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Cowichan Bay Wine Festival Participants and Events

September 14-18 Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island

Grape Stomp 
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 1:30 to 4:30pm
Downtown Duncan at City Square Stage
Sponsored by: DBIA
Premier event tickets available for purchase

CW&CF Wine Tasting
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 7pm
Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre
in the Comeakin Room
Presented by: Couverdon
Music by Dave Hart ~ solo instrumentalist
Premier event tickets available for purchase

CW&CF Wine Symposium
Saturday, Sept.17 & Sunday, Sept. 18
Series of 4 weekend day sessions
How To Taste Wine – 10am
Varietals of Cowichan – 11am
Wine and Food Pairing – 1pm
Terroir of Cowichan – 2pm

1. Yellow Point Cranberries
7 days a week 11am to 5pm
4532 Yellowpoint Road, Ladysmith
250.245.5283 • www.yellowpointcranberries.com
The Cranberry Café will be open with a limited menu of cranberry baked goods, drinks, soup and cranberry pesto pizza. Enjoy complimentary sampling of cranberry wine and sampling of over 25 farm-made cranberry products from heirloom cranberry salsa to cranberry streusel cake to cranberry tapenade. Choose a self-guided tour or a guided tour at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm including harvest, cleaning and sorting, and packaging demos.

2. Stone Soup Inn
Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 10pm
6755 Cowichan Lake Road, Cowichan Lake
250.749.3848 • www.stonesoupinn.ca
Experience a five course locavore dinner with optional local wine pairing. The menu may change daily based on the availability of seasonal local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch and is simply prepared, with a focus on timing, restraint and the wines and ciders of the area.

3. Averill Creek Vineyard
Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm
6552 North Road, Duncan
250.709.9986 •
Complimentary tours of the winery. Wine tastings – $5 for 5 tickets, 1 ticket per 1 oz pour. Visit their artizan market with Untamed Feast, Fat Chili Farm, Vancouver Island Salt Company, Café Caravaggio and Cowichan Pasta Company. Culinary fare provided by Art to Eat Catering. Live music on the patio with Dave Hart with guest vocalist Meena, Sat. only.

On Sat., Sept. 17th, a five course Winemaker’s Dinner hosted by Deerholme Farm and renowned Chef Bill Jones featuring Averill Creek wines and Cowichan foods with Spanish flavours. Tickets: $125.

4. Deol Family Estate Winery
7 days a week 11am to 5pm
6645 Somenos Road, Duncan
250.746.3967 • www.deolestatewinery.com
The Deol family presents Traditional Indian Cuisine like Popuras and Somosas to accompany your wine tasting. All Deol wines are produced from 100% estate grown grapes.

5. 22 Oaks Winery
Thursday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
1-6380 Lakes Road, Duncan
250.709.0787 • www.22oakswinery.ca
Tastings el fresco at the wine café with wines by the glass and flights of wine with snacks to purchase. Sparkling Bar – Taste some final new releases alone or pair them with our WOW Wild Blackberry for a Mure Royale. Enjoy the oyster bar and the view. On Sat., Sept. 17th and Sun., Sept. 18th at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm Cooking Demos with The Fabulous Duo of Mark (Winemaker) and Brian (Stonefield Farms) will entertain you with some great ideas. Samples will be given for the front rows. Stonefield Farm will be onsite with cooking demo ingredients. Walk in amongst the grapes for “Vendors in the Vineyard” to see regional offerings or go on a Winemaker tour see the equipment and stump the Winemaker for a free keychain. On Sun., Sept. 17th savour items from Farm’s Gate Food & Catering and on Sun., Sept. 18th meet Winefeast 2011 author Troy Townsin for a book signing.

6. Providence Farm
Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm
Thursday & Friday are working days on the farm and the public is welcome.
1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan
250.746.4204 • www.providence.bc.ca

Come visit historic Providence Farm. Settled in 1864, the Farm today is an organic working therapeutic farm. Self-guided tours are available all day and historic guided tours will be offered daily during the Festival. Sunday is family day, filled with activities for kids and adults. Enjoy hand-made pizza from the outdoor brick oven.

On Thurs., Sept. 15th, 6 – 9 pm, Cowichan Chef’s Table and invited BC chefs are hosting a culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada’s Urban Peasant. The event will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider. Tickets: $100.

7. Riverwalk Café at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre
Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am – 3pm
Saturday for Dinner 4:30pm – 8pm
200 Cowichan Way, Duncan
250.746.8119 • www.quwutsun.ca
An ideal destination for Authentic Contemporary Native Cuisine. Their chef has created a delicious menu using traditional ingredients such as salmon, venison, buffalo, and halibut. Each dish is prepared individually and served with a complimentary basket of freshly baked native breads. Guests can enjoy their meals in the relaxing atmosphere on their patio along the beautiful Cowichan River with local wines.

8. Glenora Farm – Glenora Corners Store & Cafe
Wednesday to Friday 8am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am to 8pm
3631 Glenora Road, Duncan
250.746.5313 • www.glenorafarm.com
Glenora Corners Store & Cafe offers a special festival menu and live music at the outdoor cafe. Glenora Farm is a place where care givers and people with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together, sharing in a culturally rich and productive environment.

9. Zanatta Winery & Vinoteca on the Vineyard
Special Festival Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm
5039 Marshall Road, Duncan
250.748.2338 • www.zanatta.ca
Tastings in the courtyard as well as Champagne tastings on the veranda with flights of Champagne. Vinoteca restaurant & wine bar offers a special festival menu with optional pairings.

10. Godfrey Brownell Vineyards
Tasting and tapas all day each day. On Sat. from 1 pm – 4 pm Maureen Washington performs and on Sun. from 1 pm – 4 pm enjoy Orkestra Slivovica, an exuberant Balkan-Gypsy Band.
On Sat., Sept. 17th, from 5pm to 9pm the traditional dinner dance with a performance by Orkestra Slivovica complete with a dinner buffet and a sparkling wine. Tickets: $50.

11. Rocky Creek Winery
Wednesday to Monday 11am – 4pm
1854 Myhrest Road, Cowichan Bay
250.748.5622 • www.rockycreekwinery.ca
Tastings el fresco at the wine café with wines by the glass and flights of wine with snacks to purchase. Enjoy the oyster bar, view and a series of winemaker cooking demos featuring regional cook books recipes that pair with the wines. Stonefield Farm will be onsite with cooking demo ingredients. Walk in amongst the grapes for “Vendors in the Vineyard” to see regional offerings or go on a Winemaker tour.

12. Masthead Restaurant
7 days a week 5pm to 10pm
1705 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay
250.748.3714 • www.themastheadrestaurant.com
On Thurs., Sept. 15th, at 4:30 pm an exclusive event with a Riedel Glass Tasting of Alderlea Vineyards’ wines at the Masthead Restaurant. All guests will take home a complimentary set of four Riedel Crystal Tasting Glasses. Guests will then stroll to the Arthur Vickers Gallery for a reception with hors d’oeurvres, bubbly and intimate conversation with the artist. The evening will conclude with a four course Taste of Cowichan dinner by Chef Martin Harrison with local wine pairing. Tickets: $225.

13. terrain regional kitchen
7 days a week 8am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday until 10pm
1681 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay
250.597.0050 • www.terrainregionalkitchen.com
Sit back and relax, enjoy delicious food and wines, while watching for sea lions, seals, humpback whales and orcas, or be soothed by a beautiful west coast sunset. They are proud to provide a casual, fine dining experience, bringing the splendours of the Cowichan Valley to your table. All of their meals are prepared with only local seafood, meats, vegetables and cheeses, served with a great selection of local wines.

On Sun., Sept. 18th, at 7 pm, terrain regional kitchen and the oceanfront suites in Cowichan Bay present the Festival Wrap Up Party. Live music ~ Scott McGill & Groove Social. Tickets: $25.

14. Cherry Point Estate Wines
Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
840 Cherry Point Road, Cobble Hill
250.743.1272 • www.cherrypointvineyards.com
Visit the tasting room or the Bistro Restaurant and enjoy their unique vineyard views, fresh local ingredients, innovative West Coast inspired cuisine, great Island wine and unmatched service.

On Fri., Sept. 16th, the Friends of Cherry Point Dinner will feature a special wine release. Only 90 tickets are available for sale at $65. Annually sold out event.

15. Enrico Winery
7 days a week 11am to 5pm
3280 Telegraph Road, Mill Bay
250.733.2356 • www.enricowinery.com
Home to award winning wines and friendly people. Join them in their Cantina for a wine tasting and stroll through their picturesque vineyards of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Ortega, Cabernet Foch and Cabernet Libra. Relax and sip wine in their picnic area by the trout pond. They would love to meet you and show you around. Enrico’s mission is to please you with premium quality wines.

16. Organic Fair Inc.
7 days a week 10am to 5pm
1935 Doran Road, Cobble Hill
250.733.2035 • www.organicfair.com
Come to their beautiful organic farm and enjoy a fresh from the farm gourmet country lunch from 12 pm till 5 pm Sat. & Sun. Experience a delicious organic chocolate tasting, quench your thirst with a farm grown soda and finish with the best organic ice cream in our signature handmade waffle cone. Lunch Menu available.

17. Merridale Ciderworks
Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 3pm
1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill
250.743.4293 • www.merridalecider.com
During the festival Merridale Cider is offering Cider Tastings by donation, self-guided tours cellar and orchard tours, free deli & bakery samples and lunch in the Bistro (reservations recommended). Free events: “Art in Progress” – 12-3 pm Sat., Sept. 17th & Sun, Sept. 18th – a collective gathering of local artists in the apple orchard, and a true feast for the eyes as you watch artwork in progress-Chantey Deal, Susan Witham, Dave Airs, Carol Anne Shaw, Devon Gillett, Andrew Kent, Elizabeth Wellborn, and Pipi Tustian, our resident artist. All work available in the store. “Meet the Author” – 12-3 pm Sat., Sept.17th -Troy Townsin. Reservations required: Sun., Sept. 18th, 3 pm – Distilling Seminar, Barrel tastings and soon to be released carbonated fruit vodka with Rick Pipes; 4 pm – “The Audition” – A ballet comedy performance by the pond with dinner theatre packages; and, 5 pm – Pizza Night Performance with Eric Harper live on the deck of the Ciderhouse -indulge in gourmet pizza and drink as we wrap up the festive weekend.

18. Unsworth Vineyards
Friday to Sunday 11am – 6pm
2915 Cameron-Taggart Road, Mill Bay
250.929.2292 • www.unsworthvineyards.com
Picnic lunches available during open hours, with Unsworth wines and delicacies from Amusé Restaurant. Jessica Kerr, a local weaver, will have her art on display. The picnic lunches are available throughout the festival: charcuterie boards – Amusé cured meats, mustards, chutneys and local cheese that pair with Unsworth wine, choice of white or red.

On Sat., Sept. 17th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Unsworth together with Amusé Restaurant present a wine and food pairing. Music Entertainment by Oliver Swain. Tickets: Amusé Restaurant & Bakery and Unsworth Vineyards. Tickets: $30.

19. O.U.R. Ecovillage

7 days a week 10am to 4pm
1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake
250.743.3067 • www.ourecovillage.org
Who owns the food chain?! Let’s talk food security in the Cowichan – come to the 2011 Insight into GMOs Symposium at O.U.R. Ecovillage, with keynote speaker Dr. D. Huber. Yummy local treats, edible landscaping, local producer kiosks, exquisite natural buildings, and their annual local food feast FUNdraiser sit-down dinner. Drop in during the festival, or reserve early for the dinner and symposium.

20. GBS Glassblowing
Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
678 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake
250.743.5666 • www.glassblow.ca
Watch an old world artisan at his craft during glass blowing demonstration. Browse their fine range of gifts items.

Masthead Restaurant and Alderlea Wine Dinner

The Masthead Restaurant & The Arthur Vickers Gallery celebrate the Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival event!

The Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival (CW&CF) Committee is pleased to announce an exclusive event hosted by The Masthead Restaurant featuring Riedel, The Wine Glass Company, Alderlea Wines and iconic west coast artist Arthur Vickers on Thursday, September 15th, 2011.

“We are very pleased that The Masthead Restaurant and Arthur Vickers have so generously created this one-of-a kind experience for the 2011 Festival visitors,” mused Mike Hanson, Festival Director, 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

The Masthead Restaurant

1705 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay

Tickets:$225

Seating is limited.

Email: luke.harms@shaw.ca or call  250.748.3714

“It is a great pleasure to create this showcase featuring the amazing bounty and talents of the Cowichan,” stated Luke Harms, Proprietor, The Masthead Restaurant.

This remarkable afternoon will start with an unique and fascinating Riedel Glass Tasting of Alderlea Vineyards’ wines at the Masthead Restaurant in Cowichan Bay. Roger and Nancy Dosman of Alderlea with David Saunders of Riedel will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a glass and our perception and enjoyment of wines. All guests will take home a complimentary set of four Riedel Crystal Tasting glasses.

Guest will then stroll next door to the Arthur Vickers Gallery picturesque building for reception with hors d’oeurvre, bubbly and intimate conversation with the artist as he shares his history and legends of the true west coast. Arthur uses many mediums and his voice to unlock the magic and mystery of arguable some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and coastlines.

“I believe it is my purpose as an artist to tell the stories and capture through my artwork not only our world, but also my past and the beauty and legends of the coast that I love,” declared Arthur Vickers.

This distinctive experience will conclude with a four course Taste of Cowichan dinner prepared by Chef Martin Harrison with local wine pairing at the Masthead Restaurant. Taxi recommended.

Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival

The Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival invites wine and culinary aficionados to their wineries & farms doorsteps September 14th – 18th, 2011.

The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival will celebrate Vancouver Island wines, culinary excellence, original music and art from September 14th – 18th, 2011.

The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival is designed as a self-explore festival where visitors are encouraged to download a map from the website or pick one up from a festival participant before sipping and tasting their way through the Cowichan Region. All festival participants will have something special going on during the weekend-long festival and most daytime activities are free of charge. In addition to all the free activities, visitors can also choose to purchase tickets to some of the premier events. Attend exclusive winemakers’ dinners or enjoy one of your favourite bottles of wine over a buffet lunch.

 

The Masthead Restaurant

5 Star Culinary excellence in a relaxed atmosphere. Creative specialties featuring local farm and vineyard products plus popular offerings to suit all palates. Licensed. Chef Martin Harrison and Sous-Chef Steven Smith. Open evenings from 5:00 pm.

 

Arthur Vickers

Arthur Vickers is often described as a modern day renaissance man. Known for his easy laugh and his love of telling stories that broaden our view of nature and the world around us, Vickers is also recognized for his

highly sought after and internationally collected artworks. The gallery celebrates Arthur’s Vickers’ passion for the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia’s coastal communities. In his work and storytelling, he captures the legends of his past, honouring the natural beauty that has surrounded him all his life and the many ancestral legends of British Columbia’s First Nations. Vickers’ uses many artistic mediums, along with his voice to unlock the magic and mystery of arguable some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and coastlines.

 

Alderlea Vineyards

Roger and Nancy Dosman operate Alderlea Vineyards near Duncan on the slopes above Quamichan Lake in the Cowichan Valley (Prior to 1911, the town of Duncan was known as Alderlea). Established in 1992, winemaker Roger is dedicated to growing high quality grapes and producing 100% estate grown wines. All products are made from the vineyard’s grapes, including superb white wines, red wines and ports.

Our white wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, while our red wines are aged in American and French oak barrels. Our careful vineyard management and dedication to winemaking produces quality Cowichan Valley wines, full in varietal character and easily enjoyed with a variety of cuisine.

“With great pride 100% of our wine is produced only from grapes grown on our beautiful 10 acre Cowichan Valley vineyard” ~ Roger Dosman – Wine Grower

Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival

Nectar, Nourishment & Knowledge – Expanded 2011 Festival Line Up

The 7th Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival invites wine and culinary aficionados to wineries, farms and restaurants doorsteps from Wed., Sept. 14th through Sun., Sept. 18th.

The 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival is presenting five NEW major festival events in addition to our traditional weekend celebration. Designed as a self-explore experience, visitors are encouraged to pick up or download a festival map before sipping and tasting their way through the Cowichan. All 26 festival participants will have something special going on over five days, and most daytime activities are free of charge. Visitors can also choose to purchase tickets to the festival participants’ events on Thursday through Sunday. Ticketed events range from $25 to $225 per person and in size from dinners for 24 to parties of up to 200. Reservations required and tickets are limited.

“Our community has rallied around our vintners, farmers, food producers and chefs who have created tasting or tour activities and events showcasing the best of Cowichan,” commented  Mike Hanson, Festival Director 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival. “Together we are offering a truly memorable cultural destination experience.”

The festival begins Wed., Sept. 14th at 1:30 p.m. in beautiful Downtown Duncan with a community Grape Stomp at City Square Stage. After the Grape Stomp visit Bistro 161 for tasting flights of local wine by the glass and their Tapas Menu or step into elCentro Cafe for fabulous Jazz and their West Coast Latin Menu. Then at 7 p.m. join us for the Cowichan Wine Tasting in the Comeakin Room at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre.

On Thur., Sept. 15th at 6 p.m., Cowichan Chef’s Table and invited BC chefs are hosting a culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada’s Urban Peasant. This fundraiser for Providence Farm will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider. They will also be officially launching the James Barber Wood Burning Oven project, the chefs gift to Providence Farm.

A weekend day spent at the festival will take you on a journey through the scenic and meandering country roads of Cowichan, where visitors will find themselves alternating between ocean, mountain, field and rainforest views. The festival offers an assortment of the region’s best wines and ciders, tours and tastings, unique farm-fresh epicurean delights from organic farms and food producers, live entertainment, green Earth seminars, hand-blown glassware, and your favourite bottles of wine over lunch. To further enhance your experience take in a weekend session at the 1st Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival Wine Symposium presented by Vancouver Island University at its new Cowichan Campus.

Then at 7 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 18th, you are invited to join the closing celebrations at our ticketed Wrap up Party hosted by terrain regional kitchen and the oceanfront suites in Cowichan Bay.

Join us for fine food, fine wine and fine friends in the beautiful and bountiful Cowichan.

Grape Stomp 
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 1:30 to 4:30pm
Downtown Duncan at City Square Stage
Sponsored by: DBIA
Premier event tickets available for purchase

CW&CF Wine Tasting
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 7pm
Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre
in the Comeakin Room
Presented by: Couverdon
Music by Dave Hart ~ solo instrumentalist
Premier event tickets available for purchase

CW&CF Wine Symposium
Saturday, Sept.17 & Sunday, Sept. 18
Series of 4 weekend day sessions
How To Taste Wine – 10am
Varietals of Cowichan – 11am
Wine and Food Pairing – 1pm
Terroir of Cowichan – 2pm

1. Yellow Point Cranberries
7 days a week 11am to 5pm
4532 Yellowpoint Road, Ladysmith
250.245.5283 • www.yellowpointcranberries.com
The Cranberry Café will be open with a limited menu of cranberry baked goods, drinks, soup and cranberry pesto pizza. Enjoy complimentary sampling of cranberry wine and sampling of over 25 farm-made cranberry products from heirloom cranberry salsa to cranberry streusel cake to cranberry tapenade. Choose a self-guided tour or a guided tour at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 4:00 pm or 4:30 pm including harvest, cleaning and sorting, and packaging demos.

2. Stone Soup Inn
Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 10pm
6755 Cowichan Lake Road, Cowichan Lake
250.749.3848 • www.stonesoupinn.ca
Experience a five course locavore dinner with optional local wine pairing. The menu may change daily based on the availability of seasonal local ingredients. Everything is made from scratch and is simply prepared, with a focus on timing, restraint and the wines and ciders of the area.

3. Averill Creek Vineyard
Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm
6552 North Road, Duncan
250.709.9986 •
Complimentary tours of the winery. Wine tastings – $5 for 5 tickets, 1 ticket per 1 oz pour. Visit their artizan market with Untamed Feast, Fat Chili Farm, Vancouver Island Salt Company, Café Caravaggio and Cowichan Pasta Company. Culinary fare provided by Art to Eat Catering. Live music on the patio with Dave Hart with guest vocalist Meena, Sat. only.

On Sat., Sept. 17th, a five course Winemaker’s Dinner hosted by Deerholme Farm and renowned Chef Bill Jones featuring Averill Creek wines and Cowichan foods with Spanish flavours. Tickets: $125.

4. Deol Family Estate Winery
7 days a week 11am to 5pm
6645 Somenos Road, Duncan
250.746.3967 • www.deolestatewinery.com
The Deol family presents Traditional Indian Cuisine like Popuras and Somosas to accompany your wine tasting. All Deol wines are produced from 100% estate grown grapes.

5. 22 Oaks Winery
Thursday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
1-6380 Lakes Road, Duncan
250.709.0787 • www.22oakswinery.ca
Tastings el fresco at the wine café with wines by the glass and flights of wine with snacks to purchase. Sparkling Bar – Taste some final new releases alone or pair them with our WOW Wild Blackberry for a Mure Royale. Enjoy the oyster bar and the view. On Sat., Sept. 17th and Sun., Sept. 18th at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm Cooking Demos with The Fabulous Duo of Mark (Winemaker) and Brian (Stonefield Farms) will entertain you with some great ideas. Samples will be given for the front rows. Stonefield Farm will be onsite with cooking demo ingredients. Walk in amongst the grapes for “Vendors in the Vineyard” to see regional offerings or go on a Winemaker tour see the equipment and stump the Winemaker for a free keychain. On Sun., Sept. 17th savour items from Farm’s Gate Food & Catering and on Sun., Sept. 18th meet Winefeast 2011 author Troy Townsin for a book signing.

6. Providence Farm
Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm
Thursday & Friday are working days on the farm and the public is welcome.
1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan
250.746.4204 • www.providence.bc.ca

Come visit historic Providence Farm. Settled in 1864, the Farm today is an organic working therapeutic farm. Self-guided tours are available all day and historic guided tours will be offered daily during the Festival. Sunday is family day, filled with activities for kids and adults. Enjoy hand-made pizza from the outdoor brick oven.

On Thurs., Sept. 15th, 6 – 9 pm, Cowichan Chef’s Table and invited BC chefs are hosting a culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada’s Urban Peasant. The event will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider. Tickets: $100.

7. Riverwalk Café at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre
Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am – 3pm
Saturday for Dinner 4:30pm – 8pm
200 Cowichan Way, Duncan
250.746.8119 • www.quwutsun.ca
An ideal destination for Authentic Contemporary Native Cuisine. Their chef has created a delicious menu using traditional ingredients such as salmon, venison, buffalo, and halibut. Each dish is prepared individually and served with a complimentary basket of freshly baked native breads. Guests can enjoy their meals in the relaxing atmosphere on their patio along the beautiful Cowichan River with local wines.

8. Glenora Farm – Glenora Corners Store & Cafe
Wednesday to Friday 8am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am to 8pm
3631 Glenora Road, Duncan
250.746.5313 • www.glenorafarm.com
Glenora Corners Store & Cafe offers a special festival menu and live music at the outdoor cafe. Glenora Farm is a place where care givers and people with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together, sharing in a culturally rich and productive environment.

9. Zanatta Winery & Vinoteca on the Vineyard
Special Festival Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm
5039 Marshall Road, Duncan
250.748.2338 • www.zanatta.ca
Tastings in the courtyard as well as Champagne tastings on the veranda with flights of Champagne. Vinoteca restaurant & wine bar offers a special festival menu with optional pairings.

10. Godfrey Brownell Vineyards
Tasting and tapas all day each day. On Sat. from 1 pm – 4 pm Maureen Washington performs and on Sun. from 1 pm – 4 pm enjoy Orkestra Slivovica, an exuberant Balkan-Gypsy Band.
On Sat., Sept. 17th, from 5pm to 9pm the traditional dinner dance with a performance by Orkestra Slivovica complete with a dinner buffet and a sparkling wine. Tickets: $50.

11. Rocky Creek Winery
Wednesday to Monday 11am – 4pm
1854 Myhrest Road, Cowichan Bay
250.748.5622 • www.rockycreekwinery.ca
Tastings el fresco at the wine café with wines by the glass and flights of wine with snacks to purchase. Enjoy the oyster bar, view and a series of winemaker cooking demos featuring regional cook books recipes that pair with the wines. Stonefield Farm will be onsite with cooking demo ingredients. Walk in amongst the grapes for “Vendors in the Vineyard” to see regional offerings or go on a Winemaker tour.

12. Masthead Restaurant
7 days a week 5pm to 10pm
1705 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay
250.748.3714 • www.themastheadrestaurant.com
On Thurs., Sept. 15th, at 4:30 pm an exclusive event with a Riedel Glass Tasting of Alderlea Vineyards’ wines at the Masthead Restaurant. All guests will take home a complimentary set of four Riedel Crystal Tasting Glasses. Guests will then stroll to the Arthur Vickers Gallery for a reception with hors d’oeurvres, bubbly and intimate conversation with the artist. The evening will conclude with a four course Taste of Cowichan dinner by Chef Martin Harrison with local wine pairing. Tickets: $225.

13. terrain regional kitchen
7 days a week 8am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday until 10pm
1681 Cowichan Bay Road, Cowichan Bay
250.597.0050 • www.terrainregionalkitchen.com
Sit back and relax, enjoy delicious food and wines, while watching for sea lions, seals, humpback whales and orcas, or be soothed by a beautiful west coast sunset. They are proud to provide a casual, fine dining experience, bringing the splendours of the Cowichan Valley to your table. All of their meals are prepared with only local seafood, meats, vegetables and cheeses, served with a great selection of local wines.

On Sun., Sept. 18th, at 7 pm, terrain regional kitchen and the oceanfront suites in Cowichan Bay present the Festival Wrap Up Party. Live music ~ Scott McGill & Groove Social. Tickets: $25.

14. Cherry Point Estate Wines
Wednesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 4 pm
840 Cherry Point Road, Cobble Hill
250.743.1272 • www.cherrypointvineyards.com
Visit the tasting room or the Bistro Restaurant and enjoy their unique vineyard views, fresh local ingredients, innovative West Coast inspired cuisine, great Island wine and unmatched service.

On Fri., Sept. 16th, the Friends of Cherry Point Dinner will feature a special wine release. Only 90 tickets are available for sale at $65. Annually sold out event.

15. Enrico Winery
7 days a week 11am to 5pm
3280 Telegraph Road, Mill Bay
250.733.2356 • www.enricowinery.com
Home to award winning wines and friendly people. Join them in their Cantina for a wine tasting and stroll through their picturesque vineyards of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Ortega, Cabernet Foch and Cabernet Libra. Relax and sip wine in their picnic area by the trout pond. They would love to meet you and show you around. Enrico’s mission is to please you with premium quality wines.

16. Organic Fair Inc.
7 days a week 10am to 5pm
1935 Doran Road, Cobble Hill
250.733.2035 • www.organicfair.com
Come to their beautiful organic farm and enjoy a fresh from the farm gourmet country lunch from 12 pm till 5 pm Sat. & Sun. Experience a delicious organic chocolate tasting, quench your thirst with a farm grown soda and finish with the best organic ice cream in our signature handmade waffle cone. Lunch Menu available.

17. Merridale Ciderworks
Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 3pm
1230 Merridale Road, Cobble Hill
250.743.4293 • www.merridalecider.com
During the festival Merridale Cider is offering Cider Tastings by donation, self-guided tours cellar and orchard tours, free deli & bakery samples and lunch in the Bistro (reservations recommended). Free events: “Art in Progress” – 12-3 pm Sat., Sept. 17th & Sun, Sept. 18th – a collective gathering of local artists in the apple orchard, and a true feast for the eyes as you watch artwork in progress-Chantey Deal, Susan Witham, Dave Airs, Carol Anne Shaw, Devon Gillett, Andrew Kent, Elizabeth Wellborn, and Pipi Tustian, our resident artist. All work available in the store. “Meet the Author” – 12-3 pm Sat., Sept.17th -Troy Townsin. Reservations required: Sun., Sept. 18th, 3 pm – Distilling Seminar, Barrel tastings and soon to be released carbonated fruit vodka with Rick Pipes; 4 pm – “The Audition” – A ballet comedy performance by the pond with dinner theatre packages; and, 5 pm – Pizza Night Performance with Eric Harper live on the deck of the Ciderhouse -indulge in gourmet pizza and drink as we wrap up the festive weekend.

18. Unsworth Vineyards
Friday to Sunday 11am – 6pm
2915 Cameron-Taggart Road, Mill Bay
250.929.2292 • www.unsworthvineyards.com
Picnic lunches available during open hours, with Unsworth wines and delicacies from Amusé Restaurant. Jessica Kerr, a local weaver, will have her art on display. The picnic lunches are available throughout the festival: charcuterie boards – Amusé cured meats, mustards, chutneys and local cheese that pair with Unsworth wine, choice of white or red.

On Sat., Sept. 17th, 12 pm – 4 pm, Unsworth together with Amusé Restaurant present a wine and food pairing. Music Entertainment by Oliver Swain. Tickets: Amusé Restaurant & Bakery and Unsworth Vineyards. Tickets: $30.

19. O.U.R. Ecovillage

7 days a week 10am to 4pm
1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake
250.743.3067 • www.ourecovillage.org
Who owns the food chain?! Let’s talk food security in the Cowichan – come to the 2011 Insight into GMOs Symposium at O.U.R. Ecovillage, with keynote speaker Dr. D. Huber. Yummy local treats, edible landscaping, local producer kiosks, exquisite natural buildings, and their annual local food feast FUNdraiser sit-down dinner. Drop in during the festival, or reserve early for the dinner and symposium.

20. GBS Glassblowing
Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
678 Shawnigan Lake Road, Shawnigan Lake
250.743.5666 • www.glassblow.ca
Watch an old world artisan at his craft during glass blowing demonstration. Browse their fine range of gifts items.

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Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival takes place September 14-18

The 7th Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival invites wine and culinary aficionados to wineries, farms and restaurants doorsteps from Wed., Sept. 14th through Sun., Sept. 18th.

The 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival is presenting five NEW major festival events in addition to the traditional weekend celebration. Designed as a self-explore experience, visitors are encouraged to pick up or download a festival map before sipping and tasting their way through the Cowichan. All 26 festival participants will have something special going on over five days, and most daytime activities are free of charge.Visitors can also choose to purchase tickets to the festival participants’ events on Thursday through Sunday. Ticketed events range from $25 to $225 per person and in size from dinners for 24 to parties of up to 200. Reservations required and tickets are limited.

“Our community has rallied around our vintners, farmers, food producers and chefs who have created tasting or tour activities and events showcasing the best of Cowichan,” commented Mike Hanson, Festival Director 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival. “Together we are offering a truly memorable cultural destination experience.”

The festival begins Wed., Sept. 14th at 1:30 p.m. in beautiful Downtown Duncan with a community Grape Stomp at City Square Stage. After the Grape Stomp visit Bistro 161 for tasting flights of local wine by the glass and their Tapas Menu or step into elCentro Cafe for fabulous Jazz and their West Coast Latin Menu. Then at 7 p.m. join us for the Cowichan Wine Tasting in the Comeakin Room at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre.

On Thur., Sept. 15th at 6 p.m., Cowichan Chef’s Table and invited BC chefs are hosting a culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada’s Urban Peasant. This fundraiser for Providence Farm will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider. They will also be officially launching the James Barber Wood Burning Oven project, the chefs gift to Providence Farm.

A weekend day spent at the festival will take you on a journey through the scenic and meandering country roads of Cowichan, where visitors will find themselves alternating between ocean, mountain, field and rainforest views. The festival offers an assortment of the region’s best wines and ciders, tours and tastings, unique farm-fresh epicurean delights from organic farms and food producers, live entertainment, green Earth seminars, hand-blown glassware, and your favourite bottles of wine over lunch. To further enhance your experience take in a weekend session at the 1st Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival Wine Symposium presented by Vancouver Island University at its new Cowichan Campus.

Then at 7 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 18th, you are invited to join the closing celebrations at our ticketed Wrap up Party hosted by terrain regional kitchen and the oceanfront suites in Cowichan Bay.

Join us for fine food, fine wine and fine friends in the beautiful and bountiful Cowichan.

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John Schreiner is the Special Guest Speaker at 1st Cowichan Wine Symposium

Stone Soup Inn announces NEW Festival event featuring John Schreiner 

The 7th Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival is pleased to announce the special guest speaker for the 1st Cowichan Wine Symposium presented by Vancouver Island University at their NEW Cowichan Campus on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th.

“Our community is thrilled! Vancouver Island University is hosting our first Cowichan Wine Symposium and John Schreiner is our special guest speaker,” commented  Mike Hanson, 2011 Festival Director. “We are so grateful to have John join us and share his wealth of knowledge with our visitors at the Symposium and the Stone Soup Inn Dinner.”

John Schreiner is Canada’s most prolific writer of books on wine. Since his first book in 1984, The World of Canadian Wine, he has written 15. One of John Schreiner’s  newest books is BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide (Whitecap Books, $20). BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide is laid out to be a practical tool for touring wineries.

“I persuaded my publishers that the coastal wineries needed a separate guidebook to help them raise their profiles. The coastal producers are every bit as colourful as wine producers elsewhere in the province. Because the wineries are small, there is always a good chance that the owners will be hand to welcome visitors,” said John Schreiner. “It is  a real pleasure to be able to present at the 1st Cowichan Wine Symposium. My newest book will be available for purchase and signing at the end of each of my symposium sessions.”

Wine Symposium 

Saturday, Sept. 17th & Sunday, Sept. 18th

Vancouver Island University – Cowichan Campus

2011 University Way  •  250.746.3500

Series of 4 weekend day sessions
How To Taste Wine – 10 am – Fenix Theuerkorn & Peter Briscoe
Varietals of Cowichan – 11 am- John Schreiner
Wine and Food Pairing – 1 pm –  Fenix Theuerkorn & Peter Briscoe
Terroir of Cowichan – 2 pm – John Schreiner

“Vancouver Island University (VIU) partnering with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has developed a wine business certificate that provides our students with the essentials to understand the business of wine. This enables our students to be more competitive in obtaining employment in wine related industries,” stated Frank “Fenix” Theuerkorn, Faculty of Management, Vancouver Island University. “Our program information can be found at: http://www.viu.ca/calendar/Business/winecertificate.asp”.

Five Course Locavore Dinner with John Schreiner

Saturday, September 17, 6:30PM

“We invite you to join special guest Canadian wine expert John Schreiner at the Stone Soup Inn for an evening of five courses of fine Valley ingredients with paired Cowichan wines and insightful explanation,” stated Chef Brock Windsor, Stone Soup Inn.

Stone Soup Inn 

6755 Cowichan Lake Road, Cowichan Lake

Cost: $110

Call 250.749.3848 to reserve.

The 7th Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival invites wine and culinary aficionados to our wineries, farms and restaurants from Wed., Sept. 14th through Sun., Sept. 18th. The 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival presents five NEW major festival events in addition to our traditional weekend festival. Designed as a self-explore festival, visitors are encouraged to pick up or to download the map before sipping and tasting their way through the Cowichan. All festival participants will have something special going on during the festival and most daytime activities are free of charge. Visitors can also choose to purchase tickets to the festival participants’ events ranging from $25 to $225, reservations required, tickets are limited.  www.wines.cowichan.net  •  1.888.303.3337

Join us for fine food, fine wine and fine friends in the beautiful and bountiful Cowichan.

The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival Announces 2010 Festival Dates

Cowichan Region announces that September 18 to Sunday September 19, 2010 will be the festival dates.

The Festival offers an assortment of the area’s best wines and ciders, unique farm-fresh delights from organic farms, live entertainment, green Earth seminars, and hand-blown glass ware. To spend your day at the festival simply follow the detailed map available on the official website, or pick up the festival brochure at local businesses and tourist info centers.

During the festival purple ‘wine route’ roadside signs will make it easy to find participating properties. All the exquisite festival locations will offer at least one complimentary activity or tasting.

“A tradition of the festival is to be as free as possible to encourage visitors to indulge in the full variety of bounties the festival has to offer. ” says Kellie Turner, Festival Chair.” In addition to exciting free opportunities, visitors can also choose to purchase tickets to premier events, including Winemaker’s dinners at some of our participating venues. “

This year’s Festival launch, a fun evening of sampling ‘what’s to come’, will take place Friday evening, September 17 information contact Cherry Point Estate Wines 250-743-1272.

For more information visit The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival Committee is pleased toth Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival will take place Saturdayth, at Cherry Point Estate Wines For tickets and more www.wines.cowichan.net