Top Five Culinary Experiences
Southern Vancouver Island has developed a reputation as "Canada's Provence" for its high quality, niche food products such as artisan cheeses, water buffalo, pastured poultry, wild mushrooms, salad greens, balsamic vinegar, cider, spirits, leading-edge cocktails and fine wines, all produced by a talented cast of culinary characters. All of these products are skillfully prepared and served to the tables of Victoria, including at top-tier restaurants such as Olo, Café Brio and Camille's.
Two words: fresh and local. Stock up on the very best the area has to offer in terms of produce, baked goods and prepared delicacies at one of the area's many public markets. Visit our public market itinerary for more information on all of the markets.
No matter the season, there's always a food festival worth attending in Victoria. In late February and early March, the annual Dine Around & Stay in Town takes over the city with more than 60 restaurants and hotels special three course menus and hotel room rates; in spring the city features Culinaire and the Spot Prawn Festival; in summer, the annual Taste Festival features 100 plus selections from local vineyards and farms; and in fall Art of the Cocktail showcases all things cocktail.
With so many great foodie destinations to choose from, it can be tough trying to decide which ones to check out. Take the guesswork out of it with a culinary tour, either on foot with Off the Eaten Track and Feast Concierge. or by bicycle with The Pedaler. Popular tours include the Off the Eaten Track's Oak Bay Brunch Tour - a two hour tour featuring many of the neighbourhood's best brunch dishes - and the Hoppy Hour Ride - a three hour tour with stops at many of the local breweries - with The Pedaler.
For a more hands-on approach to Victoria's culinary scene, enroll in a workshop or class. Improve your cooking skills with The London Chef, learn about all things tea-related with Silk Road Tea or head to the Victoria Public Market for any one of a number of workshops and classes on all things food - popular classes include the biweekly Olive The Senses Dinners.
Home to nearly 20 food trucks - serving everything from Mexican food to cinnamon buns to Cajun food to mac and cheese - in Victoria you're never far from a delicious local food truck such as Taco Justice League, Deadbeetz Food Truck and a Streetcar Named New Orleans. Every summer, food truck culture is celebrated with the Victoria Street Food Festival. Visit the local street food app to see which trucks are where!