The Comox Valley Dine Around Festival runs Feb. 21-March 7. Photo supplied.

2019 Comox Valley Dine Around Festival the biggest yet

The Comox Valley Dine Around Festival is celebrating 10 years of delicious dining experiences and has expanded significantly in 2019 to include a new Grand Tasting Kick-off Event, plus numerous new culinary events and tours; tickets for these exciting events are now on sale.

The kick-off event will be held at the Old House Hotel and Spa in Courtenay on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5-7:30 p.m. featuring tasty sample bites from numerous award-winning chefs and restaurants, plus beverage samples from regional wine, beer and spirit producers. Entertainment will feature Comox Valley’s own jazz guitarist, Jeff Drummond. It’s going to be fun evening to mix and mingle with the chefs and to plan your strategy for the dining and sipping pleasures that await during the Dine Around Festival, starting Feb. 21.

Featured venues providing tasty samples at The Grand Tasting include: 40 Knots Winery, Atlas Café, Avenue Bistro, Blackfin Pub, Blue Spruce Ice Cream, High Tide Public House, Il Falcone, Locals Restaurant, Roy’s Towne Pub, Spice Hut, Flying Canoe Pub, Forbidden Brewing and more.

Early bird adult tickets are only $20 (limited number available) and can be purchased online at ComoxValleyDineAround.com. Regular tickets are $29 per adult (19+).

The Comox Valley Dine Around Festival runs Feb. 21 – March 17 and includes the largest number of participating businesses in its history, allowing locals and visitors to experience the wide range of restaurants, pubs, and cafes with prix-fixe three-course dinners for $25, $35 or $45 per person.

In addition to dinner, select restaurants are also offering a $25 lunch option.

“There are many new Dine Around options this year,” said a spokesperson for the Dine Around advisory committee. “Adding events was a big focus of ours this year to expand Dine Around into a culinary festival. In addition to the Grand Tasting event, there’s eight Sip and Savour Tours available plus numerous Restaurants are offering unique dinners with pairings and even an Ice Cream Social event to enjoy.”

The Comox Valley Dine Around Festival couldn’t happen without the support of the Dine Around Advisory Committee members (including Barb Hanson and Edd Moyes from the Blackfin Pub, Sandra Viney Atlas Cafe, Gregor Mowatt, Avenue Bistro, Ronald St. Pierre, Locals Restaurant and Deana Simkin from High Tide Public House), and all the participating culinary partners. Dine Around is co-ordinated in conjunction with Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism with the support of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, Gordon Food Service, Comox Valley Record, the Eagle 97.3FM, and more.

To purchase tickets and learn more visit ComoxValleyDineAround.com or call the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre, 1-855-400-2882.

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