From September 19 to 21, the Sip & Savour Salt Spring Festival brings together growers, food providers and chefs from Salt Spring Island and partners them with local craft brewers and vintners representing the wine growing regions of British Columbia.
Salt Spring Island is home to many small family farms, artisan food providers and a fishing community which provide a bountiful harvest of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, breads and cheeses, famous Salt Spring lamb, farm raised, heritage breeds of pork and chickens, daily catches of crab, mussels and oysters - and in September, local salmon.
Surrounding Salt Spring Island are the nearby southern Gulf Islands, the verdant Cowichan Valley, the rich plains of the Saanich Peninsula and the other southern Gulf Islands 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. During the festival, these are featured together with representation from other wine regions of B.C. and some of the finest Vancouver Island craft beer.
On Friday evening, local restaurants and farms will be hosting Harvest Dinners where the talent of chefs will combine with locally produced ingredients in seasonally inspired menus. Wine and beer selections will be paired with specific courses, either in set menus or as you choose.
The culinary adventure continues on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. with the Famous Salt Spring Saturday Market, where everything is grown, harvested, created and made on Salt Spring Island. In Ganges on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., the Salt Spring Island Farmers Institute will be transformed into a fabulous Grazing Experience as visitors sip fine wines and craft beer from B.C. and savour samples of delicious local foods, prepared by island chefs. Attendees can talk to the grower, ask the chef how they prepared the ingredients and discuss how the wine or beer complements the resulting dish.
New for 2014 is the Harbour House Sparkling Wine Brunch at the Harbour House Hotel and Restaurant. Many BC sparkling wines will be available to taste, then choose a glass of your favourite to enjoy with their sumptuous award winning brunch, prepared Chef Brooke Winters, with the farm's fresh organic eggs and produce.
As a bonus to your Sip & Savour Salt Spring weekend, stay and enjoy events during National Organic Week, culminating with the 16th Annual Salt Spring Apple Festival on Sunday, September 28. Tour various farms and attend the main event at Fulford Hall.
Many of Salt Spring Island's hotels, resorts and B&Bs greet guests with weekend accommodation rates and a special island welcome! Visitors can also enjoy a studio, winery and farm tours, 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.