Written By Gary Hynes Events / Places / Victoria Mar 21, 2014 WHAT A NIGHT: Culinaire 2014 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestLast night Crystal Garden rocked with a capacity crowd sipping and sampling their way through the food and drink offerings of fifty of Victoria and Vancouver Island’s top eateries, caterers, pubs, coffee roasters, breweries and wineries. If you wanted a big slice of what’s happening now – this was it.Guests arrived for two seatings – an early and a later seating – and had several hours to wander the two floors, talking to owners and chefs and tasting dishes from the area’s best.Chef Peter Zambri of Zambris was there dishing out Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake Coated with White Chocolate, Hazelnut & Strawberry Dust. Discovery Coffee had some their famous donuts (the Earl Grey Custard was awesome). Hudson’s on First served up delicate Halibut Gravadlax that was topped with lemon peel puree, Vancouver Island wasabi, pine nuts and dill oil – delicious and nicely complex for a small bite. And in the beer department Hoyne Brewing Company had their new Off The Grid red lager on tap to quell the thirst urgeOthers I liked included the colourful Natural Corned Beef Reuben Perogies with Pickled Beet Sour Cream from Bubby’s Kitchen; the Guild Freehouse’s large wedge of Stilton cheese served on housemade oak cakes; and the Marina’s S’mores made with hazelnut wafer, salted caramel marshmallow and dark chocolate cremieux.I also enjoyed the creatively presented Beef Brisket Meat Pie on a stick from Food For Thought Catering and PIG’s Pastrami Pogo – also on a stick. For something a little different Simon Manvell from Gordon Food Service had bites of fresh sturgeon (from Northern Divine) with parsnip, basil and hot crispy genoa salami. There were many more wonderful bites but by now my stomach had reached capacity.For drink: Sea Cider and Merridale poured their ciders, BC wines flowed and local breweries were in attendance. Marina sommelier Brooke Levie whipped up his Red Skye White Squall cocktails for anyone who asked—Beefeater 24 Gin, elderflower cordial, lemon, blood orange and Blanche de Chambly beer.Started in 2009 by Scott Gurney and Amy Pecorelli Culinaire has proven to be one of Victoria’s best and most popular food festivals. Enjoy the pics below (click to enlarge) and I hope to see you next year. Just make sure you get your tickets early as this event sells out quickly.Website BeerCiderCocktailsCoffeeCulinaireFoodMerridale Estate CideryVictoriaWine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Events / Victoria July 17, 2017 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Celebrates 20th Anniversary Pictured above: The first Feast of Fields Vancouver Island organizing committee. (Left to right) Sinclair Philip, Alfons Obererlacher, Mara Jernigan, ... Read More Events / First Look July 1, 2017 Up Island News & Buzz (July/August 2017) This past winter gave all of us extra appreciation for a much anticipated warm sunny Island summer; the lineup of food and drink festivals ahead is ... Read More Events / Okanagan June 22, 2017 Deconstructing Dani García and the Feast: Food and Film Festival Everyone loves popcorn and junky food before a movie, but arguably—or absolutely—better are hand-selected local bites and drinks. Patrons to ... Read More Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape Nowhere 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 ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More Comments are closed.