😋 What's happening in Victoria's food scene this week?

Good morning foodies!

Wine fest is here this weekend. Are you excited to check it out? Of course Tasting Victoria is first and foremost a place for food lovers, but we gather that many of you are also wine lovers, too.

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😍 5 spots to try right now

Sherwood Cafe: The last day to grab a snack at Sherwood is tomorrow.

Boardwalk Burgers: Check out the new location that just opened at the Bay Centre.

Ugly Duckling Dining: For a night of fine dining in Chinatown.

Marilena Cafe and Raw Bar: Another upscale spot, and this one specializes in seafood.

Park’s Kitchen: Head to this spot if you’re in the mood for Korean BBQ.

Know a great place we should add here? Reply back and let us know!


Here are 9 specialty stores in Victoria with unique products

📸: Limey (top-left), Oh Sugar (bottom-left), Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe (top-right), and Fernwood General Store (bottom-right). Graphic / Tasting Victoria

The most obvious type of specialty food store is a bakery, but there is a ton of unique specialty food stores importing spices, foods, and chocolate from around the world. For Victoria residents, it means we can enjoy, cook with, and eat new things, or bring back fond memories of our home countries.

From far and wide, and sweet to savoury, here are a handful of particularly wonderful specialty food stores.


Nourish Dinner is back!

Nourish has relaunched their dinner service in May! They've put together a vegetable forward menu featuring local farmers and producers. Bring someone you love and come share a meal with them!

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Check out Victoria’s International Wine Festival this weekend

📸: Victoria International Wine Festival / Facebook

Autumn’s here, and that means it’s wine season.

From Sep. 28 to Oct. 1, wine lovers, enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and newcomers are welcomed to the Victoria International Wine Festival at venues across the city over the course of three days.

Featuring wine from around the world, the Victoria International Wine Festival will have masterclasses, seminars, and tastings with experts from the Pacific Northwest and California.

Here are the details.

🗞️ News

A new vegan burger shop is coming to downtown Victoria. Last year, Odd Burger announced it was expanding to 36 locations across Canada, and Victoria was one of the first in that wave. Odd Burger representatives told Tasting Victoria permits were just approved and construction at 790 Fisgard St. will start soon.

Sriracha lovers in Victoria are missing the hot sauce. Though there are other brands to try, many are dedicated to the signature bottle with the rooster and the green cap, but it’s been missing from Victoria shelves for some time now. [Victoria News]

Boardwalk Burgers now open. The burger joint officially opened this week at the Bay Centre, with an official grand opening event in October. Head to the Fort Street entrance and try out the burgers, fries, and shakes.

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🗓️ Events

Just Matcha Tea Shop: This local shop is celebrating 10 years in business on Oct. 7 with drink specials, nibbles, and giveaways from 11am to 6pm at 544 Pandora Ave.

Max Mackrill and Tom Lang: Catch live music at Penny Farthing Pub this weekend. Max Mackrill on Friday at 8pm, and Tom Lang on Saturday at 8pm.

Wine Wise - Champagne: Join the team at Vessel Liquor for a class on the history, region, and styles of champagne on Saturday from 2:30-4pm.

Bastion Square Summer Market: Check out the last Foodie Friday at this market series tomorrow from 11am to 5pm.

 💸 Deals

• $6 Tuesdays at CRAFT Beer Market. Grab a $6 burger and select drinks, with extra toppings for $3, every Tuesday.

• $6 sleeves and $5 ciders at Lido Bar and Bistro during happy hour on weekdays from 3-5pm.

• $5 munchies all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at J.R. Slims, featuring sliders, cheddar fries, prawn tempura, and chicharròn.

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