Sept 12 2009 (9)

Wine & Culinary

Taste what Cowichan is all about! 

This is a region that celebrates good food and good eating.  Just ask the thousands of food lovers who come every year to sample the Cowichan bounty.

Bakers at Merridale Ciderworks

Fresh from the brick oven at Merrridale Ciderworks

Enjoy an abundance of creative local cuisine, featuring seafood, sea salt, blackberries, mushrooms, honey, maple syrup, cheese, & vinegars. Enhance your food experience  with local wines, ciders, beers and spirits. Coffee roasters and tea blenders; chefs, bakers and chocolate-makers all call Cowichan home.

Our wineries, most of which are within 30 minutes of each other, produce classic reds, whites and sparkling wines. Cowichan’s climate and setting provide one of the best locales for growing Pinot grapes, and the resulting wines are gaining great respect on the world stage. Fruit wines, blackberry port-style wines, ciders, vodkas and brandies round out the list of delectable libations unique to the Cowichan Region.


We’ve got your ideal dining-out option, too, whatever your style or mood ~ bistro, wine bar, pub, café, family-style restaurant, fine-dining elegance, gourmet prix fixe, farmhouse chic, waterfront casual, waterfront fancy, seafood specialties, local fare, world fare, tapas, on-the-run.


The region’s not to be missed ‘Savour Cowichan’ Festival is held in the fall and offers a cornucopia of artisan food and craft beverage events.

Filling your own hamper with meal fixings fresh from a local market, bakery, seafood shop and specialty food store is easy to do, or pick just about any of our dozens of scenic country roads, and you won’t go far before seeing a stand displaying fresh produce, a shop selling hand-made culinary treats, or a fish boat selling fresh catch.

Another good way to taste the Cowichan is to head to any of the region’s six farmers’ markets, including the Duncan Farmers Market – one of the largest on the Island. 


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