From hand-made chocolates, artisan cheeses, cakes and cheesecakes, house smoked meat, specialty teas, herbs and vitamins, to gourmet fair trade coffee, imported licorices and candies, cool kitchen wares, cookbooks, natural foods and organic cotton linens — downtown Courtenay is a truly delicious destination.
This coming weekend, foodies can celebrate the tasty side of Downtown as part of Delicious Downtown — Tantalizing Tastes from Farm to Fork.
Local cafes, pubs and restaurants will offer specials and fresh sheets all weekend featuring all kinds of tantalizing local ingredients.
A new Guided Foodie Tour of Downtown offers foodies and shoppers tasty samples and a direct connection with the businesses that make downtown Courtenay unique.
The $30 tour leaves the Sid Plaza at 1 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds support the Comox Valley Transition Society. Pre-registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music, art and crafts is a big part of the weekend with free family crafts from 11 to 2 from Restless Raven Art Lab and a 2 p.m. concert from Annie Becker at the WinterFest Hub at Fifth and England.
Don’t forget to snap pictures and enter the Downtown Courtenay WinterFest photo contest. Just tag your pics with #DowntownCourtenay, post them to Facebook and you’re automatically entered to win weekly $50 gift certificates from local restaurants.
Thursday, Dec. 5
7 p.m. Oscar Robles plays the Elevate Grotto Concert Series by donation;
7:30 p.m. Little Big Band — swing and modern big band music. Don’t be fooled by the name; this is a full lineup. At the Avalanche
Friday, Dec. 6
Fresh sheets and delicious seasonal fare at restaurants throughout downtown;
7 p.m. Indigo Jazz at Zocalo Café;
8 – 11 p.m. Friday Night Lounge with the Jilli Martini house band at Billy D’s;
Saturday, Dec 7
9 – noon Comox Valley Farmers’ Market with Farmers Market gifts for your foodie friends. Musical guest: Rodney MacMillan;
All day – Special tastings, samples and other yummies throughout downtown;
All day — Fresh sheets and delicious seasonal fare at restaurants throughout downtown;
All day — CVAG Christmas Craft Fair showcases tasty local treats perfect for gift giving;
1 p.m. Delicious Downtown Walking Food Tour leaves from the Sid Plaza — $30 ticket for this special tasting event with proceeds to the Comox Valley Transition Society;
11-2 p.m. Restless Raven Art Lab Craft Action at WinterFest Hub;
2 p.m. Free Family Show at the WinterFest Hub – Annie Becker and Friends;
2-4 Discover Art Saturday at the Comox Valley Art Gallery – free fun interactive art and craft activities for families;
4 p.m. Silk Pajamas at Zocalo Café;
7:30 p.m. True Colours performs Stages at the Sid Williams Theatre.
For more information on Downtown Courtenay WinterFest and coming events, visit www.downtowncourtenay.com.
— Downtown Courtenay WinterFest