S'mores on the lake

Sunscreen? Check. Floatie? Check. S’mores? Double check!

Camping and festival season is upon us, and it always pays to be prepared when you’re headed out into the great outdoors – glamping, or not!

With Sunfest Country Music Festival on the horizon, Lake Cowichan’s Country Grocer is your one stop shop for all of your festival needs along the way.. and then some!

The fact that beautiful Lake Cowichan is home to Sunfest’s Laketown Ranch as well as so many spectacular camping locations is no surprise, and the convenience of the local Country Grocer being nearby makes it easier than ever to gather all of your favourite supplies on the way.

Victoria Buzz will even be hanging out at Country Grocer’s Lake Cowichan location on Thursday, August 1st to celebrate their 35th anniversary – so stop by and say hi, maybe win some prizes while you’re grabbing your camping supplies!

Without further ado, here are 10 things you need to snag before hitting up your local festival or camping trip:

1. Get your float on

If you’re looking for the perfect vessel to float on the lake or down the river with, they’ve got a huge selection of tubes and other water toys to choose from, inflatable or not!

2. Protect yourself!

.. and your skin. Country Grocer is proud to offer a “Love Our Lake” initiative, which means the only sunscreens you’ll find in-store are ones that are safe for our rivers and lakes.

3. The best campfire eats

Whether it’s over the open fire or even for a picnic, the list of food products Country Grocer offers is extensive – you’ll be able to find a little bit of something for every occasion.

4. Be prepared

When you’re out in the wilderness, it’s always safe to expect the unexpected! From tarps to flashlights and even more, they’ve got you covered.

5. Stay hydrated

Especially at music festivals when you’re out dancing under the blazing sun all day, it’s so important to up your water intake! Whether you’re a traditional bottled water fan or go for the more fancy sparkling stuff, the list of options is endless.

6. S’more than s’mores

Although these are a camping staple (and you can find everything you need for them there!), Country Grocer has so many more dessert options in store. From tinfoil banana boats to the traditional marshmallow on a stick, there’s no shortage of yummy choices!

7. Get your grill on

From hot dogs to hamburgers to even vegan specialties, anything and everything you’d ever want to throw on the grill you can find in-store – as well as all of the accompaniments!

8. Stay cozy

In need of a warm place to park yourself by the fire, or the perfect set-up to watch that headliner you’ve been waiting to see? Whether it’s lawn chairs or a cozy blanket to wrap yourself in to fight the night’s chill, you’ll find it there.

9. Just in case!

You won’t want to be stuck out in the wilderness without the proper supplies, especially when it comes to bumps and bruises. You can find everything you need for a makeshift camping/festival “first aid kit” at Country Grocer – band-aids included!

Don’t forget, Victoria Buzz will be on location at the Country Grocer Lake Cowichan store Thursday, August 1st, where we’ll be hanging out talking all things Sunfest and giving away some sweet prizes!


** Contest Closed. Congratulations to Bernice Edward. **


To enter for your chance to win the $50 gift card to Country Grocer, complete at least one of the following:

  1. LIKE Country Grocer on Facebook and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
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Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 p.m. PST on August 12th, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter by. Good luck!

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Victoria Buzz on location at Country Grocer Lake Cowichan

  • Where: 83 Cowichan Lake Road, Lake Cowichan
  • When: Thursday, August 1st – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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