chef Scott shows off a fillet of Yukon-grown Arctic Char from Icy Waters Arctic Charr.

Our booth featured a six-foot display case where we showcased the diversity of our fresh products. It really helped to attract the attention of show participants – there were some who even took photos of it.

Over 25 CAIA member companies and regional associations were at the event and many operated from our booth to network with retailers, distributors and importers throughout the show.

It’s always a positive experience to interact with buyers and share information about our industry. While most were just eager to get a taste – some asked questions like, “What kind of fish is this?” and, “Where in Canada is this grown?”

Below, visitors wait to sample Atlantic salmon while Pamela Parker from the Atlantic Canada Fish Farmers Association and Mary Ellen Walling of the BC Salmon Farmers Association were on hand to answer questions about salmon farming on Canada’s east and west coasts.

Here we see Maurice Daigle of Maison BeauSoleil step in to help Chef Scott shuck some of their scrumptious Atlantic oysters for visitors to try.

Member support for this show was key to our success. Producers from across Canada shipped over 135 kgs (60 lbs) of product for display and service. Take a moment to get to know more about them!

Badger Bay Mussel Farms. Calkins & Burke. Confederation Cove Mussels. Fanny Bay Oysters. Icy Waters Arctic Charr. Mac’s Oysters. Maison BeauSoleil. Sable Fish Canada. True North Salmon 

See you all next year at the 2013 show!

For more show pictures, check out the slideshow on our flickr page.

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