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Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Monday, January 15th, 2018

After the busy holiday season, where food usually plays a major role, the new year starts off with some more food and drink festivals to tempt your palate.

Victoria hosts its 13th Victoria Whisky Festival at the Hotel Grand Pacific, from January 18th through the 21st.  Unfortunately for those who do not yet have tickets, the event is sold out.  If you are interested you must think ahead to the 2019 event, with tickets on sale on very specific days in November 2018.  If you’re a whisky aficionado, you may want to check out specific tastings next year such as “Glenfiddich Distillery “Unlearn Whisky” Grand Tasting, the Glenrothes Distillery Grand Tasting, the Tomatin Distillery Masterclass, the Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass, and the Whisky and Chocolate Masterclass, and many more.  Packages are available which bundle several Masterclasses of your choice together, in addition to the Consumer Tasting event.  A special rate for attendees is available at the Hotel Grand Pacific, or book a great Victoria Bed & Breakfast.  The TLC Fund for Kids and the Victoria Crime Stoppers are benefiting charities of this year’s event.

With Victoria sold out, why not make your way up to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island where tickets are still available for their Whisky Festival, happening Feb. 2 + 3, 2018.  Whisky paring dinners featuring Jameson and Glenlivet, as well as masterclasses and a Grand Tasting still have a few tickets available, but they too are going fast.  While you’re there, spend a day on the slopes at Mount Washington!

BC Distilled Festival hits Vancouver in April

Looking ahead to February, the big event in Vancouver will be the Vancouver International Wine Festival, now in its 39th year.  The festival started in 1979 with one vintner and about 1000 attendees, and is now considered Canada’s premier food and wine event with over 25,000 attendees.  Its charitable partner is the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Winery dinners, brunches, tastings, seminars, minglers and wine and food grazings are all part of this spectacular event.  The wines of Spain and Portugal are heavily featured this year.  While some events are sold out, others still have tickets available.

After whisky and wines, its the turn of artisan distilleries at the BC Distilled Festival which takes place on Saturday April 14th at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.  This is the fifth annual celebration and tastings of British Columbia’s premier artisan distilleries, and it is the largest spirits event in Canada exclusively for local distilleries.  BC Distilled supports the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society as their charitable partner.

Dining in Prince Rupert


Along with all the liquid libations festivals, Dine Around events are happening all over BC during January and February.  In Victoria, Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria, runs from January 19th to February 4th.  Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival also runs from January 19 to February 4.  The Kelowna campus of Okanagan College hosts the kick off to Dine Around Thompson Okanagan on January 16th.  The Cowichan region on Vancouver Island, between Victoria and Nanaimo, hosts Dine Cowichan from February 24 to March 12.  All festivals offer specially crafted 3-course meals at different price points and unique culinary events to tempt your taste buds and explore foods from around the world and very close to home.

Savour the flavors in your back yard, sip the wines and whiskys from around the world, and enjoy getting out and about in British Columbia these winter months.

Dine Out and Around!

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

From January into early March many communities have Dine Out or Dine Around events happening to promote their local restaurants, accommodations and attractions.  It’s a great time to explore your local community or take a few days to explore an area not too far away.

Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria launches with a gala event at the Victoria Conference Centre on February 16.  With 60 restaurants, more than 20 VQA wineries and breweries, this will be a foodie’s paradise!  During the two weeks of the event, which runs through March 5, restaurants will be offering special menus at $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person.  And not only are restaurants getting in on the action, Bed & Breakfasts and hotels are encouraging you to stay a few nights by offering special overnight rates ranging for $89 to $169.  Victoria is a great place to visit anytime of year, and if you come towards the end of the Dine Around & Stay In Town event, you can also take part in the annual Victoria Flower Count!  Since 1976 this fun event to promote Victoria as a destination in the shoulder season and to bring pride to communities has been a great success.  After all, Victoria is not called The Garden City for nothing!  Usually this event takes place in late February, but as even BC’s balmy west coast had quite the winter this year, the Flower Count will happen March 6th to March 12th.

Great food, great company, Dine Around!

If you want to check out the deals and great food in Vancouver at Canada’s largest annual food and drink festival, you’ll have to plan on doing so next year.  Dine Out Vancouver took place from January 20 through February 5. Special fixed price menus at $20, $30 and $40 and dine & stay packages were on offer here as well, as were numerous unique culinary events. Vancouver is such a multi-cultural city and that is definitely reflected in its restaurant scene.

BC’s Thompson Okanagan region also featured a similar festival with over 50 restaurants participating in Dine Around Thompson Okanagan in January.  Menus ranged from $15 to $45, and this being the Okanagan, you just know that many Okanagan wines were on offer.

Cowichan Valley restaurants take part in the first Eat Stay Play!

Back on Vancouver Island, Dine Around Mid-Island takes place March 3 through March 19, a seventeen day event to explore the cuisine in Nanaimo, Parksville, Lantzville and Qualicum Beach. When Victoria’s Festival ends, travel up Island and check out some great places in this region.

Before you get to Nanaimo you must stop in the Cowichan region for a few days for its first ever Dine Around event, Eat Stay Play.  This region, sometimes called “Canada’s Provence” is a real food lovers destination with wineries, breweries, distilleries, specialty food producers and top notch restaurants.  Special fixed price menus from $15 to $45 per person, accommodation at local hotels and Bed & Breakfasts at $69, $99, and $119, and discounts at local attractions, can be enjoyed from February 24 to March 12.

Don’t let the weather stop you.  Get out there and explore culinary BC!