Written By Treve Ring Libations / Wine Festivals Jun 9, 2011 Tofino Food & Wine Festival – Splendour in the Gardens SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestI can’t say I’m really the outdoorsy type. I’m a west coast girl, revere our natural environment and its inhabitants and think the shores of Ucluelet and Tofno are heaven on earth. That said, I’m also a city girl, creature for comforts (like showers, internet and flush loos) and appreciative of the finest things in life – wine.The Tofino Food & Wine Festival is the one event annually where my west coast and urban halves unite as one complete whole. Now in its 9th year, the festival is a weekend long event, and this time the culmination of a months’ worth of feasts: tastings and events celebrating what is local and good. The main event – Grazing in the Gardens – is entirely en plein air, rain or shine (though trust me, it’s always sunny). Guests make their way through the meandering rainforest paths of Tofino’s Botanical Garden, happening upon surprise sustenance stations. I found Blue Mountain past the hippy bus. La Stella and Le Vieux Pin were next door to the giant monkey head. Rocky Creek and Lake Breeze were sheltered in the shadow of the shipwreck. I kept my eye out for alligators while loading up on freshly shucked oysters, and shimmy shaked to wandering minstrels while balancing my bbq’d slider.The hot sun shone down on the happy crowd – a mix from curious tourists to surf chasers to fine-things-in-life following west coast wineos, like me.**The Tofino Wine & Food Festival is centered around Grazing in the Gardens, but there are also dinners, lunches and other tasting events planned throughout the weekend. If you can catch a spot at The Wickaninnish Inn’s Wine Dinner, do, as their culinary team showcases a different local winery (this year was CedarCreek) and sells out every year. If you want to enjoy both the luxuries of peace and a resort, book into Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort, a stunning, coast caressing architectural achievement. A shuttle conveniently runs between here (plus other Tofino locations) and the main event at the Gardens. Tofinowine festival SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like 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 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 Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.