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Taste Victoria 2012: Win a Getaway

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 — 11:14am PDT
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Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine returns for the fourth year, July 19th to 22nd, to showcase the best and freshest culinary creations in BC. There are four focused event categories for events that include: Land, Ocean, Cuisine, and Wine.

wine by John Bollwitt, on Flickr
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The Main Event takes place Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Crystal Garden. It’s a cuisine and wine tasting with over 100 participating vineyards from around the province and samples from some of Vancouver Island’s own top chefs.

The festival continues with events like Sustainable Seafood: Taste and Learn at Finest At Sea; Band, Bubbles, and Bennys; Land and Sea Harvest on the Family Farm; and the Pinot Noir Challenge. At Swine and the Vine at the Hotel Grand Pacific a whole suckling pig will be roasted and paired with BC wines, teas, ciders, and more. This ‘nose to tail’ event is definitely for pork lovers and will be prepared by Executive Chef Rick Choy and his team.

Tickets are available for individual events and tastings starting at $19 and going up to $159. Packages are also available for combination tickets.

Taste Victoria has graciously offered up an amazing prize package so that one Miss604 reader and their guest can enjoy this celebration of homegrown food and wine this summer. The prize includes: A 2-night stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific, a pair of tickets to the Main Event, a pair of tickets to Swine and the Vine, and a roundtrip flight courtesy of Harbour Air.

Coal Harbour float planes
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Grand Pacific Hotel - Victoria Grand Pacific Hotel - Victoria

Enjoy the Hotel Grand Pacific’s athletic club, spa, and free wireless internet in your room and around the property. The winner and their guest will fly from Vancouver Harbour to Victoria Harbour on Thursday, July 19th returning Saturday, July 21st on Harbour Air. Harbour Air offers regularly scheduled flights to and from Vancouver Island as well as sightseeing tours from Vancouver Harbour or their float plane base near Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

Here’s how you can enter to win this 2-day getaway to Taste Victoria:

  • Leave a comment here naming your favourite BC-sourced ingredient (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a trip to #VictoriaTaste from @HarbourAirLtd @GrandPacific @TravelWithTaste & @Miss604

I will draw one winner next Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12:00pm. Prize is valid for Taste Victoria 2012 events and travel only. Cannot be redeemed for travel or a stay any other time. If the winner drawn at random cannot attend July 19 to 21, 2012, another winner will be selected. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter.

Follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is Aimee!

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  1. Doug Grant says:

    My favourite BC-sourced ingredient are the amazing raspberries that will be coming our way soon.

  2. Matt says:

    My favorite BC sourced ingredient is qualicum beach scallops

  3. Moselle says:

    Favourite BC ingredient? Peaches. We are spoilt for choice!

  4. Leanne M says:

    raspberries ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Charlene says:

    Okanagan Peaches I would say has been the fave ingredient, is hockey an ingredient?

  6. Michelle D says:

    I love, love, love Saltspring Island Goat Cheese! YUMMY!

  7. Courtney G says:

    It has to be the salmon. It never tastes better than when it’s right out of the Pacific Ocean.

  8. Amelia says:

    Ooh! I’m doubling up on Saltspring Island Goat Cheese! So good!

  9. lindsey says:


  10. MIchele M says:

    Oh my gosh, where to start? The wines or the seafood?
    My favourite BC sourced ingredient right now is; SALMON

  11. Natalie says:

    Cherries for sure!!!

  12. Rob says:

    Blueberrys from the valley

  13. Candice says:

    Wild BC salmon

  14. Leana says:

    Wild BC Salmon definitely!!

  15. maggie says:

    Love wild BC salmon!

  16. Laura says:

    All the incredible seafood the BC coast has to offer!

  17. Heather says:

    Hmmm, can’t beat our peaches!

  18. Robyn says:

    grapes…for Okanagan wines ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Brandon says:

    I will go with Blackberry’s

  20. NicT says:

    Wild mushrooms!

  21. jeanie says:

    love our spot prawns! delish!

  22. heather says:

    My favourite is fanny bay oysters!

  23. Kelly says:

    so much to choose from! My first thought was tomatoes, so I’ll stick with that ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Samantha says:

    Huckleberries from the backcountry !

  25. Mariska says:

    Fanny Bay oysters and tasty Pacific (Dungeness) Crab! Yum!!

  26. Bev says:

    BC spot prawns, hands down!

  27. Chelle says:

    BC cherries–both Bing and Rainer varieties!

  28. Alakitten says:

    Salmon is the best!

  29. Art B. says:

    Local strawberries are the best!

  30. Brett says:

    My favorite BC ingredient is bacon.

  31. luc says:

    Richmond blueberries!

  32. Rose says:

    Hmmm… is wine an ingredient? If so 8th Generation Riesling. If not, Fraser Valley Strawberries!

  33. Katie says:

    Definitely wild BC salmon

  34. Karen B says:

    It’s a tie: Okanagan Peaches or our prawns….

  35. sue says:

    Spot prawns!

  36. 604munchies says:

    Cherries for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. richard w says:

    Local Spot Prawns!

  38. Naoko says:

    Fresh, fresh UNI (sea-urchin) from the West Coast of Vancouver Island and then our luscious grapes from the wine-growing region of the Okanagan!!

  39. Lauren says:

    BC Blueberries all the way!

  40. Brenda says:


  41. Cliff says:

    Morel mushrooms

  42. Craig Pretto says:

    BC Morels!

  43. Emma says:


  44. KristaR says:

    Spot prawns…yum!

  45. Michel says:

    BC wines… hands down

  46. Andre says:


  47. Belinda says:

    Qualicum Beach Scallop a sustainable alternative to commercially dredged scallops. They are meaty, clean-tasting and uncommonly sweet.

  48. Elizabeth B says:

    Wow, tough choice…I’ll go with two of my favourites: BC Salmon of course and Gray Monk wines (for sipping or incorporating into dishes!)

  49. Andrea says:

    Fresh Pacific salmon is my favourite!

  50. Michael says:

    Fresh BC Salmon…hoping to catch some this July!

  51. Gillian Grattan says:

    My favorite BC sourced ingredient are delicious Fanny Bay Oysters!! Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Lindsay says:

    Omg, for fruit: cherries, for veg: corn on the cob, for fish: salmon..I love local products.

  53. Justine says:

    I can’t choose one. Salmon, cherries, all the berries, spot prawns, dungeness crab, Salt Spring lamb, Pemberton beef, Fraser Valley cheeses, Chilliwack corn…

  54. Kelly says:

    I can’t choose between berries & fresh seafood – BC living is a foodlover’s dream!

  55. Kathy says:

    If you haven’t had Finest At Sea cold smoked tuna, you haven’t lived! I swear, it is my most favourite food in BC… P.S. I can’t win because I run the Taste festival… love, love, love the question @Miss604!

  56. Donna L says:

    Raspberries! So much so that I’m going to try and grow them myself.

  57. kevin says:

    BC Salmon!and I love Victoria!!

  58. Teresa says:


  59. Caitlin says:

    The perfect prize and the perfect time to win it *fingers crossed*. I’m a wino and a lover of sustainable BC food products! I love our fresh fruit – especially raspberries, cherries and peaches and prawns, crab and halibut.

  60. Mari says:

    Its gotta be cherries for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. J says:

    BC Strawberries! Yum!

  62. Sharon says:

    Berries! all of ’em.

  63. Sherri, says:

    Macintosh apples!

  64. Jason H says:

    Anything fruit from the valley, but in the end blueberries are #1.

  65. Siobhan S. says:

    Chilliwack Sweet Corn. .. yum yum yum…. can’t wait!!!

  66. Aaron B. says:

    BC strawberries!!!

  67. Phy says:

    Mission Hill merlot!

  68. Karen M. says:

    BC spot prawns!

  69. Andrea says:

    I love blueberries! Best BC thing!

  70. maria says:


  71. JEFF says:

    bc salmon

  72. Jason says:

    Salmon with cherries being a close second

  73. Megan says:

    BC grapes that are made into wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. rew says:

    Oh raspberries oh raspberries oh how I can’t wait till your on my plate. Excellent for shakes, with milk, straight up and pasteries mmmmmmmmmmm

  75. Leigh says:

    BC Raspberries!

  76. pepper says:

    Raspberry’s hands down! i wait all year for those!<3

  77. Ray says:

    My favourite BC sourced ingredient is local strawberries. Yuuummmzzz!!!

  78. Jan says:

    Going to have to go with all the fresh, organic produce – beans, lettuce, peas…..

  79. Don McQueen says:

    Fresh, sweet local strawberries

  80. Mary Rose says:

    BC’s Organic Blueberries! ๐Ÿ™‚ MY FAVE

  81. Jesse says:

    Berries!!! Blueberries, strawberries, wild blackberries… So much goodness!

  82. Will Fosdick says:

    I would have to say anything from Glenwood meats in Victoria!

  83. Nancy says:

    BC spot prawns, local strawberries… any/all organic produce sold at the summer markets!!! We are so lucky!!

  84. Britta says:

    I really can’t decide between u-pick organic blueberries or Okanagan peaches! Or salmon.

  85. sharon says:

    blueberries from PoCo – such a great family activity from the source, to making the pies, and to eating it together!

  86. Tracy says:

    BC spot prawns!

  87. tanya ci says:

    All the berries! Mmm.

  88. Laura says:


  89. Sylvia Y says:

    right now, BC spot prawns are high on the list!

  90. Mark says:

    spot prawns and blueberries tied

  91. Bonnie says:

    I love BC bluberries and wild sockeye salmon.

  92. Dana says:

    My favourite ingredient would have to be Spot Prawns! It’s just a shame that they’re only available for such a short period each year. Or is that a good thing? LOL

    I really want to take a flight on a Sea Plane so I hope I win (that and the wining and dining sounds scrumptious). Good luck everyone!

  93. Debra says:

    Apples from Penticton!

  94. kelly says:


  95. Cindy Smith says:


  96. Frances Hui says:

    BC Delicious Apples!

  97. Andy C. says:

    BC Blueberries absolutely the best!

  98. Paula says:

    Sockeye Salmon is definitely my all time favourite!

  99. Bons says:

    Gotta be salmon!

  100. Mary Tiberghien says:

    I can’t pick just one so I would have say any flavour cheese from the cheese farm in Grand Forks….and ALL the wonderful BC fruits and veggies! Blueberries, strawberries raspberries from the Valley yum! Peaches, apples, pears from the Okanagan! Fresh cauliflower, beets, beans from right down the street on Marine Drive in Burnaby….

  101. Emilia Turner says:

    Local Bleuberries, they are famous

  102. Greg says:

    Local Raspberries, yum!

  103. MONICA* says:

    Chilliwack’s sweet CORN!

  104. Bruce says:

    Blueberries are the best. However, ice wine is a close second!

  105. Katrina says:

    wild BC spotted prawns!

  106. Elena says:

    Raspberries, blueberries, black and red currants! And the goat cheese from Salt Spring.

  107. Jean says:

    Our Organic Blueberry’s , fresh from my garden!!! and can’t live without fresh bc Salmon! we are lucky to live here!

  108. Edwin says:


  109. Jason Schmidt says:

    Fresh sea food, of course

  110. Em says:

    Wild BC Sockeye Salmon!

  111. mary says:


  112. jen says:

    fresh bc blueberries all the way!!!

  113. Bev Blumer says:

    Without a doubt – wild BC salmon!

  114. Ling Cod is my favourite BC sourced food. Most people do not know that when you catch it and cut it open, it’s bright blue on the inside. Once the fish is frozen, the fish goes white. It’s absolutely delicious cooked fresh on the beach.

    This is a fantastic contest! I’ve always wanted to be able to fly to Victoria! *fingers crossed*

    Tweeting this!

  115. chrissy says:


  116. Summer says:

    Berries, berries, berries! Thanks!

  117. Zhan says:

    Had my first taste of Fanny Bay Oyster at Red Fish and Blue Fish. Very delicious and fresh. Support BC sourced foods.

  118. Jean says:


  119. David D. says:

    Salmon of course!

  120. Leah says:

    either salmon or spot prawns!!

  121. Iris says:

    Fanny Bay Oysters here on Vancouver Island are wonderful as well as the mixed organic salad greens from Nanoose Edibles. I also love the delicious Nanaimo and North African sausage from the Nanaimo Sausage house which is made on site from locally sourced ingredients.

  122. liz says:

    BC strawberries and salmon of course!

  123. Stephanie says:

    Blueberries can not get enough

  124. Stephanie says:


  125. Carol says:

    Love B.C. blueberries

  126. linda says:

    this sounds like such a good getaway!

  127. Rebeka says:

    Salmon berries

  128. Rebecca says:

    local strawberries and corn

  129. Marianne says:

    wild blueberries!!

  130. Dennis L. says:

    Spot prawns of course!

  131. Donna says:

    I love BC spot prawns from False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf. Buy local!

  132. Jenn S says:

    BC Apples

  133. Dilara says:

    Too many good ones to choose from; we’re spoiled here in BC! I think spot prawns are my absolute favorite though.

  134. Ekaterina D. says:

    Local raspberries. Hands down. I have picked them almost every summer at the farm!

  135. James says:


  136. Darcy says:

    It has to be UBC Farm’s very own organic strawberries amd herbs!

  137. Janine Karlsen says:

    Absolutely has to be fresh dungeness crab pulled up in the trap and eaten immediately with lots and lots of melted butter. So fabulous!

  138. Iain says:

    Best of BC: wild morel and chantrelle mushrooms.

  139. Garrett says:

    When blueberries from the valley are available, it’s like Christmas Part Deux.

  140. Fiona says:

    Wild bc salmon!

  141. Christine says:

    Definitely cherries!

  142. taylor loren says:

    mmmm peaches!

  143. Gigi says:

    My favorite has to be BC Cherries!

  144. Sita says:

    Okanagan apples!

  145. Shauna says:

    Mmmmm… organic Okanagan peaches does it for me. (Cherries too but they go so fast).

  146. Marianne says:

    hmmm hard to choose…strawberries, cherries, raspberries and WINE!!

  147. Ruby says:

    BC Salmon

  148. Val says:

    Okanagan peaches and Lulu Island blueberries

  149. Michelle W. says:

    Okanagan cherries!

  150. Shelley says:

    B.C. Nugget Potatoes

  151. Vince says:

    Peaches – and corn!

  152. Charlotte says:


  153. Jane says:

    zpot prawns

  154. Jane says:

    *spot prawns

  155. Jen says:

    BC spot prawns are a BC treat for sure!

  156. Jeremy says:

    Qualicum Bay scallops are one of my favourite BC ingredients ๐Ÿ™‚

  157. Stephanie says:

    Raspberries…definitely Raspberries <3

  158. Steph V says:

    Okanagan Wine

  159. Rajvir Boparai says:

    It’s a tie between salmon and wine!!! Oh, sweet sweet winee!!!!!!! =)

  160. gail whitworth says:

    Bc spot prawns , fo course

  161. Sunshine G says:

    BC strawberries…the taste of summer!

  162. Jennifer Breakspear says:

    Wild salmon

  163. Glenda says:

    our blueberries are the best!

  164. Michelle says:

    BC Wild Salmon!!!

  165. Carol Anne says:

    B.C. Chocolate!!

  166. Darryl says:

    Little Qualicum Beach cheese from Vancouver Island…amazing!

  167. Elisa says:

    Blueberries, prawns, peaches, strawberries, salmon…so hard to choose one!

  168. Mae says:

    No contest for me: blueberries! They are nature’s candies.

  169. Eric Chow says:

    Definitely blueberries!

  170. Emily H says:


  171. Kristi says:

    It’s gotta be the raspberries… mmmmm

  172. K Smith says:

    Freshly caught prawns, and Okanagan peaches! My hubby would say BC wine.

  173. Penny R says:

    I really enjoy BC corn!

  174. Bernadette says:

    chilliwack corn and bc cherries are my fave oh and don’t forget our infamous bc salmon!!!! BC…how i love thee!!!

  175. Tiffany says:

    Local Chilliwack Corn. SO So Sweet.

  176. Deidre says:

    Fresh corn and blue berries!

  177. Lori K says:

    Wild BC salmon is tops, followed by strawberries which are sadly not doing so hot this year (hence the second-place vote)

  178. Liz says:

    Salmon, oysters, peaches so hard to choose! My son has been to your area and we his mom and dad have not! Help us out it would b a dream come true! Sounds awesome

  179. Katy says:

    Okanagan peaches and locally grown ginseng.

  180. Rachel says:

    My favourite BC sourced ingredient is our mouth-watering Fanny Bay oysters!

  181. Kate says:

    So many to choose from!
    Raspberries from my community garden plot are my current favourite!

  182. Arthur says:

    Pacific salmon is my favourite, especially raw!

  183. Ashley says:

    BC Spot Prawns

  184. Lee says:

    local berries

  185. Aimee says:

    Cranberries from the Fraser Valley

  186. celeste says:

    wild BC Salmon!!!

  187. celeste says:

    Wild BC salmon!

  188. misty says:

    Wild Salmon!!

  189. C.K. says:


  190. Sarah N says:

    Sea Asparagus! It’s like the land and sea in your mouth all at the same time!

  191. Ben says:

    Definitely the dungeoness crab….cooked on the beach with my amazing wife.

  192. shelaine says:

    oooo raspberries!!!

  193. Ruby says:


  194. Anna says:

    apples and peaches from the Okanagan

  195. Gary says:

    Salmon from my home town of Campbell River – the Salmon Capital of the World!!!

  196. Cyndi says:

    blueberries from the Fraser Valley

  197. Jag says:

    Love our seafood – prawnd and salmon especially

  198. Sam says:

    BC Cherry!

  199. Rick says:

    Blueberries …especially from the wonderful fields of Abbotsford, are my favourite B.C. sourced ingredient. Just add a little Greek yogurt.

  200. Ian Yeung says:

    our local cranberries!!! Mmmmmmmm!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  201. Steven Yeung says:

    Spot Prawns in the month of may of course!

  202. Evan says:

    Fave B.C.-sourced ingredient = peaches. Thank you.

  203. jane james says:

    straweberries all the way

  204. jennifer says:


  205. jane says:


  206. Kim says:

    Chilliwack corn is one of my local faves

  207. CG says:

    Of course our salmon! We are so spoilt to have some of the world’s best seafood right on our coast!

  208. Rumen B. says:

    Mission hill wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  209. Echo says:

    Wild BC Salmon!!

  210. Mandy says:

    Cherries =)

  211. Alex says:

    Cranberries… yummmmm

  212. Tintin says:

    Blueberries and strawberries

  213. Marlene says:

    Definitely the BC salmon!

  214. Elaine D says:

    Definitely BC Spot Prawns, love to eat them!

  215. Peter says:

    Well, BC nugget potatoes of course.

  216. Marissa says:

    Wild BC salmon!

  217. Deanna says:

    wild bc salmon for sure

  218. Hilary says:

    Too many choices! I love strawberries straight out of my garden though. Can’t get much more local than that.

  219. Lee W says:

    Wow thats like the hardest question ever.. Going with Okanagan Cherries but the salmon, lamb, fiddleheads, peaches, spot prawns, i could barely narrow it to a top ten!

  220. Vanessa says:

    Blueberries and peaches

  221. Larisa says:

    I wait not-so-patiently every year for those delish blueberries to ripen! Can’t wait!

  222. Igor Maslykov says:

    Spoting prawns

  223. Igor Maslykov says:

    Spoting prawns, oysters,salmon ,halibut.

  224. Crystal Wong says:

    okanagan cherries!

  225. Roy says:

    Nothing in the world beats salmon of the BC Wild kind ๐Ÿ™‚

  226. Phil says:

    Salmon for sure! There are so many choices though!

  227. Sonja says:

    Favourite BC-based ingredient is wild salmon, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  228. Jill says:

    Raspberries from Krause Berry Farms in Langley! And Tomatoes from my home garden in Cloverdale ๐Ÿ™‚

  229. rick greenhough says:

    Fresh Vancouver Island strawberries

  230. Jocelyn says:

    I love freshly-picked blueberries from the Fraser Valley and Richmond! Great for eating fresh, in jams, in smoothies, in my mom’s pies and on top of ice cream!

  231. Rebecca Van Alten says:

    Fresh wild BC SALMON! And Blueberries!

  232. Raju says:

    Okanagan Peaches

  233. ARLENE S KING says:

    Do I have to name only one???!!!! RASPBERRIES are about my favourite. And all berries. Then there are fresh OK cherries, peaches, etc. And I can’t forget fresh Salmon from our local waters. OK – now I’m hungry!!!

  234. Mike says:

    Love our BC seafood…any kind!

  235. Christine C says:

    Favourite B.C. sourced ingredient? B.C. salmon… and fresh berries! I don’t think I have been to Victoria since I was a kid attending a swim meet?!

  236. Jill says:

    Wild Salmon

  237. Kay says:


  238. Lauren says:

    The blackberries I pick from my secret location every summer.

  239. Stotes says:

    <3 Blueberries! <3

  240. Tracy S says:

    Strawberries. Westham Island ones in particular.

  241. Derek says:

    A side of smoked bc sockeye salmon and some select cheeses

  242. Rob says:

    Saltspring Island lamb from the sunset farms. or the goat cheese!

  243. Eric says:

    (One of my) favourite BC sourced ingredients is Brie from the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks!

  244. Ruth M says:

    Okanagan cherries OMG love them

  245. Diana Aitchison says:

    Dungeness crab! So many runners-up, we live in a paradise of bounty.

  246. gail whitworth says:


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