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The farm-to-table movement has been gaining popularity in the past 15 years in Victoria and now you would be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that isn’t capitalizing on our local farms. amazing seafood, and access to locally made beer, wine, and spirits. Here are our top 5 picks for restaurants that practice farm-to-table cooking. For us, farm-to-table means sourcing local, using ingredients that are in season, and promoting a local food culture.

1. 10 Acres Group (611 Courtney Street)

What they don’t grow on their 10 acre farm in North Saanich they source from like-minded farmers, fishermen, and food providers. Plus they have a killer happy hour menu!

Photo Credit: Instagram @10acresgroup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Charlotte and the Quail (505 Quail Road)

This charming cafe (their sister restaurant is the equally cute Nourish Kitchen & Cafe in James Bay) has a small but delicious ever-changing menu depending on what’s in season. Best patio in the “city” as you look out at beautiful gardens that belong to the Pacific Horticultural College.

Photo Credit: Instagram @charlotteandthequail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Roost Farm Centre (9100 E Saanich Road)

An interesting mix of farm, bistro, bakery, and vineyard, this family-run North Saanich hot spot grows a lot of their ingredients right there on the farm including their grapes that make their wines. Go for the Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie but stay for the Siegerrebe! 

Photo Credit: Instagram @theroostfarm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Part & Parcel (2656 Quadra Street)

Another beautiful casual cafe with a daily(!) changing menu depending on what’s in season. Follow them on social media to find out what their menu for the day will be but know that you will always be getting orginal, fresh, and delicous dishes.

Photo Credit: Instagram @partandparcelvictoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Olo Restaurant (509 Fisgard Street)

This very popular restaurant is part of the new Chinatown revitalization and has been one of the leading figures in the F-2-T movement. Order from their a-la carte menu or a better option is to go with their tasting menu with wine pairing. 

Photo Credit: Instagram @olorestaurant

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What better way to enjoy the last days of summer than by joining a fun and tasty food tour. Book by September 10th, 2017 and receive 15% off all our 2017 food tours in Vancouver & Victoria. Use promo code: ENDOFSUMMER

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Our food tours are much more than just food. On each tour we offer history, stories, and an opportunity to meet the local business owners. We take our guests off the “beaten’ track and in to tasty hidden gems.

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Offer expires September 10, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. Offer cannot be applied retroactively to existing bookings or applied to gift certificates. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or gift certificates.

To book click HERE

The Fort & Blanshard area of Victoria is becoming one of the coolest foodie hubs in the city and here are top 5 reasons why you need to visit:

1. Fort Street Common (1017 Blanshard)
This cool outside public space is a great spot to eat your lunch, meet friends, or even rent out for special events.
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2. Biophila Collective (813 Fort Street)
The prettiest flower shop in town and the most calming space in the city. Pick up a lovely air plant or just zen out in the beautiful space.
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3. Tulip Cafe & Rice Bar (1108 Blanshard)
One of the newest kids on the block, this lovely global-inspired cuisine is a family run business with a passion for sharing their Persian influence to Victoria. The Italian Piadinas are a must try!
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4. Terroir Tea Salon (832 Fort Street)
Clean lines and minimal decor make this tea shop a calm oasis. Plus they recently opened their secret back patio and were awarded a liquor license! Try a flight of carefully curated teas or join one of their amazing tea & chocolate tastings with the Chocolate Project.
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5. La Taquisa (1017 Blanshard)
This area was once known as Antique Row, now it is commonly refered to as Taco Alley thanks to the recent opening of Tacofino and La Taquria. But the most local and truly authentic tacos can be found at the original taco shop La Taquisa. For something different try the veggie mole taco, you won’t be dissapointed.
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Want to see all 5 of these stops? Then join us on our Knife & Fort Street Culinary Tour (Thursday-Saturday 2.30-4.30pm). This guided food tour is two hours of eating, drinking, and learning about the history and culture of the amazing Victoria culinary scene.

What do Poutine, Nanaimo Bars, and a Caesar cocktail all have in common? They are all Canadian dishes invented in Canada, consumed in Canada, but virtually unheard of outside of our borders. In celebration of the 150th year of Confederation, here are our top 5 Canadian foods and where to find them in Victoria, BC

Poutine

What’s the story: Invented in Quebec in the 1950’s and now mostly consumed late at night by drunk college kids. 
What is it? Fries, gravy, and cheese curds. 
Fun Fact: In 2007 CBC declared it one of the top 10 Canadian inventions of all time!
Best places to score a Poutine in Victoria: 1. Smoke & Anchor (Fisherman’s Wharf) 2. La Belle Patate (Esquimalt) 3. North 48 Restaurant (Downtown).

Poutine at Smoke & Anchor

Poutine at Smoke & Anchor

Nanaimo Bar

What’s the story: Claims to have been invented in Nanaimo BC in the late 1950s but this is debatable.
What is it? A sweet no-baked bar with a coconut base, a custard filling, and a chocolate ganache top.
Fun Fact: The town of Nanaimo has a Nanaimo bar trail with 39 stops! That’s a lot of Nanaimo Bars!
Best places to score a Nanaimo Bar in Victoria: 1. Courtyard Cafe (Grand Pacific Hotel) 2. La Roux Patisserie (Chinatown) 3. Roger’s Chocolate (Government Street).

Nanaimo Bar from Courtyard Cafe

Nanaimo Bar from Courtyard Cafe

Caesar Cocktail

What’s the story: Invented by Walter Chell in Calgary in 1969.
What is it? A cocktail with Clamato (a mix of tomato juice and clam nectar), vodka, worcester sauce, tobasco, and a celery salt rim.
Fun Fact: Canadian consume more than 1 million Caesars a day. We REALLY love this cocktail
Best places to score a Caesar cocktail in Victoria: 1. The Blue Crab (Coast Hotel) 2. Hawk & Hen (Yates Street) 3. Jam Cafe (Downtown).

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Maple Syrup

What’s the story: First Nations people have been tapping maple trees in Eastern Canada for 1000’s of years. 
What’s in it? Maple sap. That’s it. Just pure delicious maple sap.
Fun Fact: 80% of the world’s maple syrup is produced in Canada, mostly in Quebec. 
Best place to score some maple syrup in Victoria: 1. Olive This and More (Broughton) 2. Any brunch restaurant that has pancakes on the menu 3. Whole foods Victoria (Uptown). Seriously, they have a great selection!

Maple Syrup infused balsamic vinegar at Olive This and More

Maple Syrup infused balsamic vinegar at Olive This and More

Beavertails

What’s the story: Invented in Ontario in the late 1970’s by a husband and wife duo.
What’s in it: Whole wheat pastry deep fried then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and sometimes a slice of lemon. It’s called a beavertail because of it’s shape.
Fun Fact: When Obama visited Ottawa in the 2000’s he stopped at the original Beavertail booth. They named a tail after him.
Best place to score a beavertail in Victoria: There is only one place…Beavertails owned by Mark on Broughton Street!

Beavertails on Broughton

Beavertails on Broughton

Canada 150 Food Tour

Want to eat like a Canadian and try all of these dishes? Join our Canada 150 Food Tour running Monday-Saturday from 3-5.30pm to experience the food & culture of the true north strong and free! Click HERE for more details!

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It’s our first year participating in Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown in Victoria this weekend! We are offering 50% off our newest tour: Historic Downtown Culinary Tour. Tour runs from 10.30am-12.30pm. How to book?
1. Visit our website at:
http://www.offtheeatentracktours.ca/victoria/historic-downtown-food-tour/
2. Click Buy Ticket widget. Use Promo Code: Victoria2017 to get the discount
3. Choose the right date: Feb 23, 24, or 25th
4. Enjoy a lovely morning of food & beverages with a local guide!

Here is just a taste of what to expect on the tour:
1. Locally roasted coffee from 2% Jazz

2. Bao Buns from Bao Victoria:

3. Unique Poutine from Vij’s Sutra:

4. French Macarons from La Roux Patisserie:

5. Local craft beer from Hawk & Hen:

Plus a guided tour of the historic Hudson Bay Building, Chinatown, and newly renovated Market Square! For more info on Be A tourist visit: https://attractionsvictoria.com/be-a-tourist/

Chinatown in Victoria may be one of the oldest in North America but it has recently seen an influx of new and modern food establishments opening in the past month. From French pastries to Korean steamed buns, the new Victoria Chinatown is fast turning in to an exciting place to eat in the city!

1. Bao Victoria (626 Fisgard Street) – Opened June 2016

Taking over the old Noodle Box location (the owners worked for the company for years),  this new Korean style eatery is serving up all sorts of delicious treats including the mind blowing steamed buns. The flavours are always changing but they always carry a pork based bun and even a vegan version (coming soon).

2. La Roux Patisserie (519 Fisgard Street) – Opened June 2016

This place just screams France! From the fancy black and white decor to the delicate pastries in the window. Emily Hatlelid is one of the owners and the head pastry chef. After attending culinary school and getting a work placement at Murchies, she moved to Paris to further her trade before moving back to Victoria to open this lovely patisserie with her business partner Rebecca Godin.

 3. Kid Sister Ice Cream (10 Fan Tan Alley) – Opened June 2016

This local boutique ice cream company has been in the game for a few years but they now have a shop in the newly renovated Fan Tan Alley. Serving up ice cream and gourmet popsicles (otherwise known as Paletas – fruit popsicles). I have a feeling this place will do very well this summer!

 

 We are very excited to be participating in the upcoming Victoria Dine Around & Stay in Town Festival! We will be offering two culinary tours in partnership with Tourism Victoria. For more information on the festival and to be entered in to win $1000 worth of gift certificates click HERE.

Food-Tography Culinary Tour: Feb 21, Feb 28, March 07 ($65)

Who doesn’t love to take pictures of their food? On this culinary tour of historic and vibrant Victoria, we encourage you to shoot your food and share your pictures with the world. Two local companies, Off the Eaten Track and Victoria Photowalks, have paired up to create this truly unique tour that combines a photography lesson with a culinary tour. Tour participants will eat their way through four local eateries while getting tips and lessons from a seasoned photography pro. So bring your camera and your appetite and learn how to properly capture your favorite food moments. Whether you’re new to photography or looking for some insider tips, all levels are welcome. Same goes for you foodies out there! Cost includes all food & beverage samples and a photography & culinary guide.

For more tour info and tickets click HERE

Knife & Fort Culinary Tour: Feb 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, March 5, 6 ($38.25)

Join this 1.5 hour tour of one of the tastiest streets in Victoria! Known as antique row, Fort street is home to quirky second hand shops, European delis, and tasty locally owned restaurants. This fun and informative tour is a great opportunity to try some new hidden gems and pick up some unique and tasty gifts. On this tour we sip and sample our way along Fort Street stopping at The Little Cheese Shop, Choux Choux Charcuterie, Chorizo & Co, La Taquisa, and Crust Bakery.  Learn about this historic neighbourhood and meet the business owners that make this tasty street thrive! Cost includes all food & beverage samples and tour guide.

For more tour info and tickets click HERE

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Well hello there dudes, happy Movember! In honour of all the great dudes out there we’ve created a food tour especially for you. This tour has all your culinary favorites; local beer, pizza, tacos, a private distillery tour, and even dude-inspired cupcakes. 5% of all ticket sales will be donated to the Movember Canada Foundation. And ladies, you are definitely welcome to join the tour and support that awesome dude in your life, but only the dudes get to take home a pretty sweet “swag bag” filled with cool dude stuff.

Buy Tickets Here:
Eventbrite - Movember Dude Food Tour

Mussels

We LOVE this tasty and local dish from one of our fantastic tour partners in Victoria, Choux Choux Charcuterie. September is our favorite time to eat sweet ripe tomato’s and paired with some spicy chorizo, this is a perfect dish for a nice dinner. Why not pair it with a local Victoria wine like the 2011 Roussanne from deVine Vineyards.

Steamed Salt Spring Island Mussels with Tomato & Chorizo
Ingredients:

2lbs mussels, cleaned & rinsed
1 link spanish chorizo, cut into rounds
1 jar matiz sofrito (this is a miracle of onions garlic & tomatoes sautéed in olive oil)
1 baguette (we like Fol Epi)

Preparation:

Put a large pot with a tight fitting lid on medium-low heat. Add the chorizo, stir occasionally until fat just starts to render, 3-5mins. Add sofrito and increase heat to high. Once sofrito is bubbling add mussels, cover, reduce heat to medium-high, shaking pot from time to time. Serve with sliced baguette once all the shells have opened, about 8-12 minutes.
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Who doesn’t love a good beet dip? Who I ask you! We manged to smuggle this recipe out of the new Belgard Kitchen in the uber cool Settlement Building in trendy Railtown. Serve with crudites and a side of almonds, this dish is perfect on a sunny spring day.

Ruby Red Beet Dip from Belgard Kitchen

Ruby Red Beet Dip from Belgard Kitchen

Ruby Red Beet Dip

By Executive Chef Reuben Major

Ingredients:

5 medium beets, peeled and baked

1/2 cup goat cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup tahini

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp lemon juice

1.5 tsp red wine vinegar

1.5 tsp salt

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F

Prepare beets by peeling and chopping them into large pieces. Place the beets on a baking sheet and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until beets are tender. Have a fork handy to pierce the beets: they’re done when you feel little to no resistance when piercing the beet. Set aside and let cool completely

In a large bowl, incorporate all remaining ingredients.

Once beets have cooled, add them to the bowl and puree until texture is smooth.

Enjoy!

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