British Columbia is a many splendoured place—that’s why we live here after all! We’re spoiled with snowcapped mountains, beautiful beaches, verdant forests, crystal-clear lakes and rivers, bountiful oceans, amazing food and drink, warm summers and mild winters. Yeah, it rains a bit, but that’s what the Gore-Tex is for. In some lucky corners of the province—like the pocket of paradise that is the Comox Valley—you can even experience it all within a 30-minute drive. Kayaking, snowboarding and mountain biking, all in the same day, if you’re so inclined. But what truly sets the Comox Valley apart as a vacation destination is the wealth of quality food and drink options. Three distinct communities make up the Comox Valley—Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland—each with their own personality and offerings. The valley’s shared agricultural history has given rise to a healthy local food culture. Eating and drinking local is a way of life here—whether its wine from local wineries like 40 Knots or Beaufort, award-winning cheeses from local dairies like Natural Pastures, fresh produce from the many roadside farm stalls like Sieffert’s Farm Market, or beer from any of the many local craft breweries. Speaking of beer, the past year has seen three new craft breweries open in the Comox Valley, along with new craft beer-focused taprooms and restaurants, creating a craft beer mecca almost overnight. It’s just another reason to put this part of Vancouver Island on the top of your B.C. craft beer road trip list.
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Comox Valley, B.C. August 19, 2019 Celebrate cycling, local food, farmers, and producers in the Comox Valley during the 9th annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour on Sunday, September 22nd. Cyclists can tour the various farms and wineries/breweries, enjoy tasty food and drink samples, watch engaging demonstrations such as cow milking and maple syrup production, get lost in a hedge maze, watch a busy bee hive at work, buy amazing local products, and much more. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition partners with Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism, the Comox Valley Farmers Market and area farms to develop this unique cycling experience as a way to drive awareness around the Comox Valley’s cycling beauty and agricultural bounty, and increase visitation and local product sales. The event has changed and grown over the years to not only involve incredible farms, but also craft wineries, breweries and distilleries, and much more. With over 25 stops to choose from, and more being added, there’s something for everyone! Stops include: 40 Knots Estate Winery, Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery, Amara Farm, Anderton Nursery , Berry Best Farm, Big D's Bees, Blue Haven Farm, Blue Moon Winery & Ciderworx, Clever Crow Farm, Coastal Black Estate Winery, Fireweed Farmstead, Forbidden Brewing Co, Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden, Kehler Vegetable Company, Lloydshaven Dairy Farm, Outback Nursery & Garden Centre, Paradise Plants Garden Center, Shelter Point Distillery, Sleeping Dog & Mermaid Farm, Wayward Distillation House, Willovic Farm, and more! Comox Valley Mushrooms, Eatmore Sprouts & Greens, Green Gate Farm, Kate’s Flowers, Lentelus Farms, Seal Bay Farm, and Warwick Dahlias are new additions to the 2019 tour thus far! Cyclists are able to pick their pleasure and choose to visit whichever stops they wish, creating their own tour route, meaning cyclists of every level can enjoy the Tour at their own pace. Each tour stop will be offering a unique experience to cyclists ranging from local product tastings, farm tours, demonstrations and more. Amped Rides will have rental electric bikes available on-site for those who pre-book and The Broken Spoke will be at registration with a tune up booth. Cyclists can pamper themselves with local products without worrying about loading up their bike handlebars with bags – Ambassador Shuttle will pick up purchases and deliver back to the start point. Tickets are $15/person with Kids 15 & under free, and participating Courtenay accommodation providers are offering free registration for guests who stay with them on the Farm Cycle Tour weekend. The Farm Cycle Tour weekend has more culinary activities taking place including the Comox Valley Farmers Market, September 21; Harvest Dinner and Dance, September 21; and Sip & Savour dining experience, offered by Ambassador Tours. For more information visit www.FarmCycleTour.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre 1-855-400-2882. In addition to the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour, September has other great bike events including the Steve Smith Memorial Downhill / BC Cup at Mount Washington Bike Park, September 13-15; 40 Seals Bike Tours by Amped Rides; and Island Joy Rides Chef Series. For more information visit DiscoverComoxValley.com. Media Contact Lara Greasley, Manager, Marketing and Communications Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism 250.334.2427 x 233 or lgreasley@investcomoxvalley.com  
A Comox Valley chef will soon join other culinary legions in the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. On Oct. 7, Ronald St. Pierre of Locals Restaurant will be in the class of inductees. By being inducted in the Hall of Fame, St. Pierre joins industry legends from across the province including Rob Feenie (Cactus Restaurants), Andre St. Jacques (Bearfoot Bistro), Jim Treliving (Boston Pizza), Vikram Vij (Vij’s) and Harry McWatters (Encore Vineyards). The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame is a peer-nominated and peer-voted award. Induction into the Hall of Fame recognizes that an individual has reached a level of professionalism and excellence that not only customers but also fellow restaurateurs recognize. The award celebrates leadership and dedication to making the British Columbia restaurant and foodservice industries world-class. Ronald St. Pierre, owner/chef of Locals Restaurant, is being honoured as a Local Champion. St. Pierre’s commitment to local is proudly displayed on his seasonal menus, his wine list and in his supplier relationships. The award is celebrating his steadfast belief that locally sourced food tastes better, lasts longer, has an economic benefit and provides for a unique customer experience. St. Pierre’s support for small-scale farmers, foragers and producers allow him to make a significant economic contribution to his community. This, together with his consistent volunteerism and willingness to always step up to help events in the Comox Valley a success, makes St. Pierre a perfect fit for this award. The BC Restaurant and Food Services Association’s partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture on the Buy BC: Eat Drink Local program has emphasized the enormous footprint of supporting local food and beverage is. It’s not just about supporting the restaurant operator, but their farmers, foragers and harvesters too. The impact is felt with trucking companies and secondary processors. It allows investments in new systems, supports crop diversity and educates consumers about what is grown and produced here. “When the BCRFA started the program two years ago, we knew we needed to connect local leadership with our Hall of Fame awards,” says president and CEO Ian Tostenson. “Ronald’s leadership in provided a local food and beverage experience that can be measured in blocks and miles to the plate makes us proud to recognize his constant pursuit of excellence and passion. His hard work connects us with the bounty of our province and that makes us all proud British Columbians.” John Watson, executive director of Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism agrees. “Ronald’s many incredible years in the restaurant industry has played a significant role in establishing the Comox Valley’s reputation as a culinary destination. He is a pioneer in the farm to fork movement for the Island. “He has given his time tirelessly to building and expanding culinary events including the BC Seafood Festival and the Comox Valley Dine Around Festival and always supports the regions efforts to become a culinary powerhouse with a focus on regional producers and Chefs. We are so pleased to see him recognized for his leadership.” The Hall of Fame event is open to all restaurant and foodservice professionals. The BCRFA proudly donates a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the BC Hospitality Foundation as a way to give back to the people who make the industry world-class. Early bird tickets for the Oct. 7 gala are now available for purchase online or by phone: 604-669-2239 www.bcrfa.com or www.bcrfahalloffame.com.

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Celebrate cycling, local food, farmers and producers in the Comox Valley during the ninth annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour on Sunday, Sept. 22. Cyclists can tour the various farms and wineries/breweries, enjoy tasty food and drink samples, watch engaging demonstrations such as cow milking and maple syrup production, get lost in a hedge maze, watch a busy beehive at work, buy amazing local products and experience much more. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition partners with Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism, the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and area farms to develop this unique cycling experience as a way to drive awareness around the Comox Valley’s cycling beauty and agricultural bounty, and increase visitation and local product sales. The event has changed and grown over the years to not only involve incredible farms, but also craft wineries, breweries and distilleries, and much more. With over 25 stops to choose from, and more being added, there’s something for everyone. Stops include: 40 Knots Estate Winery, Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery, Amara Farm, Anderton Nursery, Berry Best Farm, Big D’s Bees, Blue Haven Farm, Blue Moon Winery & Ciderworx, Clever Crow Farm, Coastal Black Estate Winery, Fireweed Farmstead, Forbidden Brewing Co, Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden, Kehler Vegetable Company, Lloydshaven Dairy Farm, Outback Nursery & Garden Centre, Paradise Plants Garden Centre, Shelter Point Distillery, Sleeping Dog & Mermaid Farm, Wayward Distillation House, Willovic Farm and more. Comox Valley Mushrooms, Eatmore Sprouts & Greens, Green Gate Farm, Kate’s Flowers, Lentelus Farms, Seal Bay Farm and Warwick Dahlias are new additions to the 2019 tour thus far. Cyclists are able to pick their pleasure and choose to visit whichever stops they wish, creating their own tour route, meaning cyclists of every level can enjoy the tour at their own pace. Each tour stop will be offering a unique experience to cyclists ranging from local product tastings, farm tours, demonstrations and more. Amped Rides will have rental electric bikes available on-site for those who pre-book and The Broken Spoke will be at registration with a tune-up booth. Cyclists can pamper themselves with local products without worrying about loading up their bike handlebars with bags – Ambassador Shuttle will pick up purchases and deliver back to the start point. Tickets are $15/person with kids 15 and under free, and participating Courtenay accommodation providers are offering free registration for guests who stay with them on the Farm Cycle Tour weekend. The Farm Cycle Tour weekend has more culinary activities taking place including the Comox Valley Farmers Market, Sept. 21; Harvest Dinner and Dance, Sept. 21; and Sip & Savour dining experience, offered by Ambassador Tours. For more information visit www.FarmCycleTour.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre 1-855-400-2882.

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Life has its own way of shaping our paths, life will even create road maps for us… for me it came in the form of BC Seafood Festival in Comox Valley.

Visiting BC Seafood Festival in Comox Valley in British Columbia, Canada, was a dream come true for me, this trip not only shaped my future and career plans, this trip propelled me into adulting by inspiring me to make concrete life-goals. A place where crystal clear waters mirror deep blue skies, where the sun sparkles on rippling waves, where fresh air rejuvenates the body and soul. British Columbia’s Comox Valley, is possibly one of the most peaceful places in the world.

Comox Valley

Comox is situated on the southern coast of the Comox Peninsula in the Georgia Strait, on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Comox Valley is known for its perennial beach, sea island and fish and shellfish farming. In this beautiful coastal paradise, seafood is not just food, seafood is an entire culture. Oyster is one of the many seafood that is farmed, processed and immediately air freighted to cities around the world, Fanny Bay Oysters anyone, maybe mussels or geoduck, or fresh farm raised salmon?

Comox Valley is synonym of Seafood culture

The annual British Columbia Seafood and Shellfish Festival or simply BC Seafood Festival is held here every year in June, and it is right here where top chefs, local chefs and chefs from around the world, come to prepare & exhibit their own special seafood recipes. During this 2-week long BC Seafood Festival, people are introduced to the farming of oysters, mussels, prawns, geoduck, salmon and sable fish, and much more.

Organic Farming Market in Comox Valley

In addition to this, BC Seafood Festival introduced us to the organic farming market which is filled with passionate farmers exhibiting their products, here the vendors and farmers encourage all to be environmentally friendly, while being economically sustainable.

Wine & Winery of Comox Valley

Comox Valley is also famous for their wineries. One of the main wineries here is The 40 Knots Estate Winery, which is run by Brenda Hetman-Craig and Lane Robert Craig. Visiting these places were part of BC seafood festival & believe me if you’re wine lover, this place is worth everything. In addition, the Weaver Distillation House is famous for making wine and vodka from honey. In this 7-days long festival, visitors are attracted to all these specialties of Comox Valley. The BC Seafood Festival is not only about food and wines and distilleries, a big part of the festival is full of activities like boating, swimming, island tour, oyster and fish farm tour, Wildlife Tours and even sailing. Comox, on Vancouver Island, welcomed me on day one with light raindrops from pure white clouds, like a blessing from the skies. By the time I had checked into my hotel room, I was reeling from the stunning views of the phenomenal nature scenes everywhere.

I opened my eyes, conquered my fears, and opened my mind to new experiences, new foods.

The very next day I was boarding a vessel at fisherman’s wharf, leaving the harbour behind, riding the waves towards Hollywood Oyster farm. It was an incredible journey, especially for me. Incredible because I used to be deathly afraid of deep waters, but throughout that journey, I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the pristine blue sea. In Delhi, India, I live on a mostly vegetarian diet at home, and eating out I tend to stick to chicken and goat meat when I must. Up until my visit to Comox Valley I had only eaten frozen fish and prawns…not because I didn’t want to, but because I have always lived in a landlocked city. Visiting and eating in Comox I fell in love with, salmon and sable fish, Humboldt squid, crab, wild meat, Shrimps & Grits, Pork Jowl, and so many new flavours and foods I could not have ever imagined. One week in Comox Valley, British Columbia, changed my life for the better, forever. I look forward to the 2019  festival where I plan on sampling every dish created by the talented chefs, and living every adventure on offer to the fullest. Article Source
Fct Tour 2017
Staggering range of farms, food & beverage producers opening their doors for behind the scenes experiences For Immediate Release – September 7, 2018 Comox Valley: The Comox Valley continues to expand its reputation for not only its culinary and agritourism experiences, but also its cycling product. Those two worlds come together for the perfect pairing of education & cycling, in celebration of the regions food and beverage producers, during the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour, Sunday, September 23rd, 10-4 pm. The event is entering its 8th year and has announced 2018 as the largest in its history with 30 stops confirmed for the tour. The event has changed and grown over the years to not only involve incredible farms, but also craft wineries, breweries and distilleries, and much more. Stops include: 40 Knots Estate Winery, Amara Farm, Berry Best Farm, Anderton Nursery, Big D's Bees, Blue Haven Farm, Blue Moon Winery & Ciderworx, Clever Crow Farm, Coastal Black Estate Winery, Courtenay Country Market, Forbidden Brewing Co, Gladstone Brewing Co., Glen Alwin Farm, Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden, Kehler Vegetable Company, Lawn to Food, Lloydshaven Holsteins Ltd, McClintock's Farm, New Sprout Farm, Outback Nursery & Garden Centre, Paradise Plants Garden Centre, Shelter Point Distillery, Wayward Distillation House, and Willovic Farm. Alderlane Farmhouse Bakery, Fireweed Farmstead, Hazel Bloom Farm, I-Hos Gallery, Paradise Plants Garden Centre, Royston Roasting Co., and Sleeping Dog & Mermaid Farm are new additions to the 2018 tour! Cyclists are able to pick their pleasure and choose to visit whichever stops they wish, creating their own tour route, meaning cyclists of every level can enjoy the Tour at their own pace. Each tour stop will be offering a unique, behind the scenes experiences to cyclists ranging from local product tastings, farm tours, demonstrations and more. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition together with the Comox Valley Economic Development & Tourism, the Comox Valley Farmers Market, Comox Valley Farmers Institute and area farms have supported the development of this unique cycling experience as a way to drive awareness around the Comox Valley’s cycling beauty and agricultural bounty, and increase visitation and local agrifood product sales. Tickets are $15/person with Kids 15 & under free, and for those looking to make it a weekend to remember, participating Courtenay accommodation providers are offering FREE registration for guests who stay with them on the Farm Cycle weekend. Island Joy Rides will have rental bikes available on-site for those who pre-book and The Broken Spoke will be at registration with their tune up booth. Don't miss the other fall culinary events including the weekly Comox Valley Farmer's Market, Wine Wednesday at 40 Knots Sept 12, RibFest Sept 14-16th, Tapped Craft Beer Festival Sept 21st Mount Washington Alpine Resort, Filberg's Applepress Party Sept 22nd, Grazing in the Park Sept 23rd, Beer and Cider Fest Sept 28th, Oktoberfest at Gladstones Sept 30th, and the Sip & Savour dining experience offered by Ambassador Tours. A different kind of Halloween-Oktoberfest at Roy's Towne Pub Oct 12th, Farm Fresh Soup Fest in Black Creek Oct 20th. The Steve Smith Memorial BC Cup Finals is a great biking event at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, September 15th & 16th. For more information visit CVFarmCycleTour.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre 1-855-400-2882. Media Contact Lara Greasley, Manager, Marketing and Communications Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism 250.334.2427 x 233, cell 250-702-1298 or lgreasley@investcomoxvalley.com

The 12th annual #BCSeafoodFest held in the Comox Valley celebrates the bounty of BC Seafood

Comox Valley, B.C., June 5, 2018 — After 12 years in the making, the next generation of the BC Seafood Festival is opening from June 8th to 17th and is the largest seafood festival in Western Canada. For 10 days, visitors will be able to taste, explore and experience fresh and local BC seafood. This is a ‘must attend’ event for families to seafood lovers everywhere, and a great chance to learn and explore the abundance and variety of BC seafood. Tickets are on-sale for the Signature Weekend which features numerous day events on June 16th and 17th showcasing the biggest line-up of renowned celebrity guest chefs and chef demonstrations, including the new FortisBC Chef Challenge. Savour some of the most fresh and delicious seafood dishes while being able to sample BC wines, spirits and craft beer and enjoy live entertainment. Returning, due to popular demand, are the Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and the Ocean Wise® Chowder Challenge. A stellar line-up of famed local, domestic and international chefs will be showcasing their talents in cooking demonstrations and chef challenges throughout the weekend. To see if your favourite chef will be participating, go to https://bcseafoodfestival.com/chefs/ for the most up-to-date list. This year’s festival features the largest Kids Interactive Zone ever assembled. Designed to teach children about how seafood is sourced and cooked, there will be touch tanks, interactive displays and seafood cooking classes and – for the first time ever – a visit by the Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan! Several ticketed events have sold out, but tickets to exciting new and popular returning events are still available including: Chef’s Shellfish Showdown, June 8th. Indulge in an evening of culinary adventure as four renowned chef’s battle to prepare your favourite dish.  Enjoy a gala of 8 courses while listening to the sweet sounds of Easy Street and sipping 40 Knots clean crisp wines. Chefs include: Chef Alain Chabot, Chef Jonathan Frazier, Chef Laura Agnew, and Chef Ian Bloom. Comox Valley Rocks for Kids, June 9th. Marina Park is the place-to-be for an all-day music festival “Comox Valley Rocks for Kids!”, presented by 98.9 the GOAT radio, in support of Comox Valley Child Development Association. From 2:00 -11:00 pm music-lovers can attend the first-ever Comox Rocks for Kids! concert and experience a lineup of ‘80’s tribute bands including local and BC talent. ‘ During the Signature Weekend, June 15 –17th, tickets are still available for: Ceviche! Ceviche! Ceviche! June 16th. Mix together two of the world’s top international seafood chefs, with BC seafood, and this MasterClass . Mark Best, Bistro by Mark Best Australia, and Jose Duarte, Taranta, Boston, will share their expertise and tricks of the trade in preparing an incredible seafood Ceviche, and provide attendees tasting samples of their delicious creations MasterClass tickets include a BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend Pass. Baked n’ Boiled! Kitchen Party, June 16th. East-coast meets Westcoast at the seafood boil featuring Mac’s Oysters Ltd. clams prepared by Culinary Team BC, tastings by Shelter Point Distillery and musical entertainment by The Whiskeydicks, the Celtic gypsy party rockers. Guests also receive access to the LIVE in Filberg Park concert on-site following the dinner featuring Enter The Haggis with special guests Rockcod, presented by the Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association. More culinary celebrations are featured throughout week at local producers, restaurants or distilleries, as well as other tours including: Wildlife Tour, Snorkel with Seals and Oyster Farm Cruise tours. Ticket and Information Sales: BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend pass ticket sales are now open and available at BCSeafoodFestival.com. For more information about the Comox Valley, accommodation, chefs, events and tours and the BC Seafood Festival go to BCSeafoodFestival.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitors Center 1-855-400-2882. Join the conversation at #BCSeafoodFest. About the Comox Valley Located midway on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is well known for its culinary bounty from the farms and sea to table. Rich with festivals and sporting events, stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, this region is a place of super natural beauty that offers lush culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. It is comprised of the communities of Comox, Courtenay and surrounding rural areas in the Comox Valley Regional District. Visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com.

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Media Contact: Lara Greasley, Manager, Marketing and Communications Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism 250-702-1298 or lgreasley@investcomoxvalley.com

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