Village hosts 30-day challenge

Cumberland will once again host its own day of the Comox Valley 30 Day Local Food Challenge.


On July 13, visitors will have an opportunity to sample local food, watch a barista competition and plant their own veggies to take home. In between, they can stroll the main drag and take in the many other businesses in Cumberland whose focuses are about supporting local. Events include: 9 a.m. to noon — Barista competition hosted by Royston Roasters at the Wandering Moose Cafe. Baristas will compete to produce the best espresso-based coffee drinks. 2 to 5 — Kids come by Seeds Food Market and join the Cumberland Community Schools Society Environment Club to make terrariums. You will be planting your own food to take home! 2 to 5 — Local catering company Gourmet Girls will select local foods from the shelves at Seeds to create an impromptu summer menu. Stop in to sample the results and pick up complimentary recipe cards featuring some of their fabulous make-ahead dressings, spice rubs, dips and salsas.  “Seeds Food Market fits well with the Eat Local Food Challenge in many ways,” says Seeds owner Tina Willard-Stepan. “Our commitment year-round is to sell products from local farms and food producers as much as possible. This event is a great chance to highlight some of these products, and let people know about this commitment.” Cumberland Community Schools Society is also excited about showcasing their Environment Club. “It’s really cool to grow your own food,” says one student participant. CCSS co-ordinator Jeremy Grasby adds, “This is the kind of thing that Community Schools focuses on — community businesses and kids coming together to strengthen our community through knowledge-sharing activities.” The Comox Valley 30-Day Local Food Challenge is an annual event that connects people to the agricultural traditions and potential of this region. With more than 40 events in 2011, folks can take in everything from winery and farm tours to food showcases, cocktails, demos, canning classes and more. Get all of the details at Cumberland events will happen Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information about other events that are a part of the Comox Valley 30 Day Eat Local Food Challenge, visit — Seeds Food Market

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Baynes Sound Connector leaves Denman Island en route to Buckley Bay. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Baynes Sound Connector undergoing upgrades

The MV Quinitsa is providing service between Buckley Bay and Denman Island

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

Greater Victoria had more new cases than any other Island area: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Erin Chan accepted her prize of a Staycation at The Kingfisher valued at $500, for winning the  Discover Comox Valley Vacation Guide Photo Contest. Photo by Nicole Fowler
Winner announced in Discover Comox Valley Vacation Guide Photo Contest

Erin Chan has been named the grand prize winner of the Discover… Continue reading

Three Legged Dog Productions performed Jesus Christ Superstar in 2019. Tim Penney photo
Non-profit plans musical renaissance in the Comox Valley

A non-profit society hopes to keep musical theatre alive this summer in… Continue reading

The development permit application is for the back of a property at 2522 Dunsmuir Ave. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Privacy, heritage reasons for secondary house denial in Cumberland

Majority of council wants to see something more in line with Camp Road’s character

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The father of Aaliyah Rosa planted a tree and laid a plaque in her memory in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Final witness will extend Langley child murder trial into May or June

Lengthy trial began last autumn with COVID and other factors forcing it to take longer than expected

The Connect Warming Centre has been operating as an emergency overnight shelter in recent weeks. File photo
Grant funds would provide urgent, temporary support to homeless in Comox Valley

At its April 13 meeting, the Comox Valley Regional District board agreed… Continue reading

The corner of 96th Avenue and Glover Road in Fort Langley now has traffic signals, and new “touchless” signal activation buttons. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Busy Fort Langley intersection gets ‘touchless’ crosswalk signals

The new traffic light started operation in April

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-infected students in Lower Mainland schools transmitting to 1 to 2 others: data

Eight to 13 per cent of COVID cases among students in the Lower Mainland were acquired in schools, B.C. says

The 5th Street Bridge Project, which began April 14, is expected to take 6 months to complete. Scott Stanfield photo
5th Street Bridge Project begins in Courtenay

The 5th Street Bridge rehabilitation project began Thursday in Courtenay. The $6.5… Continue reading

Most Read