Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Food Events Dec 9, 2011 Weekend Planner: Dec 9 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPhoto left: Grapes at Muse Winery image by Linda Dagg. Photo right: Latte image courtesy of Union Pacific CoffeeThere’s so much to do this weekend that I’ve provided two options for Friday night.If you are up for a drive out of town (and have a designated driver) check out Merridale Cider’s www.merridalecider.com event “The Christmas Spirit” launching their brand new fruit based vodka “Frizz”. Tickets are $29 and include appetizers, vodka sampling and a cocktail of your choice. The farmhouse store will be open, with shelves full of culinary delights, local art, Christmas baking and lots of ciders so you will be able to sip, sample and shop at your leisure. Plus, everyone at the party will be given the opportunity to purchase bottles of the not-yet-released Frizz. Event runs from 7 – 9 PM.Stay in town and enjoy “A Sentimental Christmas” presented by the Victoria Symphony. This concert is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas mood, featuring local singing sensation Emily Braden, at the Royal Theatre at 8 PM. Drop into The Black Hat, Chef Sam Chalmers’ (Bistro 28) newest restaurant downtown on Langley Street, for drinks and small plates before or after the show. With a raw bar ranging from steak tartare to ceviche, charcuterie boards and mussels in a maple chipotle cream sauce, there’s lots to choose from.Take to the road on Saturday and head out to Muse Winery in North Saanich for their annual “A Christmas Inspired” event. Held from 11 AM – 5 PM, this event features work by seven well- known local artists (who will be on-site during the event). The tasting room will be open throughout the show for sampling and there will be a wide selection of wine-inspired gift baskets available to purchase for holiday gift-giving.Plan to have an early dinner in Sidney; there are lots of great restaurants to choose from. You might want to try Haro’s Restaurant and Bar at the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa. With sweeping views and menus that “change seasonally but speak locally”, you can enjoy choices like bacon, squash and chestnut risotto with Cowichan Valley Chicken breast.Then head over to “The Magic of Christmas” at Butchart Gardens. The garden is decorated with tens of thousands of lights, seasonal greenery and Christmas displays along with entertainment and a skating rink open to visitors. This perennial favourite is now in its twenty-fifth year.Speaking of skating, on Sunday why not head downtown for a skate at Victoria’s open-air skating rink in Centennial Square.Open Sundays from 11 AM – 5 PM with a modest entrance and skate rental fee, this is a great way to experience Christmas in the city. Next, take a walk through Chinatown and check out some of the vintage and specialty stores, great places to pick-up stocking stuffers. Time for a hot beverage so head through Dragon Alley to the Union Pacific Coffee Company on Herald Street (halfway between Government and Store Street). This is a great coffee shop with fabulous baked goods, yummy sandwiches like the Killer Tomato Cheese Croissant, homemade soups, breakfast items and daily specials. You have your choice of JJ Bean Fair Trade Organic coffee (try the French press for two), Tazo tea served in a beautiful teapot and hot chocolate. Great room with family style table seating, warm wood and old brick. Open Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM.Have a great weekend! EdibleseventsFolksVictoriaweekend 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 26, 2023 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale – November 24 & 25, 2023 For the ninth year in a row, Rancho Vignola is setting up its Vancouver Island Harvest Sale here at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Many of you ... Read More Recipes July 3, 2023 May|June Cover Recipe : Polenta Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote and Lemon Mascarpone Cream A creative take on traditional strawberry ... Read More Recipes March 6, 2023 March April Cover Recipe : Lemony Leek Cod Cakes The unpretentious and delicious fish cake gets an upgrade with chunks of fresh cod, tangy lemon zest, and creamy, sautéed ... Read More Main course / Recipes / Salad November 1, 2022 Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Steak Salad All the flavours of southeast Asia are contained in this colourful, crunchy, and protein-rich ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — A Memory of Lemon Pudding Sweet Endings September ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — Chocolate Custard Cake Sweet Endings September ... Read More Comments are closed.