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

Plus, a local seed swap, the best afternoon tea, and new Floyd's Diner

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Good morning foodies!

This week we are bringing you a roundup of places across the city where you can find afternoon tea as well as a story about a local seed exchange that is returning this weekend.

As spring begins to creep up on us it is time to start thinking about what seedlings to plant. We are curious whether you grow any of your own food? If so, what sort of fruits and veggies do you grow?

😍 5 spots to try right now

🍳 Morning People: Grab breakfast sandwiches, hashes, and smoothie bowls from this food truck at 325 Cook.     

🍣 Toro Bar&Bar: Check out this sushi and drink bar at 708 View.  

🥘 Ugly Duckling Dining & Provisions: This award-winning restaurant serves seasonal and inventive dishes at 543 Fisgard.  

🍷 Bray's: Enjoy West Coast tapas and a glass of wine at 460 Pandora. 

🍺 Whistle Buoy Brewing Company: Delicious craft beer in Market Square.

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


Victoria has a dormant seed swap happening this Sunday

Sundays in Victoria just grew a little bit brighter.

Starting this week, Seedy Sundays—a local seed exchange, marketplace and community hub for gardeners and plant lovers—are back in full swing on Feb. 25 for the first time since the pandemic.

Hosted by a group of volunteers from the Victoria Urban Food Table, it’s one of the oldest seed exchange events in the world that allows volunteers to celebrate unique seeds, learn about gardening and climate-adaptive food growing, and buy locally grown seeds from fellow gardeners and farmers.


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Where to find afternoon tea in Victoria

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As the home of Canada’s oldest tea company, Victoria has a long history associated with tea, one that continues to this day as the hot beverage continues to maintain mass popularity across the city.

A traditional staple of this consumption has been afternoon tea, which has been available at Victoria institutions for over a century. A hot pot of tea is served alongside a tiered platter filled with handheld sweet and savoury bites to eat.  

In honour of this favourite pastime, we have compiled a selection of some of the very best places across the city to enjoy beautiful treats and a hot cuppa in a relaxing ambiance. 

🗞️ News

New Floyd’s Diner in the Gorge is now open: The classic diner’s brunch and lunch is now available at 123 Gorge Rd. E.  

Beacon Brewing to run a food truck outside its brewery on select occasions beginning in April. [Victoria News

Tacofino opens in Langford: The new taco and burrito bar location at Westshore Town Centre offers a less formal dining option. [The Westshore]

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🗓️ Events

Alan Doyle: The Canadian musician will be joined by Adam Baldwin when his Welcome Home tour comes to McPherson Playhouse today, 8pm.

Anomalie: The Montreal-based contemporary jazz artist will perform at Capital Ballroom today. Doors 8pm, show 9pm.

Dominique Fils-Aimé: The Juno-winning soul singer and songwriter will perform at Wicket Hall tomorrow, 7pm.

Fashion Splash Designer Market: Shop clothing and accessories from local designers as well as vintage items at 195 Bay. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Free entry.

Che Durena: The Toronto-based comedian is bringing his North American tour to Capital Ballroom this Sunday. Doors 7pm, show 8pm.

Pacific Baroque Festival: The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s annual festival celebrating 17th century Italian music begins on Tuesday with six events. Until March 3.

 💸 Deals

  • $15 buttermilk fried mushrooms and $11 feature wine at The Courtney Room during daily happy hour from 2-5pm and during late night happy hour from Fri-Sun, 10pm to close. 

  • $4 chips and salsa and $6.50 Modelo Especial at Cafe Mexico during daily happy hour, 3-6pm. 

  • $5.75 single caesars and $7.75 double caesars at The Beagle Pub on Sundays. 

  • $10 takoyaki and $12 sake-tinis at Block Kitchen + Bar during happy hour, 3-5pm.

🧑‍💻 Jobs

📸 Post of the week

This beautiful cosmo cookie combines the tastiness of a snickerdoodle with the flavours of raspberry, lime, and marshmallow. Find it at the newly opened Tombo restaurant at 732 Yates.

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