June is jam-packed with amazing events in Victoria — from Friday nights on the barge to FernFest to Car Free YYJ — but we’ve got to admit there’s one event we’re most stoked for: Fernwood Bites on June 19th (5:30 to 8 p.m.).
This community fundraiser features the best food and drink Victoria has to offer in the charming setting of Fernwood Square.
Here are five reasons we can’t get enough of this event.
1) It’s intimate.
Only 350 tickets are sold each year, creating an intimate setting prime for hob-knobbing with local restaurant owners, distillers and wine-makers.
2) It’s all-inclusive
Tickets ($65) include all the food and beverage samples you can handle (none of this buy a ticket and then buy tokens for samples business). Better yet, all of the money raised funds Fernwood NRG’s awesome programs, such as the Fernwood Family Dinner and neighbourhood orchard.
3) It just keeps getting better.
This year’s event is set to be better than ever, with exciting new restaurants taking part — including Northern Quarter, Nourish, The Guild, Dak, the Salt and Pepper Fox and the debut of The Livet (a very exciting new charcoal grill and rooftop patio opening downtown this summer).
Returning favourites Stage Wine Bar, Hot and Cold Café, Choux Choux Charctuerie and Yonni’s Doughnuts will also be serving up treats.
4) The impressive array of local bevvies.
We’re looking forward to trying three local gins in one place: Ampersand, Sheringham and Victoria Distillers. Tod Creek, Merridale and Sea Cider will all be serving up their yum ciders. For beer, you’ll find Hoyne, Phillips, Category 12 and Spinnakers. And lest we forget our favourite form of grapes, Unsworth, Blue Grouse, Nichol, Moraine Estate, Volcanic Hills, Hidden Chapel and Lock & Worth will have you covered on the wine front.
5) It’s about more than food and drinks.
We have a feeling all that food and booze will keep us busy, but if you can find chance to sneak away, there are behind-the-scenes tours of The Belfry at 6 and 7 p.m. Plus, a silent auction will feature some incredible items like the amazing Toque Catering’s personal chef service for a three-course dinner for six (valued at $600). The best part? it’s all for a great cause, so you can go ahead and indulge guilt-free.
Tickets sell out for Fernwood Bites every year, so if your taste buds are tingling, go snag your tickets right now or risk disappointment.
Photo: Liz Rubincam of Rubysmith Photography