Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Edibles / Food Events Apr 19, 2011 1st Annual Great Canadian Beer Festival Collaboration Dinner SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe 18th Annual Great Canadian Beer Festival was launched Thursday Sept. 9, with a six-course beer pairing dinner at Spinnakers. The iconic brew pub was the perfect setting for the dinner, as it has been a cornerstone of the BC craft beer industry for more than a quarter century. Billed as the “first annual” event, the inaugural collaboration matched three Spinnakers beers and three Pike Brewing beers with six courses created by chef Ali Ryan and her staff.The hosts were the first to bat with three lighter-bodied brews—their Emily Summer Ale, Roundhouse Red and Hefeweizen—well matched with a white chocolate-green tea ruffle, bacon and leek-stuffed Cornish pasty and mixed greens salad, respectively. The esteemed guests, Pike Brewing (whose owners, Roseanne and Charles Finkel, were in attendance), brought the big guns with their IPA, XXXXX Stout and Double Ale matched with braised pork belly, seared sablefish and roasted peaches with basil ice cream dessert. A surprise seventh beer, fresh off the bottling line, called Auld Acquaintance was served at the end and offered a refreshing, spicy palate cleanser that both closed out an amazing evening of food and beer and also kicked off what’s sure to be an exciting festival.For more information on the Great Canadian Beer Festival, click here.Beer FestivalfestivalsVancouver Island Festivals SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Comments are closed.