Seedy Saturday

Victoria Seedy Saturday coming… February 16

Victoria’s premier seed and garden event is coming February 16! There will be 16 educational speakers, gardening workshops, a seed and book exchange, over 70 seed and garden related vendors, door prizes, cafe and children’s area. Come rub shoulders with fellow gardeners (seasoned and aspiring), ask questions from the experts, and prepare for the growing season ahead. Especially good to fuel spring daydreaming!

DATES: February 16, 2019

TIME: 10 am to 4 pm

VENUE: Victoria Conference Centre

LOCATION: Map

ADMISSION: $8 per person (includes all workshops and speakers)

Experiencing food with all of the senses!

Farm to table dinners are glorious!  You know that when you sit down at that long, linen-clad table graced with country flowers and the sweet smells of summer,  you are going to be honoured with the most delicious, in-season, locally sourced food around.

And what if we took that one step further?  What if with that glorious food, you met the growers who grew it and the hands that made it?  What if you heard the stories of the people, place and passion that brought it to your table?  And what if these “people”, these farmers, were also chefs?  Would the food not take on a life of its own?  Would the stories not feed the flavours?

And what if you situated this scene along the edges of vineyard reaching ripeness?  With sultry jazz of a local chartreuse?  Would all of your senses be singing in delight?

Ah, the answers to these
questions are ones to ponder! And the GALA Farm to Table festival launch dinner of the North Saanich Flavour Trails Festival might just be the place to answer them.  4-course, 5 farmer/chefs, Deep Cove Winery, Christina Helene jazz.  $65.  Wine for sale. Tickets here at:  Brown Paper Tickets

Spring is “springing” for Victoria Seedy Saturday, Feb 17!

After what seemed like a monsoon of a winter, the bright sunny days that are gracing us this February are reminders that spring is around the corner and that means “growing season”!!
If you haven’t already tucked some seeds into seedling trays on your window sill, this is the time to do it.  It’s also the time o start dreaming, planning and geting all of your seeds for your full summer and fall garden . . . And Victoria’s Seedy Saturday is the place to do it!!  Local seeds, from local farmers, with local knowledge.  It’s a triple win!  Local seeds mean better yields because the plants are adapted to the micro climates we live in.  And to top it all off, Seedy Saturday is ABSOLUTELY FUN!  There are demos, workshops, prizes and much more.

When: Saturday, Feb 17, 10:00-3:00pm

Where: Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street

Cost: $7 — under 16 free.

www.jamesbaymarket.com/SeedySaturday

 

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Urban Food Garden Tour, Sept 9, 2017

Ever been curious what people grow in their yards and how?  Ever wanted to ask questions about the nitty gritty of it and learn from those who are growing food in small and big urban spaces?  The Victoria Urban Food-Garden Tour on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 is where you want to be!!  This year there are 14 inspiring and diverse home food gardens to choose from — front yards, back yards, allotments, boulevards. From artichokes to zucchini, bees to quail.  The tour spans Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay and Esquimalt, and encompasses a real spectrum of spaces and gardens.  You will be inspired and impressed!

Visits Victoria Urban Food-Garden Tour website for full information and tickets.  Tickets are $15 (kids under 19 free).  There are also 4 bonus free stops/activities on the tour that can be visited without a ticket.  The tour is an awareness-raiser and fundraiser for food security local and global.

 

Canada 150 Pancake & Crepe Breakfast fundraiser, Sunday Aug 20, 9:30-11:30!

Oh my, oh my!  Blueberry season is almost over, but not before we have a grand old celebratory Canada 150 Pancake & Crepe Breakfast with these juicy little morsels.

Grab your kids, your neighbours, your friend and family, and come on down to this great North Saanich Food and Farm Festival special event taking place on the Epicure field (10555 West Saanich Rd.) on Sunday, Aug 20, 9:30-11:30am.   Blueberry pancakes and crepes loaded high with seasonal local berries and real whipped creme, face-painting, music and Sheep Herding dog trials starting right afterwards – – – what more can you ask for?!!  Adult $8/ Kids $5.  This is a fundraiser for CRFAIR’s GoodFood2025 campaign to increase the amount of food grown in the Capital Region to 25% by year 2025 (from 5-10% now) and decrease household food insecurity by half.

 

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!

Peninsula Wine Festival – Saturday, July 15, 2017

Regional wines are bursting with flavour these days and a great way to experience them all in one place is at the annual Peninsula Wine Festival, Saturday July 15, 1:00-4:00pm!

Join the Anglican Parish of Central Saanich for their annual Peninsula Wine Fest on the beautiful grounds of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. This event is family and community oriented, and all of the proceeds will support community initiatives like the Saanich Peninsula Hospital, the Mt. Newton Centre Society, and Stelly’s Secondary School.

This Wine Fest is a complete wine tasting event that will include a wine tasting demonstration, wine tasting (of course!), appetizers, live music, and a unique etched wine glass as a take-home souvenir. Rounding out the tasting of over 20 wines is a vintage car show, a tour of the heritage church and historical cemetery, and a silent auction.

Tickets: Online at www.ParishCS.ca  – look for the “Buy Wine Fest Tickets” button : $45 general, $40 for seniors (+65) and enrolled students. Parking is free. Tickets at the door will be $50.

Everyone is welcome – it is truly an event for families. For those choosing not to participate in the wine tasting activities, there will be food, non-alcoholic beverages, and entertainment for all ages. Admission is FREE if you are not participating in the wine tasting activities, but you will need to “purchase” a Free Ticket. Children must be supervised by their parents and this is a no-pet event.

Brochure and Map for Strawberry Buzz Fest are here!

Strawberry Buzz Festival map and brochure have arrived so let the planning begin! The festival really is about meeting and getting to know those who grow and make our food and elixirs in the region.  All the stops and activities during the festival are free, apart from the ticketed events. . . . and you really won’t want to miss those two great ticketed events!

 The Simply deVine Pig Roast Party , Saturday June 24, 1-4pm at deVine Vineyards. – $30  A succulent roast pig dinner with a fantastic show by the amazingly fun and talented Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers!    (Buy online tickets here.)

Family Strawberry Pancake Breakfast.  Sunday, June 25 at Dan’s Farm Market, 2030 Bear Hill Rd. (at Oldfield Rd.).  $8 adults, $5 kids.  Real pancakes piled high with real strawberries and topped with real whip cream . . . it doesn’t get better!!  This and music, kids activities and farm animals!