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

Plus, new vegan burger joint, our favourite dishes this year, and Taylor Swift inspired ice cream

Good morning foodies!

This week we are bringing you a story about a new vegan burger restaurant that is opening downtown as well as a roundup of our favourite dishes that we have tried so far this year.

Here at Tasting Victoria we have tried many delicious things recently and it was difficult to narrow it down to a top 10. We would love to know what are some of the best things you have tasted recently?

😍 5 spots to try right now

🍥 Hide N Seek: Food truck serving Asian fusion comfort food in Sooke at 5611 East Sooke Rd.  

🥩 The Whole Beast: Artisan salumeria that crafts cured and smoked meats at 2032 Oak Bay Ave.

🍪 Sidney Scones: Small batch scones with creative and unique flavours in Sidney at 9762 Third.  

🍸 Sheringham Distillery: Award-winning crafted spirits inspired by the West Coast at 4382 West Shore Pkwy.  

🌮 MAiiZ Nixtamal Eatery & Tortilleria: Mexican street food restaurant that makes organic corn tortillas at 540 Fisgard. 

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


Victoria is getting a new spot for vegan burgers

There is arguably no better place to be vegan than in Victoria.

Voted Canada's top destination for plant-based restaurants earlier this year, the city is packed with colourful and diverse options for those seeking a greener diet.

We couldn’t be more excited to see that Victoria is adding yet another vegan spot to its arsenal. This time, it comes in the form of a 24-hour drive-thru window selling burgers, fries and shakes.

Odd Burger, a popular vegan fast food chain across Canada, is finally expanding to the province, opening two locations in Vancouver and Victoria this year. Construction is already underway with the company posting a picture of their highly anticipated location at 790 Fisgard St.


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Our 10 favourite dishes in Victoria so far this year

Photo: Eva Schnitzelhaus / Facebook

Victoria has an amazing food scene and occasionally it can be difficult to decide just what to eat. Here at Tasting Victoria we have spent the first few months this year tasting dishes across the city to determine what foods and drinks are really worth hitting the town for. 

We have selected our standout favourites for you to try, ranging from cakes and pastries to burritos and beers. From excellently executed classics to innovative twists, these are the dishes worth checking out next time you are looking for a little something to eat. 

🗞️ News

Uni Modern Japanese Restaurant opening in the location previously occupied by JR Slims at 1245 Wharf. 

Taylor Swift inspired ice cream launched by Parachute Ice Cream, featuring seven flavours inspired by the pop icon’s songs. Available in scoops and pints while supplies last.

Farmers markets season begins: Check out Tasting Victoria’s guide to farmers markets across the city as many return at the start of May. 

Pizza Garden coming to Victoria: The Neapolitan pizza joint from the Lower Mainland is opening its first Island location at Government and Courtney.

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🗓️ Events

Peaches' Palace: Drag icon Peaches N Screams will host a variety show featuring drag, comedy, and burlesque at Friends of Dorothy. Today, 8:30-11pm. 

Bon Vivant's Society presents Hunter Laing: Lee Hanson of the Scotch whisky distillery will present a whisky selection alongside a family-style dinner at Clive’s Classic Lounge. Today. 6pm.

Ballets Jazz Montreal: The contemporary dance company will perform at the Royal Theatre. Tomorrow and Saturday, 7:30pm.

Soberoke: Sing your heart out and enjoy Zero Proof mocktails and snacks at Fort Tectoria this Saturday, 6-10pm.  

Spring-O-Ween: Shop from local makers at this halfway to Halloween markets in the lower level of Market Square this Saturday, 11am-4pm.

Sooke Celebration Event: Celebrate Earth Day with a game zone and market vendors and exhibitors this Saturday beside Fire Station One on Otter Point Road. 10am-2pm.

 💸 Deals

  • $8.95 yam fries and $11.95 queso fondue at 10 Acres Pier during daily happy hour, 2-5pm. 

  • $6.99 Irish coffee and $12 Dark & Stormy at Irish Times during daily happy hour, 2-5pm.   

  • $10 miso Brussels sprouts and $6 feature wine at Lure Restaurant & Bar during daily happy hour, 3-6pm.  

  • $11 macaroni and cheese and $11 Americano Rosso at Wind Cries Mary during daily happy hour, 4-5pm. 

🧑‍💻 Jobs

📸 Post of the week

There’s nothing like a late night fried chicken sandwich! Grab one at 45 Bastion Square when Wind Cries Mary turns into Birdman after 11pm.

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