Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Jun 29, 2011 Fernwood Bites: Local Fare in an Urban Square SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe Parsonage Café's local Berkshire pork, green apple slaw with salted watermelon. Credit: Maryanne CarmackSunday June 26th, Fernwood Bites returned for a second year of good eats, sips and treats. Fernwood Bites is a food and drink tasting event featuring local eateries, chefs, microbreweries, wine, live music and a silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group.As the clock struck 5:30 pm, a punctual mass of people spilled into Fernwood Square to the sold out event to explore local eats and drink. Fortified with a tasting glass, I made my way around to each stall sampling some of the best culinary fare Vancouver Island has to offer. The highlight for me was the grilled ‘ octobob’ prepared by Stage – local Pacific octopus with housemade chorizo sausage. The spice from the sausage and the tenderness of the octopus exploded in my mouth. I paired my ‘ octobob’ with Afraid of the Dark Viognier from Moon Curser Vineyards – the pairing made my palate sing.Aubergine offered a sizzling pork and beef sausage with South African spice, the smell alone attracted meat lovers from across the square. Conveniently, Phillips Brewery was a skip away to help quench my thirst with a taste of Blue Buck –a deep amber coloured beer with a crisp finish and a delicate hop aroma. Moving onto something a bit lighter I sampled Hilary’ s goat cream cheese with smoked salmon on endive. It was crisp, fresh and delicious. The Parsonage Café presented a clever pairing of local Berkshire pork, green apple slaw with salted watermelon. The watermelon cleansed my palate after inhaling the rich pork. Craving something a little sweeter, I raced over to Paprika and snatched up a delectable strawberry rhubarb mini pie. My evening was not complete without an expertly poured espresso from Rob Kettiner of Fernwood Coffee Co.; the dark rich crema excited my senses and helped my overwhelmed belly digest.The event was a huge success and my taste buds looks forward to next year…The Octobob, prepared by Stage.Paprika's Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Pies FolksFood FestivalsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News November 30, 2020 CITY EATS December 2020 | January 2021 A new bakery has opened in the Leland building at 2506 Douglas St. Working Culture Bread is serving up naturally leavened sourdough breads, as well ... Read More Food / Food News / Restaurants November 30, 2020 Eating Out—At Home Originally published in EAT Oct|Nov issue. Are you missing those romantic date night dinners, a favourite dish from a local chef, the fluffy ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes November 27, 2020 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More Comments are closed.