Foodie Alert! Find your Comox Valley faves during Dine Around

Still plenty of ways to participate in this 10th annual celebration of local culinary culture

If you’re keen on finding new places to enjoy tasty food and beverages in Comox and Courtenay, what better time than during the 10th annual Comox Valley Dine Around Festival?

This celebration of culinary culture and the region’s diversity of dining options is in full swing, but you’ve still got more opportunities to join in the fun.

“We wanted to make it more of a festival this year for our 10th anniversary,” says Karen Bonell with Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism. “That meant adding different attractions and events that go beyond the typical restaurant special offerings.”

You’ve got more options than ever

This year’s Comox Valley Dine Around celebration is the largest yet, with local chefs from 30 restaurants, plus wineries, breweries and distilleries showcasing their specialties for you now through March 17.

And with 16 culinary tours and events added for 2019, it’s an event that is appealing not only to locals, but to overnight visitors, who can take advantage of special hotel packages, Bonell says.

Here’s more tasty special events for you to consider:

  • Smoked on the Water Vancouver Island Brewery and Hornby Island Distillers team up with Roy’s Towne Pub, who will pair up six smoked, small-plate menu items on March 9 from 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Ice Cream Social! This kid-friendly event hosted by Blue Spruce Ice Cream on Sundays, March 3 and 10. Drop by anytime between 7 and 9:30 p.m.
  • Sip and Savour Mystery Tours Like variety? Why not try out a sampling tour by Ambassador. One ticket covers appies and beverage samples for you at three surprise establishments, not to mention transportation for the evening. Upcoming tours run March 3, 7, 10, 14 and 17.

You can purchase tickets for any of the special events by visiting and clicking on the event of your choice.

Price points to meet your budget

With specially created $25, $35 and $45 dinner menu choices and special $25 lunch menus available to try out, there’s lots of ways you can participate in Dine Around. And if you’re looking for a place to enjoy a beverage with friends or on a date, Sip Around sees a variety of local establishments offering Happy Hour specials, on Fridays and Saturdays during the Comox Valley Dine Around.


Win Dine Around privileges for a year! The festival is giving away 12 $50 gift certificates for use at local establishments. Simply share four of your Dine Around experiences using #CVDineAround on Twitter or Instagram by March 17, or get your Dine Around Festival Passport stamped four times or more at participating restaurants and drop it off at the Vancouver Island Visitors Centre before March 21. You can also follow the action on Facebook.


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