These days, everyone is a bit of a foodie. When it comes to weddings, planning the catering, cocktails, cake and late-night snacks is high on many couples’ to-do list. Vancouver Island brides can rejoice this year because Modern Bride, Victoria’s boutique wedding show, will be showcasing the best of Island treats this year with the Tasting Room.
Here’s a sneak-peak of what’s in store for couples who walk through the doors at Modern Bride on January 8, 2017. And for you out-of-towners, perhaps a visit to Victoria in the New Year is in order?
Duncan-based Red Arrow Brewing Company is known for their craft beers and friendly brewers. Are you a fan of hoppy IPAs or blackberries? Red Arrow brews a wide selection of beers, from grapefruit- and citrus-rye ale to hazy orange hefeweizen to toffee and malt brown ale. Check back with them frequently to find out what they’re pouring during your wedding dates.
Using local ingredients and being sustainable are important to the MacIsaac’s, the pair behind Sheringham Distillery. Nestled in the heart of Shirley, the distillery uses B.C.-grown grains to make their small-batch, hand crafted spirits, including vodka, double distilled grain spirit (white whisky) and whisky. So go ahead, let you signature cocktails speak of the land you came from.
Julia Child once said, “a party without cake is just a meeting.” A sentiment we strongly agree with. Based in Parksville, Coastal Cake offers delivery service all across the Island, so whether you’re saying “I do” in Tofino or Victoria, they’ll make sure your custom cake makes it there. Owner Marieke is a graduate of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and has since received her Red Seal.
Victoria-based Schur to Please is known for her playful custom cookies and cakes. Want to incorporate your favourite movie into the wedding cake? Just let them know. Classic white fondant or nearly naked? No problem.
A full-service catering service serving all of Vancouver Island, Melting Moments is the largest supplier of chocolate fountains on the Island. On the savory side, the chefs can make a custom menu from Southwest Italian to a BBQ feast to a Mexican spread. If your venue doesn’t provide chairs, tables or linens, Melting Moments is available to coordinate.
Can anyone say no to good BBQ? At Fat Daddy’s in Victoria, couples can plan a wedding menu that includes whole roast pig. Need to accommodate vegetarian guests? Fat Daddy’s also offers a selection of salmon, veggie burgers and gourmet salads. Finish the feast with some homemade ice cream sandwiches or pecan pie to send everyone home full and happy.
Based in Victoria, Truffles Catering have been planning and serving weddings for over 25 years. Their expert staff seamlessly delivers at any size events, from an intimate family wedding to 1,000 guests. They’ll even organize the alcohol! From plated dinners to small plates to platters or hors d’oeuvres, Truffles presentation is unequalled and you can be sure your guests get a visual and literal feast.
There’s something to be said about a venue that also makes great food. It certainly makes planning a wedding a little easier on your time and budget. With inspired West Coast menus and a pastry chef who can crate a custom cake or recreate a favourite, the Inn at Laurel Point is a one-stop-shop in the heart of Victoria.
With seasonal menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients, Aura is led by executive chef Takashi Ito and sommelier Janis Goard. Together they pair food and wine that tickle the tastebuds and warm the soul. The restaurant can host small parties in the private dining room.
Are you a DIY master? Black Tie Wines assists their clients through the process of creating their own wine, ice wine and port. The experienced staff can help you choose the best wine to suit your taste and guide you through the art of winemaking. Whether you want to make wine for the wedding, as gifts, or for a bridal shower or stag and doe, Black Tie Wines will make the process an enjoyable experience to share with your loved one before the “I do.”