A Sip, Savour, and Bite of Organic
National Organic Week Events on Salt Spring Island
To honour Canada’s National Organic Week and celebrate the fall harvest, Salt Spring Island features two back-to-back food festivals over the weekend of September 27– 29th, 2013. First off is Sip & Savour Salt Spring— two days of pairing special menus and BC’s best wines at local restaurants. The action begins on Friday night with Wine Makers Dinners where a chef and vintner act as a tag team to explain the hows and whys of the gourmet food and wine they are serving.
For early risers, the fun continues the next morning at Salt Spring’s Saturday Market. Stalls will be jammed with fresh fruit, vegetables, and grains all grown on the Island over the summer. After the market, the culinary adventure moves to the Harbour House Hotel orchard where participants can meet and talk with chefs and vintners on a one-on-one basis while sampling unique food and wine combinations. Finally, Sip & Savour ends with a dinner and dance at Moby’s Pub in Ganges.
The second and justly famous Salt Spring Apple Festival begins the next morning, Sunday September 29th. The festival is built around the 350 varieties of organic apples grown on the island. All these unique heritage and modern apples will be on display in alphabetical order at Fulford Hall. Visitors can then go on an open farm tour around the island to taste and purchase these delicious fruits. Rumour has it that apple pies will also be available!
Three heirloom apple varieties (below, left to right) you’ll find at the Salt Spring Apple Festival: Wealthy (dates back to the 1860s), Golden Russet (1845) and Caville Blanc d’Hiver (1598).