Written By Rebecca Baugniet Events / Folks / Food News / Libations / Places / Places Jun 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or beach. Two local businesses are making it easier to enjoy eating outdoors, with beautifully packed picnic tea baskets from the White Heather Tearoom (order online at whiteheather-tearoom.com) and ready-to-go cheese, charcuterie, vegetable and fruit boxes from Boom + Batten (order online at boomandbatten.com).Change is afoot over at Paul’s Motor Inn and by the time you read this, the iconic diner may already have reopened as Paul’s Diner by Fol Epi. Fol Epi owner Cliff Leir and Agrius chefs Max Durand and Scott Hopkins are overseeing the transition from classic diner fare to a new 21 st century version, with traditional dinner menu items being reimagined with local, organic ingredients. I can’t wait to try this. paulsdiner.caA new brewing company is coming to Market Square this summer. Whistle Buoy Brewing will be offering a tank to glass model which will allow people to get up close and personal with the brewing process and enjoy locally-made beer in an inclusive environment. whistlebuoybrewing.comFans of Langford’s Turmeric Indian Cuisine will be happy to hear that Tikka Bar by Turmeric has opened downtown on Broughton Street (formerly Pang). Family owned and operated, they are offering wraps, curry bowls and more. Open for lunch and dinner.The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is providing the opportunity to celebrate summer at one of Vancouver Island’s most beautiful lavender farms. Their Summer Social Series: Distillers Dinner at the Farm, is taking place July 3 from 6-9pm at Bliston Creek Farm, with a multi-course dinner and cocktails created by Sheringham Distillery. This event is 19+ only. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit victoriachamber.ca/events for more information.The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is presenting a new series called What Artists Bring to the Table. This is a series of five workshops, running from July to November, facilitated by BC-based artists examining how food and eating can be a political and cultural act. The first event of the series will take place July 6 and features Vancouver-based artist Amanda Huynh. She and the workshop participants will be making “Diasporic Dumplings” together while discussing stories around food, race, and migration. aggv.caVegtoria! Victoria’s annual Veg Fest will be returning Centennial Square on July 20, from 11am-6pm. Vegtoria is an annual festival that celebrates veganism, cruelty- free living, compassion and the environment in one fun-filled day. This day will be a celebration of vegan life with music, vendors, speakers, food and more. Vegtoria.caOne of my very favourite summer events is Summerdine, taking place at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse from 5.30-8.30pm on Aug 15. Summerdine is a glorious celebration of women in the food and beverage industry. Last year’s event began with a champagne cocktail and appetizers in a magical wooded grove and continued with a sumptuous dinner served under a marquee. Courses were interspersed with inspiring talks from women in this incredible community. All funds raised support Scholarship and Outreach programs for women in the culinary arts and wine industries. Summerdine is hosted by the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an organization dedicated to improving women’s opportunities in the hospitality industry. Tickets available at www.lesdames.ca/summerdineVancouver Island’s Feast of Fields will be held at Snowdon House in North Saanich on Aug 25, from 1-4pm. Feast of Fields is a three-hour wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, fields and tables, and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests stroll across a farmer’s field, traveling from tent to tent (sometimes through the barn, past the tractor or around the chicken coop) listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from up to 50 of BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers. Feastoffields.comThe Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival is a celebratory rural ramble and feast of the senses. With dozens of venues and events to explore, there is something for everyone. Take a farm or winery tour, sample food, enjoy music and art, learn about regional indigenous harvesting, watchdog herding demonstrations and experience farm life past and present. Take in the weekend by bike or by car and meet the growers, harvesters, fishers, vintners, chefs and producers that are creating an amazingly rich bounty right here in our own backyard. Takes place in August. flavourtrails.comComing up in September is the 3 rd annual Urban Food Garden Tour. The tour is a self-guided tour of 13 home gardens; back yards, front yards, allotments and boulevards. The tour is a fundraiser to raise awareness for sustainable food production, local and global and funds raised are divided between Haliburton Community Farm, 1UP- Single Parent Resource Centre (in the form of sponsored food boxes grown by farmers at Haliburton Farms, and Hleketani Community Garden in South Africa. www.facebook.com/victoriaurbanfoodgardensAlso in September, the Great Canadian Beer Festival returns to Royal Athletic Park. The Victoria Beer Society will be hosting the 27th annual edition of Canada’s oldest beer festival. The two-day festival will run Sept 6 from 4 – 9 pm and Sept 7 from 12- 5 pm. victoriabeersociety.comCrush – A Fine Wine Affair, The Belfry’s annual fine wine live auction is a remarkable theatrical experience itself! Hosted by auctioneer Roshan Vickery and sommelier and wine educator Earl Wilde. Enjoy wine and cider tastings, hors d’ oeuvres, silent auction packages and gift certificates for every price bracket. October 20, Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. Join us for a great party to support a great theatre. www.belfry.bc.ca/crushFoodRescue.ca is the creation of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization. FoodRescue.ca connects your surplus food directly to social service organizations who will put it to great use. Donations support community initiatives, such as snacks for children’s after-school programs, meals for seniors, food for shelters and drop-in centres. Launched on Vancouver Island in June, Foodrescue.ca gives food donors a simple and fast system to connect directly with social service programs in local communities. Foodrescue.ca CRDDrinkeventsFoodVictoriaYYJ SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Rebecca Baugniet 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 ... Read More You may also like Awards / Drink People / Events / Wine Events / Wine News October 15, 2020 SOMM SMACKDOWN—Rumble at Aura Waterfront Restaurant Strange, interesting, and wonderful things can happen in odd times, and there is no stranger time than now, but something needed to be done to pay ... 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