Tonight we had a wonderful visit with Chef Aaron Rail from Avenue Bistro. Aaron and Jon have been executive chefs at sister restaurants Atlas Cafe and Avenue Bistro and have worked on various event together over the years. Aaron has worked as a chef, baker, brewer, pastery chef and began his career in the industry at age 13 flipping burgers at a fast food establishment. Thanks for sticking to it Aaron, you have made a great addition to the Edible Valley.

I wanted to elaborate on our pre-game meal. We were lucky to have sausages donated by two different vendors for us to try. Heather McWilliam from Tanadice Farm wanted us to try their new blue cheese and pear pork sausage. I found the blue cheese very mild and it combines nicely with the pear. Thank you Tanadice Farm. Greg at Butchers Block sent Jon home with chorizo sausage, breakfast sausage and turkey kielbasa. All were delicious. I love sausage, and Jon also picked up a few varieties of Natural Pastures cheeses. An easy, local meal. Please support these and other local producers. These are our friends and neighbors, co-workers and customers. Keep it local.

Mt. Washington Food and Wine Festival August 25th

The Comox Valley Exhibition at the Fairgrounds in Courtenay

Chefs Day at the Farmers Market September 8th. Come cheer Jon on as he helps to create from the bounty of the market.

September 23rd- Flavour the North Vancouver Island Gourmet Picnic. Visit the beautiful grounds of Coastal Black Winery and sample products from dozens of chefs and farmers from around the Comox Valley. Once again, Jon will be wearing many hats at this event. Blayne will be walking around and eating, what he does best! Island Soda Works will also be dishing out samples at this wonderful event.

The Comox Valley $100 dollar challenge. Join our initiative and help to keep dollars in the local economy.

Of course the Comox Valley Farmers Market twice weekly Saturday 9-12 at the Fair Grounds on Headquarters and Wednesday from 9-12 at the Comox Bay Farm.

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And the Campbell River Salmon Festival August 10, 11, and 12th. Visit Ray at the Fanny Bay Oysters display

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