Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Oct 8, 2012 A Last Bite of Summer: The Flavour Gourmet Picnic SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestright: Crown Isle Smoked Salmon Veloute. Photos by Rhona McAdemby Rhona McAdamCOMOX VALLEYStrength was in numbers at the first Flavour Gourmet Picnic held September 23 in Black Creek, near Courtenay. Nearly 70 producers from Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands showcased their wares, while another 150 volunteers and media helped to grease the gears of gastronomy, including about 40 North Island College students. My dining companions and I joined some five hundred smug North Island foodies canny enough to secure tickets before they sold out two weeks in advance.Blessed by sun and good humour, participants made their leisurely and well-provisioned way along the booths at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery, sampling food and drink and chatting with winemakers, brewers, farmers, chefs and food activists. Exhibitors were nicely spaced, alternating food and drink, sweet and savoury and ran the gamut from seafood, bread, salad wraps, pastries, wild meats, chocolate, wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks. There was enough to keep every food preference satisfied: raw foodists, vegetarians and carnivores would all have found something to sample, and there was gluten-free baking as well, from The Rose Bakery which operates out of LUSH Valley Food Action Society’s kitchen.left: Church Street Bakery right: Dark Side ChocolatesAmong my favourite gastro-moments were Crown Isle’s wild smoked salmon velouté, rich and nubbly; grilled Island scallops finished with a delightful dollop of gingery goo; Avenue Bistro’s densely nuanced Pâté de Campagne, using Tannadice Farms pork; and a couple of instances of beet-infused cold-smoked salmon that brought a visual pang to salmon eaters over this year’s lost sockeye run. We were not short of sweet endings, including Kingfisher Lodge’s spectacularly silky chocolate pavé, as well as exquisitely satisfying tastes of BC dessert wines: Coastal Black’s Blackberry Ambrosia, and Elephant Island’s powerfully aromatic Black Currant Wine.left: Fat Moose Smokehouse right: North Island College House Smoked Albacore TunaThe first of what is hoped to be an annual fundraiser for North Island College Foundation, the event raised over $10,000 towards Culinary Arts bursaries and scholarships. It was a deliciously educational experience for all concerned, and well-seasoned with knowledgeable organizations like LUSH Valley and North Island College, as well as opportunities to learn about herbalism and horticulture therapy from Innisfree Farm, organically-grown tea from The Small Tea Cooperative, and – if you could get past the children sampling bear and moose sausage – about smoked and cured wild and alternative meats from Fat Moose Smokehouse and Wild Game Custom Cutters.left: Union Street Grill Tortillas. middle: Kingfisher Chocolate Pave. right: AvenueBistro's Tannadice Farms Pate Comox Valley. chefsFolks 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 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 Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.