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Travel with Taste: Cowichan Valley Cuisine & Wine Day-Tour, BC

Depart at 9:00am from your Victoria area hotel. Drive 45 minutes north to the Cowichan Valley enjoying spectacular scenery. Visit local wineries and taste outstanding wines made from the plentiful vineyards of the island chatting with wine makers, strolling through vineyards, and tasting the abundance of flavors our Vancouver Island wines have to offer.

Begin with a private guided tour through a vineyard along with a private structured tasting at our first stop. Next, meet an artisan cheesemaker and sample his delicious offerings on our way to a gourmet three course lunch paired with Island wines. Try wild BC salmon, Cowichan Bay Farm chicken, or Salt Spring Island lamb.  Return to Victoria about 4:30pm.

Cowichan tours generally run Wednesday through Saturday and are a huge hit! Guests never seem to want to leave each stop as we sip our way through the valley.

All tastings, a three course lunch, wine and transportation including pick up and drop off is included $349 CAD + GST/HST per person for 4-6 persons. A private tour for two persons is $499 CAD + GST/HST per person.

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Vancouver Island, BC: Island Gourmet Trails

Island Gourmet Trails offers exciting, delicious day tours on Vancouver Island, within the Comox Valley. The lush and fertile terrain of this area inspired its native name – Komox – “land of plenty.” The Valley, located at the heart of the island, is bountiful with fresh seafood, organic farms, superb wines and so much more.

Our tour might start with a stroll through a bustling farmer’s market, then visit a world-renowned cheese factory. Maybe you will roll up your sleeves to create traditional artisan pasta.

You might wander over to an oyster or scallop farm, head down to the docks to meet the fishermen coming in with the day’s catch or have a gourmet picnic. Later, you might choose to meander through an organic berry or vegetable patch. One thing’s for sure, you will experience the island!

Tours are planned to cover different culinary trails throughout the Valley. Some stops may include: farmers’ markets, bakeries, organic farms, orchards, cheese factories, chocolatiers, oyster and scallop farms, fish docks, a lavender farm, cooking classes, wineries, breweries, artisan pasta makers, gourmet picnics and restaurants. We can even explore the countryside in French!

Pricing

  • Half-day tours include transportation (pick up and drop off), guided tour, appetizers and tastings starting at $125 CAD per person for a group of 4-6 people.
  • Full-day tours include the above, with the addition of a multi-course gourmet dinner and regional wine pairings starting at $195 CAD per person for a group of 4-6 people.
  • A private tour for 2 persons starting at $550 CAD.
  • Cooking classes and gourmet picnics can be added to your ultimate culinary tour.

To start planning your culinary tour call 250-650-1956 or email info@IslandGourmetTrails.ca

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