CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021

A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well as a rotating selection of sweet and savoury pastries. They are open Wednesday-Sunday. Keep an eye on their Instagram feed for updates. (workingculturebread.com)

 

Also in Rock Bay is a new neighbourhood market: Rock Bay Market is located at 2725 Rock Bay Ave and carries a selection of locally sourced, wild and seasonal provisions, such as their own fermented preserves, local seafood, and kombucha. (rockbaymarket.ca)

 

One of the businesses that closed permanently due to Covid was downtown’s Chocolat – Chocolatiere de Victoria. We will miss their friendly service and unique selection of handcrafted truffles. Chocolat & Co. is now in that location (703 Fort St.), brought to us by a collective of three local chocolate businesses: Terrible Truffles, Uncouth Chocolate, and The Chocolate Project. (chocolatandco.com)

 

Très Gourmet Bakery has opened at 1280 Broad Street, offering a tempting array of baked goods, including scones, croissants, bread puddings, madeleines, savoury buns and a vegan selection as well. (instagram.com/tresgourmetcafe)

 

Signs are up announcing the upcoming arrival of the Singing Swan in the beautiful heritage space previously occupied by The Guild. Stay tuned for updates.

 

The Red Cedar Café has relocated to 3020 Blanshard St. The Red Cedar Café is a not-for-profit community meal program to provide healthy, affordable meals to seniors, people in self-isolation and other people in need in Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territory (Victoria, BC). The social enterprise was founded in April 2020 to meet community needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. (redcedarcafe.ca)

 

The Empress Hotel has announced that they will be taking advantage of the slower season ahead to complete necessary renovations to their heating system. The temporary closure is planned from early January to April 1 2021. (fairmont.com/empress-victoria/)

 

Olo, the beloved restaurant on Fisgard Street that promoted sustainable farming practices, seasonality, and knowing the stories of the growers, has closed their doors permanently. We thank chef Brad Holmes and his team for ten years of exceptional, memorable food and wish them well in their future endeavours! (olorestaurant.com)

 

The Fickle Fig Farm Market has just opened a new bakery and bistro at Victoria international airport (Pre-Security). Open daily from 5am – 6pm. (theficklefig.ca)

 

For Good Measure is Victoria’s original bulk food store.  Started in 1983, what was originally the Cadboro Bay Bulk Food Store became For Good Measure Premium Bulk Food in 1994.  In September, they opened their second location at 579 Niagara Street in James Bay. The James Bay store also includes a café. (forgoodmeasure.ca)

 

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has recently introduced FARO Lane, an extension of FARO Handcrafted Pizza and Tasting Room’s outdoor patio brought indoors by transforming the Conservatory into FARO Lane, a “pop-up” indoor patio. (oakbaybeachhotel.com/faropizza)

 

Bubby Rose’s Bakery is opening a new location on Government St at the corner of Johnson St (formerly David’s Tea). (bubbyrosesbakery.com)

 

Citrus and Cane is a new tropical cocktail bar opening soon at 1900 Douglas Street (formerly The Copper Owl). Follow developments on Instagram. (instagram.com/citrusandcane)

 

​The 12th Annual Gingerbread Showcase may look a little different this year. With ten host locations around the community, the organizers hope you will come to view and vote for your favourite creation. Bakers are working on their version of this year’s theme, “Coastal Living”. The annual fundraiser brings together professional and amateur bakers from around the region in support of the work of Habitat Victoria. Running from Nov 21 2020 – Jan 3 2021. (habitatvictoria.com/gingerbread2020.html)

 

The Belfry’s Crush Fine Wine Auction is going online from November 30 to December 6. Staff, volunteers, and board members from Victoria ’s Belfry Theatre have been raiding some of Victoria’s best private wine cellars to find rare and unusual wines to auction online for Crush 2020. Monday Magazine columnist Robert Moyes is again preparing educational vignettes for the curated Collector’s auction. His notes will be online in advance of the event. (www.belfry.bc.ca/crush) Crush is generously supported by Odlum Brown Limited, Monday Magazine, Vessel Liquor Store, EAT Magazine and Used.ca

 

The Moss Street Market’s 26th annual Holiday Market will be on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2020 from 10am to 4pm each day. The Holiday Market is located in the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association buildings (1330 Fairfield Rd), and in Sir James Douglas School (Garry Oak Room and gym). Featuring over 80 vendors offering locally-made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewellery, household items, PLUS meat, fish, winter vegetables, coffee, apple cider and much more! (mossstreetmarket.com)

 

The Victoria Whisky Festival 2021 is scheduled to run from January 14th through January 17th, 2021 at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that have evolved over the last number of months, the 2021 Festival has been reconfigured significantly. The Festival will hold a limited number of Masterclasses & Grand Tastings per day and where presenters will conduct their events remotely. The VIP and Consumer Tastings will not be held at the 2021 Festival. (victoriawhiskyfestival.com)

 

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Rebecca Baugniet is a freelance food writer and editor living on Canada’s West Coast with her husband and their four children. The author of three published cookbooks, Rebecca has also written for EAT Magazine and for Montréal ...

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