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What’s Happening This Week: September 3-8

What’s Happening This Week: September 3-8

A wine fest, a beer fest and every cool, artsy event in between. 

Cover illustration by Caitlin McDonagh.


September 4 | The Get ‘FED’ Harvest Fiesta Food Eco District (FED)’s annual summer party is always a good time, bringing both tasty eats and important awareness about food waste and food security on Vancouver Island. Held in Fort Commons courtyard, this year’s party will feature live music, margaritas, plus a taco cook-off between local chefs tasked with the challening of using produce from grocers deemed too conventionally “ugly” to sell (bonus: there will be lots of tacos to sample). It’s all for a good cause as funds will go towards maintaining the many edible gardens around town. Tickets are $35 (this includes your first drink and food) and doors open at 5 p.m. 

September 6 to 7 | Great Canadian Beer Festival The beginning of September is always a shock, but thankfully there’s Victoria’s oldest beer festival to help soften your end-of-summer woes. The takeover happens at Royal Athletic Park where there will be more than 90 craft breweries (including locals like Vancouver Island Brewing and Mount Arrowsmith plus vetted, upstanding imports) serving up 250 different types of beer. Refuelling will be a necessity if you’re going to make it through the whole day—look out for food stalls like Ali Baba, Deadbeetz (we can taste those sweet beety burgers now!), Mama Rosies, Roast, Taco Justice, Greek on the Street, L’Authentique and The Deep Friar. Single-day tickets start at $40 (but we know you’ll likely want a two-day pass for $70).

Salt Spring Island

September 11 | Miso Fermentation and Introduction to Koji Workshop The naturally leavened Salt Spring Island bread company, Francis Bread, is hosting this do-it-yourself  workshop with Tsukimiso Homestead at their bakery. Not only is this event a way to upstage all your friends who spent the summer mushroom foraging, but you’ll learn how to expertly ferment soybeans and turn them into umami magic for your home-cooked dishes. Tsukimiso Homestead is based in Japan and grows rice, wheat, buckwheat and soybeans used to make miso, koji, soy sauce, natto, kimchi, vinegar and more. While you’re there, don’t forget to sample the bakery’s wood-fired bread or ever-changing toasts (like roasted Island eggplant, goat’s cheese, aleppo chili and mint, or Salt Spring Strawberries, labneh, rose petals and pistachio). Tickets are $120. 


September 6 | White Rabbit Coffee Co’s Wingin’ It Art Show This is exactly the kind of niche art event you find out about after it’s happened and kick yourself for not being more in the loop (but hey, we’re here to help prevent that). The cool, minimal White Rabbit Coffee Co (located in the train station of Nanaimo’s Old Quarter district) is a welcome addition to the city’s coffee scene and not just for the espresso. They regularly host events and pop-ups that shine a light on local artists and community members—like Sebastian Abboud, a graphic designer, illustrator and all-round cool artist. He’s the latest to decorate the walls of this coffee shop, which are about to get a lot more colorful. White Rabbit also holds Wednesday night public drawing sessions where you can practice your budding skills alongside chill music, rad people and a bevvy.

September 8| Best Coast Pop-Up Shop This is your friendly warning that the last day for Nanaimo’s darling Best Coast Pop-Up shop is fast approaching its final day ( September 8). The town rounded up all the best local makers to sell their top stuff: bath and body concoctions, clothing, jewellery, delicious eats, home decor and pet products for spoiled pooches. They’re here for a good time, not a long time.


September 6 | Wine Fest Weren’t able to make your annual Okanagan wine pilgrimage this year? Don’t worry, this one-day wine festival will have you sipping on the heavenly grape nectars of Lock and Worth, Blasted Church, Stag’s Hollow, Roche Winery, Hester Creek, Orofino, Red Rooster, Gray Monk, along with local favourites Unsworth, 40 Knots and Blue Grouse. Swap out the vineyard for scenic mountain views from Mount Washington’s Raven Lodge and you have a decidedly Vancouver Island-meets-Okanagan wine festival. Live music and dinner also provided. Tickets from $70.

Know of an event or cool gathering that we missed? Email us at breakwater@gmail.com to keep us in the loop.

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