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The latest news on what’s cooking at Flavour this year.

To our wonderful Flavour guests:

We are delighted to be hosting you this Sunday at Coastal Black Estate Winery, from 1 to 4 pm. Here are a few key details and reminders as related to the event.

19 YRS + EVENT BRING ID

Flavour is licensed as a 19 years and over event. All guests MUST BE OVER 19 years of age and everyone will be asked to present photo ID before entering the venue.

PARKING

If you are not taking the shuttle, please enter the main gate Coastal Black and look for volunteers onsite to assist you. We recommend allowing a bit extra time for this part of your day.

RAIN OR SHINE

Please note the event will take place outdoors rain or shine.

TASTING ETIQUETTE

At the event, you will have the opportunity to wander the grounds of Coastal Black and visit 40 food or beverage booths. Please consider the producers and exhibitors are donating food and time for the event and will have generously prepared ONE sample per guest.

PETS?

FoodSafe regulations do not allow pets on-site.

CIGARETTES?

This is a no-smoking event.

SHUTTLE

An event shuttle will be available from both the Campbell River and the Comox Valley, North Island College campuses. We strongly encourage guests to use the shuttle as parking is limited and we wish to offer everyone a safe ride home.

  • Departure Locations: Campbell River NIC campus bus loop & Comox Valley NIC Lot B
  • Depart from NIC to Coastal Black Winery: 12:30 pm
  • Depart from Coastal Black Winery to NIC: 3 pm & 4:15pm
  • Shuttle Fee: $5 per person
  • Tickets (or reservations required): gourmetpicnic.ca

SHOULD I BRING CASH?

Giving opportunities will be available on site for those wishing to make a donation to the North Island College Foundation in support of local students.

Thank you for your support!


Phillips Brewery will be joining Flavour: The North Island’s Gourmet Picnic to showcase samples of their latest brews to beer lovers.

Phillips is well known for their colourful line of refreshing craft beers that represent the classics of the trade, including crisp cold lagers, aromatic IPAs, robust ales and smoky porters. They also carry a varied list of seasonal brews with ingredients such as berries, pumpkin, honey and spice that highlight the changing bounty throughout the year.

One of Vancouver Island’s best known breweries, Phillips Brewery was started in early 2001 by Matt Phillips in Esquimalt BC. Lacking bank loans, Phillips relied on credit cards while working round the clock to grow his business.

Subsequent years of craft brewing success led Phillips Brewery to their current expanded location on upper Government St. in Victoria. But the business has always been a proudly local operation, right down to the ingredients.

Alistair, Oshea, and Jennifer from Phillips Brewery pictured here at the 2013 Flavour event. Once again, Phillips will be among a fine group of local breweries that also includes fellow Victorians Hoyne Brewing and Lighthouse Brewing as well as Nanaimo's Longwood Brew Pub

Alistair, Oshea, and Jennifer from Phillips Brewery pictured here at the 2013 Flavour event. Once again, Phillips will be among a fine group of local breweries that also includes fellow Victorians Hoyne Brewing and Lighthouse Brewing as well as Nanaimo’s Longwood Brew Pub.

“We try to source local ingredients from BC whenever possible,” says Alistair Logan who will be representing at Flavour this year. Recent examples have included BC hops, Babe’s Honey and a 60 mile blueberry Pale Ale.

Today, Phillips Brewmaster Damon Bell aka ‘Deebs’ comes up with annual additions to the Phillips line, as evidenced by their growing selection of brews. Included at Flavour this year will be the ever popular amber Blue Buck, known for its crisp finish and a delicate hop aroma. The Elsinore will also be on hand. A pale straw coloured beer with light citrus and sweet grasses, the Elsinore is cold-fermented and lightly hopped. And last but not least? Logan is mysterious with his answer, saying only that it will be a surprise new release for the Flavour crowd.

Phillips Brewery will be among a fine group of local breweries at Flavour that also include fellow Victorians Hoyne Brewing and Lighthouse Brewing as well as Nanaimo’s Longwood Brew Pub.

Sold-out in its third straight year, Flavour is a culinary festival showcasing the talents of celebrated local chefs, brewers and vintners, farmers, and producers. This year’s event will host close to 1,000 guests and more than 40 exhibitors and suppliers from across the Island at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery on Sunday, September 21.

Proceeds directly support scholarships and bursaries for Professional Cook and Tourism & Hospitality students attending North Island College.

Our generous sponsors this year include RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery, The Eagle 97.3 FM, Comox Valley Echo, Thrifty Foods, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Cascadia Liquor Store, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, All in One Party Shop Event Rentals, Ambassador Shuttle Service, Lois Interiors, Destiny River Adventures, Fox & Bee Studio, Dialect, and EatDrinkMedia.ca.

To see exclusive interviews and receive all updates leading up to the event, you can follow Flavour on Twitter or like FlavourGourmetPicnic on Facebook.

Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shuttle service to Flavour. Shuttle tickets are just $5 and by online reservation only.


Did you miss getting tickets to Flavour this year? You’re not alone. Tickets sold out in just two hours online on June 1, making Flavour: The North Island’s Gourmet Picnic one of the Valley’s most-anticipated events of the year.

For those who missed purchasing tickets, Flavour’s Organizing Crew is thrilled to announce its first in a series of opportunities to win Flavour tickets in the weeks leading up to the event.

To mark our one-month countdown to Flavour, we will be offering a contest through Facebook. To enter, simply visit our event page FlavourGourmetPicnic, then “Like” and “Share” our Flavour Supports NIC Students photo.

Participant names will be entered in a draw for two adult event and shuttle tickets. Winners will be announced on August 29.

In its third straight sell-out year, Flavour is a distinctly unique epicurean event showcasing the talents of celebrated local chefs, brewers and vintners, farmers, and producers, as well as some special guests from out-of-region.

This year’s event will host close to 1,000 guests and more than 40 exhibitors and suppliers from across the Island at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery on Sunday, September 21 from 1 to 4 pm. Proceeds directly support scholarships and bursaries for Professional Cook and Tourism & Hospitality students attending North Island College. The event also supports Flavour’s community partners, the North Vancouver Island Chef’s Association and the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Association.

NIC’s Professional Cook students and instructors (above) along with Tourism & Hospitality students will host exhibitors and guests at Flavour, which last year provided more than$20,000 in endowment funding for scholarships and bursaries.

Our generous sponsors include RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, BMO Nesbitt Burns, Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery, The Eagle 97.3 FM, Comox Valley Echo, Thrifty Foods, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Cascadia Liquor Store, Old House Village Hotel & Spa, All in One Party Shop Event Rentals, Ambassador Shuttle Service, Lois Interiors, Destiny River Adventures, Fox & Bee Studio, and EatDrinkMedia.ca.

This year’s lineup of culinary exhibitors includes: As You Like It Products & Catering, Atlas Café, Breakwater Restaurant at the Kingfisher Resort & Spa, Berwick – Marquise Hospitality, Church Street Bakery, Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, Creekside Grill, Custom Gourmet Catering, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Deep Bay Research Station, Gold Phoenix Asian Foods, Hot Chocolates & Cakebread Artisan Bakery, Island Gourmet Trails, KamaBento, Locals Restaurant, Lush Valley Food Action Society, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, North Vancouver Island Chef’s Association, North Island College, Prime Chophouse and Winebar, Red Tree Specialty Coffee, Royston Roasting Company, Signature Wines, Thrifty Foods, The White Whale Restaurant, Yummies and Gyros Greek Café, and over 20 of the Island’s finest breweries and wineries.

Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shuttle service to Flavour. Shuttle tickets are just $5 and by online reservation only.

For complete event details and to purchase shuttle tickets, please visit: www.gourmetpicnic.ca.

Media Contact:
Susan Auchterlonie
Director, College & Community Relations
North Island College
tel 250-334-5271
cel 250-898-4146
susan.auchterlonie@nic.bc.ca


August 13, 2014

The Comox Valley’s newest restaurant, The White Whale, is on board for Flavour: The North Island’s Gourmet Picnic, partnering with Salish Sea Foods to bring festival guests a taste of our local West Coast bounty. Managing partners Max Oudendag, Chef Aaron Rail, and Robin Mckamey opened doors to The White Whale in June 2014, showcasing a pub-inspired menu of the finest local seafood, meats, cheeses, produce, craft beers, wines and seasonally inspired cocktails, not to mention the best patio in the Comox Valley.

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“We are planning to prepare Komo Gway oysters or clams from Salish Sea Foods,” explains Chef Rail. “Depending on the weather, that may be a cold smoked oyster with bacon foam and pickled celery paired with a kelp stout from the Tofino Brewing Co. or a hot fall clam chowder with all of the bounty of the Valley’s produce paired with a local craft beer.”

For Chef Aaron Rail, a long time Island resident and Comox Valley chef, opening a restaurant in the Valley was an easy choice. “We are so fortunate here to have over 500 farms, and only 30 or 40 restaurants,” says Rail.

“Here, we have the opportunity to build personal relationships with the people who grow the food. I not only get to call these farmers and fishermen personally, but they are also often the people dropping off the product. That relationship gives you more pride and respect in what you’re serving, and it’s truly gratifying.”

Not just Valley food supporters, The White Whale extends its local flair to nearly every aspect of the business.

“We really wanted to offer a casual, social gathering place that brings together the best of the Valley,” explains Oudendag. “So whether it’s the Cumberland Crate Company designing our oyster caddies, Sew What I Sew making all of our server and kitchen aprons, Kindred Snowboards from Black Creek designing our menu boards, or having local artists paint our murals, we’ve found a lot of ways to use local skills to represent the Valley.”

Sold-out in its third straight year, Flavour is a culinary festival showcasing the talents of celebrated local chefs, brewers and vintners, farmers, and producers. This year’s event will host close to 1,000 guests and more than 40 exhibitors and suppliers from across the Island at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery on Sunday, September 21.

To see exclusive interviews and receive all updates leading up to the event, you can follow Flavour on Twitter or like FlavourGourmetPicnic on Facebook.

Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shuttle service to Flavour. Shuttle tickets are just $5 and by online reservation only.

For complete event details and to purchase shuttle tickets, please visit: http://gourmetpicnic.ca.

Media Contact: Susan Auchterlonie
Director College & Community Relations
North Island College
tel 250-334-5271
cel 250-898-4146
susan.auchterlonie@nic.bc.ca


NIC Foundation Logo North Island College Foundation gratefully acknowledges your support in making our second annual event so successful!

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our event sponsors, exhibitors, supporters and volunteers and guests we are delighted to tell you that the proceeds from the 2013 Flavour event will support four new scholarships for North Island College students.

We look forward to hosting you all once again on September 21, 2014 at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery.


The students and faculty of North Island College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program are once again hosting their coveted Third Course Wine Festival in Campbell River on Friday, November 22nd.

Just as if actually touring a renowned vineyard, guests are invited to step into the Third Course Winery Tasting Room for a gracious and distinctly unique evening of relaxed indulgence. Over 200 BC and international wines will be available for tasting. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres skillfully prepared by the North Island College Culinary Arts students and live entertainment by The Wire Choir.

As part of the experience, David Beaudoin, of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, will offer two cheese and wine tasting seminars and Doug Sloan, Campbell River wine connoisseur, will share his expertise in three wine tasting seminars. Additional sampling will be provided by the award winning Natural Pastures Cheese Company and Out Landish Shellfish Guild.

Jonelle Knowles, Professional Tourism Instructor at NIC, comments, “The students and I are excited to reintroduce this annual event in the fall with an inviting seasonal theme. Hosting the Wine Fest this time of year allows us to collaborate with our Culinary Arts students and showcase their talents too. It’s a delicious combination.”

The event will also feature The Wire Choir, door prizes, a silent auction and complimentary shuttle service home for guests from the Campbell River area.

The Third Course Wine Festival Tasting Room will open at 7pm on Friday, November 22nd in NIC’sCampbell River campus cafeteria. Tickets to this semi-formal event are $50 and are available at Merecroft Village Liquor Store, Royal Coachman Liquor Store, and Gourmet Essentials, as well as from the NIC bookstores at both the Campbell River and Comox Valley campuses.

For more information about the event or North Island College’s Tourism and Hospitality program, please contact 250-923-9708 or tourism@nic.bc.ca.


_MG_9515Thank you for purchasing your ticket(s) to Flavour: The North Islands Gourmet Picnic. As a reminder, this second annual event will take place at Coastal Black Estate Winery in Black Creek, on Sunday, September 15th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few key details and reminders as related to the event.

SHUTTLE:

An event shuttle will be available from both the Campbell River and the Comox Valley, North Island College campuses. We strongly encourage guests to use the shuttle as parking is limited and we wish to offer everyone a safe ride home.

Departure Location: NIC campus bus loop – Comox Valley & Campbell River

Depart from NIC to Coastal Black Winery: 12:30pm

Depart from Coastal Black Winery to NIC: 4:15pm

Shuttle Fee: $5 per person

Tickets (or reservations required): gourmetpicnic.ca

Thursday, September 12th @ 4:00pm Email, flavour@nic.bc.ca

PARKING:

If you are not taking the shuttle, please do your best to car pool and look for volunteers onsite to assist you. We recommend allowing a bit extra time for this part of your day.

RAIN OR SHINE:

Please note the event will take place outdoors rain or shine.

TASTING ETTIQUETTE

At the event, you will have the opportunity wander the grounds of Coastal Black and visit 60 food or beverage booths. Please consider the producers and exhibitors are donating food and time for the event and will have generously prepared one sample per guest.

BEVERAGES:

Due to licensing, access to alcohol will be limited to those 19 years and older. Please bring your ID to ensure your access to sample all available beverages.

PETS?

FoodSafe regulations do not allow pets on-site.

CIGARETTES?

This is a no-smoking event.

SHOULD I BRING CASH?

There will be fresh produce, baked goods, and other local products for sale. As well, there will be a raffle basket valued in excess of $2500. Tickets will be available at $5 each.

Should you have any questions, please contact Avry Janes or Beth Turner at flavour@nic.bc.ca or 250-334-5000 (4057 or 4267).

Thank you for your support!


Ajinkya Chodankar, otherwise known as AJ, moved to Campbell River from Mumbai, India forAJ pic2 NIC’s Culinary Arts program only six months ago. It didn’t take him long to realize that Vancouver Island is quite different from Vancouver but nonetheless, he feels right at home.

Having completed Cook One at NIC’s Campbell River campus, in the fall semester, AJ will continue on to Cook Two and he’s already looking forward to being a part of this year’s Flavour: the North Island’s Gourmet Picnic. “I can’t wait to be a part of this huge, fun gathering of so many people who are passionate about the same things I am.”

Flavour: the North Island’s Gourmet Picnic, a culinary festival and fundraiser organized by the North Island College Foundation, will take place on September 15th at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery.

Proceeds from the event will be directed towards scholarships and bursaries for NIC Culinary Arts and Tourism & Hospitality students and the North Vancouver Island Chefs’ Association.

“It’s awesome what this event gives back,” he says excitedly. “I know what it feels like to be a student. To know that someone out there is looking out for you makes you feel good. It gives you a push to go forward and pursue your dreams.”

AJ would like to continue his education, working towards a Red Seal designation. He hopes to make his home here in Canada and eventually own his own bakery where he will bake his favourite herb bread and eat his favourite chocolate truffles.

Guests at this year’s Flavour, the family-friendly and foodie focused fundraiser will sample a delicious array of food and beverage offerings from over sixty exhibitors, while enjoying live entertainment by Annie Becker and The Big Mess at Coastal Black Estate Winery’s immaculate grounds.

Tickets to Flavour are sold out, but it’s not too late for a chance to win promotional tickets. The Flying Canoe Liquor Store, an event sponsor, will be hosting wine and beer tastings on September 13 and 14. Drop by, sample some of the product being presented at Flavour, and enter to win one of three pairs of tickets to the event. Also listen to the Eagle 97.3FM, another of our fabulous sponsors, who will be giving away numerous tickets to Flavour in the lead up to the event.

For further information on the North Island College Foundaiton and the work we do in support of students, please visit www.nic.bc.ca/foundation or call 250-334-5000 (extensions 4057 or 4267).


Flavour’s Organizing Crew is thrilled to annouce this year’s Gourmet Picnic is Sold Out after IMG_9618 (71)only four days of ticket sales! A HUGE thank you to everyone who jumped on board and purchased tickets for Flavour 2013.

For those who missed purchasing tickets, there will be a few opportunities before the event to win tickets.

Flavour representatives will be at the BC Shellfish Festival on Saturday, June 15th raffling off a ‘Flavour’ful gift basket and two tickets to the 2013 festival. Look for us at the NVI Chefs’ Association booth.

EatDrinkMEDIA is also offering the chance to win a pair through their #localfoodhero contest. Below are the details:

You could win your pair of tickets, or an extra pair for your friends who snoozed and loosed, by telling us what you’d do if you had a booth at Flavour.

  • Would you feature a special local product?
  • Would you showcase a favourite recipe that’s been inspired by one of your local food heroes?
  • Would you serve it hot or cold? Would you share the recipe?
  • You tell us – and you’re entered to win a pair of much-in-demand tickets to the most exciting North Island food event of the year.

The rules – how to play
It’s simple. Take a few minutes to write your post about what you’d do if you had a booth at this year’s Flavour event. Be creative: include visuals (photos, drawings, videos, diagrams, etc), recipes would be wonderful! As would interviews with yourself telling us your story about how you’d celebrate local food at Flavour.

Where to post? Facebook: Go to our JUNE #localfoodhero event, make a post telling us…

  • the name of your personal #localfoodhero
  • using as many words, photos, links, videos, drawings, paintings, recipies, etc that you want to give us, telling us what makes this person special in your personal passion for local food (hint: be creative! have fun!).
Twitter: You’ve only got 140 characters, which is super limiting, and you MUST give us…
  • your story AND
  • include this #tag: #localfoodhero – otherwise we can’t find your entry.

Thank you and good luck!


The North Island College Foundation, together with presenting sponsor RBC Dominion Securities, is excited to officially announce that the second annual Flavour: The North Island’s Gourmet Picnic will take place at Coastal Black Estate Winery & Meadery on Sunday, September 15th.

Flavour is a foodie-focused event featuring celebrated local chefs, farmers, producers, brewers and vintners, as well as some special guests from out-of-region. With 55 exhibitors confirmed, and only five exhibitors’ spots remaining, the event is certain to be a gastronomical extravaganza, surpassing last year’s sold out event.

Guests at Flavour will sample from an abundance of delicious food and beverage offerings while enjoying live entertainment and the immaculate grounds of Coastal Black’s working farm and award winning estate winery.

Proceeds from this family-friendly event are directed towards scholarships and bursaries for NIC’s Culinary Arts students like Trevor Krinbill. Since he was 12 years old, Trevor knew he wanted to become a chef. Still a student in high school, he has shown remarkable enthusiasm for the culinary arts, having already completed his level one Professional Cook designation this past year. Trevor begins his level two training at NIC in September. Once he completes his formal training, he plans to travel and work abroad to learn first-hand about the unique ingredients and culinary techniques of far-away places like the Philippines and Australia.

On September 15th, Trevor will attend Flavour in his capacity as a NIC Culinary Arts student, preparing and serving delicious, local food. He’s excited about the opportunity and sees the ‘big picture’ with wisdom beyond his 18 years. As he explains in his quiet, yet confident, manner, “Quality of ingredients is everything. We’re so fortunate here to be surrounded by family owned products, brought up through generations. Local food is trustworthy.”

This event also supports Flavour’s community partners, the North Vancouver Island Chefs’ Association and the Farmers’ Market Association.

Tickets are limited and as last year’s event sold out be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale this Saturday, June 1st. Guests can purchase tickets at gourmetpicnic.ca, by visiting the tasting room at Coastal Black Estate Winery, or by calling the NIC Foundation office at 250-334-5000 (extensions 4057 or 4267).

For further information or to view a complete list of attending exhibitors and the generous sponsors who make this event possible, please visit gourmetpicnic.ca.