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Feast and Festivity: Holiday Dinners in the Cowichan Region

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As the holiday season approaches, Cowichan transforms into a haven of warmth and celebration. Our region boasts a rich culinary tapestry that comes alive during the festive season. Join us on a delectable journey as we explore the unique and mouthwatering holiday dinners that make Cowichan a gastronomic paradise during this magical time of the year.

From quaint farm-to-table experiences to elegant vineyard soirées, Cowichan’s holiday dinners are a true reflection of the community’s commitment to local, sustainable, and delicious food. As we uncover the culinary delights awaiting you in this charming valley, prepare to be enchanted by the stories behind each dish, the warmth of the local hospitality, and the festive spirit that permeates every bite.

Osborne Bay Pub

Osborne Bay Pub is offering an elegant 3-course New Year’s Eve dinner and exciting live show with The Row of Crowz! Bring your friends and your dance shoes for a night to remember. Seatings are at 6:30pm and 7:30pm with the show starting at 9:00pm. View the menu and make your reservation here, or by calling (250) 324-2245. Tickets are $69 per person.

Merridale Cidery

Celebrate Christmas on the farm and enjoy holiday dining at Merridale Cidery & Distillery! Starting November 17, this orchard, eatery and farm store is transformed into a winter wonderland. From the twinkling light displays, farm to fork family style meals and festive cider, spirits and cocktails, Merridale farm is the ideal location to visit this season for the perfect Christmas activity. Book your dinner reservation online here.

From November 17 to January 1, the Farmhouse eatery is open from 11:00am – 8:00pm, with a few exceptions for the holidays:

December 24: 11:00am – 3:00pm (last seating time at 2:00pm) 

December 25: Closed

December 31: 11:00am – 9:00pm (last seating time at 8:30pm)Merridale also offers hassle-free and festive holiday gatherings. Explore their Group Holiday Party Menu and call (250) 743-4293 to plan your unique event.

Masthead Restaurant

Celebrate the New Year with Masthead Restaurant! Their Sous Chef Joel Peck and Executive Chef Patrick Digue have curated a delicious New Year’s Eve Menu at $115 per person (plus gratuities and tax). Select 5 courses from their Ocean, Land & Earth Menus. You can stick to one menu or select courses from all three!

Reservations are available for both Saturday, December 30th and Sunday, December 31st with two seating’s available each evening. Call (250) 748-3714 to reserve your spot. View the menu here.

Genoa Bay Cafe

Enjoy waterfront dining at Genoa Bay Cafe with a special 4-course New Year’s Eve Menu. There are limited seats available, so be sure to make a reservation by calling (250) 746-7621 to secure your spot. $89 per person.

Farm Table Inn

Join Farm Table Inn for a delectable Holiday Menu created by chef George Gates in their cozy dining room. The holiday menu is available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from November 30 – December 30 at $75 per person. The dining room opens at 5:00pm with the last seating time at 7:30pm. Call (250) 932-3205 to make your dinner reservation. 

Looking for the perfect place to host your holiday party? The Farm Table Inn also has capacity for groups of up to 50 people. Enjoy a beautiful plated menu, a turkey buffet, or a customized holiday cocktail menu for your gathering. 

Bridgemans Bistro

Celebrate the holidays with Bridgemans Bistro!

On December 16 and 17, enjoy a festive Brunch with Santa. Free waffles are available for kids with the purchase of a menu item. Spots are limited, so make your reservation by e-mailing

Bridgemans Bistro will also be hosting a special 3-course New Year’s Eve Dinner, in partnership with Enrico Winery, for $99 per person. View the menu here and purchase your tickets online.

Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort

The Alpina Restaurant at Villa Eyrie Resort will be offering unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s Eve dining experiences. Join the festivities and step into the cozy ambiance of Villa Eyrie’s European-inspired setting. Make your reservation online.

3 Course Holiday Dinner Feature

View the menu here

December 23, 24, 25 at 5:00pm

$137 per person

3 OR 5 Course NYE Dinner Feature

View the menu here

Satellite Bar and Grille at Arbutus Ridge Golf Course

The Satellite Bar & Grille at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is serving a 3-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. View the menu here and make your reservation online or by phone at (250) 743-5100. This will be an exquisite evening not to be missed! 

A Christmas Dinner Buffet Menu is also available for $55 per person throughout the month of December for larger groups. Reservations are required. 

Unsworth Vineyards

Celebrate the end of 2023 with a 4-course New Year’s Dinner on December 31 at The Restaurant at Unsworth Vineyards. Chef Dan and the team are excited to share this special, celebratory menu with you, and naturally, Sommelier Chris Turyk has curated the suggested wine pairings to make it even more of a culinary adventure! $100 per guest. Tickets can be purchased online here. Seatings start at 4:30pm with the last seating at 8:00pm.

Playbill Dining Room at Chemainus Theatre Festival

What’s better than dinner and a show? From November 17 – December 23 catch this year’s holiday performance, It’s a Wonderful Life, at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Based on the beloved holiday movie with a clever twist: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. 

Before your evening show, enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the Playbill Dining Room. You can expect incredible good, warm hospitality, and live piano entertainment. View the current menu here. Call the box office to reserve your tickets at 1 (800) 565-7738.

We hope you enjoy the wonder of this holiday season in Cowichan, and wish you all the best as you ring in the New Year!

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