City Eats – Tofino, January 2018

Happy New Year and happy storm season.

Big congratulations to Tofino Brewing Company on the opening their new brewery and tasting room at 690 Industrial Way. After slowly taking over more and more units at their old location, it was time to make the move to a larger building right next door (one property closer to the highway). The new space has tons more seating, room for more original artwork on the walls from local Tofitians, and a wide open view of the small batch brewing process. Visit for tastings, growler fills and beer to go. Expect the same great service and awesome swag. Business hours are 11am-10pm daily.

Speaking of TBC, they recently partnered with Patagonia and Shelter Restaurant in two fundraising events in Vancouver and Seattle benefitting Central Westcoast Forest Society, a local organization dedicated to the restoration of wild salmon habitat in this area. Salmon, Surf, and Beer were held Nov. 29th at the Patagonia store on West 4th in Vancouver and shortly after in Seattle. This organization is attempting to repair the damage done during many decades of industrial logging in this area.

Kudos as well to SoBo Restaurant on their recent participation in the Victoria Golden Plates portion of the Canadian Culinary Championships. Their seaweed and nettle agnolotti with halibut cheeks dish looked amazing. SoBo held its annual closure event on November 26th – this is when the restaurant serves all remaining food until it’s gone, buffet style. Definitely a local favourite. SoBo will reopen its doors in February.

If you’re planning a trip to Tofino for winter storm watching, make sure to check out Tourism Tofino’s Where to Eat in Tofino This Winter guide ( (FULL LINK: for restaurants that are open at this time of year. Be forewarned that many are enjoying some much needed time off after an especially busy summer season.

I’m excited about a new program that will feature Made in Tofino products. Try Local Tofino is a buy local program the Chamber has developed with help from the District of Tofino. Part of the aim of the program is to highlight the amazing products that are made locally, including chocolate, coffee, and beer, to name a few of the edible ones. Among the criteria is that the product has been 51% made or finished locally. Tourism Tofino will be featuring these products and more on their website soon, and in the meantime check out all the reasons to buy local in Tofino (and your own community) at And look for the Made in Tofino logo on selected products when you visit here next.

I’m excited to bring news of a few new culinary ventures that are in the works for 2018. Check back here in March!

-Jen Dart


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