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Salmon is at the heart of Steveston festival

Mother and daughter team Alina (left) and Izabela Wasiela served up Pacific Sockeye salmon during the 2013 Steveston Salmon Festival. - Richard Lam
Mother and daughter team Alina (left) and Izabela Wasiela served up Pacific Sockeye salmon during the 2013 Steveston Salmon Festival.
— image credit: Richard Lam

One of the highlights of the Salmon Festival is the salmon.

Every year as salmon is placed on the grill and its delicious aroma fills the air, crowds gather and a long lineup forms for the Salmon Bake Barbecue.

It’s hard to resist the freshly barbecued, wild salmon served each year at the Steveston Salmon Festival. It always sells out.

There is no marinade or spice; all of the flavour comes from the fish itself and the alder wood the fillets are cooked over.

Canada Day’s famous Salmon Bake couldn’t be done without the 35 to 40 volunteers from Sutton Group - Seafair Realty who barbecue more than 1,200 pounds of salmon each year.

Barbecuing starts at 11 a.m. until the fish runs out later in the afternoon.

Cost is $15, cash only.

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