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Top Five Culinary Experiences

Southern Vancouver Island is as beautiful as it is bountiful. The area has a well-deserved reputation as "Canada's Provence" for its high quality niche food scene and natural environment.

A few highlights include 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. These products are skillfully prepared and served to the tables of Victoria, including at top-tier restaurants such as Olo, Agrius and Zambris.

Public Markets

Three words: fresh and local.

Stock up on the best of the area’s produce, baked goods and prepared delicacies at one of many public markets. View the public market itinerary for more information on all of the markets.

Food Festivals

No matter the season, there's a food festival happening 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 offering special three course menus and hotel room rates. In spring, the city features Culinaire and the Spot Prawn Festival. In the summer, the annual Taste Festival features over 100 selections from local vineyards and farms. In the fall, Art of the Cocktail showcases all things craft cocktail.

Culinary Tours

With so many foodie destinations to choose from, it’s tough to decide which to try. Skip the guesswork with a guided culinary tour.

For options on foot, try Feast Concierge or Off the Eaten Track’s Oak Bay Brunch Tour, a two-hour trip featuring many of the neighbourhood's best brunch dishes. For culinary discovery by bike, try The Pedaler’s Hoppy Hour Ride, a three-hour tour with stops at several local breweries.

Culinary Lessons

For a hands-on approach to Victoria's culinary scene, try 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 educational culinary experiences.

Food Trucks

With nearly two dozen food trucks serving everything from Cajun and Mexican to seafood, smokehouse, cinnamon buns, and mac and cheese, delicious food on the go is readily available.

Each summer, food truck culture is celebrated with the Victoria Street Food Festival. Find the locations of the trucks with the local street food app.

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