Bikemap - North Saanich

Bike map for North Saanich Food & Farm Festival!

Biking is a terrific way to see the North Saanich Food and Farm Festival!  North Saanich an excellent network of bike paths and trails that will hit most of the stops along the Flavour Trail.  Below is a CRD bike map of the region for you to plan your route!

All bike riders, especially youth, can enter to win prizes – – – Just stop by one of our Hot Spots at the North Saanich Farm Market, The Fickle Fig, Farm John’s at Epicure, or McTavish Academy of Art.

See you on the Flavour Trail!

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Kick-off BBQ and Music, Friday Aug 19 – – get your tickets now!

The Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival kicks off Friday Aug 19th with the ever popular BBQ Dinner and Music event at Muse Winery!  Get your tickets QUICKLY online at – – -Sales end Wednesday!! The evening will be a magic celebration of local music. food and wine, all taking place on the patios overlooking the vineyard.  Life doesn’t get better folks !!! Tickets are $30 (included full buffet dinner, dessert, coffee/tea) and must be purchased in advance. Music by amazing Victoria talents –Tad Ruszel and the Vested Interests!!maxresdefault


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North Saanich Food and Farm Festival, Aug 19-21, 2016!

The much anticipated and always popular Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival is here August 19-21, 2016!  This rural celebration of all things local, flavourful and fun is a must for young and old alike.  When we talk about “farm to table” this is where it starts – – with the growers, harvesters, vinters, chefs and producers of our region.  It is also on our local shores that we can understand what it means “when the tide is out, the table is set”. The richness of local food is all around us and this is a chance to explore and savour!!

Ride or drive the trail and take in the food and wine sampling, fresh produce, demonstrations and talks, music and art, animals and activities.  There is something for everyone!Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 12.52.35 PM


Peninsula Wine Fest + Strawberries & Wine Tour, July 9-10, 2016

The Peninsula Wine Fest + Strawberries & Wine Tour has arrived!  July 9-10, 2016, is the weekend to explore the Victoria countryside by bike or car and experience an exquisite mash-up celebrating the sweetness of our local strawberries with the divine, award-winning elixers of the region! Sip, savour, and take home culinary and drinking delights in two ways:  Explore the Strawberries & Wine Tour of farms, vineries/cideries/distilleries, restaurants, and/or purchase a ticket (limited availability) to the all-inclusive Peninsula Wine Fest, Saturday July 9, on the historic grounds of St. Stephen’s Church, Saanichton.

Strawberries & Wine Tour promises a delight of tastes from strawberry cocktails and sangria muddles,  to special edition elixirs, to wine pairings with savoury delicacies and sweet strawberry treats. Try it all and then buy and take home!  The Saanich Peninsula is home to an array of creative and superb world-class wines, ciders and spirits, and this is the weekend to be dazzled!  Do it by visiting the vineyards/orchards themselves or experience them all under one tent at the Peninsula Wine Fest! The event brings together fantastic drink, food, music and tickets are going very fast!  Click here to get yours.

Summer has arrived!!



Pit Cook at Tsawout. Photo by Klahowya (Flickr)

Explore the Flavours of WSANEC

Explore and experience the flavours of the WSANEC people!

Hoke, Earl Jr and J.B.

Hoke Holcomb, Earl Claxton Jr. and J.B. Williams.

September 19
Ethnobotany walk and talk at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (
with Earl Claxton Jr, J.B. Williams and Hoke Holcomb. Guided walking tour of the beautiful grounds of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.  Learn about cultural use of plants by the WSANEC peoples of the Saanich Peninsula. Earl and J.B. will also share stories and show related artifacts. Walking distance approximately 2 km (some elevation change).  Start time 1:00 p.m. (about 2½ hours). Rain or shine, be prepared for wet ground (you may need to dust off your wellies). Please register: Email or call 250-812-1312. Cost: $5.50 (entry fee to gardens). Free for HCP members. Maximum tour group size: 25. A project of Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails.
Click here to find out more about the Pacific Horticulture Centre (including how to get there).

HCP map


Pit Cook at Tsawout. Photo by Klahowya (Flickr)

Pit Cook at Tsawout. Photo by Klahowya (Flickr)

October 10
Explore the Flavours of WSANEC
Experience traditional cooking practices of loocal seafood and pit cooking with

with Elder Earl Claxton Jr. and J.B. Williams of the Tsawout First Nation
Presented by the UVic Environmental Studies ethnobotany class and Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails

at TIXEN (Cordova Spit) on the TSAWOUT FIRST NATION
on the sunny Saanich Peninsula (follow the signs)
TIXEN (Cordova Spit) is an environmental restoration area. Please consider carpooling or biking as there is limited parking.

Saturday, October 10, 2015
6:00 a.m. – for early birds! Help fan the flames!
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Closing of the pit
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Traditional stories and plant walk.  Setting up salmon bake, clams and bread on a stick.
12:30 pm. – 1:00 p.m.  Opening the pit, time to eat!

Pay by donation (suggested $10-$15).  Help spare the planet – please BYOD (Bring Your Own Dishes – plates, fork and a cup). This is a healthy sampling of a traditional pit cook including root vegetables, fire-baked salmon, clams, mussels and “bread on a stick”.

Please register at
Click here to learn more about the Tsawout First Nation



Gorge Garden

Urban Food-Garden Tour on September 12

Take the self-guided Urban Food-Garden Tour on September 12, and visit your choice of 14 diverse and inspiring home food gardens in Greater Victoria – back yards, front yards, allotments, boulevards.  Talk with home gardeners and expert-gardener volunteers about:
• Year-round food production at home
• Veggies, bees, chickens, fruit trees, mushrooms
• Soils, sustainable water use, community gardens, and more

City Centre Vegetable Garden

City Centre Vegetable Garden

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NEW! Two bicycle tours from Victoria Cycle Adventures!
Long route (46 Km): Starts at coffee shop on Menzies, ends at Spinnakers.
Short Route (12 Km): Starts at Emily Carr House, ends in Ferndale.

Click here to download the Urban Food-Garden Tour brochure!

Urban Food-Garden Tour
Saturday, September 12, 10 am-4 pm
Victoria-Saanich-Oak Bay-Esquimalt

Tickets $15 (under 15 free) at:
• GardenWorks
• Haliburton Farm stands at Moss St Market, the Hudson Public Market, Oaklands Market
• or email

This event is a fundraiser for sustainable food production, local and global:
• Haliburton Community Farm’s food box program
• 1UP-Single Parent Resource Centre
• Hleketani Community Garden, Limpopo, South Africa


Urban Food-Garden Tour Sponsors