Festivals and Events

Southern Vancouver Island, this beautiful land of the Southern Coast Salish people that we now call home too, 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.

  • Jan 19 – Feb 9, 2018 Dine Around Victoria – Over 50 of Victoria’s best restaurants offer deliciously affordable 3-course tasting menus.  Many chefs feature locally sourced, seasonal foods.
  • February 17, 2018Victoria’s Seedy Saturday – Local seed exchange and sale.  Buy seeds for the season, learn new growing techniques and savour preserved flavours from farmers and chefs.
  • Winter – Mon-Sat 11:00-3:00 (closed Sundays) Victoria Food Truck Festival! Located in back courtyard of the Royal BC Museum.
  • March 2, 2018Farmer2Farmer – 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.

March 10, 2018Victoria Tea Festival – taste teas from around the world.  Meet the growers and learn about the unique nuances of various growing regions.

March 11, 2018 – 1’st Annual Irish Whiskey Hooley – Tasting over 40 international and local whiskeys.  Tickets $55 advance only.

May 5, 2018 BC Cider Week: Sea Cider Social – Over 15 BC cideries will be represented at this ticketed event ($20) at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse.

  • May 12, 2018 Cheese and Meat Festival, at Crystal Gardens, Victoria – International and local artisan cheeses and meats, experienced in a tasting session format and paired with local wines, ciders and beers
  • Spring/Summer – Mon-Thurs 11:00-6:00, Fri-Sat 11:00-7:00Victoria Food Truck Festival! Located in back courtyard of the Royal BC Museum.
  • June 24, 2018Fernwood Bites – A fabulous local food tasting (ticketed) event featuring over local 30 restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries.  Food, music and celebration in Fernwood square.
  • July 8, 2018Saanich Strawberry Festival – A large, free community festival featuring ice-cream, strawberries, games, music, face-painting and rides.
  • July (date TBA)Peninsula Wine Festival – 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.
  • August 17-19, 2018North Saanich Food and Farm Festival – 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!
  • August 26, 2018 Feast of Fields – A wandering gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table, and farm folks and city folks.

September 8-10, 2018Esquimalt Rib Fest.  Ribs from across the country, local entertainment, regionally crafted beer and cider.

September 30, 2018 Saltspring Apple Festival – “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.

Sep 28-Oct 07, 2018Savour Cowichan – A multi-event festival showcasing the Cowichan Valley’s remarkable cornucopia of locally produced food and drink.