In the words of Penny Lane in Almost Famous; "It's all happening". This weekend is May Long Weekend and the beginning of FEAST!! If that's not enough reason enough to party there's a lot of great live music to check out, let's have a look.
First off, FEAST! This weekend as part of the Feast Culinary Festival there will be a free, public dock party on Saturday afternoon from 1-3. Here's the description as it appears on the Feast website;
Location: 4th Street Dock, Tofino
Tickets: FREE public event
Saturday Dock Festival- Salmon Week
Come on down to Tofino’s beautiful working inner harbor and enjoy an afternoon of free tasting!
Visiting acclaimed Chefs Nico Schuermans, Joel Watanabe, JC Poirier and Andrew Springett will be along side our own local talented chefs to bring you the freshest samplings from our own coastal waters!
Experience the freshest of seafood tasting, educational tours of sustainable seafood processing and preparation demonstrations on Tofino’s working 4th Street Dock! Musical talent for this weeks festival will be Smalltown Empire featuring Ron and Anne Weeks! This is a "car free" event!
Long Beach Radio will be broadcasting live on the scene thanks to our partners at The Long Beach Lodge. So come check it out and say "Hi". Long Beach Lodge has a great Epicurean Showcase event coming up at the end of the month you should probably look into as part of Feast, it was a blast last year...
Check out www.feasttofino.com for a list of events.
May Long weekend is extra special in Tofino because the owners of Clayoquot Island open their beautiful space to the public on Saturday and Sunday and you don't even have to swim there!! Head town to the 1st street dock in Tofino and some nice people will happily bring you over for free, bring a snack and plan for a fun day outside exploring some amazing beaches, lovely manicured gardens and open fields to run and play. The boats run between noon and 6 with the last boat leaving Tofino at 4pm, no pets.
Other fun this weekend comes in the form of Rock and Roll. We open with a little charitable rock and roll at Ucluelet's Army, Navy, Airforce Club. Recently an electrical fire destroyed The Driftwood in Ucluelet so a bunch of folks have gotten together to help those affected, here's the poster for the event;
Also in Ucluelet this weekend, Fish and Bird are playing at Wild Heather Books Saturday night;
In other rock and roll news, long time friends of Long Beach Radio, The Ross Neilsen Band are in Tofino this Sunday at The Weigh West. You might remember them as Ross Neilsen and The Sufferin' Bastards from their previous visits to the coast over the years. Well, Shawn Bastard, once their bass player ran off with our one time afternoon host Carrie Anne and left Ross and Karl to searcg for a new person (or inanimate object) to fill in the bottom end. Here's the gripping tale;
Clearly they've spent too much time rocking to develop quality film making skills... If you want to watch them do something they're good at be at the Weigh West in Tofino Sunday night (no cover, 19+)
The Tofino Legion is getting a little country this Saturday with Tim Hus and Ball Gag and Chain Gang
Finally Thursday Night at The Black Rock in Ucluelet and Friday, Saturday at The Weigh West in Tofino Mark Crissinger will be getting his one man blues-rock show on, here's an old studio visit with Mark;
I'm sure there is a lot more going on this May Long Weekend on the coast (fishing, hiking, whale watching, surfing to name a few) but this should get you started with a few ideas. If you have a May Long Weekend event you'd like me to share here send it along email@example.com
Thanks for listening to Long Beach Radio. -Geoff
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