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 Artisan / Drink / Events / Food / Food Events / Victoria May 21, 2019 The Cheese and Meat Festival When the sun’s out and gorgeously beating down on a weekend mid-May, people in Victoria require an exceptional reason to stay inside for a few ... 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 Drink / Events / Press Release April 3, 2019 EAT NORTH AND FAIRMONT EMPRESS PRESENT DRAGS BENNY: AN EXCITING BRUNCH SUPPORTING VICTORIA PRIDE Eat North is pleased to announce that it will be bringing its unique concept Drags Benny,a lively pop-up drag brunch in support of Canadian Pride ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Comments are closed.