5 places to get live spot prawns in and around Vancouver

May 10 2023, 5:48 pm

Spot Prawn season is upon us, which means seafood lovers in Vancouver need to act fast if they want to get in on the seasonal delicacy.

While many restaurants around the city will be offering spot prawn specials in the coming weeks, there are only a few places you can get them for home cooking.

Here’s where you should head to get your spot prawn fix in and around Vancouver this month.

Prawns on the Spot at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf



The dock sales of spot prawns at Steveston’s Fisherman’s Wharf is an iconic seafood-buying experience, and it’s returning next week. Sales will begin on the dock on May 17. You can also pre-order yours to avoid being disappointed.

When: Starting Wednesday, May 17
Where: Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf, 3866 Bayview Street #140, Richmond

BC Live Spot Prawns & Seafood

BC Live Spot Prawns & Seafood

BC Live Spot Prawns & Seafood

The owner-operated, small business based out of Ladner has opened pre-orders on its website, which means you can lock down some prawns in advance. Limited pre-order slots are available for Ladner pickup or Greater Vancouver home delivery starting May 16, and while some dates are already sold out, you can still pre-order for other available dates throughout the month. Pick-up is also available in Ladner.

When: Pre-orders on now
Where: Home delivery or pick-up in Ladner

Spot Prawn Festival 2023

Courtesy Chefs’ Table Society

The annual event, hosted by the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia, will run on Sunday, May 28 from 11 am to 3:30 pm and is a celebration of the season’s delicacy from the sea. Even if you’re not participating in the festival’s other events, you can still purchase some fresh local BC Spot Prawns directly from fishers at the Wharf.

When: Sunday, May 28 from 11 am to 3:30 pm
Where: False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf, 1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: From $12.22 per person

The Lobster Man on Granville Island


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The Lobster Man has been serving up fresh seafood and live shellfish on Granville Island since 1977, making it one of the first markets there to do so. This year, it’ll be offering daily fresh caught BC Spot Prawns for $24.99 per pound. These are only available for a limited time, and pre-orders are only available from May 8 to 15. The earliest expected pick-up date will be May 16.

When: Pre-orders available until May 15
Where: The Lobster Man, 1807 Mast Tower Road (on Granville Island), Vancouver

Fresh Ideas Start Here (FISH)

This prawn pop-up is heading to White Rock and Richmond this weekend

Courtesy of Fresh Ideas Start Here

This local Vancouver spot just opened up pre-orders for pick-ups of its supply of spot prawns. These local and sustainability harvested live spot prawns can be ordered up to five days in advance, with pick-ups starting on May 17.

When: Pre-orders now available; pick-ups starting May 17
Where: #180 7515 Market Crossing, Burnaby

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