Calendar: Buccaneers & Bikes

9 06 2011

Food and fun rule this weekend, whether your looking to support a cause or indulge in a little costume play.  Step out for dinner at the EMCS Fundraiser or Food Fest: both promise gourmet food and fun. If you’re looking for a little more whimsey, step back in time with Esquimalt’s Buccaneer Days, Jump Ship, Ritterfest or Art Attire. If you’re just interested in a quiet weekend exploring try the Victoria Hospice Foundation’s Teeny Tiny Garden Tour or the Pits & Whips Car show.

EMCS Fundraiser – Come out and support the Edward Milne Community School. Culinary arts students and sooke harbour house chefs will create wonderful food! THURSDAY 5pm at Sooke Harbour House (1528 Whiffen Spit). $55. 250-642-5211 ext.1142.

Buccaneer Days – Esquimalt’s premier summer community celebration. Enjoy the midway, vendors, contests, food, entertianment and more. FRIDAY noon-1:30pm, SATURDAY 7:30am-2am & SUNDAY 8am-5pm at the Archie Browning Sports Centre (1151 Esquimalt) & Bullen Park. Free.

Jumpship – Brings mind blowing skill and fearless competitiveness to a new level as riders will battle for cash and personal pride on the surface of a floating barge. FRIDAY 2-7pm, SATURDAY 11am-8pm & SUNDAY 11am-5pm in the Inner Harbour. Free. For a detailed schedule visit

Ritterfest – Celebrate the end of the school year with this Medieval Festival. Featuring music, tournaments, crafts, refreshments and silent auction. Please bring you own food utensils. SATURDAY 10am-1pm at the Goward House (2595 Arbutus). $5/$10 per family. 250-385-5069,

Art Attire – A wearable art extravaganza showcasing “sculpture for the human body.” Featuring origianl designs and creations from BC artists. SATURDAY 7:30-10:30pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss). $50-$65. 250-384-4171.

Teeny Tiny Garden Tour – Proceeds support the Victoria Hospice Foundation. SUNDAY 9am-5pm at various locations throughout Victoria. $25. 250-952-5720,

Pits & Whips Car Show – An open class car show, prizes awarded for best in show, best import, best domestic, best truck/suv and best motorcycle. Door prizes and raffles to be won. Proceeds support the local Dog Rescue. SUNDAY 10:30am-3:30pm at Gyro Park. Free.

Food Fest – Enjoy live music while sampling the Island’s best beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits. Chat with local artists and pick up locally grown produce at our farmers market. Presented by the Island Chef’s Collaborative. SUNDAY noon-4pn at the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. $50/$25 for youth 9-16 years/$100 per family.

The growing season is lurching into full swing now that the sun is out. Want some help turning your gardening aspirations into reality? Email to win Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution by David Tracey.

Calendar: Food and Fundraisers

26 01 2011

Foodies and humanitarians rejoice this week. Fundraisers and food abound in Victoria this week, giving everyone an opportunity to to feed your belly and help the world.

If Cook Street Village’s Multicultural Food Fair leaves you longing for bellydancing and a smaller waistline, email (SUBJECT:BELLY FIT EARTH) and win Alice Bracegirdle’s dance workout DVD.

Save Mary Lake Live Web-a-thon – Join the Mary Lake Conservancy for this innovative live web broadcast! On air guests include Oliver Swain, Elizabeth May, Guy Dauncey, and Vicky Husband. Snacks, music, poetry, video and live “tweet bar.”  THURSDAY 4-8pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). Free. 250-478-5858,

Robert Burns Dinner – The Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association invites the public to join them for a traditional Burns Dinner. Dress is Scottish or semi-formal. Registration required. SATURDAY 5pm at the Royal Oak Golf Club (1230 Government). $45. 250-478-0746, 250-480-9355.

Multicultural Food Fair – The Cook Street Village Activity Centre presents this fantasmagoria of delight featuring food from the Middle East, Mexico, India, China, Greece, Sweden and Japan. Live entertainment by Asmira’s School of Oriental Bellydance. SUNDAY 11am-2pm at 1-380 Cook. $15. 250-384-6542.

Night of Hearts: Artists for AIDS – Join AIDS Vancouver Island for an evening of music and art. Meet the artists and view the 2011 Artists for AIDS collection while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar. WEDNESDAY 5-8pm at the MacPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). Free.

Salmon Kings Fundraiser Game – Come out and watch the Victoria Salmon Kings and help raise money for Together Against Poverty Society.  Almost half of the ticket price going to support TAPS legal advocacy projects for low-income Victorians. WEDNESDAY 7-10pm at the Save-On-Foods Arena. $20. 250-361-3521.

September’s Here

8 09 2010

With fall just around the corner, vacations gone, and schoolwork pending, don’t forget that there is still fun to be had. Get out and take advantage of the remnants of summer with this weeks events.

Weather like this won't last forever.

If September is getting too hectic, send an email (SUBJECT: TRANQUILITY) to, and win Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play by Kimberly Wilson. A book devoted to tips and tricks to help fabulous women everywhere stay cool, calm, and collected.

Art in the Park – Join a CRD interpreter to create nature inspired activities and crafts. SATURDAY 11am-2pm at the Nature Centre off Munn Road (Saanich). All ages. Free. 250-478-3344,

James Bay Art Walk –  Take a self-guided tour of historical James Bay neighbourhood and look for the brightly painted shoes that dangle from  artists’ venues. doorways SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-5pm at James Bay. Free.

2nd Annual Float Home Tour – The Float Home Village at Fisherman’s Wharf invites visitors to step inside float homes. SATURDAY Noon-3pm at Fisherman’s Wharf. $5. 250-721-0818.

3rd Annual Vining St Super Block Party – Eat, dance, watch a puppet show, garage sale and celebrate our vibrant community! Proceeds used to improve  tennis courts adjacent to Victoria High. SUNDAY 9am-8pm. Free. 250-995-2696.

House Tour 2010 – Seven stunning homes on the Saanich Peninsula will be showcased. Self-guided tour, map included with ticket purchase. SUNDAY 11am-5pm. $35. RSVP 250-382-4755.

Saanich Heritage Bus Tour & Tea -Tour led by author Valerie Green and features early  pioneer homes and farms of Saanich. Registration required. SUNDAY 12:15pm at Saanich Commonwealth Place (4636 Elk Lake) and 12:30pm at Pearkes Recreation Centre (3100 Tillicum). $30+HST. 250-475-1775 ext.3478.

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