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Toast Comox Valley Kicks Off the Ten Day Festival with Four Culinary Treats

by Editor on October 24, 2013

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October, 2013, Comox Valley, BC – With the atmosphere of a gentleman’s club, Shelter Point Distillery will kick off the ten day Comox Valley culinary and rejuvenation festival with their Boys Night at the Distillery event, held Nov 1, 2013.

The artisan distillery is British Columbia’s only whisky distillery and the second in Canada. The field to flask operation places emphasis on sourcing as many ingredients directly from the farm or surrounding region as possible. With imported custom-made copper pot stills and using traditional Scottish brewing traditions and techniques along with a West Coast flair, they will be serving up single malt whisky and vodka while having chef, Dawn McRae from Custom Gourmet, barbeque up some tasty dishes.

“Just shy of having a cigar, the atmosphere will conjure up a gentleman’s club,” says Patrick Evans, owner of Shelter Point. “This event just sets the scene for the rest of the week, full of farm-to-table experiences right here in our backyard.”

Evans is part of a family of longtime farmers who have resided in the Comox Valley since the 1900s. In 2006, the Evans family purchased the farm with the intention of putting into practice a new type of agriculture that moves away from the mass produced commodities, and more into value added production with a sophisticated ‘farm gate’ retail side.

The idea of a unique high value beverage produced completely on the farm, where the used barley waste becomes food for the farm animals, speaks to environmental sustainability. Crop trials in 2006 produced a bumper crop and proved the viability of growing malting barley on site. This put into motion the creation of the distillery and brought the dream to life.

Boys Night at the Distillery is at Shelter Point Distillery, November 1st from 7-9pm, $40 per person. To make a reservation  visitwww.toastcomoxvalley.com

Other Nov. 1st events that are kicking of Toast Comox Valley Festival:

§  Wine Makers Dinner – Nov. 1, 6 & 8 at Coastal Black: Enjoy an exclusive Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Custom Gourmet’s creative culinary team at Coastal Black Estate Winery. This dinner includes five courses featuring regionally inspired dishes from the Pacific Northwest, paired with hand crafted wines and meads from the Coastal Black Estate Winery’s highly acclaimed, award-winning winery.

§  Bubbles, Bling, & Bliss Girls Getaway – Nov. 1 – 2, 6 – 7, 8 – 9 at Old House Village Hotel and Spa: The Girls Getaway package includes a two night stay at the Old House Village Hotel and Spa, gourmet dinner, spa treatments, shopping and wine tastings, providing a luxurious and relaxing escape from the everyday.

§  Weekend local food fest @ Union Street – Nov. 1 & 2 and 8 &9: Each weekend, Comox Valley food operators will gather on Union Street to provide platters of food harvested from the valley. On Fridays, visitors can explore the bounty of the sea with local seafood tapas and Beaufort wine flights. On Saturdays, BBQ ribs, chicken and fish platters will be served alongside Lighthouse Brewery draft beer.

In addition, Comox Valley hotels and resorts are offering Toast Getaways, starting at $70 Cdn per night, based on double occupancy. Participating properties include the Best Western PLUS, the Westerly Hotel & Convention Centre; Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites; Old House Village Hotel and Spa; Anco Motel; Cona Hostel; Travelodge Courtenay; and Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community.

For a complete list of events during the 10 day festival, and to reserve Toast Getaways and inquire about festival tickets, visitwww.toastcomoxvalley.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre at 1-855-400-2882.

About the Comox Valley
Located halfway up Vancouver Island’s east coast, the Comox Valley abounds with culinary bounty from land and sea. Coupled with arts, music and sporting events, and stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, the region is a place of supernatural beauty that offers rich culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. For more information about accommodation, packages, events and transportation including BC Ferries, contact the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre at 1-855-400-2882 or visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com.

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