The Salt Spring Harvest Food & Drink Festival will take place from October 1st with the Apple Festival to October 31st, the last day of the Tuesday Farmers Market!

What a great event to celebrate the Fall Harvest on Salt Spring Island!  Included is Sip & Savour Salt Spring on October 21st from 1-4 pm

Our Festival brings together growers, food providers and chefs from Salt Spring Island and partner them with local craft brewers, distillers and vintners representing the Vancouver Island region and the Gulf Island.

FARMS, FOOD, WINE, CRAFT BEER, CIDER –  AND PEOPLE!

Salt Spring Island is known as one of the the organic capitals of Canada!  And now we are also known as a “foodies” paradise!

It’s small family farms, artisan food providers and fishing community provide  a bountiful harvest of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, breads and cheeses, eggs from free range chickens, famous Salt Spring lamb, farm raised, heritage breeds of pork and chickens, daily catches of crab, mussels, oysters, and seasonal local salmon and halibut.

Surrounding Salt Spring Island are the nearby Southern Gulf Islands, the verdant Cowichan Valley, the rich plains of the Saanich Peninsula, all of which share a similar climate, soils and love of the land and sea.

In addition to the wonderful local food, the area is home to the outstanding wines of the ‘Wine Islands’ region. These wines will be featured together some of the finest Vancouver Island Craft Beer, Spirits, Beverages and Health Tonics.   Salt Spring Restaurants will be hosting Harvest Dining Experiences.

THE EVENTS

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

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 after October 15th or at the door.  Tickets are available at sipandsavoursaltspring.com or at the SSI 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.

Many of Salt Spring Island’s hotels, resorts and B&B’s will be greeting guests with weekend accommodation rates and a special island welcome!  Visitors can also enjoy a studio, winery and farm tours, pursue outdoor adventures, visit a spa or yoga studio, dine at one or more of our excellent restaurants, take in a Farm Dinner, and enjoy live entertainment at many local venues. Learn more at www.saltspringtourism.com

Learn more about the Salt Spring Island Agricultural Alliance – www.plantofarm.org.

WHO WE ARE

The Salt Spring Harvest Food & Drink Festival is non-profit festival being organizing by local volunteers from the Salt Spring Community Farm Society along with the the food and beverage producers and restaurateurs of the Salt Spring Island.

This event is proudly presented by the members of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Country Grocer– supporting Salt Spring community for 45 years!  www.countrygrocer.com

Participants to date are:

Participating Breweries and Cideries are Salt Spring Ales and Salt Spring Wild Cider.

Participating Wineries to date are Salt Spring Vineyards and Garry Oaks Winery.

Supporting Partners are Mouat’s Trading, Country Grocers, El Loco Taco and Thrifty Foods.

Media Partners include Eat Magazine and Fishbowl Magazine