By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re becoming more health conscious the older we are getting and I was wondering if you know of any programs or festivals that focus on organic foods around Vancouver Island? We’ll be taking a trip there in the next couple of weeks.

A: Throughout my travels we always manage to discuss the topic of food. It becomes so popular that the subject takes a front seat to many road trips. Where should we eat breakfast? What do you feel like when you’re in Rome? Well looking at Vancouver Island, this organic farm laden isle has a cornucopia of delicacies with many of them boasting farm fresh ready and seafood so fresh you can still taste the sea when you take a bite.

For foodies, you’ll love to wander through Vancouver Island’s Feast of Fields which is scheduled September 17, 2006 at the Glendale Gardens and Woodland in Victoria.

Here you can sample wine in one hand and hold a napkin in the other as you wander and taste the gourmet offerings of over 50 of the island's top chefs, wineries and micro-breweries. Tickets are $75.00 and $15.00 for children age seven to 12 and free for kids under seven.

Event organizers report that tickets are also available for shuttle buses from downtown Victoria to the event. Feast of Fields is now an annual fundraiser for FarmFolk/CityFolk, a BC organization that works to promote sustainable food systems and develop relationships between local chefs and farmers.

For more information visit In addition, be sure to pick up a copy of the annual Farm Fresh consumer guide published by the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association. It lists markets and their hours. For details log onto

Farm-rich destinations worth highlighting include Cowichan Valley. Located 45 minutes north of Victoria, it means the "warm land" in its native language and boasts the longest growing season in Canada. Another agri-hotspot is the Saanich Peninsula located 20 minutes north of Victoria.

It is arguably the newest and fastest growing agritourism region on Vancouver Island. While travelling from market to market, you can also buy fresh from the farm gate or from roadside stands that scatter country roads. They operate on the honour system.


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