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Island Taste Trail – A Culinary Adventure

Are you ready to embark on a gastronomic journey from Cowichan to Nanaimo, Parksville Qualicum Beach, Comox Valley and Campbell River?

Connect with a friend and make a plan to head out and support local eateries!

Our annual small plate event takes place in the fall but we’ve got other great ways to experience local flavours and locally crafted beverages year round! Join us in exploring the rich culinary landscape of Central Vancouver Island as we tantalize your taste buds and quench your thirst for discovery.

Experience the Island Taste Trail

Local Eateries

Our participating restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bakeries, wineries, and breweries offer exquisite dishes are big on flavour. When you support locally owned businesses, you make a difference for the passionate people that work in that business and the other local businesses that supply them. For every $100 spent with a BC local restaurant, $68 is re-circulated back into our BC economy. Get inspired by the unique foodie spirit of BC and Vancouver Island.

Locally Crafted Beverages

Wash down your delectable food choices with a wide selection of locally made beverages. From handcrafted wines to artisanal brews to local ciders and spirits, we’ve got your thirst covered. If alcohol free is your thing, try locally roasted coffees and teas from Denman and Hornby Islands! Discover the passion and dedication that goes into every sip.

Community Gathering

Food has the remarkable ability to bring people together. Whether you’re dining with friends, family, or new acquaintances, the Island Taste Trail offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for all. Share tasty moments as you explore our vibrant culinary scene from Cowichan all the way to Campbell River, with stops in Nanaimo, Parksville Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley!

The gateway to great taste! Select your region to participating restaurants and offers.

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It’s the People & Places That Make Dining Out Great

The people are what make dining experiences great! When you make the choice to support a local restaurant, coffee shop, café, winery, distillery or craft brewery, you are celebrating the skill and craft that these people proudly bring to the table. You are engaging with a beautiful web of people who live and work in your community and are proudly #foodies.

The food web includes not just chefs, cooks, hosts, servers, bussers and dishwashers but the all the local farmers, winegrowers, craft brewers, distillers, fishers, harvesters and producers that they partner with on their menus and drinks lists. That’s why it’s so important to #EatDrinkLocal and #BuyBC!

Head out into the community and meet some of the people who make your food and drink – starting with small plates and craveable sips is a great way to try somewhere new and have a unique taste experience!