Taste Events 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 6th OR…
  • on or after July 6th, will be held at WILL CALL beginning at 5:00pm in our Taste tent, right side of the driveway at Hotel Grand Pacific, on the night of the event, Thursday July 16th.
  • 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 16th

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!  More Info $89 plus GST       Add to Cart

Prefer to purchase tickets in person? Tickets to Taste the Difference are available at SILK ROAD, 1624 Government Street.
Cash only please.

Friday July 17th

Sharpen Your Senses: An Interactive Tasting Workshop — SOLD OUT!
7:00-10:00pm London Chef, 953 Fort Street
sharpen-taste Along with winemaker, Michael Bartier, taste an array of Bartier Bros wines with five London Chef creations before and after you adjust the cuisine yourself using condiments and cooking techniques, 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 sensations; sweet, sour, salt, bitter, and savoury, in a kitchen party atmosphere rubbing shoulders with the award-winning winemaker and chef.$99 plus GST       SOLD OUT

Saturday July 18th

Bubbles! The Best of Vancouver Island
12:00-2:00pm Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055Not just for special occasions, bubbles are perfect any day of the year! Join Pamela Sanderson, Sommelier and Regional Manager for Cascadia Liquor, and taste through a handpicked selection of fabulous sparkling wines including prosecco-style from our backyard. Learn about the different production methods, what kind of climate is suitable, what grapes are used, how to handle these types of wines as well as food pairing guidelines…and have a nibble or two!
$49 plus GST       Add to Cart
Swine and The Vine
2:00pm-4:30pm The Pacific Restaurant, Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street
Taste 2009 B-K 055The seventh 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!
$79 plus GST       Add to Cart

Sunday July 19th

Band, Bubbles and Bennys
Vista 18 West Coast Grill & 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 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.
$69 Please Call Jon Jones 250.361.5692[Note: SOLD only  THROUGH CHATEAU VIC AND NOT SOLD THROUGH TASTE/PAYPAL]
The Big Catch
5:00-8:00pm The Pacific Restaurant, Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville Street
Added bonus: An exclusive behind-the-scenes pre-tour at Finest at Sea. Contact Kathy to register. Limited spots available.
With a renewed focus on fresh local seafood, the Pacific Restaurant at the Hotel Grand Pacific invites you to The Big Catch – A West Coast Seafood Boil. Imagine slipping on your flip flops as you exit your beach cabin, smelling the sea air, and making your way down the beach at sunset. The Pacific Terrace will become this west coast escape with DJ Primitive setting the beat as you mingle with select local winemakers and a distiller, sipping wine and spirits while enjoying fresh seafood morsels. The highlight of the evening will be at the long table, where the seafood boil is poured out for all to devour. Plenty of napkins and bibs provided.
$89 plus GST       Add to Cart