Saanich Organics at the Market

Exhibitors Look Forward to Get Ready Get Local Vancouver Island!

Exhibitors are excited by the opportunity to network with consumers and other potential industry partners at Vancouver Island’s newest local food and sustainable agriculture expo. Get Ready, Get Local showcases Vancouver Island food, and the farmers, ranchers and fishers that produce it, alongside local food artisans, craft brewers, vintners, recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders.  Get Ready, Get Local also offers workshops, training, education and resources to help you or your business connect to local food and sustainable agriculture on Vancouver Island.

Are you a locovore, foodie, food activist, aspiring farmer, backyard gardener, or food artisan? Or a food professional, chef, farmer, brewer, vintner, distiller, rancher, fisher, maker, chef, retailer, or non-profit group?  Link to our Eventbrite registration pages through our event website to buy your ticket to our public marketplace and workshops or sign up for an exhibitor booth.

Saanich Organics at the MarketRobin Tunnicliffe, Saanich Organics
“Saanich Organics is a farmer-run, local organic produce marketing business that has been thriving for over 20 years.  We’re looking to meet folks who are excited about the potential for local organic food, and to make partnerships to get our produce into their hands.  We’re hoping that Get Ready, Get Local will give us a chance to reach out to people whom we haven’t met. We enjoy working with chefs and grocers to tailor our offerings to their needs. We also do home delivery of produce for families.  We’re always trying new things and we’re looking forward to showcasing the bounty of our farms.”

Jenny Horn, VIUJenny Horn, Vancouver Island University
“If you are a farmer, fisher or food processor looking for education or training, or if you have some expertise that you would like to share (or perhaps a potential field trip or internship site) then be sure to stop by and visit Jenny Horn at the Vancouver Island University (VIU) booth to enter our draw and explore the possibilities. The “Get Ready Get Local” expo provides just the opportunity that VIU is looking for to identify and connect with potential students and instructors who are interested in local food systems and sustainable production and processing. As the Cowichan Center for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Security/sustainability takes shape, VIU is building its education and research programs and would very much value input from the community on topics of interest for students, and also to identify the expertise that is resident in the Islands region. Look for the VIU or the Slow Food Vancouver Island banners that will mark our table at the event!”

The Apple BoxChrista Atherton, The Apple Box
“We are so excited to be invited to this event! We will take the opportunity to step out of our Commercial Kitchen & Retail Shop on 1725 Cook Street & introduce ourselves, connect with all the busy people in Victoria that need healthy food on the go! Excited to socialize and meet more seasonal local farmers, producers and growers, in turn bridging the gap between Victoria’s farms and tables with our frozen locally-sourced meals!”



Get Ready Get Local – Local Food and Sustainable Agriculture Expo
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | Victoria Conference Centre
11am-3pm | Admission $5

Co-hosted by the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), FarmFolk CityFolk and the Island Chefs Collaborative (ICC). Get Ready, Get Local is a festival with a mission, using its net proceeds to support the work of it’s non-profit partners–CRFAIR, the Island Chefs’ Collaborative and FarmFolk CityFolk.

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Get Ready Get Local Vancouver Island!

Get Ready Get Local image

Local food champions Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (CRFAIR), FarmFolk CityFolk and the Island Chefs’ Collaborative (ICC) are joining forces to present Get Ready, Get Local, a new local food and sustainable agriculture expo for Vancouver Island.  The event will showcase Island foods, and the farmers, ranchers and fishers that produce it, alongside local food artisans, craft brewers, vintners, recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders including home food and garden professionals.

Capturing the energy and enthusiasm driving the local food movement on Vancouver Island, Get Ready, Get Local seeks to address specific business needs of local producers and buyers through networking and marketing opportunities and targeted workshops, and providing them with an opportunity to market their amazing local food products and services to a engaged public through a public marketplace.

CRFAIR coordinator Linda Geggie is excited to work with FarmFolk CityFolk and the ICC on this venture: “We have common goals of building a sustainable local food economy and believe we can help build Island food businesses by creating industry and public networking opportunities like this.”

Get Ready, Get Local will also give the public a chance to “get local” with opportunities to sign up for a community-supported agriculture (CSA) box, orient themselves with their local farmers’ markets, or attend workshops on how to make the most out of the local food bounty, including preserving the harvest, backyard chickens and edible landscaping, for example.

Get Ready, Get Local will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Victoria Conference Centre.  The public marketplace will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (admission $5), followed by an industry-only reception from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  For more information visit the event website Advance tickets and tradeshow registration available through Eventbrite (Get Ready Get Local Vancouver Island).

For more information, call 250-880-1317 or email

SIp & Savour Sidney

Sip & Savour the Tastes of the Saanich Peninsula

SIp & Savour Sidney

Are you a foodie?  Looking to find out what’s cooking on the Saanich Peninsula?  Interested in the our local beverage industry? Then, Sip & Savour Sidney will pique your interest!  Join us on Thursday, March 27th 6-10PM at the Mary Winspear Centre to enjoy all the deliciousness in one place.

On this evening, you can begin in the wine reception where you have the opportunity to taste beverages from Peninsula producers: Muse Winery, Domaine Rochette, Highland House, Sea Cider, de Vine Vineyards, Victoria Spirits, Dragonfly Hill Vineyard, Symphony Vineyards.

SIP them alone or pair with tastes from Pure Lovin’ Chocolate, The Little Cheese Shop, and Melinda’s Biscotti while you listen to the wandering minstrel, Charlie Burton.

Following this, move into the banquet hall to SAVOUR a gourmet buffet dinner created by Red Seal Chef, Graham Little.  An outstanding menu of vegetables, fruits, meats and seafoods grown on the Saanich Peninsula by Michell’s Farm, Kildara Farms, Red Barn Market and others.  Accompanied by the unique dulcet tones of the Craig Henderson Trio.


Cold Food:
West Coast Decorated Salmon Display with local smoked seafood and shellfish
Saanich Peninsula Baked Breads from the Roost Bakery
B.C. Gold Potato Salad with a Dijon Dressing
Spring Mix salad greens with local Kiwi and Blackberry Vinaigrette
Roasted Vegetable and Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Apple & Cabbage Salad

Hot Food:
Mashed B.C. Golden Potatoes with roasted garlic and parmesan cheese
Sauteed Saanich Peninsula Spring Vegetables including Carrots, Turnips, Zuccini, Swiss chard and Cauliflower
Oven Roasted Herb Peninsula Chicken with Tangy Orange BBQ Glaze
B.C. Wild Mushroom Ravioli with a creamy garlic sauce
Savoury Beef . Cubed, Roasted and Simmered in V.I. Brewery Pale Ale, Michel Bros. Carrots and Savoury Herb Gravy

Dessert & Coffee:
Fruit & Berry Shortcake featuring Saanich Peninsula Strawberries, Blackberries, and Kiwis. Fair trade coffee and tea service from Level Ground Trading.

Tickets are $55 per person (advance purchase only) available through the Mary Winspear Centre box office.  For more information, please visit the Sip & Savour website.

Sip a little then Savour a lot …. a remarkable evening you don’t want to miss!

Sea Cider Apples

It’s Apple Day at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse!

Apple Day @ Sea Cider Farm and Cider House
Sunday, September 29 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Free Admission!
2487 Mt. St. Michael Road, Saanichton
Phone 250-544-4824 | email |

You’re invited! Sea Cider is celebrating Apple Day with an Open House on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Free Admission!

“The apple harvest is upon us and we are celebrating with ‘Apple Day,’ and an open house on Sunday, September 29th.  Join us at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse for this family event and experience the beauty of our orchard and the apples at harvest time. Guests are invited to explore the orchard and learn about cider making, with guided tours hosted by owner Kristen Jordan. We’ll have lots of fun family activities: A Scavenger Hunt, Apple Bobbing, Apple Decorating, an Apple Pie Contest & more!

“Complimentary glasses of sparkling cider will be offered on arrival, as well as glasses of non-alcoholic sparkling apple juice and our catering partners Truffles Catering and Food For Thought Catering will be providing apple inspired food items paired with Sea Cider’s line-up of award winning ciders. Tickets for food items and additional cider samples can be purchased at the event.  We are excited to provide an opportunity to taste our newest cider release at the event – A Canadian first: Hopped Cider!

“The Sweet Lowdown will be in the house! Winners of the 2013 “Island Roots Album of the Year” (Vancouver Island Music Awards), Blending original songwriting and three-part harmonies with an old-time instrumental groove, this award-winning acoustic roots trio from Victoria, B.C. creates a unique yet timeless sound that takes listeners on a pleasurable and memorable journey. Sea Cider offers an intimate venue and the perfect backdrop to sit back and be entertained.

“George and his crew from Pressing Matter will be here with their mobile presser! They are a mobile juice factory, offering a service that can rinse, slice, press, pasteurize and package, all in one modern system. They provide sterile processing with high-tech equipment, innovative flash pasteurization and convenient “Bag in Box” packaging that can be safely stored without refrigeration for up to a year without compromising flavour. Partial Proceeds from their service will go towards LifeCycles Project Society. Cost: Under 100 Litres: $ 8.50 per box; Over 100 Litres: $ 6.50 per box.  Learn more about them by visiting their website:”

NSFM pitcook poster

North Saanich Farm Market Hosts Pit Cooks!

The North Saanich Farm Market is pleased to host a Traditional (and Contemporary!) Foods Pit Cook at the North Saanich Farm Market on Saturday, September 21.  “There is no better example of food security and careful husbanding of resources than can be found among the First Nations people.  We’re thrilled to have the participation of Elders and other members of three local Coast Salish tribes: John Bradley (JB) Williams and Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout) will contribute storytelling and oral traditions, and the barbequing of salmon and clams;  members of the Tseycum nation, including the new chief, Vern Jacks, will contribute venison for the cook, and traditional local history and name places; Brenda Beckwith will be making bannock.”

The special market event will include 3 fire pits:

  • A Traditional Pit assembled and started the night before (Friday) to cook venison and camas bulbs for about 16 hours (monitored throughout the night by experienced UVic students who will have hoses and fire extinguishers at hand)
  • A Contemporary Food Pit assembled and started first thing Saturday morning (about 8:30-9:30, when the market opens) to cook local root vegetables (beets, potatoes, onions, garlic, squash…) for approximately 4 hours
  • An open fire in a shallow pit to barbeque salmon, clams, etc., as well as the bannock.

All the pits will be opened and the food served after the market closes for the day, between 12:30 and 1:30 pm. During the market, there will be storytelling, oral traditions and local history, Community map-making, a seminar on cordage making (with nettle and cattail) and more. Participation in all of the above, including sampling the food when the pits are opened, is by donation. The event is supported in part by a grant from VanCity.

NSFM pitcook poster

Butchart Gardens Harvest Feast Poster

Butchart Gardens Harvest Feast for Passholders

There’s more to Butchart Gardens than flowers and fireworks! Butchart Gardens is offering its 12-month passholders a special Harvest Feast in the Blue Poppy Restaurant on Sunday, September 22.  The sumptuous feast includes:

  • Assorted “amuse-bouche” served at your table.
  • A selection of salads, including Sun Wing “on the vine” tomato caprese and Saanich Organics mixed greens with aged balsamic vinaigrette accompanied by house made breads and buns served with flavoured butter.
  • A main course introduced with Saanich Peninsula corn and herb roasted baby potatoes, followed by a diverse offering of protein – baby back ribs, Cowichan Valley rotisserie chicken, Salt Spring Island mussels, glazed pork belly and cedar plank wild salmon.
  • Desserts from the in-house bakery, including individual apple pies, pumpkin and white chocolate mousse, mince meat tarts and more…

For a complete description of the evenings menu, review the poster below. Reservations are required – call 250-652-4422 (extension 320).  Tickets $39 plus tax.  Registration begins at 5:30 pm, dinner served at 6 pm.

Butchart Gardens Harvest Feast Poster

1435 Mount Newton Cross Road

Saanich Organics: Come to a party cooler than most!

Long table Fundraiser Dinner for a New Walk-in Cooler
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Farm tour @ 4p.m. Dinner @ 5:30 p.m.
1438 Mt Newton Cross Road, Saanichton

On September 15 Saanich Organics is hosting a long table dinner in the Mount Newton Valley to help raise funds for a new walk-in cooler – it’s promised to be “a party much cooler than most.” It will be a long table dinner with food grown on-site and deliciously prepared by chef Amy Loewen with bartending by her charming husband Vince.  Ali from Spinnakers is preparing truffles: white chocolate and dandelion truffle, dark chocolate basil & mint truffle and sweet tomato sorbet.  Flowers grown and arranged by Brian Stretch will decorate the tables.

“Not only will it be a wonderful afternoon and evening of amazing food, but you’ll be supporting our recent expansion that is allowing us to grow more good food for our community.”

There’s a farm tour planned for  4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50, available at Niagara Grocery or at Saanich Organics tables at Moss Street Market, James Bay Market or the Wednesday market at the Hudson (11am – 3 pm).  Tickets also available by phone at 250-818-5807.

1435 Mount Newton Cross Road