Written By Guest Writer Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestNowhere else can you taste so much great food paired with so much exceptional BC VQA wine. At Chef Meets BC Grape, you can sip from hundreds of wines and nibble on small plates from at least a dozen top restaurants, all in one place and all on one night.That could mean inventive pairings or classic ones, such as bright, fizzy BC bubbles paired with Ned Bell’s Ocean Wise seafood or lushly aromatic Rieslings matched with Duncan Ly’s fragrant Vietnamese delicacies, a spicy Syrah alongside Forage’s hearty meat dishes or a berry-scented Pinot Noir with Pilgrimme’s inventive vegetable-forward fare.Chef Meets BC Grape is, quite simply, Western Canada’s largest celebration of “all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in British Columbia.” For the past 13 years, the event has been held in Vancouver; this year, the annual festival is expanding with new chefs, more wine and two new locations.It kicks off in Calgary on May 10 with 12 restaurants, 30 wineries and more than 150 wines, then continues to Victoria on May 23 with 12 restaurants, 68 wineries and more than 250 wines. The multi-city event wraps up in Vancouver on May 25 with an event featuring 15 restaurants, 90 wineries and more than 350 wines.Whichever city you’re in, this is the most delicious way possible to spend a spring evening out on the town. There are a lot of wines to sample at Chef Meets BC Grape. How can you be sure to get the best experience? Follow these tips:1) With many wines to sample, it won’t take long to get tipsy. Do what the experts do: Sniff, swirl, sip and spit.2) Keep your palate fresh. Start with lighter wines such as bubbles and crisp, aromatic whites (Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling), then move on to heavier whites (Chardonnay, Viognier) followed by rosé, then light reds (Pinot Noir, Gamay), medium reds (Merlot) and on to the big guys: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rhône blends and Bordeaux blends. Finish with dessert and fortified wines.3) Be bold and check out a new region. There is wine being grown all over B.C., with some spectacular results in unexpected places. For instance, Baillie-Grohman in the Kootenays produces beautiful Pinot Noirs and elegant rosés, while Harper’s Trail in Kamloops offers exceptional Rieslings grown on limestone that infuses the wines with a clean, mouthwatering minerality.As you wander through the room, you can vote for your favourite food and wine pairing and see how your palate matches the celebrity judges’ expertise. And you can enter the #ChefmeetsBCGrape photo contest for your chance to win a trip to Okanagan Wine Country this summer.Chef Meets BC Grape is also a fundraiser that supports local charities, such as Ocean Wise, The Arts Club and the BC Hospitality Foundation. Chef Meets BC Grape event production and management services are by Culinary Marketing Strategies Inc. For more information, go to chefmeetsbcgrape.com. – By Joanne SasvariFor more information and to buy tickets visit the Chef Meets BC Grape website 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 Chefs / Elsewhere / Out of Towners May 2, 2016 Terroir Hospitality Symposium: 10-years on and still going strong Last Monday (April 26), Terroir Symposium, Canada’s most influential gathering of the biggest and brightest culinary minds, celebrated its 10th ... Read More Chefs / Restaurants March 17, 2016 A Throwback Throw Down: Atlas Pop Up Event #1, Part and Parcel The restaurant industry in Victoria in the early 2000s, for those who were manning the dish pits, doing prep, and plating salads, was a transient ... Read More Causes / Chefs March 16, 2016 Syrian-Inspired Dinner at Cook Culture to Help A New Victoria Family One chef, three hours, seven dishes, and an exciting introduction to Syrian cooking. Well known local Chef Cosmo Meens is pairing up with Cook ... Read More Chefs / Out of Towners March 11, 2016 An Interview with the All-CAPS, Bro-centric Chef Jacques La Merde If you do an Internet search for Christine Flynn pre 2016 you would learn that she is the Executive Chef at iQ Food Co. in Toronto. You would also ... Read More Chefs / Victoria November 19, 2015 What Chefs are Cooking this Season: Read On We asked a few of our local chefs to share with us their current go-to fall favourites. We saw roasted squashes, creamy beets, wild mushrooms, spices ... Read More Chefs November 10, 2015 James Barber Fundraiser for Providence Farm Fire and Smoke Long Table Dinner One of the top charitable dinners of the year, the James Barber Fundraiser at Providence Farms brings together the best chefs of the area to ... Read More Comments are closed.