This Thursday night, September 20th, I have the honor of being the guest speaker at the second installment of the BC Bites & Beverages series at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.
My talk is called “The Resurgence of Local Food” and will be a multi-media presentation about food sustainability and farm-to-plate culture on Vancouver Island. AND will be accompanied by catered appetizers and brief talks by 5 local farm and food organizations.
The menu includes:
Duck Rillette with fig jam on brioche
Cucumber bouchee with halibut gravlax with dill cream
Beet and goat cheese on an Asian spoon
Lamb sausage roll with spicy mustard
Want to go? I’m giving away two pairs of tickets chosen from commenters on this blog. You just have to leave a brief message telling me what your favourite BC Bite or Beverage is…I will make a random selection for the winners and inform you via email. Deadline is 10am tomorrow (Wednesday Sept. 19th)! Enter now!!!!
If you don’t win, click on the link above to find out how to purchase tickets. There is a substantial discount if you are already a member of the Museum.
Congratulations to Natalie Hemsing and Colin Newell, winners of the tickets. There are more tickets still available from the Museum…hope to see you there.
Best pub experience on Vancouver Island: The Crow and Gate…
One of the best classic beverages: Fairmont Empress house specialty cocktails…
Best Island coffee – Well, the Drumroaster of course!
Best Island bakery – cross between Bubby Roses and Mon Petit Choux in Nanaimo.
I like whatever Nick Versteeg is cooking…
But seriously, it is so hard to choose, especially after all the fabulous pairings at Unsworth Vineyards on Saturday and Rocky Creek Winery on Sunday during the Cowichan Valley Wine and Culinary Festival.
We do find it impossible to pass Hilary’s Cheese in Cowichan Bay without buying!
A home made favourite is lunch comprising of SOL farm heirloom tomatoes, sliced Mozzarella di Bufala from Natural Pastures, crispy baguette, lots of olive oil and of course a glass or three of chilled white wine.
Cold comfort ice cream, sea cider rumrunner, Hilary’s cheese curds, BC spot prawns…just to name a few 🙂
My favorite BC bite is definitely locally produced meats from small farms. It’s hard to come by, but a quick visit to many of the local farms around the city will leave you with a great supply of quality free range animals. Beef, lamb, chicken, pork. Mostly organic, grass fed (or fed what nature intended) and absolutely delicious.
I to my part to support the small local farms and I hope everyone else will too!
oh … candied sablefish from FAS, Fol Epi bread, Salt Spring Romelia, and a Cold Comfort ice cream sandwich for something sweet … those are some of my favorite indulgences. A glass of Alderlea Pinot Gris is on my list too!
I enjoy a perfect fall afternoon at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse sipping Pippins Cider and savouring an Artisan Lunch Plate with Castellano Sausage from Oyama Sausage and Bleu Clair cheese from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.
As a food and wine photographer I enjoy breaks like this from my busy fall shooting schedule.