aanich Fair Veggie Section

It’s the 146th Saanich Fair!

146th Saanich Fair
Hee Haw, It’s Fair Time! (featuring the donkey)
Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2

The Saanich Fair celebrates its 146th year this Labour Day weekend at the Saanich Fairground in Saanichton. Lots to see and do! Horse shows, farm animals of all shapes and sizes, donkey parade, farmers’ market, fruit and veggies displays, giant pumpkin contest, midway, concessions and live entertainment – including local favourites Shaky Ground, The Archers and Chick Wagon.

Saanich Fairground
1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton
Phone: 250-652-3314
Website: www.saanichfair.ca

Admission and Hours
Saturday, Sunday: $11 Adults,  $8 Seniors/Youth,  Kids 6 and under FREE
Monday: $10 Adults,  $7 Seniors/Youth,  Kids 6 and under FREE
Free Parking!
Gates Open:  Saturday, Sunday 8am – 9pm; Monday, 8am – 6pm

Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast tickets on sale

The Fifth Annual Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast
Saturday, September 21, 2013 | Main Hall, Saanich Fairground
Supported by the North & South Saanich Agricultural Society and the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association

The fifth annual “Saanich Peninsula Harvest Feast” will be held at the Saanich Fairground on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  This annual community celebration of Peninsula food and farms features contributions from local farms – virtually all food has been grown or raised on the Saanich Peninsula within 10 km of the Saanich Fairground (with the exception of cranberries from Yellow Point).

The event will open with a wine and cider tastings from local vineyards and cideries. Celebrants will enjoy a hearty seasonal feast, followed by scrumptious desserts showcasing the diversity of fruit grown on the Peninsula – including magical lemon meringue pies made from North Saanich lemons. And, of course, the feast would not be complete without heavenly fresh–pressed apple juice from Farmer Phil!

This is a not-for-profit community event designed to be as affordable as possible for families and seniors, in order to encourage more people to use locally-grown foods in their everyday diets. This year, the focus is youth in agriculture, and net proceeds from the event will be donated to the 4-H. Local 4-H clubs make a  significant volunteer contribution to the Harvest Feast. Ticket prices are: Adults $25, children (12 and under), $10; a BYOP (“Bring Your Own Plate” – bring your own table setting) option is offered at $25 and $7. Tickets are on sale at Breadstuffs Bakery (Brentwood Bay), Fresh Cup Roastery Café (Saanichton) and The Roost Farm Centre (North Saanich). Get your tickets soon, as the event sells out quickly!

Photo by Erin Campbell.

The dinner strives to be a “zero-waste” event through recycling and composting. Food wastes are collected during food preparation and after dinner, and offered to several lucky local pigs. BYOP diners should bring their own kitchen dishes and clean them afterwards, or consider alternatives to paper plates, since they compost down much slower than other types, like bamboo. BYOP dishes should also be able to handle lots of hot food and steaming gravy!

The Feast is also looking for energetic volunteers to help with setup, food service and cleanup. Interested individuals should call 250-812-1312 or email feast@islandfarmfresh.com.

The event is supported by the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association and the North and South Saanich Agricultural Society.  The main course will be prepared by Zanzibar Café (Brentwood Bay). Other local restaurants and bakeries contribute by preparing desserts. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m.  For more information on the Harvest Feast, call 250-812-1312 or visit www.islandfarmfresh.com/harvestfeast.

Strawberries & Wine

It’s time for Strawberries and Wine! We’re busy organizing special tastings and culinary experiences to celebrate the Saanich Peninsula strawberry harvest – and local wines – on Saturday, June 15.  Drop by Muse Winery and Bistro or De Vine Vineyards for special offerings and strawberry treats. Eat out at the Brentwood Bay Resort or Zanzibar Cafe in Brentwood Bay, with special menu selections featuring Peninsula strawberries. Enjoy a morning at the North Saanich Farm Market or Peninsula Country Market and buy fresh-picked local strawberries for home. In fact, you could spend a whole day in strawberry world on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula – go to a farmers’ market, visit a winery and enjoy a meal… And of, of course, feel free to buy fresh strawberries any day of the week at your favourite farm stand.