Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Jun 29, 2011 Fernwood Bites: Local Fare in an Urban Square SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe Parsonage Café's local Berkshire pork, green apple slaw with salted watermelon. Credit: Maryanne CarmackSunday June 26th, Fernwood Bites returned for a second year of good eats, sips and treats. Fernwood Bites is a food and drink tasting event featuring local eateries, chefs, microbreweries, wine, live music and a silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group.As the clock struck 5:30 pm, a punctual mass of people spilled into Fernwood Square to the sold out event to explore local eats and drink. Fortified with a tasting glass, I made my way around to each stall sampling some of the best culinary fare Vancouver Island has to offer. The highlight for me was the grilled ‘ octobob’ prepared by Stage – local Pacific octopus with housemade chorizo sausage. The spice from the sausage and the tenderness of the octopus exploded in my mouth. I paired my ‘ octobob’ with Afraid of the Dark Viognier from Moon Curser Vineyards – the pairing made my palate sing.Aubergine offered a sizzling pork and beef sausage with South African spice, the smell alone attracted meat lovers from across the square. Conveniently, Phillips Brewery was a skip away to help quench my thirst with a taste of Blue Buck –a deep amber coloured beer with a crisp finish and a delicate hop aroma. Moving onto something a bit lighter I sampled Hilary’ s goat cream cheese with smoked salmon on endive. It was crisp, fresh and delicious. The Parsonage Café presented a clever pairing of local Berkshire pork, green apple slaw with salted watermelon. The watermelon cleansed my palate after inhaling the rich pork. Craving something a little sweeter, I raced over to Paprika and snatched up a delectable strawberry rhubarb mini pie. My evening was not complete without an expertly poured espresso from Rob Kettiner of Fernwood Coffee Co.; the dark rich crema excited my senses and helped my overwhelmed belly digest.The event was a huge success and my taste buds looks forward to next year…The Octobob, prepared by Stage.Paprika's Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Pies FolksFood FestivalsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored July 18, 2017 Summer’s Ice Cream wishes you a Happy National Ice Cream Month! This month, dessert lovers across Canada will be raising their bowls and waffle cones in delicious recognition of NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH, with ... Read More 2017 Issues / The Big Picture July 3, 2017 Summer Issue of EAT Magazine Available in Print & Digital Versions The July/August 2017 issue of EAT is out and on the streets. Pick-up your copy today at your favourite grocer, deli, wine shop, café or book store. ... Read More Dessert / Recipes June 26, 2017 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Lemon Meringue Pie Lip-smacking looks and punchy lemon flavour result in a seriously delicious gluten and dairy-free dessert. If you’re not up for making a ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient May 18, 2017 Fiddleheads: Take a walk on the wild side GET FRESH With a particularly long and chilly winter behind us, and snow shovels safely stowed away, you might say we are starving for glimpses of ... Read More Good For You May 2, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Enter the Draw to Win Greetings my fellow wholesome food lovers. Welcome to another edition of Good-For-You Grocery Finds! I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate-filled ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Comments are closed.