go site It’s no secret Fernwood Bites is one of Victoria’s standout events of the year: it’s a blissful mix of eats, drinks and hob nob in one of the city’s most cherished neighbourhoods. Our only gripe? Waiting the 12 long months until it rolls around again.
Not anymore. It’s as if event organizer Fernwood NRG heard our whining and answered the call with a whole new event to fill the gap.
On Sunday, November 27, the first-ever Fernwood Lights illuminates Fernwood Village. The wintry celebration is a foodie love letter to its springtime cousin. While Fernwood Bites is all short sleeves and sultry temps, Fernwood Lights is inky skies and twinkly bulbs — and a magical way to kick off the mitten and scarf season.
Ticket-holders can sink their teeth into appies from favourites like Stage Wine Bar, Fernwood Inn, Aubergine Specialty Foods, Cornerstone Café, Hungry Rooster and Norte Street Food. Sips include a mini-cocktail by Victoria Distillers, seasonal beer and sodas from Phillips Brewery, and local wine by Storied Wines & Spirits. There’ll be steaming hot cider to keep the chill at bay, along with tasty tea from Silk Road.
While yummy food and drink are main events, this gig’s also about the lights. Expect a few sparkly surprises to make things extra special (no spoilers, but we’re not ruling out some laser action).
The indoor/outdoor event is stacked with other goodies including live entertainment, a silent auction, tarot readings, and a showcase of artisan vendors. It’s your chance to get a jump on ethical holiday gifts from local artists and jewelers. Take in the sweet choral sounds of performers from the Belfry Theatre’s This Little Light production under the gazebo, or cozy up to an acoustic set inside the Fernwood Inn. Parents who don’t want to miss out can opt for by-minimum-donation childcare at the Fernwood Community Centre (limited spaces; advance sign-up required).
Spend any length of time in Victoria, and you’ll know debut events in this city tend to be pretty darn special — another reason not to miss out on this one.
The feel-good kicker? The event is a fundraiser, with all proceeds returned to the community and the stellar work of the Fernwood NRG. So go ahead: sip, slurp and swill with abandon.
Fernwood Lights 2016 | November 27, 4-6:30 p.m.
Limited tickets available (19+) | General admission: $60