June 5-7, 2009
The Tofino Food and Wine Festival began in 2003. It was an idea formed between two foodies who worked in the food and wine industry, at a restaurant set amidst the beautiful Tofino Botanical Gardens.
The idea for a festival celebrating the marriage of food and wine in the unique setting of a temperate coastal rainforest was, and still is, strongly supported by the community of Tofino, as well as Vancouver Island purveyors and British Columbia wineries. This festival provides cultural and educational experiences for food and wine lovers from all over, as well as an opportunity to discover sustainable British Columbia food sources. With a showcase of local culinary talent, the festival also provides networking opportunities for cuisine and tourism establishments to form new business relationships and alliances.
The Tofino Food & Wine Festival also hosts a Silent Auction Fundraiser at the main event, specifically for the Tofino Community Children's Centre, an invaluable service for local families providing much needed child care and healthy structure for our children. The centre, operated under the umbrella of Tofino Parks & Recreation provides an enriched program for children attending the centre.
The festival also promotes education and professionalism in the hospitality industry, promoting culinary and sommelier programs as well as Slow Food, a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization dedicated to recognizing the importance of pleasure connected to food in conjunction with agricultural biodiversity.
Tofino Food and Wine Festival 2009 calender of events:
Salacious Secrets Reception
Long Beach Lodge - Great Room
Friday, June 5 • 7-10pm
$68 per person
Come taste the local bounty and gain culinary insights from Chef Joshua Anker and Bob Ferguson of Kettle Valley Winery. Special guests from Outlandish Shellfish Guild and Comox Valley cheesemaker, Edgar Smith of Natural Pastures. Tasting stations will be spread out in the Great Room.
Your Nose Knows
Friday June 5 • 5:30pm
Enjoy a 4 course dinner with a variety of varietals from different wineries paired with each course. Guests get to try them all and decide which wine pairs the best.
Opening Winemaker's Dinner
Friday June 5 • 6pm
Savour this multi-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef John Waller and Pointe Restaurant Chef Nicholas Nutting, with pairings from Road 13.
It's all about the Dirt!
Saturday June 6 • 6pm
$10.00 at the door
The 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ and Beer Tasting! Presented by the Schooner Restaurant. Enjoy a big old fashion BBQ featuring a plethora of locally caught delights. Deejays and Prizes, rain or shine!
7th Annual Grazing in the Gardens
Tofino Botanical Gardens
Saturday June 6 • 1-4pm
Spend a the afternoon wandering the Tofino Botanical Gardens while tasting canapes and wines, all local to beautiful British Columbia! Live music with Dinah D Swingclub from Gabriola Island, DJ Kevin West, silent auction fundraiser, artists in action and more. Outdoor event, rain or shine! Car free event. Shuttle Service provided by Tofino Bus.
- Tofino Film Festival: February 17-20, 2016
- Pacific Rim Whale Festival: March 12-27, 2016
- Artsplash PRAS Art Show: March 12-20, 2016
- Tofino Shorebird Festival: April 29 - May 1, 2016
- Feast! Tofino-Ucluelet: May 6-22, 2016
- Clayoquot Island Open House: May 21-22, 2016
- Tofino Public Market: May - September, 2016
- Tofino Food & Wine Festival: June 3-5, 2016
- Pacific Rim Summer Festival: June 30 - July 9, 2016
- Ukee Days: July 22-24, 2016
- Tofino Lantern Festival: August 14, 2016
- Tofino Beer Festival: September 26, 2015
- Queen of the Peak: September 30 - October 2, 2016
- Tofino Oyster Festival: November 17-19, 2016
- Tofino Winter Celebration Artisan Festival: Dec. ?, 2016
- West Coast Winter Music: Nov. 2, 2015 - April 2, 2016
The Tofino Food and Wine festival is a joint fundraiser for Tofino's Children Centre and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.