Salt Fall/Winter 2014 - page 16

foodie Fare
Island Culture
FYI
The market
frequently hosts
special events,
seminars, and
cooking classes.
The Island’s Got Spirits
A city that has Queen Victoria as its namesake surely
deserves its own gin — and thanks to Victoria Spirits,
it does! Victoria Gin is made in small batches from
wild-gathered botanicals and natural spring water in a
carbon-neutral, copper-pot distillery.
victoriaspirits.com
Meanwhile, from Shelter Point Distillery, located mid-way
between Comox and Campbell River, we are
waiting in anticipation for the first release of single
malt whiskey — they are testing and waiting to see
if it is going to be this year or next or even the next.
They want it perfect, although rumour has it that
preliminary sampling has been pretty amazing. In the
meantime, tours of this gorgeous facility are available
and you can pass the time waiting for the whisky by
enjoying their line of triple-distilled sipping vodkas in
a range of flavours, including maple and raspberry.
shelterpointdistillery.com
Artisan Chocolate
Vancouver Island loves
its chocolate and has
welcomed the newest
entrant on the sweetest
local scene with open
arms. Sirene Artisan
Chocolate Makers is a
small-batch, direct-trade,
bean-to-bar operation that
is more art than science.
Beans are sourced from
Ecuador and Madagascar
and turned into luscious,
wonderful chocolate.
sirenechocolate.com
Aprés Surf
The spa-like change rooms,
saunas, and hot tub at
Tofino’s Long Beach Lodge
took surfing to a whole new
level. Now, the Lodge has
raised the bar even higher
with the opening last June of
the Sandbar Bistro, an on-
the-beach dining option
located right on the sand
overlooking spectacular
Cox Bay. It’s open daily well
into the fall and on nice-
weather days all winter.
longbeachlodgeresort.com
Recognize
the girl on the
bottle? That’s
Queen Victoria
in her radiant
youth. The
bottle’s shape is
intended to look
“medicinal.”
New kids
on the block
The Victoria Public Market
at the Hudson
Pie, cheese, fresh produce, spices, roasted meats, tea, seafood,
cake, bread, and even kitchenware — from Tuesday to Saturday,
in every month of the year and in any weather, you can browse
through this market in the heritage Hudson building.
Shelter Point Distillery
Jeffrey Bosdet/Salt Magazine
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