Taste Events July 24-27, 2014…stay tuned for 2015 event details to be held July 16-19, 2015

  • Taste the Difference, Thursday, is the one and only event with physical tickets which will be mailed to you prior to July 15th OR…
  • on or after July 15th, will be held at WILL CALL beginning at 5:00pm in our Taste tent on the right side of the driveway at Hotel Grand Pacific night of the event, Thursday July 24th.
  • Entrance for events on Friday, Saturday & Sunday are by guest list. PLEASE BRING YOUR PAYPAL CONFIRMATION FOR ENTRANCE.
  • All Taste purchases are final sales. No refunds are offered.
  • You must be 19 years or older to attend any Taste event.  Please bring two pieces of ID
  • 5% GST is charged on all Taste events.  If GST is not charged to your purchase you will receive an invoice for the outstanding GST amount.

Thursday July 24, 2014

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.
Taste the Difference
A BC Wine and Cuisine Tasting
6:00-9:00pm 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! [/button] More Info SOLD OUT

Friday July 25, 2014

Sustainable Seafood: Taste and Learn at Finest At Sea 
10:30am-12:00pm Finest At Sea, 27 Erie Street
fas-2014Bob 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. SOLD OUT
Sharpen Your Senses: An Interactive Tasting Workshop
7:00-9:30pm London Chef, 953 Fort Street
sharpen-taste 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. SOLD OUT

Saturday July 26, 2014

Best of Our Backyard Wine Seminar
12 noon-2:00pm Hotel Grand Pacific
Taste 2009 B-K 055With over 40 licensed wineries on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, are there nuances developing between growing regions? Journey through nine wines from the Saanich Peninsula, Cowichan Valley, Comox Valley, and the Gulf Islands. Pamela Sanderson, sommelier and Regional Manager for Cascadia Liquor will lead you through an intriguing wine tasting all paired with fine British Columbia cheeses presented by former cheese maker Lori Palmiere courtesy of the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Mingle, taste and simultaneously sip an exciting line-up of Vancouver Island wines while Pamela and Lori guide you through the complementing taste profiles of each wine and cheese. SOLD OUT
Swine and The Vine
2:00pm-4:30pm The Pacific Restaurant, Hotel Grand Pacific
Taste 2009 B-K 055The sixth 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!   SOLD OUT

Sunday July 27, 2014

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. SOLD OUT
Everything is Better With Bacon
6:00pm The Robert Bateman Centre with Steamship Grill & Bar, 470 Belleville Street
steamhouseRed Rooster winemaker Karen Gillis loves bacon…so much so that it has inspired Steamship Grill & Bar chef Mike Andrews to create an entire menu with bacon in every course! Join the exclusive long table dinner in the gallery at The Bateman Centre for a sizzling evening with Red Rooster wines from the Naramata Bench paired with every course. SOLD OUT