In light of recent times, we’ve seen many events postponed, re-imagined, and some even downright cancelled.
But one of Victoria’s most popular foodie events has thought outside of the box (or maybe that’s inside?!) to create a take-home experience to mimic what event-goers have been missing this whole time.
The Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival is an annual event that usually showcases a wide array of food and drink vendors all under one roof; the Festival showcases all artisan foods found on a platter.
There was no question that this year’s Cheese and Meat Festival would look a little bit different.
“Our focus went from producing social gatherings to building a fulfillment center. This has been a monumental shift for us that has been supported by vendors who wanted to see us live another day and guests that remained flexible and patient with us while went to work to develop our new take-home Festival,” says Dave Bain, the Cheese and Meat Festival’s Director and Founder.
“It has been a heartwarming experience to see how strong the Cheese and Meat Festival community is”.
This year, the event organizers have worked behind the scenes to find a way to offer existing ticket holders a COVID-19 safe Festival. Together, with their partner Whole Foods Market Canada, they’ve created an exciting new program.
Presenting the “take-home” Cheese and Meat Festival.
So, what is it?
The Festival has worked with its vendors to curate and build sample packages of delicious Festival goodies along with pairing notes and other surprises; these include your favuorite charcuterie board items as well as all kinds of complimentary treats.
And what’s in it?
What exactly is included inside of your Take Home Cheese and Meat Festival box is a surprise, but here’s the list of vendors whose products you’ll find inside:
- Terra Breads
- Gone Crackers
- Chilliwack River Valley Honey
- BellaVitano Rum Runner
- Thea Sheep Cheese
- Powerful Welsh Cheddar
- 34 Degrees Crisps
- West Coast Selects
- Habibi’s Mediterranean Foods
- Truffle Pig Chocolate
- The Very Good Butcher
- Ritter SPORT
- Walter Craft Caesar
- Whole Foods Market
- Salt Spring kitchen
- McLeans Meats
- Artisan Wine Shop
- Vancouver Island Brewing
- Stillhead Distillery
- Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
- Riot Brewing Co.
- Averill Creek Vineyard
- Streetcar Brewing
- Beere Brewing Company
- Sons of Vancouver Distillery
- The Liberty Distillery
- Bridge Brewing Company
- Wildeye Brewing
- Matt and Steve’s
Included in each of these boxes will also be a beverage passport, which allows you to visit any of the liquor vendors for a period of one year to receive a sample selection (based on the vendor). This program only applies to existing ticket holders and all ticket holders have been contacted.
Existing Cheese and Meat Festival ticket holders will receive their very own vendor box full of goodies, but there are still a few left to purchase! You can snag yours online before they’re all gone.
Even better than this, we’ve partnered with the Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival to give away vendor boxes to TWO lucky winners – contest details are below!
For your chance to win a Take Home Cheese and Meat Festival box (we’re drawing two winners!), complete one or more of the following:
- LIKE Cheese and Meat Festival on Facebook and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
- FOLLOW Cheese and Meat Festival on Instagram and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
- SHARE this post on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on November 23rd, 2020. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter.