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 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 Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Food News / Spoiled Milk February 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More 2017 Issues / Get Fresh / Victoria January 3, 2017 The Mighty Green: Year-round microgreens make any meal healthier. “GET FRESH” My recent visit to a master microgreens grower in North Saanich, where you are literally surrounded in new life, will give ... Read More Get Fresh November 14, 2016 Kiwi Magic “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.” The Internet would like us to know that, if given the chance, kiwis could cure cancer, ... Read More Comments are closed.