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The Salt Spring Island Harvest Food and Drink Festival, presented by Country Grocer, will take place during the month of October, 2017.  Our Festival brings together farmers, growers, food providers and chefs from Salt Spring Island and Vancouver Island, with vintners, brewers, cideries and beverage providers from Salt Spring, neighbouring Gulf Islands, Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island – a “locavore” Food and Drink Festival! 

During the month of October, local restaurants and farms will be hosting Harvest Dinners where the talent of chefs will combine with locally produced ingredients in a winemakers inspired menu.  Restaurants will be encouraged to feature Harvest Food & Drink Festival Inspired Menus with the spotlight on local ingredients, wine and beer offerings.  Participating restaurants, prices, wineries and menus to be announced.  We are also inviting Southern Gulf Island restaurants to be involved!

Some of the marquis events will be:

  • Salt Spring Apple Festival – October 1st
  • Thanksgiving Weekend – October 7 – 9th
  • Harvest Grape Stomp – October 14th
  • World Food Day – October 16th
  • Sip & Savour Salt Spring – October 21st
  • Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Closing Gala – October 21st
  • Farm to Table Dinner on October 23rd
  • Harvest Dinners at local restaurants through October…and more!

Sip & Savour Salt Spring – Saturday October 21st

Your culinary adventure begins with the Salt Spring Saturday Market, where everything is grown, harvested, created and made on Salt Spring Island.  With the bounty of the Fall Harvest upon us, the Market with be brimming with fresh, local fruit, vegetables and grains grown in our unique micro-climate.  The Market opens at 9:00 am and is located in Ganges Village’s Centennial Park.

On Saturday from 1 to 4 pm, the Salt Spring Farmer’s Institute will be transformed into a fabulous Sip & Savour Salt Spring Grazing Experience as visitors will sip fine beverages from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island region and savour samples of delicious local and regional foods prepared by local chefs and food producers.  Early Bird Tickets are $55 and $65 at the door.  Tickets are available online Sip and Savour Ticket Sales or at the Chamber office.  Part proceeds will go towards the Gulf Islands Secondary School Culinary Program, supporting local food education.

On Saturday evening, various locations will be hosting Harvest Dinners and will feature live music and great food to keep you entertained.  Also included is the Closing Gala of SSNAP.  Through the weekend, restaurants will be also hosting long table Harvest Brunch and Dinner events with a focus on the local bounty of the Islands.  Plan your trip on saltspringtourism.com

Eat and Drink Local!  Salt Spring Harvest Festival is sponsored by Country Grocer. The event is supported by the Upper Ganges Liquor Store, Thrifty Foods, Mouat’s Trading and members of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce.  For event information visit www.sipandsavoursaltspring.com.  For information on places to stay, visit saltspringtourism.com

For further information, please contact:

Media & Tickets – Janet Clouston – 250.537.4223 or email chamber@saltspringchamber.com

Sip & Savour Salt Spring Coordinator – Cheryl Roehlig – 250.931.7186 or email croehlig@shaw.ca

Check out this video from Salt Spring Tourism

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