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 Food News October 3, 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner at Veneto Bar Ristorante Autumn has arrived, which means that it’s time to eat, drink, and be merry with the people that we’re most thankful for. We are excited for our ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.