Fall Event News for Foodies in Victoria, BC

MOUNT WASHINGTON ALPINE FOOD FEST: From September 3 to 5, 2010, Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Alpine Resort located three hours and 30 minutes north of Victoria, BC, celebrates the finest of Island fare at the Mount Washington Alpine Food Festival. With products from the farms, ranches, waters, and kitchens of the Comox Valley and beyond, guests are invited to meet the chefs, learn some new culinary skills and taste fabulous food throughout the two day affair.

Festival highlights include an Alpine Marketplace, cooking demonstrations and classes taught by local and guest chefs including Food Network Canada star Chef Anthony Sedlak, and the kick-off event, the Alpine Cocktail Reception: a gourmet grazing event featuring the music of Chilean-born virtuoso Rodrigo Figueroa playing a mix of Latin and Blues-inspired melodies. Accommodation packages for the event start at $327.00 CDN / $322.00 USD and include two nights’ accommodation in a one bedroom condo, tickets to the cocktail reception, gourmet gala dinner, two cooking classes, two buffet breakfasts, five tickets to the Alpine Marketplace and one mile high chairlift ride. Individual event tickets are also available. Mount Washington is Vancouver Island’s premier ski and snowboard resort in the winter months and the playground for mountain bikers, hikers, and alpine enthusiasts in the summer. For more information visit www.mountwashington.ca.

THE TASTIEST TACOS ON FOUR WHEELS

Located at the corner of Yates and Wharf Street, in downtown Victoria, The Puerto Vallarta Amigos Taco Truck rolled into BC’s capital city just a few short weeks ago bringing authentic Mexican food to locals and visitors alike. The taco truck open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday to Friday serves up quesadillas, tortas, and tacos in six delicious flavours. Chicken fajita, chopped pork, soy chorizo, potato and spinach, beans and cheese and beef barbacoa – a traditional Mexican style of cooking, involving the slow roasting of meat over a fire, or more traditionally in a pit covered with Maguey leaves – are the tough choices faced upon arrival at Puerto Vallarta Amigos. For those wishing to sample a little of everything, combo meals are available as well as the option to purchase six tacos for $6.00 CDN / USD. Weekly specials will be posted on the company’s Facebook and Twitter sites as are the weekend locations of the truck which is a frequent guest at local Victoria festivals. For more information visit www.pvamigos.com.

FIELDS OF PLENTY

On September 19, 2010, the 13th Annual Vancouver Island Feast of Fields will be held at Parry Bay Sheep Farm in Metchosin, BC, located 20 minutes east of downtown Victoria. With wine glass and napkin in hand, visitors are invited to wander around the picturesque farmland and sample the gourmet offerings of over 50 of the island’s top chefs, producers, wineries and micro-breweries. A delightful day in the country, Feast of Fields is an idea originally crafted by renowned chef Michael Standlander when he partnered with Jamie Kennedy to create an event to draw sophisticated urbanites out to the farm. Feast of Fields is an annual fundraiser for FarmFolk/CityFolk; a BC organization that works to promote ethical and sustainable food systems and develop relationships between local chefs and farmers. Funds generated from this years’ event will be used towards the support of sustainable food systems around Vancouver Island. Tickets are $85.00 CDN / $84.00 USD (Adults), $15.00 CDN / USD (Kids 7-12) and children under six are free. A Feast shuttle bus will be available to take visitors from Victoria to the event for $5 CDN / USD. Tickets for this year’s feast may be purchased online now. For more information visit www.feastoffields.com

NEW BREWS IN LIEU

Do not despair if, like so many other beer aficionados, you weren’t one of the lucky ones to get your hands on a ticket for The Great Canadian Beer Festival taking place in Victoria, BC September 10 and 11, 2010. While the festival may have sold out in mere minutes the beer taps are still flowing in BC’s capital city with some new and exciting summertime brews that are definitely worth seeking out. New to Canada’s oldest brewpub, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, is a summer ale, named in honour of one of Canada’s most celebrated artists, Emily Carr. Our Emily Summer Ale, launched at the end of July, is a refreshingly clean floral and lightly hopped brew typical of the German-style beer that would have been served in Victoria during Emily’s time. A stone’s throw from Spinnakers is Canoe Brewpub where the Summer Honey Wheat Ale flows until the end of September, offering a crisp, smooth, light-bodied wheat beer infused with local Saanich Peninsula wildflower honey, perfect for summer sipping on Canoe’s spectacular patio. Bringing you flavours reminiscent of the West Indies is Driftwood Brewery’s White Bark Ale, a traditional Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with freshly ground coriander and curacao orange peel. Whether you arrive by car, on foot or via the Victoria Harbour Ferries, getting access to the cities’ best new brews is easier than ever. For more information visit www.spinnakers.com, www.canoebrewpub.com, www.driftwoodbeer.com

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