City Eats November | December 2022

Season’s Greetings EAT readers! We at EAT are looking forward to all the wonderful seasonal baking on offer around the city. One of the great joys of the culinary calendar is visiting different neighbourhoods, seeking out the favourite treats that only make an appearance at this time of year. If you’re anything like me, you won’t want to miss the panettone from Fol Epi, the stollen from Fry’s Bakery, the traditional Christmas pudding with brandy butter from Bond Bond’s.  I’m also looking forward to choosing a selection of beautifully handcrafted marzipan fruit from the beautiful display at the Market Garden. The Italian Bakery and Ottavio’s, with their inspired selection of holiday cookies, are always worth a visit.

CRAFT Beer Market has opened at 450 Swift Street (former location of Canoe Brewpub), 110 taps of draft beers, wines, cocktails- focusing on local brews. Multi level with private Surf Lounge, covered patio, games area, and indoor/outdoor fireplaces.

Tapas on Oak has opened at 2006 Oak Bay Ave. Current opening hours are Thursday-Sunday, 11.30am-10pm. Created by Victoria-born owner Dan Massey and assisted by chef Jeremy Teahan and manager James Halliday, Tapas on Oak strives to create fabulous small plates of delicious food accompanied by great wines in a smooth, jazz infused relaxed ambience.

The 2022 Craft Spirit Festival is also taking place on November 5, from 6pm -9pm, where you can taste the spirits of Vancouver Island’s best craft distilleries up at Merridale’s farm in Cobble Hill. General Admission is $50 and includes transportation, two drink tokens and admission. Tasting tokens can be purchased for $2. Pair your cocktails with canapés available for purchase from the Merridale kitchen. There will also be a pop-up liquor store, featuring the products of participating distilleries, so you can bring home your favourite new discoveries.

If you are heading to the mainland in November or December, you can get those Glühwein mugs ready! The Vancouver Christmas Market returns from Nov 12-Dec 24 to Jack Poole Plaza. Delight in German-style food and drinks, hop on their neon carousel, and stroll through a wonderland of Christmas shopping, music, and lights.

On November 25 -26, Rancho Vignola hosts their annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. From walnuts so fresh that they taste like cream, to all-natural, flavour-packed dried mangoes to their premium chocolate covered nuts, there is something for everyone.

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is hosting Breakfast with Santa November 26. This family-style brunch service will include house-made cookie decorating, a visit from Mr. Claus himself, as well as on-site photo printing by Four Frames Photo Booth to bring the merry memories home.  Tickets are $99 + tax for adults, $59 +tax for children 3-12 years old. For more information, visit

Local chef, EAT contributor and cookbook author Denise Marchessault is partnering with none other than Milk Streetfor an online choux pastry workshop December 4! Find information and registration details for this and her in-person holiday baking workshops held at the Victoria Public Market at

The Moss Street Market will be holding their annual Holiday Market on December 10-11 in the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association buildings (1330 Fairfield Road), the Garry Oak Room and the Sir James Douglas School gym. The Holiday Market features over 80 vendors offering locally made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewellery, household items, plus meat, fish, winter vegetables, coffee, apple cider and much more.



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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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