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 November 28, 2017 6th Annual Herring Sale to Raise Funds for Fishermen Helping Kids With Cancer Finest At Sea Victoria will see the once a year arrival of 20,000 pounds of fresh herring. This one-day herring sale is a fundraiser for Fishermen ... Read More Events / Victoria November 2, 2017 Poutine With Purpose Everyone can get behind poutine and poutine for a good cause is just too good to pass up. Mealshare hosted Victoria’s inaugural Poutine With ... Read More Events / Sponsored / Victoria November 2, 2017 Tastes and Spirits Sampling Included at the 3rd Annual Victoria MidLife Show Saturday, November 18 at the Victoria Conference Centre The popular Tastes and Spirits sampling areas are back for their third year as part of the Victoria MidLife Show held at the Victoria Conference ... Read More Events October 26, 2017 Sip, Savour, Repeat It was a cold, wet and windy Oct 21st, but I was very happy to be at the Farmers Institute for Sip & Savour on Salt Spring Island after ... Read More 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 Comments are closed.