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.

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!

10th Annual North Saanich Food and Farm Festival, Aug 18-20, 2017

10 Years of the Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival is something to celebrate!  Join the festivities on Aug 18-20, 2017 for a great weekend of local food, music, farm-life, community history and, of course, bounty from land and sea. You will be surprised what you end up savouring, experiencing and taking home!!

Download brochure and map here. (Side 1 and Side 2 of brochure.)

This year the festival features many of the familiar and popular stops people have come to love, and there are some new and exciting additions to the circuit too.  The festival is part rural ramble and part celebration!  Seventeen diverse venues will open their doors to visitors and offer their specialties and seasonal delights.  Expect to find behind-the-scenes tours of farms and food venues, food samplings and cooking demonstrations, great music, educational talks from past and present, kids activities and farm animal fun, and much more.  It is no wonder the NSFFF has just been voted a finalist in the Peninsula News Review’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Farm Event.

In addition, two special events will take place during the festival that you will not want to miss:

  • Festival Launch Farm to Table Celebration  at The Fickle Fig cafe and market.  Friday, Aug 18. 6:00-10:00pm, Tickets $55, Seasonal 3-course farm-to-table dinner, accompanied by some of the best music of the region!  Click HERE for tickets!!
  • Community Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 9:30-11:30am, the field at Epicure, 10555 W.Saanich Rd. $8 adult, $5 kids.  Tickets at door.

A Simply deVine Pig Roast Party, Saturday June 24!!

If you’ve ever had roast pig on a spit, you know the succulent bliss!  If you haven’t, you are in for a real treat.  The Simply deVine Pig Roast Party (part of Strawberry Buzz Festival), takes place Saturday June 24, 1-4pm at deVine Vineyards and will truly be a feast of the senses!! (Buy online tickets here.) This locally sourced meal, prepared by Chef Mitchell Morse of The Fickle Fig, will feature ethically raised roast pig, home-baked brioche, two stunning side salads, and a strawberry dessert with our local berries.  Layer that with the fun festival sounds of one of the region’s best musical treats, Slim Sandy and Hillbilly Boopers, and situate it in the deVine vineyard perched high on the south-facing ridge overlooking the peninsula, and you are in for a fantastic start to summer!! Event cost is$30 and includes food and music.  Beverages will be available for purchase.   This event is a fundraiser for the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiative Roundtable.  

Strawberry Buzz Festival, June 24-25 – a seasonal celebration of flavour

Summer is on it’s way and so is the divine goodness of local strawberries!  For us here at Flavour Trails this means only one thing: the Saanich Peninsula Strawberry Buzz Festival, June 24 & 25!! Following in the footsteps of our previus Strawberries and Wine Festivals, the Strawberry Buzz Festival is part festival, part rural ramble, and has expanded to include more venues, more food and beverage sampling, more activities for young and old, and music throughout the weekend! Download map and brochure here and start planning!

In addition to all of the farms, wineries, cideries, distilleries, cafe’s and markets opening their doors/gates extra wide over the weekend, there will be two special events taking place, both fundraisers for the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiative Roundtable (CRFAIR):

Simply deVine Pig Roast. Saturday, June 24, 1-4pm at deVine Vineyard – $30 – Culinary and musical magic!  Succulent roast pig on a spit, drizzled with chef Mitchell Morse’s (The Fickle Fig) signature blueberry bbq sauce, served with home-made brioche bun, two stunning side salads, and topped with a local strawberry dessert. All of this while sipping drinks and overlooking the Saanich Peninsula and Haro Stait, and listening to the fresh-from-the-Montreal-Jazz-Festival sounds of “Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Beboppers”.  Price includes full meal and music.  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including the Muddled deVine Kiss, available at additional cost.   Purchase online tickets here.

Family Strawberry Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, June 25, 9-11am.  Dan’s Farm Market. $8adults/$kids.  No tickets required. This is not your average pancake breakfast, this is the real deal!! Home make pancakes piled high with local un-sprayed berries and sauce, topped even higher with whip cream and finished off with a sprig of mint.  You will be floating on cloud nine and ready to tackle the strawberry fields and fill up your freezers for winter!!


It’s Seedy Saturday time all across the region!

To eat well, plant well!  Now is the time of the year to dream and plan your garden.  And now is the time of year to get some local seeds at one of a number of Seedy Saturdays in the region.  What is Seedy Saturday?  Seedy Saturdays are buy/trade events for local seeds.  This is where you will find a wide array of locally grown, locally tested seeds that you can trust will give you the best crops for our region.  Using locally grown and in many cases heritage seeds is a fantastic way to preserve seed diversity in our world and try some new (old) varieties of fruits and vegetables that you might not find anywhere else.  And the TASTE IS AMAZING!!  Go check it out!  SAANICH SEEDY SATURDAY (@Haliburton Farm):  Jan 21, 2017, SALTSPRING SEEDY SATURDAY (@Farmer’s Institute, 351 Rainbow Road) Feb 11, 2017. , VICTORIA SEEDY SATURDAY (@Victoria Conference Centre):  Feb 18, 2017, SOOKE SEEDY SATURDAY (@Sooke Community Centre) Feb 25, 2017, COOBLE HILL SEEDY SATURDAY  Mar 11, 2017, DUNCAN SEEDY SUNDAY (@Cowichan Tribes) Mar 19, 2017


Salt Spring Apple Festival – Sunday Oct 2, 2016

Salt Spring Island Apple Festival – Sunday Oct 2, 2016
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Over 450 varieties of organic apples are grown on Salt Spring and Sunday, Oct 2, is your chance to taste and buy!!!  To participate in the festival, purchase your ticket at Fulford Hall (about 1 km from the Fulford ferry ) or Ganges Tourist Information Centre, receive your map and start your self-guided tour of 20 host farms. There are many events along the way and lots of fun and flavour to be had!  Tickets $10 adult, $5 students and kids are FREE. See Salt Spring Apple Festival website for all of the details.


Time to Savour Cowichan!!

Savour Cowichan Festival is on this weekend, Sep 30-Oct 1, and a great time to savour all that the Cowichan Valley has to offer food and wine/beer/cider/ spirits wise.  With over 40+ community events and two signature food/beverage extravaganzas, you will not be disappointed by what’s in store for you!  Barge On In (Sep 30) features the art and goodness of food grown, produced and prepared in the valley!  Octoberfest, Oct 1, takes a fun splash into beer/cider/spirits and gourmet pub food of the region.  For more info, visit the Savour Cowichan website.