Sip & Savour in March 2014 was an amazing sold-out success with over 200 guests! The evening started with the Sip wine reception. Everyone enjoyed superb wines, cider and distillates from across the Peninsula. Pairing added to the flavours with delicious chocolate from Pure Lovin’ Chocolate, cheese from The Little Cheese Shop and biscotti from Melinda’s Biscotti.
A cozy time with plenty of opportunity to sip and hear about the wonderful hot cheese hors d’oeurves from Snowden House, chat with friends over a taste of ginger-infused wine from Highland House, or simply savour Sea Cider’s Rumrunner.
And in the background, the dulcet tones of Charlie Burton strumming away. Along with Muse Winery, Symphony Vineyards, Dragonfly Hill Vineyards, Domaine Rochette, Sea Cider Farms and Victoria Spirits, there were plenty of wonderful sips.
The evening continued with the opening of the Savour dinner … a sumptuous buffet of local food dishes. Everyone was invited to find a spot in the sun-ray design of long tables and encouraged to meet their neighbours. With the Craig Henderson Trio offering of sprite tunes, couples quickly took to the centre hub to dance. The bar featured many of the wines from the tasting for participants to continue with their favourites from the Sip reception.
Delectable platters of salmon & seafood, Vancouver Island Brewery Pale Ale braised beef, roasted herb chicken, sauteed spring vegetables, and spring mix greens tantalized everyone to seconds of the creative styles of Red Seal chef Graham Little of Island Culinary Services. The bounty from the local farms of Michell Bros, Kildara, Reimer and Saanich Organics were enjoyed. The idle chatter of many satiated new friends filled the air along with the musical background. The evening closed out with a simple berry shortcake accompanying Level Ground’s fair trade coffee and tea.
Save the date …. Sip & Savour 2015
Thursday, March 26th at the Mary Winspear Centre