Southern Vancouver Island, this beautiful land of the Southern Coast Salish people, is one of richest growing and food regions of the province. No wonder it is brimming with food festivals and events throughout the year! Exploring the region, means exploring the flavours it has to offer.
Dates change slightly from year to year, so make sure you click on the titles below to get to the festival website and all the up-to-date details…
DINE AROUND VICTORIA: January – Early February
Over 50 of Victoria’s best restaurants offer deliciously affordable 3-course tasting menus. Many chefs feature locally sourced, seasonal foods.
VICTORIA’S SEEDY SATURDAY: Mid-February
Local seed exchange and sale. Buy seeds for the season, learn new growing techniques and savour preserved flavours from farmers and chefs.
FARMER2FARMER: late February
A CRFAIR conference bringing together local farmers and farming advocates/educators to learn, share skills and strengthen our food economy. Local issues. Local people. Local solutions.
VICTORIA TEA FESTIVAL: early March
Taste teas from around the world. Meet the growers and learn about the unique nuances of various growing regions.
IRISH WHISKEY HOOLEY: March
Tasting over 40 international and local whiskeys. A ticketed event.I
Over 15 BC cideries are represented at this ticketed event at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.
At Crystal Gardens, Victoria. International and local artisan cheeses and meats, paired with local wines, ciders and beers
FERNWOOD BITES: late June.
A fabulous local food tasting (ticketed) event featuring over local 30 restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries. Food, music and celebration in Fernwood square.
A large, free community festival featuring ice-cream, strawberries, games, music, face-painting and rides.
PENINSULA WINE FESTIVAL: July.
A fully local wine and cider festival, featuring wineries/cideries of Capital Region and Gulf Islands. A “bundled event” with food, music, antique car show and much more. Organized by the Anglican Parish of Central Saanich.
An award winning festival celebrating growers, makers, chefs and vinters of the region. Over 20+ venue and activities with farm fun, tours, demonstrations, music, activities for young and old, and of course fantastic food!
FEAST OF FIELDS: August.
A wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and farm folks and city folks.
ESQUIMALT RIB FESTIVAL: September
Ribs from across the country, local entertainment, regionally crafted beer and cider.
SALTSPRING APPLE FESTIVAL: late September
“A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth!”. Festival celebrates the over 450 varieties of apples are grown organically on Saltspring Island. Taste, learn, take home.
SAVOUR COWICHAN: September-October
A multi-event festival showcasing the Cowichan Valley’s remarkable cornucopia of locally produced food and drink.