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Thursday September 12, 2013 

Chemainus Tastings - 5:30 to 8 pm - Admission is free! No prebooking necessary. Experience the warm hospitality of Chemainus, the arts town by the sea.  Enjoy perfect pairings of local wine and food, listen to the smooth tunes of  Dave Lieffertza baby grand piano and view limited edition prints by renowned Vancouver Island artist, Arthur Vickers. The first 50 people in the door will receive a Chemainus goody bag. This event is sponsored by the Chemainus Business Improvement Association.
Location - Chemainus Theatre, Playbill Dining Room. 9737 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC  www.visitchemainus.ca

AFTERTASTINGS -  Take advantage of the opportunity to attend a dress rehearsal of Chemainus Theatre’s production, A Pretty Girl. Purchase advance tickets: only $19+ tx. www.chemainustheatre.ca

MAKE IT A GETAWAY! Stay at a charming B&B. www.cabba.ca or book a special Chemainus Tastings package at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn. www.chemainushotel.com


Stone Soup Inn - Enjoy the inspired cuisine of Brock Windsor at the Stone Soup Inn paired with five outstanding local vineyards wines.  Five courses of regional food, Venturi-Shultze champagne sabering, 600 pm and 8pm seatings available and $105 exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Please call 250-749-3848 to reserve.

Friday, September 13


Alderlea Farm - In beautiful Glenora, you'll find our authentic farm cafe. We make soups, pizzas, salads and bread using as many of our own freshly harvested, biodynamic ingredients as possible. 98% of our remaining ingredients are organic. We make our espressos, lattes and americanos with locally roasted Drumroaster coffee beans.  Come out and enjoy lunch with us soon! Tuesday / Friday / Saturday  11am - 6pm 3390 Glenora Rd  250 597-3438  www.alderleafarm.com


Amuse & Unsworth - Dinner Theater Under the Stars!  -  Greg Perry from the Mercury Players and Alex Gallacher Shawnigan Players will perform a series of short sketches that are light, upbeat and humorous, from the script by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore called "Good Evening". Performances will take place outside underneath the walnut trees and overlooking the vineyard - each sketch will be followed by a different course of the dinner.  Dinner theater tickets are $49 per person; there's also a wine paring option available for an additional cost.  Visit website for more details.
5:30pm | Reserve early as seats are limited | 250.743.3667 | reso@amuseonthevineyard.com



Averill Creek Winemakers’ Dinner at Hudson’s On First with Chef Dan Hudson.  6:30 p.m.163 First St., Duncan.
Join Canada's Top Chef finalist Daniel Hudson and Averill Creek's Andy Johnston for a masterfully crafted five-course dinner prepared from
local, seasonal produce. Three courses will be paired with older vintages from Averill Creek's cellars. The evening will also feature
the release of Cowichan Tawny, a five-years-in-barrel vintage version of Cowichan Black.
Tickets available at Hudson's On First, 250-597-0066.
$125 exclusive of gratuity and tax. Menu at www.hudsonsonfirst.ca/menus.

Blue Grouse Estate Winery - “Music in the Vineyard” Featuring the local talents of singer & songwriter Genevieve Charbonneau. Relax and enjoy a beautiful bottle or glass of Blue Grouse wine and the enchanting folk style music of our resident songbird. Nothing pairs better with live music than a bottle of Blue Grouse wine!


Glenterra Vineyard & Thistles Cafe - Hours & Contact for reservations


Quamichan Inn - Lunch Served Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM TO 2:00 PM


Silverside Farm & Winery - Late Summer Picnic  SOLD OUT Silverside Farm & Winery & Birds Eye Cove Farm are teaming up to serve a gourmet picnic of fresh local foods; delicious appies, pulled pork, and a scrumptious dessert. Tickets are just $ 30per person. Includes refreshments and live music with Wayne Kozak and his fabulour jazz band.  Call (250) 743-9149 to reserve your tickets.
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Stone Soup Inn - Join the delightful Nancy and Roger Dosman as they uncork unavailable back vintages and large format bottles crafted from their iconic Alderlea Vineyard.  Wines are paired with an all local five couse menu at the Stone Soup Inn.  630 pm and $115 exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Please call 250-749-3848 to reserve.


Teafarm – Trufflelandia - This epic lineup of awesome tea infused chocolate truffles will rock your palate. Several local chocolatiers will be raising the bar on your culinary tea experience. Available a la carte. Open 10am - 6pm  250.748.3811 1.855.748.3811
www.teafarm.ca for more details


Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15

22 Oaks - Tasting room open noon - 5pm Live local musicians and local Smoke house on site. Great time for a picnic.

Averill Creek Vineyard - The Old Fork Food Truck will be serving local cuisine and the Visions Cowichan Valley Artists group will be exhibiting on the patio .  Enjoy complimentary tours of the winery and Wine Tastings – $5 for 5 tickets, 1 ticket per 1 oz pour.  On Saturday afternoon vocalist Cari Burdett will perform diverse music styles.

Blue Grouse Estate Winery - “Music in the Vineyard” Featuring the local talents of singer & songwriter Genevieve Charbonneau. Relax and enjoy a beautiful bottle or glass of Blue Grouse wine and the enchanting folk style music of our resident songbird. Nothing pairs better with live music than a bottle of Blue Grouse wine!
Damali Lavender & Winery -   10am - 4pm  What a great weekend to spend time at the lavender farm and winery.  Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting of five wines, then enjoy a glass of your favorite in the wine garden or while taking a self guided tour of the farm.  Then relax in the gazebo, walk the labyrinth, make a lavender wand or browse in the lavender gift shop.   Weblink  3500 Telegraph Rd, Cobble Hill  250 743-4100

Deol Family Estate Winery - Complimentary wine tastings daily

Enrico Winery - "Please come and enjoy a BBQ's Baron of Beef and glass of wine on our new deck overlooking the vineyard.  Sample our 2012 wines, listen to live music and browse around some of our local vendor stalls that will be on display"


Glenterra Vineyard & Thistles Cafe -Thistles Café will be offering a menu of local fresh vegetables, seafood, poultry & meats. Winery & Café open 11:30 to 5:00 - Hours & Contact for reservations

Merridale Cider, Bistro, Bakery & Deli - We are all about the art here at Merridale. Learn something new this Cowichan Wine Festival Season and join in the many activities we have planned at the distillery or on the ciderhouse lawn.
Art in the Distillery – noon and 2:00, Saturday and Sunday -  Join Rick Pipes and Laurent Lafluent as they teach you the art of how to taste the essence of our spirits and how they are made right here in our own distillery. Develop a distinguishing palate for spirits, tasting Cowichan Brandy, Stair’s Brandy, Malt Whiskey, Vodka and more. Tours and tastings will be given at noon and 2:00 on Saturday. Reservations for the distillery tour are required but there is no charge for this event.
Art in the Cellar – throughout the day Saturday and Sunday - Meander through our fermentation and bottling room to learn the art of cidermaking on our self-guided cellar tour. Gather your questions along the way, and then join us at the ciderbar where our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers and tastings of our traditional cider line-up and fortified nectars. There is no charge for our self-guided tours. Cider tastings are $5 per person with all proceeds donated to a local charity.
Art of the Cocktail – noon until 4:00 Saturday only - Journey into the art of the cocktail with mixologist Janice Mansfieldmixing some of her tantalizing House Made bitters and syrups with our lineup of products to create some most delicious mini-cocktails for you to enjoy. Tasting fee of $5 waived with purchase of spirits.
Art in the Orchard – 11 until 4:00 Saturday and Sunday - Throughout this weekend we will be joined by local artists sharing their craft in the merridale orchard: Bernadette McCormack – Painter, Jason Fong – Wood Carver, Tammie Hunter – Painter, Will Datené - Photographer


Bakery and Ice Cream counter are open – Baker Alain has many tempting morsels to nibble on while you walk around the orchard. Try one of our new apple fritters or bear claws. Or, cool off with your favourite ice cream served at the deli counter.
Faery Hunt for the kids – There's always something for the kids to do. Grab a map and take a tour. Your kids will be enchanted and busy, while you have the chance to relax and savour the experience.


Pizza Night featuring 'Sets in the West' – Sunday, September 15 starting at 5:00pm  -Join us on the deck at the ciderhouse for the last evening of the festival to enjoy brick oven pizzas and fresh salads. Live music begins at 5:00 with no coverage charge, but don't forget to call and reserve a table, our pizza nights fill up fast! This is a family-friendly event, with local favorites Sets in the West bringing their infectious Celtic/East Coast sound to our patio. Don't forget your dancing shoes!

Quamichan Inn - Lunch Served Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM TO 2:00 PM


Rocky Creek Winery

Saturday, September 14 at 1pm - Special Opportunity ~ Panel Discussion At Rocky Creek Winery.  Our region is growing and developing its own identity and we have found someone that can lead us in a great panel discussion based on his experiences.  Terry David Mulligan of Tasting Room Radio will be leading a panel discussion with winemakers from Rocky Creek, Blue Grouse and Unsworth.    To round out the discussion, also attending is Troy Townsin and Treve Ring, all experts in our wine industry.   This is a great opportunity for people to see our valley through a different set of eyes with Terry David Mulligan and his world travels in viticulture.   “We are thrilled that we can have someone of this reputation to come to our winery to discuss our island identity.”  Linda, owner states.  “We are looking at a second generation and developing this region as a world player, this should be a fun experience.”  Terry David Mulligan brings not only his knowledge gained from years of interviews with winemakers, growers, writers and owners; but also his own sense of FUN.  This will be no ordinary panel.  Terry is secretly hoping that there’ll be punches thrown, at the very least chairs.

Rocky Creek Winery is also hosting all day wine tastings and our theme this year is “Art is Here”.  We have the Ladysmith Art Council coming to showcase all the artists and their work around the winery.  They will be doing plein aire in our beautiful gardens for anyone!  We will be having a seminar each day at 2 pm about the arts.  This is a great chance to ask questions, discover or learn something new.  Also, music is art and the Robert Stitt Jazz Trio returns to stimulate your senses.  Enjoy the experience amongst beautiful gardens, sit out with a glass of wine or flights of wines.  We will also have our sparkling and cocktail bar again this year. 

Stone Soup Inn Winemaker’s Dinner.   
September 14 -Celebrate the award winning wines of Rocky Creek Winery alongside a local food five course menu at the Stone Soup Inn. Mark and Linda will provide insight into their viticulture and viniculture. 6:30 pm and $110 exclusive of tax and gratuity. Please call 250-749-3848 to reserve.


Satellite Bar & Grille Winemakers Dinner - 'Anything But Pinot from the Cowichan Valley' Saturday Sept 14 at 6pm Enjoy a four course dinner from Executive Chef Jan Kobbero and team with wine pairings from Averill Creek, Alderlea, Enrico and Unsworth. Winemaker’s will be speaking about each pairing and the development of hybrid grapes on Vancouver Island. $64 (includes wine tastings) subject to tax & gratuity.   Reservations required    Poster

Silverside Farm & Winery -  Tasting room open 11:00 - 5:00. Bring the family and your picnic to the farm. We will have wine tasting for the adults as well as serving up our famous frozen yogurt treats , ice cream, or sherbert.  website


Unsworth Vineyards & Amuse Bistro Tasting room open 11 - 6

Saturday, September 14th - Champagne 4 ways! A traditional sparkling wine party served 4 ways. Champagne cocktails and champagne infused foods by Amuse, served all day. Live music by Quinn Dawson, Visions Artists Group, bubbles and more! For more details, please visit www.unsworthvineyards.com

Sunday September 15thWinemakers Brunch  Interact with Unsworth’s Winemaker, Daniel Cosman, while enjoying a 3 course brunch created by the culinary team of Amusé. Each course will be paired with a glass of Unsworth wine.  2 Seating’s - 10am & 1pm | $65 per person for 3 course brunch with wine pairing. Phone 250.743.3667 or reso@amuseonthevineyard.com to reserve | Visit  website for more details.


Zanatta Winery & Vinoteca Restaurant - Tasting Extravaganza - 11am to 5pm On-going sampling of all our wines, including guided tastings of our 4 sparkling wines.  Winemaker/grower on hand for a more in-depth discussion of winemaking and grape growing in the Cowichan Valley.  Demonstrations of various steps in sparkling wine production (champagne method). Reservations at Vinoteca (250) 709-2279



Sunday, September 15th,

3rd Annual James Barber Fundraiser - 12 - 4pmCowichan Chefs Table and invited BC chefs are hosting this culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada’s Urban Peasant. This year’s James Barber Fundraiser has the theme of savoury, spicy & sweet dishes made with local apples. This fundraiser for Providence Farm will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider.   Tickets are $100. Guests will be provided a $50 tax receipt. Beverages are included.
Tickets can be reserved at (250) 746-4204 (weekdays only) 1843 Tzouhalem Road, Duncan.  Poster

The Quamichan Inn - Treat yourself to Sunday Brunch 10:00 AM- 2:30 PM