Taste Education

Vancouver Island is home to so many unique locally-sourced foods, farms and wineries that our Slow Food convivium does events regularly to highlight local producers and bring taste education to our members and the community.

Photo credits:  Joan Athey - Jen Reiher - Will Reiher

Our convivium has hosted taste education events touching on everything from tomato tasting sessions to mushroom foraging events, always followed by a delicious feast using local ingredients to celebrate the "conviviality" of our convivium. 

Islanders are surrounded by an incredible local food culture that is thriving with the principles of Slow Food, and our membership is involved in many projects and initiatives that are helping to spread this further. 

Photo by Maryanne Carmack
Victoria's first downtown permanent public market in 50 years opened in 2013 featuring farmers and small-scale producers from the Islands with incredible products and luscious vegetables. The market provides a direct connection between where food comes from and who makes it and consumers. "Island consumers who want their food fresh, seasonal and local, who want to talk to the person who gathered their free-range eggs, and who seek safe, sustainable grown products, increasingly appreciate and know the importance of local farmers markets." says Maryanne Carmack, Slow Food VI vice-leader and communications coordinator for the Public Market, "The stability, increasing strength and diversity of the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society parallels the growing importance of farmers’ markets in the mind of Victoria residents. The re-establishment of a local permanent downtown public farmers’ market in Victoria gives me growing hope - it will be a success story of renewal and the blending of past practices with a sustainable future for our region."

Slow Food VI & GI looks forward to partnering with the Public Market to host many taste-centric events in the future.