Written By Treve Ring Libations / Wine Festivals Jun 9, 2011 Tofino Food & Wine Festival – Splendour in the Gardens SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestI can’t say I’m really the outdoorsy type. I’m a west coast girl, revere our natural environment and its inhabitants and think the shores of Ucluelet and Tofno are heaven on earth. That said, I’m also a city girl, creature for comforts (like showers, internet and flush loos) and appreciative of the finest things in life – wine.The Tofino Food & Wine Festival is the one event annually where my west coast and urban halves unite as one complete whole. Now in its 9th year, the festival is a weekend long event, and this time the culmination of a months’ worth of feasts: tastings and events celebrating what is local and good. The main event – Grazing in the Gardens – is entirely en plein air, rain or shine (though trust me, it’s always sunny). Guests make their way through the meandering rainforest paths of Tofino’s Botanical Garden, happening upon surprise sustenance stations. I found Blue Mountain past the hippy bus. La Stella and Le Vieux Pin were next door to the giant monkey head. Rocky Creek and Lake Breeze were sheltered in the shadow of the shipwreck. I kept my eye out for alligators while loading up on freshly shucked oysters, and shimmy shaked to wandering minstrels while balancing my bbq’d slider.The hot sun shone down on the happy crowd – a mix from curious tourists to surf chasers to fine-things-in-life following west coast wineos, like me.**The Tofino Wine & Food Festival is centered around Grazing in the Gardens, but there are also dinners, lunches and other tasting events planned throughout the weekend. If you can catch a spot at The Wickaninnish Inn’s Wine Dinner, do, as their culinary team showcases a different local winery (this year was CedarCreek) and sells out every year. If you want to enjoy both the luxuries of peace and a resort, book into Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort, a stunning, coast caressing architectural achievement. A shuttle conveniently runs between here (plus other Tofino locations) and the main event at the Gardens. Tofinowine festival SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade. In addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for WineAlign, ... Read More You may also like Wine Events May 17, 2017 Coast to Coast – Ontario & Nova Scotia Wines Shined at the Vancouver Wine Festival. At the Vancouver Wine Festival 2017 only six attendees at a standing room only Coast to Coast media and trade seminar who, when asked if anyone had ... Read More Fortified Wine April 28, 2017 Madeira: intense, indestructible… and overlooked What comes to mind when you hear “Madeira wine “? If anything, it’s likely to be a dusty bottle sitting alongside the Marsala, balsamic vinegar ... Read More Okanagan / Wine Festivals March 22, 2017 Canada 150: The Purity and Diversity of BC Wines The 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary with Canadian wines at the core. Punters lined up for a taste ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 15, 2017 Highlights and Sours at Victoria Beer Week After nine days of events, Victoria Beer Week once again poured its final pint of the year. Some may still be reeling (recovering?) from the ... Read More Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Beer & Cider / Victoria March 2, 2017 Victoria Beer Week Opens This Week For nine days starting this Friday, March the 3rd, Victoria celebrates its growing beer culture during Victoria Beer Week. Whether it’s a ... Read More Comments are closed.