Mark your calendars – it’s that time of year again, when the best chefs and food producers in our local communities come together to put on the delectable Feast of Fields event.

Held at various locales in British Columbia, this year is FarmFolk CityFolk’s 15th annual food celebration and fundraiser, with the Feast of Fields Vancouver Island event to be hosted at Alderlea Farm in Duncan on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. This is the seventh Feast of Fields to be held in the Cowichan Valley, and will showcase another delicious gourmet harvest. The culinary extravaganza has been hosted at numerous stunning Vancouver Island farms since 1998.

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“I am thrilled to bring Feast of Fields back to the Cowichan Valley,” explains organizer Melanie Banas. “It’s really the heart of Vancouver Island with so many great foods and wines being produced by extraordinarily passionate people, farmers like John and Katy of Alderlea Farm.”

This year, there will be an estimated 60 local chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and producers at the festival, including 30 from the Cowichan Valley. Chef Brock Windsor of the Stone Soup Inn is promising to serve up an “unusual” local creation not regularly found on their menu. The Inn recently received bronze for best Vancouver Island restaurant in Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Awards.

The Unsworth Vineyards and Amuse Bistro, also from the Cowichan Valley, will be at the festival working side-by-side to offer a delectable treat paired with the wines from the vineyard, reflecting the unique character of the Valley.

Preparations are already underway at Alderlea Farm as owners John and Katy Ehrlich get ready to host the expected 900 or so visitors that the event draws each year. Feast of Fields is one of the largest and longest-standing food and wine festivals on Vancouver Island – and sells out every year.

The Vancouver Island Feast of Fields is all about finding ways to reconnect with, and celebrate food, while moving away from a highly automated centralized system of food production. It is a showcase of local food artisan expertise, and local food produce that really puts local agriculture first, and is deserving of everyone’s support. Did we also mention the food and beverages are simply divine?

We have two free tickets to giveaway to the Vancouver Island Feast of Fields festival. Send us an e-mail with your name and address and we will enter you into the contest. Simple as that!

The Vancouver Island Feast of Fields will be held Sunday, Sept. 16th from 1-4pm at Alderlea Farm, 3390 Glenora Road, Duncan.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Tickets are $85 for adults, $15 for youth ages seven to 12, with free admission for children six and under. You can purchase tickets online at or in person at the Community Farm
in Duncan. is a proud sponsor of the Vancouver Island Feast of Fields.