Through March 2023, the Embassy of Canada to Indonesia invites seafood lovers to visit their Canada Seafood Festival where they can enjoy the highest-quality seafood goods from the nation, with premium produce from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

When looking at the largest agri-food and seafood producing countries, Canada is notable for its strong environmental practices and sustainability. Its seafood is world renowned for quality, freshness, and of course its delicious taste. Through close regulation across three coastlines by the Canadian Government, they have been able to ensure responsible environmental stewardship, thus ensuring that Canadian seafood can be enjoyed now and for future generations.

To raise awareness of the benefits of Canadian seafood and showcase its difference of quality, the Embassy of Canada to Indonesia is holding a roadshow of the Canada Seafood Festival in several locations in Jakarta. This is a chance for visitors to savour seafood not found in Indonesia’s warm waters, such as Atlantic lobster, snow crab and Pacific geoduck.

“Indonesian and Canada both have fantastic seafood but are very different. This is due to the differences in our weather. Our cold waters are home to many seafood varieties that cannot be found in the warmer waters of Indonesia and the South Pacific. All the seafood we are promoting here in Jakarta was sustainably harvested in accordance with some of the most stringent rules in the world for safe and sustainable seafood. These rules ensure that our seafood is natural and healthy, and that its production is sustainable and avoids any negative environmental impacts. Through this promotion, we hope more Indonesians will have a chance to try and enjoy our delicious, nutritious, and sustainable seafood.” The Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia, H.E. Nadia Burger remarked.

As part of the festival throughout the month of March, Ranch Market and The Gourmet locations in Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah Mall 3, Kemang, Pesanggrahan, and The Gourmet Ashta District 8 SCBD will be featuring Atlantic snow crab, Pacific oyster, black cod, scallop, and wild sockeye salmon.

The retail seafood offerings at Ranch Market benefit from flash freezing on the boat moments after being caught. Flash freezing is the closest you can come to fresh seafood without eating directly on the boat the day it is sustainably harvested.  

In addition, at Raffles Hotel Jakarta will be hosting a Canadian Feafood Brunch on 5, 12, and 19 March featuring Atlantic lobster and black mussel, and Pacific oyster, geoduck, and Manila clam. All seafood was imported live and kept in tanks here in Indonesia until it’s ready to cook.

According to the Embassy of Canada to Indonesia, Canada exported nearly $CAD 70 million in crab to Indonesia in 2022. However, almost all of this was for canning and processing in Indonesia to be re-exported to other markets.  This is a great example of how Canada-Indonesian trade results in better jobs and win-win outcomes for both countries.

“At the same time, we think Indonesians should also have the opportunity to enjoy our safe, healthy, delicious, and sustainable seafood, which is why we are pleased to be able to offer this Canadian Seafood promotion throughout the month of March. Through our promotion we are able to offer Canadian seafood that has never been exported to Indonesia like our delicious Wild Pacific Sockeye Salmon,” added Ambassador Nadia Burger.

For those wanting to take advantage of this special seafood showcase, make sure to to join the last Canada Seafood Brunch taking place at Raffles Jakarta on Sunday, 19 March, or to come down to participating Ranch Market and The Gourmet locations to take home some taste from the north for your family and loved ones at home. 

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.