Sniff, swirl, sip and sample at Victoria’s 5th annual Taste Festival!

posted on July 2, 2013 by Kara Johancsik

Indulge your palette, stimulate your sense, and savor local flavours at Taste, Victoria’s famous festival of food and wine. For four days this July, indulge in events and tastings that offer some of the best wine, produce, fish, meat and culinary works that Vancouver Island has to offer. It’s the perfect opportunity to fill your belly with fresh fish, roasted pork, a crisp sauvignon blanc, and homemade chocolate…and to learn something new about local cuisine along the way.

Victoria’s Taste Festival consists of several special culinary events and workshops throughout four days in July, which showcase the fresh food and produce of the region. This year’s event kicks off on the evening of July 25th with Taste the Difference: A BC Wine and Cuisine Tasting. This event’s focus is local: you’ll be able to sample from hundreds of BC wines, taste food made by chefs from local restaurants, and indulge in high quality local ingredients. It’s all part of the festival’s effort to support local farmers, keep money within the local economy, and offer you food with the best freshness and nutritional value possible. Tickets for this event can be bought for $79 and must be purchased in advance.

The rest of the festival offers fun and unique tastings and workshops on BC cuisine. Learn about sustainable seafood practices at the Sustainable Seafood event, or experience how tea tastes different according to the region it comes from at the Tea Terroir event. Swine and Vine is a yearly favourite at the Taste Festival. You’ll get to pair spit-roasted pork with ciders, teas, or BC wines for the ultimate taste sensation. For a complete list of events and their prices, click here.

After a visit to the Taste festival, you’ll have an entirely different perspective of Vancouver Island food and wine, as well as several new ideas about where to dine and wine in Victoria. Got ideas? View our accommodation packages to see how you can include a meal at one of Victoria’s restaurants with your stay!

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