Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Sample local wine, ciders and spirits with this Vancouver Island ‘passport’


In a time where supporting local is paramount and staying local is beyond our control, one new project looks to send you on a tasting journey – featuring wine, ciders and spirits from our very own Vancouver Island.

The coordinators of the Victoria International Wine Festival and Cheese and Meat Festival have pivoted their visions and are excited to announce the Islands Passport, a veritable road map to the best wineries, distilleries, and cideries that Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have to offer.

You’ll have the chance to explore 20 different vendors while learning about the process of production, experiencing tasting notes, and most importantly, supporting the small business community in your own backyard. 

We wanted to create a safe way to sample the fantastic products the Islands have to offer while delivering much-needed foot traffic to the vendors that support our Festivals,” says David Bain, Festival Founder. 

“We are creating a small window of sips to represent the samples and vendors seen at our Festivals.”

The cherry on top? Each Passport includes a complimentary flight from the vendor along with promotional offerings you can’t find anywhere else.

Vendors will list how the Passport holders can visit their tasting rooms to ensure the safety of each guest, and there’s ample time to explore all 20 of them! The Passport is valid until May 2022.

The Islands Passport is $39.99 and can be purchased online as of June 1st, but we’ve scored you an exclusive pre-sale code that will get you $5 off your Passport, just use “VICBUZZLOVE”!

Check out the full list of vendors in the Passport below:

The Cheese and Meat Festival and Victoria International Wine Festival have been on pause due to the pandemic, and with the ever-changing landscape, how each festival will continue in 2021 is still unknown, but after May 25th’s announcement, it looks like there will be light at the end of the tunnel!

This program allows the festivals to stay alive, while continuing to grow the ‘shop local’ movement. 

“It has been an extremely challenging time for the event industry and local businesses,” says Bain.

“We came  to the drawing board looking for a safe way to get people to enjoy their community while  supporting local businesses and keeping our events alive. The Passport gives us the first step in  our recovery story by showcasing our mission to support and grow local.”

Islands Passport

Where: All across Vancouver and the Gulf Islands!

When: Available now, and can be used until May 2022.

To buy: Grab yours online today!

Seanna Wainman
Seanna Wainman
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