City EATS: Vancouver Island January 2018

Paul Prudhomme once said; “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” He was so right! There’s plenty of awe-inspiring food waiting to be eaten on our island, and many, many opportunities to do so.

For lovers of Salt Spring Island’s wonderful preserve company, Salt Spring Kitchen comes a new addition for the season in their Winter Wonderjam, a heartwarming mix of strawberry, cranberry, orange, and bourbon. It’s essential in the making of their Winter Wonderjam Whisky Smash! Combine jam, bourbon, o.j. and ice in a shaker and shake with enthusiasm before topping with ginger beer – find the complete recipe at;

I know it’s winter, but it’s mostly still warm enough to enjoy a cold treat on one of our crisp sunny days and the new kid on the corner Bean Drinkin Coffee has just the thing in their B coffee pops – a steal at just $3 -made from very jet fresh origin beans by Agro roasters in Vancouver. This little shop in the heart of Ganges is working hard to be a little bit different and keep you interested with innovative ideas and a heavenly view to boot.

On a sad note, the little grocer with a great concept; Green Grocery on Salt Spring in Ganges, closed its doors in October. Their 100% package-free concept was well received and welcomed in a time of so much consumerism, yet it didn’t have the longevity to carry it through this time. Hopefully, someone out there will give it another go in the not too distant future.

On Mayne Island, the brew is bubbling along as nano Mayne Island Brewing Company celebrates their first year anniversary! They are celebrating with several new beers made in small batches using the gravity fed Blickman system in an old world style. Brewmaster Micheal Garrat offers up a Belguim Tipple called Little Hell, Eventide Oat Stout and soon to come, a barrel aged brown ale.

How about something sweet in February? B.C’s Discovery Centre once again hosts their annual Big Leaf Maple Syrup Festival between the 3rd and 4th of February. Join the Vancouver Island Sapsuckers and learn how to tap your own trees, or simply enjoy the atmosphere and free-flowing maple syrup! BC Discovery Centre

Up Island in the Comox Valley, much loved Kingfisher Resort and Spa wants you to help welcome Julie Ferris as their new mixologist at the newly opened Ocean 7 Restaurant and Aqua Bistro and Wine Bar. Julie has a passion for the contraband years, and the evolution of mixology from around the world, which creates interesting conversation around Aqua ‘s beautiful solid wood, sit up bar overlooking Georgia Straight and the coastal mountains. Her resume is impressive having come from Wolf in Fog in Tofino, Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninish Inn, and Float Lounge at Black Rock Resort in Ucluelet.

Taste BC is a celebration of British Columbia’s finest wine, beer, and spirits accompanied by tasty fare from our best local restaurants, as well as a fundraiser to benefit one of the province’s most vital medical institutions, the BC Children’s Hospital. Vendors such as; chef Ann Kirsebom, Gone Crackers, Koko Monk Chocolates, La Baguette & L’Echalote, La Mezcaleria, and Rodney’s Oyster House, are not to be missed. Participate in the People’s Choice Awards or follow judges like Van Doren Chan of Le Crocodile, and Alistair Veen of Tap Restaurant around to see what they favour. Either way, get your tickets and participate in a great food event with a big heart.

By Kirsten Tyler

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