City EATS May 2019

Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in case you’ve been neglecting them over the cooler months. Parachute Ice Cream is located in the Rock Bay neighbourhood, at 105-2626 Bridge St. Kid Sister is at #10 Fan Tan Alley, and Cold Comfort is at 2-1115 North Park St.
If you need a more regular supply, 49 Below Artisan Ice Cream have 1 and 2-pint subscription plans.

It has been a busy spring season in YYJ, with many recent and planned openings. At 1600 Bay St (former location of Mexican Cantina), Marta Café + Pantry is offering nutrient-dense dishes lovingly made with an assortment of locally sourced, sustainably aware, and ethically minded ingredients that appeal to a variety of dietary considerations and palates.

Saint Cecilia has opened at 535 Yates St, serving Fjord Coffee Roasters in espresso, flat whites and pour-overs. Find them on Instagram @saintceciliavictoria.

A new photography-themed café, Bokeh Café, has opened at 1028 Blanshard St. Serving a selection of eggs Benedict, sandwiches, wraps, bubble waffles, coffee and tea beverages, the café also features a photography gallery on the walls.

Back in Five Café has opened in the former Shatterbox Coffee space at 916 Pandora Ave; opening days to start are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Over the Malahat, The Ainslie is a new family-run restaurant in Duncan with the participation of three generations. Chef Ian Blom and his wife, chef Kimberly, met in culinary school and had a dream to open a restaurant one day. With the help of family and friends, they have been able to make that dream a reality. The Ainslie’s menu is focused on promoting the bounty of produce and products of the Cowichan Valley region.

Beauregard Café and Provisions is now open at 1191 Verdier Ave in Brentwood Bay, serving breakfast, lunch, baked goods, Level Ground coffee, Cultured Kombucha and Saanich Organics.

Two new taphouses are slated for 2019 openings. Owners of The Drake have submitted plans to launch Herald Street Brew Works at 506 Herald St, featuring a brewery and 178-seat tasting lounge. The former location of Terroir Tea Merchants is the planned space for Refuge Tap Room. Stay tuned for more developments.

L’Apéro is a new event company offering culinary and social experiences for people to gather and enjoy cheese, wine and beer in a convivial atmosphere. Different types of events are offered in the Greater Victoria area, from cheese workshops to private parties. Upcoming workshops at Ottavio and House of Boateng include Cheese Board Mastering: Discover the art of designing a balanced and sophisticated cheese board and Cheese Tasting 101: If you don’t know what “organoleptic” means, it’s because you haven’t taken this class yet. Visit for dates and prices.

Cheese and Meat Festival 2019, Victoria’s artisan food festival, invites you to explore the smells, tastes, and textures of artisan foods while pairing them with wine, cider, beer, and mixed drinks. Two seminars will be presented: Cheese, Chocolate, Beer [1:45PM] and Farm to Table & Slow Food [5:45PM]. May 11 at the Roundhouse at Bayview Place. This is a 19+ event.

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel hosts their annual Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12, holding a grand brunch in the Grand Lobby, with views of the Salish Sea. Four seatings are available at 10am, 10:30am, 12pm or 12:30pm. Reservations are required. Call 250.598.4556 to reserve your seating. $65 for adults and $32 for children ages 4 – 11 years old.

The Victoria Wing Fest is taking place from 6 – 8:30pm on June 9. This event features wings from local chefs and craft beverages from BC breweries, distilleries and cideries all in one place. Tickets include tastings of wings, beer, cider, spirits and includes live music from The Bills. This 19+ event is a fundraiser for the VGH Paediatric ICU.

Join over forty-five BC breweries in a unique one-day beer festival that celebrates the best hop-infused brews our province has to offer. Hopoxia will be held in the Phillips Backyard from 3 – 6pm on June 10. Tickets $20. This is a 19+ event. Tickets available in person at the brewery or online at

Fernwood’s favourite food and drink tasting event is back for its 10th year on June 23. Join friends and neighbours at Fernwood Bites in beautiful Fernwood Square and taste the best food and drink from over local 30 restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries. All food and drink samples are included with the purchase of your ticket. This is a 19+ event. Rain or shine. Fernwood Bites is a fundraiser for Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group. All funds raised will support programs and services in Fernwood including: affordable housing, childcare, youth, senior and family support programs, food access programs, and arts & cultural events.

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