Written By Gary Hynes Events / Places / Restaurants / Victoria Oct 2, 2014 Brewery & The Beast 2014: Recap & Pictures SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestJust after 1pm on a hot Sunday afternoon I arrived to find a long, snaking line-up of people shuffling along Government Street toward the entrance of the Phillips Brewery’s “backyard”. The mood was upbeat, the smoke rising from dozens of grills shading the sky and, as I sniffed the air, whiffs of meat cooking drifted my way. All was good. I joined the back of the line and by the time I was inside, I found the party in full tilt boogie mode.I went from table to table, driven to try as many bites as I could within the allotted time. With around 40 participating restaurants, I could see that wouldn’t be an easy mission to pull off. Although my efforts were heroic, my apologies go out to the beasts and chefs I missed.Of the things I tried and loved (I didn’t have a boring or staid bite all afternoon)… Slow-cooked water buffalo curry with mint achar pickleFried chicharrones Gallegos (pork crackling)Grilled jerk chicken with cilantro & limeMoroccan marinated flank steakA selection of Spanish charcuterieBison tongue cheese steakBlood infused rye bread! (a partnership of The Whole Beast and Fry’s Bakery) But it was not all indulgence. Plenty of local farms and suppliers were showcased. I saw signs that told the story of the farms on hand. It was good to see farms like Parry Bay, Ravenstone Farm, and Quist given their due. Thanks to the chefs for staying true to the local-is-better mission statement without sacrificing great flavor, creativity, and fun.This year’s reiteration of the Brewery and The Beast: A Festival of Meat was the perfect synthesis of hot sun, near endless beer, and more meat than you could shake a grilled skewer at. The gathered meatophiles left happy, sated, and vowing to return next year.Brewery and the Beast GALERY BELOW CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGES. A collection of photos from this year’s Brewery & The Beast shot by Gary Hynes SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Events / Victoria July 17, 2017 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Celebrates 20th Anniversary Pictured above: The first Feast of Fields Vancouver Island organizing committee. (Left to right) Sinclair Philip, Alfons Obererlacher, Mara Jernigan, ... Read More Events / First Look July 1, 2017 Up Island News & Buzz (July/August 2017) This past winter gave all of us extra appreciation for a much anticipated warm sunny Island summer; the lineup of food and drink festivals ahead is ... Read More Events / Okanagan June 22, 2017 Deconstructing Dani García and the Feast: Food and Film Festival Everyone loves popcorn and junky food before a movie, but arguably—or absolutely—better are hand-selected local bites and drinks. Patrons to ... Read More Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape Nowhere else can you taste so much great food paired with so much exceptional BC VQA wine. At Chef Meets BC Grape, you can sip from hundreds of wines ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More Comments are closed.