Flavour Trail Bike Tour

Go Electric on the Strawberry Cycle!

Go Electric! Join TIDES and Pedego Victoria for a Sunday electric bicycle “Strawberries & Wine” tour on the Saanich Peninsula.  Come explore the farms, markets and wineries on two wheels! Ride your own bicycle or try a classic electric bicycle to cruise in comfort.

Starting and finishing at the Roost Farm Centre in North Saanich, with plenty of parking, the ride will travel the country roads of the Peninsula to visit up to six farms/markets and two wineries featuring local strawberries. This will be a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride with lots of time to experience the farm and winery stops. The ride is approximately 20KM. Riders will meet at the Roost Farm Centre at 12PM, returning by about 4:30PM. The participant fee for this escorted and fully supported ride is $49.00 per person, taxes included, using your own bike OR $99.00 per person on a Pedego electric bike.  Have lunch at the Roost Farm Centre, either bring your own picnic or purchase lunch from our host.

For more information/registration, please contact Steve at TIDES, The Island’s Destination & Event Service.  Telephone: 250-999-2997 – Email: info@TIDESgroup.com – TIDES website: www.TIDESgroup.com

Participants must wear a helmet and obey all traffic regulations. Participants will be required to complete an event waiver form.

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 www.getreadygetlocal.com 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.

Get Ready Get Local image

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 www.getreadygetlocal.com. Advance tickets and tradeshow registration available through Eventbrite (Get Ready Get Local Vancouver Island).

For more information, call 250-880-1317 or email vifeast@farmfolkcityfolk.ca.

Flavour Trails 2013

Flavour Trails 2015

Flavour Trails 2013

We are please to announce dates for our two main summer events for 2015! An expanded Strawberries and Wine Festival will be held weekend of June 20-21. More information will be available on our website in April. This year the District of North Saanich is celebrating its Jubilee, so we will are organizing a special North Saanich Jubilee Flavour Trail & Wine Fest for the weekend of August 21-23. Look for new activities like the Saturday morning Pancake Breakfast at Jubilee Park, zucchini racing at the North Saanich Farm Market and a special farm pizza and wine night at the Roost Farm Centre! More details available in June.

Saanich Harvest Days Celebrates Local Food and Agriculture

Join in a celebration of Saanich food and agriculture on the weekend of September 12-14, 2014! Discover what Saanich farms and wineries have to offer – talk with a farmer, learn about agriculture in the city, sample locally made wines and cider, buy fresh seasonal produce and more! The weekend kicks off with a special dinner celebrating the local harvest at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific (HCP) on Friday, September 12, starting at 5 pm. “The fall feast menu is a celebration of the culinary ingredients we are so fortunate to have supplied locally. Nourish Bistro will be showcasing herbs and veggies right from the grounds at HCP as well as neighbouring peninsula farms.” Tickets are $30 and are available through the HCP – call 250-479-6162. For more information about the weekend, visit our Saanich Harvest Days page.

Strawberries and Wine Festival

Celebrate Solstice on the Saanich Peninsula!

Strawberries and Wine FestivalCelebrate summer solstice on the Saanich Peninsula at the 2nd Annual Strawberries and Wine Festival on Saturday, June 21 – over 30 venues across the beautiful Peninsula landscape. Join a celebration of local June strawberries and our burgeoning Peninsula wineries.  The event features a diversity of experiences and flavours reflecting the skills and devotion of our farmers, vintners and chefs.  Visit a farm or a farmers’ market to buy fresh-picked strawberries – or pick your own. Stop by a winery to sample quality local wines paired with strawberry delights. Eat at a local restaurant and savour special strawberry fare created to celebrate the iconic red berry. Stay at a Sidney hotel offering special Strawberry and Wine rates. And on Sunday, ride our special Strawberry Cycle! For information about festival activities, hours and locations, visit our festival webpages on this site. Festival maps available online and at participating venues.

June 14 Seafood Festival at TSAWOUT

Seafood Festival 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
TIXEN (also known as Cordova Spit)
TSAWOUT, Saanich Peninsula
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The event is a day of education on seafood, and learning the importance of harvesting these foods so they can be incorporated into our daily diet. Everyone is welcome. There is a suggested price of $20 per seafood plate to help cover the food costs for this seafood extravaganza. Food and activities include: Seafood Feast, Traditional Pit Cooking, First Salmon Ceremony, Arts & Crafts, Traditional Plant Tour and Drumming & Singing. Everyone Welcome! For more information, download the attached Seafood Festival 2014 poster or visit the event website at http://www.tsawout.com/seafood-festival.

Want to ask a question? Contact the office…
Phone: 250-652-9101
Email: reception@tsawout.ca

Fresh Strawberries in Hand

Announcing Strawberries and Wine 2014!

Fresh Strawberries in Hand
Celebrate the first day of summer on the Saanich Peninsula with a fete of local strawberries and wines!  Saanich Peninsula farmers produce lots of juicy red June strawberries, a historical feature of our agricultural landscape.  In more recent years, the Peninsula has supported development of locally-produced and award-winning wines and ciders.  We’re celebrating these two local indulgences together on a one-day Strawberries and Wine Festival on Saturday, June 21, 2014.  There will special activities to explore and a diversity of tastes to experience. You can buy fresh-picked berries direct at local farm or at the North Saanich Farm Market or Peninsula Country Market – or maybe you’ll want to pick your own!  Enjoy a Peninsula by car or bike and visit wineries where you can sample local wines paired with fresh strawberry delights and buy bottles of wine or cider for enjoyment at home!  Dine at a local restaurant and delight in  special foods featuring local strawberries. Dance the dance the night away at the Strawberry Boogie Woogie Revival community dance in Brentwood Bay!  If you’re from out of town, why not make a weekend of it and experience the diversity of all the Saanich Peninsula has to offer. Stay and play at a hotel in Sidney by the Sea featuring special Strawberry & Wines rates. We’ll have more details about these special activities posted on the website on May 24, so stay tuned!