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

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