Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Jul 23, 2011 The Main Event: a food & wine tasting event SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photography by Rebecca Wellman Photography (http://www.rwellmanphotography.com/index2.php#/home/) Pictured clockwise from top left: Corned duck breast, pickled local beets, Salt Spring goat cheese, salted pecans - Panache at Bear Mtn. FAS seared tuna with Ragley Farm radish, Metchosin pork Bahn Mi, Fol Epi ficelle - Passioneat Foods/ Cook Culture Chilled minted local pea soup, cold-smoked Lois Lake steelhead trout, lemon oil - Marina Restaurant Head cheese with pickles and mustards - The Whole Beast Fresh morels Butter-fried BC morel mushroom, Island Farmhouse chicken liver paté, olive filoncini - Forester's at Olympic View Golf Club Serendipity Winery Mexican-based frozen pops using local fruit and organic dairy - Fruition Paletas Chilled local sweet corn & green curry soup with cilantro & Vancouver Island spot prawns - Bard and Banker Nichol VineyardVictoria Taste kicked off 4-days of events Thursday night with its premier tasting event held at the Crystal Gardens. And oh how the food and wine went down nice.A sold-out crowd enjoyed the offerings of thirty-six British Columbia wineries and twenty-three eateries—more than any responsible adult could indulge of an evening—but we tried.A few random highlights from EAT’s samplings. (Email us your favourites.)Food:Just the right-size were the Spanish-style Coca (pizza/foccacia) topped seasonal tomatoes with fresh basil & quesco fresco cheese at the Little Piggy stop.The Marina Restaurant had a hit with their shots of chilled minted local pea soupl containing cold-smoked Lois Lake steelhead trout and lemon oil.There was a buzz about the FAS seared tuna with Ragely Farm radish, Metchosin pork bahn mi with Fol Epi ficelle from Passioneat Foods and Cook CultureAnother big hit were Fruitition Paletas Mexican-inspired fruit-based ice pops.We spotted the line-up to one table and found delightful Pan-seared Albacore tuna, Dungeness crab pot stickers from new-to-town chef of the Fairmont Empress.We couldn’t miss iconic cheese maker David Wood’s again making his Weston Creek Farmhouse of Salt Spring Island Cheese warm goat and sheep cheese quesadilla.Now for a dessert: Paprika Bistro wowed the crowed with their Spiced chocolate shortcake with chocolate mousse & candied local rhurbarb.Others that delighted were Panache at Bear Mountain, Bistro 28, Blue Crab Bar & Grill, Vista 18, The Whole Beast, Hotel Grand Pacific, Aura and Veneto Tapa Lounge. All had very tasty bites. Wine:Skaha Bench, Penticton’s Painted Rock were pouring tipples of their elegant 2008 Red Icon, a Bordeaux type blend redolent of cassis with a hint of vanilla and chocolate.Who can resist Blue Mountain’s N/V Brut Sparkling wine. We couldn’t.We also made sure to stop by the Vancouver Island contingent to sample lovely drops from Averill Creek, Garry Oaks Winery, Merridale Ciderworks, Sea Cider, Rocky Creek Winery, Salt Spring Winery, Starling Lane, Victoria Spirits and Venturi-Schulze.Those in the know think Cab Franc is a signature grape for BC. To find out we had to try Nichol’s 2008 version. Very good indeed. You should’ve been there! EdibleseventsfestivalsFolksWinewineries 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 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 Main course / Recipes February 2, 2019 Fragrant Rice and Chicken Curry Recipe From the 2019 January | February Issue Serves 6-8 A combination of spicy, salty and savoury with just a touch of sweet, a good curry is one of my ... 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 Get Fresh January 18, 2018 Delicious Citrus “Citrus’s naughty by nature proclivities ensure an ever-expanding family tree.” It’s funny isn’t it, that flavours as zippy and ... Read More Sponsored / The Big Picture January 10, 2018 New Year, New Trends! Our 2018 Predictions From working closely with hundreds of chefs and restaurants across North America over the past 6 years, there’s no doubt that we pick up a thing or ... Read More Preserves / Sponsored October 13, 2017 Bonne Maman Partners with Toronto Shops for a Special Tasty Offering Ready to spread some joy throughout the GTA, jam producer Bonne Maman has partnered up with top artisan shops across Toronto for the 1st annual JAM ... Read More Comments are closed.