The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival started off with a bang tonight at the Satellite Bar & Grille at the Arbutus Ridge Country Club. The food was excellent as one would expect, take a look at what was available to sample:
- Sage and Prosciutto Wrapped Wild Sockeye Salmon, on Armenian Flatbread
- Seafood Ragout in a Crispy Wonton
- Asian Chicken Popsicles
- Tomato Fresh Basil and Roasted Garlic Bruschetta
- Tomato Water Soda Pop
- Potato Martini Bar
- Beef Ragout, Chicken Mushroom Stew, Vegetable Confetti
- Buttermilk Scented Potatoes
Of course, one of the reasons to either live in the Cowichan or visit the Cowichan is for the fabulous wines and other delights available and a number of wineries and cideries were present showing off their best creations. Averill Creek Vineyard, Godfrey-Brownell Vineyards and Alderlea Vineyards were represented as well as Merridale Estate Cidery. Needless to say, I had to sample a few of these and found a number of the wines to be very palatable! The festivities included the sabering of a new Rocky Creek Winery sparkling wine that was very pleasant, not too sweet and a big hit with the crowd!
The weekend has more to offer, for additional information visit the Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival web site at http://wines.cowichan.net.