Taste Events July 25-28, 2013 WHAT A YEAR!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for four days of indulgence, Thursday through Sunday, July 25-28! Many events are once a year, one-of-a-kind, designed for you – the cuisine and wine lover.

Physical tickets to Taste the Difference purchased after July 16th will be held at “Will Call” and can be picked up day of the event, Thursday July 25th, after 2pm at our Taste tent on the right hand side of the Hotel Grand Pacific front entrance.

All other events are by guest list. Please use your PayPal confirmation for entrance.

Note: All Taste purchases are final sales. No refunds are offered.
You must be 19 years or older to attend any Taste event.  Please bring ID.


Thursday July 25, 2013

Trade Tasting
1:00-3:30pm Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055This British Columbia wine tasting is available to approved members of the food and beverage industry. No advance registration is necessary. PLEASE REGISTER AT THE DOOR WITH PROOF OF INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT.  Please see the Trade page for further info.
When you arrive at Hotel Grand Pacific, we would be pleased if you would support our beneficiary with a minimum $10 cash donation.
Please ensure you wear your nametag throughout the tasting.
SOLD OUT! Taste the Difference
A BC Wine and Cuisine Tasting
6:30-9:30pm Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055Taste’s opening night is a conscientious evening tasting of more than 100 British Columbia wines and the most incredible array of local and seasonal cuisine. Top Victoria chefs who walk the talk supporting local farmers and suppliers will be featured at the opening event. Sample a cornucopia of tastes and flavours complemented by BC’s finest wines all for just the price of admission!
Sold Out More Info

Friday July 26, 2013

SOLD OUT! Sustainable Seafood: Taste and Learn at Finest At Sea 
10:30am-12:00pm Finest At Sea, 27 Erie Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055Bob Fraumeni is fisherman and owner of Finest At Sea (FAS), Canada’s only producer of 100% known product origin and sustainable British Columbia seafood. Join his team for an exclusive, behind the scenes look and an informative seafood session right at his processing facility in James Bay…just steps from downtown Victoria.
$19 Sold Out
SOLD OUT! Tea and Terroir with Tea Master Daniela Cubelic
2:00-3:00pm Silk Road, 1624 Government Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055There are an infinite variety of flavours in the tea realm, and tea can be appreciated, tasted, and understood in a similar way to wine.  In fact, terroir is just as applicable to tea as it is to wine.  Explore the inherent regional characteristics in tea growing regions and how the interplay of tea plants and terroir can come together to create exquisite tea.  Be guided through a selection of premium teas from selected growing regions during this enjoyable and interactive session.
$19 Sold Out
SOLD OUT! Sharpen Your Senses: An Interactive Tasting Workshop
7:00-9:30pm London Chef, 953 Fort Street
Taste an array of Bartier Bros wines with five London Chef creations before and after you adjust the cuisine yourself using condiments selected by chef Dan Hayes to make these a perfect wine and food match. This will be an incredible palate sensation and a tremendous learning experience on how food and wine interact with each other and how to subtly tweak the food to a perfect wine match. Challenge your taste buds with the five senses; sweet, sour, salt, bitter, and savoury, in a kitchen party atmosphere rubbing shoulders with the award-winning winemaker and chef.
$89 Sold Out

Saturday July 27, 2013

NEARLY SOLD OUT! Weird and Wonderful Grape Varieties of Cool Climate Regions
11:30am-1:30pm Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055Join Pamela Sanderson, Sommelier and Regional Manager of Cascadia Liquor, to taste through an unusual list of unique grape varieties that excel in cool climates. Learn about the one and only Sovereign Opal, and see what intriguing varietals excel on Vancouver Island like Ortega, Auxerrois, Bacchus, Maréchal Foch and Siegerrebe. In this seminar you will get a chance to taste some of the best examples of these grapes and learn about the wineries and people behind the scenes. This would be a great seminar for both the novice wine lover as well as the seasoned oenophile.$59
SOLD OUT! Swine and The Vine
2:00pm-4:30pm The Pacific Restaurant, Hotel Grand Pacific
Taste 2009 B-K 055The fifth annual Swine and the Vine will continue to surprise and delight! In the spirit of celebrating the wonders of everything Pig, we will be featuring a delectable offering of handmade goodies for your pairing pleasure with a selection of BC wines, teas, ciders and other local gems we have fallen in love with over the past year. As always, the highlight will be the whole suckling pig which will be roasted on a spit on the patio and presented by Executive Chef Rick Choy and his talented team of culinary craftsmen. This event has become a foodie haven, unlike any other in Victoria, and is a fabulous way to spend a sunny afternoon!
$69Sold Out

Sunday July 28, 2013

SOLD OUT! Band, Bubbles and Bennys
11:00am-2:00pm Vista 18 Restaurant Martini & Wine Bar, Chateau Victoria Hotel, 740 Burdett Avenue
Taste 2009 B-K 055Vista 18 invites you to listen to the jazzy sounds of Lust Life while sipping British Columbia sparkling wines and enjoying a three-course brunch featuring Eggs Benedict and our fabulous city vistas!Executive Chef Garrett Schack has created a menu that will tantalize your taste buds while complimenting the celebratory flavours of local wineries.
$49   SOLD OUT! Please Call 250.361.5692 SOLD OUT!