How to have foodie fun throughout the year
Hands up if you like food!
Okay, so that’s pretty much everyone. And as the holiday season is upon us, good eats certainly play a leading role. But did you know that the Valley’s gastronomic scene serves up some tantalizing events year-round?
Well, it’s true. And here is a handy guide to ensure that you don’t miss a thing and get out to enjoy a taste of the Comox Valley.
Winter means whiskey, for starters
What better way to see the New Year in than with the Comox Valley Whiskey Fest? Being held February 2nd & 3rd this year, the tasting room floor will showcase about 60 varieties of single malts, blends, bourbon and rye, alongside fabulous appetizers. This one’s definitely a highlight of my year!
February also sees the start of Dine Around Comox Valley. This annual, month-long event celebrates food by showcasing local restaurants offering special menus at special rates. Believe me, this will leave you more than satisfied.
In Spring things get fresh and fishy
April is when the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market (CVFM) heads back outside – seedlings, daffodils and veggies that like a chill in the air are in full abundance. And with the market enjoying a bit more room to stretch their legs, the musicians return to the market stage. Make a morning of it and enjoy some hot coffee, warm baking and cool tunes.
Early June means it’s time for the BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. Being held in Comox from June 8 – 17, the countdown has already begun for the 12th annual seafood celebration. With tours and tasting events, such as chef showdowns and the ever-popular Caesar competition, you’ll want to get tickets early to avoid disappointment due to sell outs.
Summer suds and so much more
The first annual Wine-Chocolate-Cheese-Beer Festival held in July 2017 at Merville Hall was a giant success and will undoubtedly be even more anticipated this coming year. I mean, what’s not to like? Check out the events calendar on the hall’s website to confirm the date and time.
And also check out Tapped – Beer Food Music, Mount Washington's annual beer festival in July. Events typically include a variety of craft breweries, beer seminars, live music and a pig roast and/or BBQ. Enjoy it all while taking in the beautiful mountain vistas overlooking Strathcona Provincial Park. Visit www.mountwashington.ca for more info.
Then, in August you can head back to the Merville Hall for Garlic Fest and then go up the mountain again for the Alpine Wine Festival & Wine Pairing Dinner! Again, check their websites for more details on times and dates.
Summer also sees the addition of more morning markets to the CVFM schedule, with Wednesdays downtown and Sundays in Cumberland.
Fall harvest . . . and more beer
September enjoys a couple of events, including RibFest at the Exhibition Grounds, as well as the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tours. And while it’s never a bad time to celebrate beer, October is undoubtedly the best, so check out Beerfest, sponsored by the Courtenay Rotary. Dates aren’t confirmed yet for all these events; keep an eye out on local media and the Discover Comox Valley webpage as the time approaches. Typically, the various local craft breweries get into the action as well, holding Oktoberfest celebrations through the month.
And for those of you who prefer to enjoy the Comox Valley foodie scene in your own home, or want to share with friends in other parts of Canada, check out Westcoast Gourmet Provisions, which sells a ton of local foodie products online and delivers right to your door!
When it comes to experiencing fabulous foods and succulent treats, there’s always something brewing around these parts. I hope you get the chance to enjoy some of the awesome local events this coming year – I know I will!
For more about the joys of Valley living, check out my other blogs through my website mikefisherhomes.com. And if you have any questions about buying or selling real estate, call me at 250.218.3895.
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