Seedy Saturday

Victoria Seedy Saturday coming… February 16

Victoria’s premier seed and garden event is coming February 16! There will be 16 educational speakers, gardening workshops, a seed and book exchange, over 70 seed and garden related vendors, door prizes, cafe and children’s area. Come rub shoulders with fellow gardeners (seasoned and aspiring), ask questions from the experts, and prepare for the growing season ahead. Especially good to fuel spring daydreaming!

DATES: February 16, 2019

TIME: 10 am to 4 pm

VENUE: Victoria Conference Centre


ADMISSION: $8 per person (includes all workshops and speakers)

Experiencing food with all of the senses!

Farm to table dinners are glorious!  You know that when you sit down at that long, linen-clad table graced with country flowers and the sweet smells of summer,  you are going to be honoured with the most delicious, in-season, locally sourced food around.

And what if we took that one step further?  What if with that glorious food, you met the growers who grew it and the hands that made it?  What if you heard the stories of the people, place and passion that brought it to your table?  And what if these “people”, these farmers, were also chefs?  Would the food not take on a life of its own?  Would the stories not feed the flavours?

And what if you situated this scene along the edges of vineyard reaching ripeness?  With sultry jazz of a local chartreuse?  Would all of your senses be singing in delight?

Ah, the answers to these
questions are ones to ponder! And the GALA Farm to Table festival launch dinner of the North Saanich Flavour Trails Festival might just be the place to answer them.  4-course, 5 farmer/chefs, Deep Cove Winery, Christina Helene jazz.  $65.  Wine for sale. Tickets here at:  Brown Paper Tickets

12th Annual North Saanich Flavour Trails Festival Aug 16-18, 2019

Mark your calendars for the FREE, award winning North Saanich Flavour Trails Festival on August 16-18, 2019! Experience a fantastic weekend of local food, music, farm-life, community history and, of course, bounty from land and sea. Part rural ramble, part celebration, the North Saanich Flavour Trails Festival is a weekend festival that lets you explore what is being grown, harvested, made and served on the peninsula!!

This year’s venues and activities offer an array of tastes, learning opportunities, fun for all ages and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the rich working life of our growers and makers.

From watching ancient grain mills at work, to sipping local wines in the vineyard, or sampling roasted local meats hot off the spit, there is so much to savour.  You’ll marvelling at what working sheep dogs can do and be overtaken by the mischievous cuteness of baby goats, ducks or miniature donkeys.  There is so much to explore and experience!   It is no surprise the festival continues to be a favourite in the Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Farm Event. 

This year’s planning is still in the works. Download last year’s brochure and map below,

Beyond two full days of free activities, the festival hosts two special events that you will not want to miss:

  • GALA Festival Launch Farm to Table Feast:  Deep Cove Winery Friday, Aug 16, 2019 6-10 pm. Tickets $65, Seasonal 4-course farm-to-table dinner from the farmers and chefs of the Flavour Trail and accompanied by some of the best music of the region!
  • Community Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 9:30-11:30am, the field at Epicure, 10555 W.Saanich Rd. $8 adult, $5 kids.  Tickets at door.

Spring is “springing” for Victoria Seedy Saturday, Feb 17!

After what seemed like a monsoon of a winter, the bright sunny days that are gracing us this February are reminders that spring is around the corner and that means “growing season”!!
If you haven’t already tucked some seeds into seedling trays on your window sill, this is the time to do it.  It’s also the time o start dreaming, planning and geting all of your seeds for your full summer and fall garden . . . And Victoria’s Seedy Saturday is the place to do it!!  Local seeds, from local farmers, with local knowledge.  It’s a triple win!  Local seeds mean better yields because the plants are adapted to the micro climates we live in.  And to top it all off, Seedy Saturday is ABSOLUTELY FUN!  There are demos, workshops, prizes and much more.

When: Saturday, Feb 17, 10:00-3:00pm

Where: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street

Cost: $7 — under 16 free.


Fall and Winter Farmer Markets: all-season harvest!

The longer nights and shorter days may be upon us and you may think this is it for the farm-market season, but the farthest is from the truth!  Growing, harvesting and production of food in the region is a year-round endeavour and although a number of farmers markets have closed for the season, many continue late in the fall or right through the year.

This might be the best time to check out markets you have never visited and experience the flavour of a different season or a different grower/maker!

Here is a list of great local markets still going strong:


Salt Spring Markets (Tuesday Market – 2-6pm Fulford Harbour, and Saturday Market 9am-4pm Ganges)

Metchosin Market (Sundays 11am-2pm)


Esquimalt Farmers Market (indoor at Esquimalt Rec Centre, Thursdays Sep 28 – Nov 9, 4:30-7:30)

Moss Street Market (winter market, Nov-April, Fairfield Community Centre – Garry Oak Room, Saturday 10am-noon)

Oaklands West-Coast Winter Market (one day only, Dec 2, 10am-4pm, Oaklands Community Centre)

Duncan Farmers Market (open year round, Saturdays, Apr-Oct 9am-2pm, Nov-Mar 10am-2pm)

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Urban Food Garden Tour, Sept 9, 2017

Ever been curious what people grow in their yards and how?  Ever wanted to ask questions about the nitty gritty of it and learn from those who are growing food in small and big urban spaces?  The Victoria Urban Food-Garden Tour on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 is where you want to be!!  This year there are 14 inspiring and diverse home food gardens to choose from — front yards, back yards, allotments, boulevards. From artichokes to zucchini, bees to quail.  The tour spans Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay and Esquimalt, and encompasses a real spectrum of spaces and gardens.  You will be inspired and impressed!

Visits Victoria Urban Food-Garden Tour website for full information and tickets.  Tickets are $15 (kids under 19 free).  There are also 4 bonus free stops/activities on the tour that can be visited without a ticket.  The tour is an awareness-raiser and fundraiser for food security local and global.


Canada 150 Pancake & Crepe Breakfast fundraiser, Sunday Aug 20, 9:30-11:30!

Oh my, oh my!  Blueberry season is almost over, but not before we have a grand old celebratory Canada 150 Pancake & Crepe Breakfast with these juicy little morsels.

Grab your kids, your neighbours, your friend and family, and come on down to this great North Saanich Food and Farm Festival special event taking place on the Epicure field (10555 West Saanich Rd.) on Sunday, Aug 20, 9:30-11:30am.   Blueberry pancakes and crepes loaded high with seasonal local berries and real whipped creme, face-painting, music and Sheep Herding dog trials starting right afterwards – – – what more can you ask for?!!  Adult $8/ Kids $5.  This is a fundraiser for CRFAIR’s GoodFood2025 campaign to increase the amount of food grown in the Capital Region to 25% by year 2025 (from 5-10% now) and decrease household food insecurity by half.


Brochure and Map for North Saanich Food and Farm Fest, Aug 18-20, 2017!

The brochure and map for the North Saanich Food and Farm Fest are hot off the press and being distributed throughout the region!  Grab yours at one of many local businesses, recreation centres and public buildings, and tourism offices.  You can also just download here and start planning your route!  (Side 1 and Side 2 of brochure)

This self-led Flavour Trail will lead you to a diversity of venues hosting farm tours, cooking and making demonstrations, kids activities, instructional talks, music and, of course, lots of opportunities to sample and buy delicious things to enjoy and take home.  Along with the many popular stops from past years, such as

  • North Saanich Farm Market
  • Fruit Trees and More
  • Russell Nursery
  • West Coast Canine Academy Sheep Herding
  • Farmer John’s Market
  • Snowden House
  • The Fickle Fig
  • Holy Trinity Church and Cemetery Players
  • Cartref Garden
  • Melinda’s Biscotti
  • 10 Acres Farm
  • Dominion Brook Park
  • CFIA Centre for Plant Health
  • and the Flavour Cycle

. . . this year we also have

  • Country Wools, featuring sheep communication, wool textile crafts, and lamb meat/sausages
  • Gem O’ The Isle Blacksmithing demonstration and metal sales by a young and talented blacksmith Mika Verduin
  • Tseycum Nation traditional indigenous teas and foods (accompanying the shoreline talk by elder Marilyn Olsen-Page)
  • Julien Creperie Company offering savoury and sweet crepes from locally sourced produce.

See you on the Flavour Trail on Aug 18-20, 2017!