Monday, May 23, 2011

PSA: Summer Food Fest Roundup

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Island Chef Collaborative Food Fest

Date: Sunday June 12, 2011 12:00 PM - 4:00PM
Location: Fort Rodd Hill
Price: $50 tickets at the ICC Web Store
Notes: Reported to be THE event to attend. Tickets in theory available at the door, but it may sell out.

Vancouver Island Cultural Festival (VIC Fest)
Date: Saturday June 18, 2011
Location: St. Ann's Academy
Price: $33.60 - $38.60
Notes: All sorts of cultural things - including food & beer!

Tofu & Tempeh Extravaganza!
Date: Tuesday June 21, 2011, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
Price: $46
Details: Contact Esquimalt Rec: (250) 412-8506 or
Notes: For the Vegetarians among us

Fernwood Bites
Date: Sunday June 26, 2011 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Fernwood Square
Price: $45 SOLD OUT
Notes: Fundraiser for the Fernwood Community centre

Organic Islands Festival & Sustainability Expo
Date: Saturday July 9 - Sunday July 10, 2011 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Glendale Gardens & Woodland, 505 Quale Rd.
Price: $10 before/$12.75 at the gate
Notes: A focus on eco-friendly and organic initiatives

Strawberry Festival
Date: Sunday July 10, 2011 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Beaver Lake
Price: Free!
Notes: Celebrate summer with strawberries & ice cream by the lake

Taste Food and Wine Festival
Date: Thursday July 21 - Sunday July 24, 2011
Location: Various
Price: Various
Notes: tons of events, lots of options for all different kinds of culinary enjoyment

Tour of Farms
Date: Sunday July 24, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Saanich Peninsula
Price: Free!
Notes:  Learn about farming with free farm tours

India Mela Fest
Date: Saturday August 20 - Sunday August 21, 2011
Location: Spirit (Centennial) Square
Price: Free!
Website: event poster via
Notes: Celebrating Indian culture and food

North Saanich Flavour Trail
Date: Saturday August 20 - Sunday August 21, 2011
Location: North Saanich
Price: Free!
Notes: Tour of food production on the Saanich Peninsula

For the Love of Coffee
Dates: August 27 & 28
Location: Crystal Gardens
Price: $5
Notes: organized by local coffee geek & tamper man Reg Barber. Tickets available in advance at better coffee shops everywhere.

Greek Festival
Dates: August 30-Sept 5 11am-10pm
Location: Greek Orthodox church (next to the commonwealth pool)
Price: free!
Notes: this event appears to be all about food, community & awesomeness followed by some more food

Great Canadian Beer Festival
Date: Friday September 9 - Saturday September 10, 2011
Location: Royal Athletic Park
Notes:  Tickets go on sale July 23rd - will sell out in minutes because this local-beer event ROCKS

Eat Here Now
Date: Sunday September 11, 2011
Location: Spirit Square
Price: Free!!
Website: facebook page
Notes:  Featuring some of the best farmers, fishers, butchers, bakers, processors and restaurants in the region. Live music from local performers, farm animal viewing, a corn boil, a wild salmon roast and local restaurants demonstrating how they make the best use of regional produce and value-added food products.

Feast of Fields
Date: Sunday September 18, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Marley Farms
Price: Adults $85
Notes: Bus transportation from Victoria available for $15. Extra ticket free if you buy ten tickets.

Art of the Cocktail
Date: Oct 1-3
Location: Crystal Gardens
Price: Various - main event $45
Notes: Celebrating the awesome cocktail culture in Victoria