Cowichan Gift Guide: Gifts for Those Who Savour Life

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Cowichan’s long growing season makes it an incredible region for fresh produce, artisan products and creative meals. From delicious sweets to savoury cheeses, Cowichan produces flavours and experiences that are perfect gifts for the foodie friend or family member on your list.

Sweet Tooth

Chocolates are perfect for stocking stuffers or holiday gatherings. Pick out some handmade, small-batch chocolates at Chocolate Pearl, Coco Love or Shawnigan House Coffee + Chocolate. While you’re picking up your delicious presents in Shawnigan, you may as well treat yourself to their fresh, locally roasted coffees.

For the Grazers 

The cheese and meat lovers are easy to shop for in Cowichan. Take a stroll through the Duncan Farmers Market every Saturday to get all the delicious treats on your list. You’ll find selections from vendors, including Haltwhistle Cheese, Yellowpoint Cranberries, and Well Bred Bakery. Cruise through the market and build your foodie their own Cowichan charcuterie board!

In Cobble Hill, Cure Artisan Meat and Cheese stocks charcuterie supplies from around the world. So if you’re doing any hosting or looking to bring a plate to a festive gathering, pre-ordering charcuterie boards from Cure is a must!

Gourmet Experiences

A great meal is best shared with good company. So this year, give the gift of a delicious holiday meal. Chef Lauren Cartmel has worked in kitchens from London to Hollywood, including Gordon Ramsey’s three Michelin starred restaurant. Now you can try her world-class cooking in Saltair at Ma Maison

Give a fantastic dining experience while learning from the best at Deerholme Farm. Chef Bill Jones offers farm dinners and cooking classes in Glenora. Combine a boutique dining experience with one of Chef Jones’ cookbooks or foraging guides for the complete Deerholme package.

Home Chef Supplies

From pots and pans to oils and spices, all the great home cooks need a solid set of tools and pantry supplies. So first, stop at the Worldly Gourmet in Ladysmith to pick up some quality cookware and the latest kitchen gadgets. Then visit The Olive Station in Duncan for a great selection of infused oils, vinegar and locally produced spices like Triple Smoke — these make excellent stocking stuffers!

Caffeine Kicks

Gift the gift of a caffeine kick this holiday season. Drumroaster Coffee in Cobble Hill offers gourmet beans and all the accessories for the true coffee lover. Or give the gift of a coffee subscription that will keep your loved ones caffeinated (or decaffeinated) all year-round. 

The Duncan Garage Bakery and Cafe offers a delicious vegetarian menu and is an expert in sweet, savoury, coffee and tea. So pick up a gift certificate for your caffeinated friend and a treat for yourself. While at the Cafe, grab a bag or two of locally roasted Peaks Coffee.

We’re excited to include this article as part of our Holiday Gift Guide! For more gifting inspiration, check out our full Holiday Gift Guide here. 

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