Vancouver Island is of course known for its stunning scenery and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, but did you know it is also considered a top destination for foodies? In fact, it was named the West Coast’s “new epicurean mecca” in 2006 by Saveur Magazine, a title certainly well-deserved and lived up to over the years.
If you are looking for a vacation that will allow you to enjoy the beautiful landscape while experiencing some of the best local food, wine, beer, and cider, Vancouver Island is the place for you.
There is Something to Try for Every Type of Food Enthusiast
Between the countless farms, local markets, fresh seafood ports, wineries, cideries, breweries, and restaurants, Vancouver Island is certainly not lacking on the culinary front. On a year-round basis locals and visitors alike will be met with farmers markets and annual festivals boasting fresh and locally grown ingredients, organic produce, enticing baked goods, artisan cheeses, and more.
Give your taste buds a vacation by embarking on one of these incredible culinary tours. There are many, many different offers throughout the Island, making it impossible to go over them all. If you are looking for something not on this list or have a specific idea of what you hope to experience, let us know!
Island Gourmet Trails – Comox
This enchanting day tour gives participants a deeper look at the culinary scene within the Comox Valley. This tour covers various trails throughout the Valley and may include stops to farmer’s markets, bakeries, organic farms, an artisan pasta maker, oyster and scallops farms, wineries, breweries, and more.
The Pedaler Bicycle Tours and Rentals
Located in Victoria, this culinary tour offers a unique experience that allows craft beer and food enthusiasts to sample some of the city’s finest in style. Explore some of Victoria’s most vibrant neighborhoods and haunts, including a popular spot offering locally crafted gin, wine, cider, and of course, craft beer.
A Taste of the Saanich Peninsula and Butchart Gardens
This tour allows foodies to visit local wineries and an organic farm that are located on the Saanich Peninsula. The tour also includes a three-course lunch and visit from the chef in the dining room of the Butchart Gardens. Keep in mind that weekends are the best for this tour option.
Urban Culinary Walking Tour
Available June through September on the first and third Saturday of the month, this urban foot tour is one of the most popular for discovering local merchants in Victoria. You will be met with numerous stops that offer local tea, cheese, chocolate, sweets, bacon, wine, and more. Let’s just say you won’t be disappointed.
As you can see, Vancouver Island has many wonderful culinary opportunities that will allow visitors to get a true taste of what the destination spot offers. There are also numerous culinary, beer, and wine tours in Vancouver and in other spots on the Mainland that are easily accessible and not to be missed.
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