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Peninsula Festival of Strawberries and Wine

SAANICH PENINSULA – Celebrate summer solstice on the sunny Saanich Peninsula by joining a celebration of local June strawberries — a historic feature of Peninsula agriculture — and of local wineries.

The second annual Strawberries and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, June 21 at over 30 venues across the Peninsula.

The event features a diversity of experiences and flavours reflecting the skills and devotion of our farmers, vintners and chefs.

Visit a farm or one of our farmers’ markets to buy fresh-picked strawberries or pick your own.

For information about festival activities, hours and locations, visit www.flavourtrails.com. Festival maps available online and at participating venues.

The day closes Saturday night with the Strawberry Boogie Woogie Revival with Shaky Ground, a rebirth of the community strawberry dances that began 1934. Tickets are $12 each and are on sale at Breadstuffs Bakery in Brentwood Bay and Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe in Saanichton (advanced ticket sales only). Doors open at 8 p.m.

You can join the two-wheel Strawberry Cycle on Sunday, June 22. This leisurely 20-km Sunday ride starts at 1 p.m. at the Roost Farm Centre in North Saanich and allows lots of time to experience farm and winery stops along the way.

The participant fee for this escorted and fully supported ride is $35 per person, taxes included. Tasting fees, if any, are not included.

For more information and registration (required), call TIDES at 250-999-2997.

Strawberries and Wine is an initiative of the Saanich Peninsula Flavour Trails, a program managed by CRFAIR (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable) which operates with support from local governments and businesses.

See www.FlavourTrails.com for more information.

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