City Eats September|October 2022

We were sorry to hear the news that Farm Folk, City Folk had to make the difficult decision to postpone the Vancouver Island Feast of Fields until 2023. While restaurants, wineries, breweries, and farms were incredibly supportive of the Vancouver Island Feast, industry-wide labour challenges have prevented many from participating this year. If you are heading to the mainland, there is still a chance to join the Feast this year at the Metro Vancouver (Sept. 11) and Okanagan Feast of Fields (Sept. 18). FARMFOLKCITYFOLK.CA

 

Congratulations to two of our regular EAT contributors, Denise Marchessault and Deb Garlick, on the recent publication of their beautiful new cookbook, The Artful Pie Project, A Sweet and Savoury Book of Recipes. This volume features over 50 recipes covering the pie spectrum from galettes to pastry dumplings and slab crumbles, plus French Canadian classics such as Tourtière and Tarte au Sucre, and will be a welcome addition to every baker’s cookbook shelf. $39.95, Whitecap Books Ltd. 

 

If you haven’t got your 2022 Islands Passport yet, it’s not too late! The Islands Passport allows you to explore over 20 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. When you purchase the Passport, you get exclusive access to tasting flights and discounts on vendors’ products. You can take your time exploring each vendor’s tasting room as the Passport is valid until June 2023. $39.00, purchase online. SHOP.CHEESEANDMEATFESTIVAL.COM

 

I’m excited for this one: the former head chef at Be Love, Mat Clarke, is opening a new restaurant, End Dive, at the corner of Government St and Herald St. More news to come. ENDDIVERESTAURANT.COM

 

Rock Bay Market’s Bird & Basket Truck is the newest addition to Victoria’s food truck scene. It has been spotted serving locally sourced, wild, seasonal cuisine at the Esquimalt Farmers Market and the Summer Lunch Series at Point Ellice House. We’re hoping we’ll see more of it around town this fall. ROCKBAYMARKET.CA

 

The Esquimalt Ribfest is the largest family charity event on the South Island, drawing in up to 40,000 visitors. Running from Sept. 9-11 this year, Ribfest is organized and run by volunteers to support the project to provide Esquimalt with an all-weather playing field. Ribs are prepared on-site by six professional rib teams, all working for the coveted People’s Choice Award. There will also be local craft brewers and cider and wine available. Live music and free children’s crafts and activities. ESQUIMALTRIBFEST.COM

 

This year, the Victoria International Wine Festival will return to its regular programming Sept. 18-24, including wine dinners, grand tastings, and seminars. Grand Tastings will take place at the Car Shop at Bayview Place. This festival showcases some of the best international wines and is directed at building the average wine consumer’s knowledge, demonstrating new wines, and acknowledging beloved wine standards to veteran consumers. VICWF.COM

 

British Columbia’s capital city is where Brewery & the Beast was born! On Sept. 25, chefs and hospitality experts will gather from all over Vancouver Island to throw down a truly West Coast experience. This Vancouver Island festival delivers a unique blend of cooking techniques, food philosophies, and Island-grown ingredients to create a meaningful and memorable culinary event. BREWERYANDTHEBEAST.COM

 

Vancouver Island’s biggest cocktail celebration, the annual Art of the Cocktail festival, is returning to the Crystal Gardens on Oct. 15. Grand Tasting tickets $69, VIP Tasting tickets $99. ARTOFTHECOCKTAIL.CA

 

Crush, A Fine Wine Auction, will continue to be in its online format in 2022. This benefit for the Belfry Theatre is a carefully curated auction featuring a great selection of fine wine generously donated from the private collections of individuals and local businesses. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or simply a lover of good wine, you will find an excellent range of spectacular wines. Also on offer are lots from BC wineries, including gift baskets and packages, dining, travel, and other unique experiences in every price bracket. The auction runs Oct. 24-30. BELFRY.BC.CA/CRUSH

 

Many of our local farmers markets carry on through mid-October, and if you’re up for some island hopping, the 23rd annual Salt Spring Apple Festival will be held on Oct. 2 this year. All host farms will be open for apple lovers. More details to come on the website. SALTSPRINGAPPLEFESTIVAL.ORG 

 

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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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