Defending Our Backyard with the Island Chefs’ Food Fest
I have to start this post by conveying how devastated I am, how crushed to the very dust, because I am unable to attend the Island Chefs’ Food Fest this year. It’s pretty much my favourite food festival on Vancouver Island – the best food ever, all local, prepared with seasonal flavours by the uber-talented members of the Island Chefs’ Collaborative (of which yours truly is a member – ahem.) The ICC Food Fest comes with a whole Vegetarian Tent (!), beverage pairings out the yin-yang, and, of course, lots of help from our awesome local farmers.
I was happy and proud to be a contributing member of the festival last year, but I think I missed the meeting where the ICC members voted to have the festival (aka Defending Our Backyard) moved back two weeks this year, to exactly interfere with my annual getaway in Tofino!
I so would have voted that one down.
I love this festival more than many things, but not more than a sanity-saving retreat with friends. So I won’t be there. But you definitely should be. Aside from all the awesomeness listed above, the ICC Food Fest is located at Fort Rodd Hill, which is a fascinating National Historic Site. The site will be open, with costumed tour guides on hand to tell you all about the hidden cannons, the typical soldier’s diet, the underground rooms, and all that great stuff. In the festival proper, there will be children’s activities, farm stands, musicians, and information booths on every topic from composting to ethical harvesting of seafood.
Have I mentioned all the food? Drool…. Oh, yeah, I have.
Best yet, proceeds from the festival will go to support our small farm grant program. Tickets are super affordable for a festival of this caliber: $50 for an individual and $100 for a family. Please visit Cook Culture or Charelli’s to buy tickets, or purchase them directly from the ICC website.
And, please, let me know how it goes.
Oh, I feel your pain! This is my first year going and I can’t friggin wait!! I’ll take photos and try not to have too much fun…
PS. You don’t happen to know if Fort Rodd Hill is on a bus route, do you? Trying to avoid the vehicle.
Hi Kristy, apparently, you can take the #25, #50, or #61 to Western Exchange and then walk 2 km along Ocean Blvd. It’s also possible that ICC will have a shuttle up and down Ocean Blvd, because they have had one in the past.
I hear about so many chefs holidaying in Tofino. I’m starting to feel like the only person who hasn’t been to SoBo’s yet!
I was really hoping to attend this year, but something came up that gets completely in the way!
Thanks for your comment by the way. I have to admit that I didn’t know you were an island chef, and hadn’t seen your blog back when I wrote about how yummy your smoky maple dressing is. Knock-your-socks-off good! I now get requests of “can you bring that salad, with that dressing? You know the one”
Thanks for the help Heidi – I’ll look into it! :)