Wharf kicks off another season

Jared Monkman/NNSL photo Sasha Cayen, left, and Shannon Buckley cook fish and fries at the first weekend of the wharf Saturday.

Jared Monkman/NNSL photo
Sasha Cayen, left, and Shannon Buckley cook fish and fries at the first weekend of the wharf Saturday.

 

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” may as well be the motto for the Fisherman’s Wharf.

“It’s always going to be the same,” said organizer Bernadette Courtoreille.

“People like it like this and we won’t change it.”

Courtoreille took over the running of the popular summer attraction in Old Town from her sister when she got sick. When her sister died three years ago, the enterprise fell on Courtoreille and her brothers entirely. Last Saturday — the first week open for the summer for the wharf — saw it bustling with visitors and Hay Riverites alike, all soaking up the good food, sun and general easy atmosphere.

Wharf newcomer Shayla Maisonneuve said it was the perfect venue for her new endeavour, Wharffles.

“Last year, I just really wanted a waffle, and there was nowhere in town to get any,” she told The Hub. “I thought someone should do it at the wharf, that it would be really popular, and… here we are.”

Each week, Wharffles will feature a different special topping, while supplies last. With a 10 a.m. start, Maisonneuve said she and her crew had already sold more than 50 waffles only an hour and a half later.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” she said.

Of course, the wharf isn’t all about food. Artisans and craftspeople are the other half of the equation that make it such a well-loved tradition. Many have been selling their wares at the wharf for years.

“I actually really love that everybody finds the Fisherman’s Wharf so exciting,” Courtoreille said, adding that every spring she starts getting calls asking when it will open. “It’s hard work, but in the end it’s worth it. I get to meet so many people — people from out of town, and the ones who come back for visits. I love seeing everyone out here.”

–Sarah Ladik