The Comox Valley‘s local culinary scene is bursting with energy, ideas, partnerships, and delicious bites that will satisfy the simplest and the most discerning palettes. Next Saturday, July 22nd, Chef Ronald from Locals Restaurant and Island Joy Rides: Boutique Cycling Tours will be partnering with local farmers, foragers, and distillers to celebrate this “land of plenty” on their second annual Chef on a Bike: Gather, Forage, and Feast day cycling tour. This hands-on experience is designed to allow guests to be a part of a chef’s journey from market to nature to plate; celebrating local food, active lifestyles, and connections with people and places.
“This tour was the highlight of our summer last year - that’s why we’re coming back again,” explains Victoria resident Cynthia Kennedy, one of the 24 guests who joined in the sold-out ride last year. “It’s not every day you have a chance to interact with the chef and connect with local producers like this. To top it all off, the food was outstanding.”
Starting at Locals Restaurant in Courtenay, guests will enjoy a leisurely cycle to Comox Valley Farmers’ Market with Chef Ronald, where they will learn about the local scene from growers and producers in the region from a chef’s perspective. Next is a pedal along beautiful trails to meet Dianne MacLean, local Metis Elder and teacher of wild crafting to learn about foraging and traditional food harvesting in the Valley. A stop at Wayward Distillation House to sample and learn about their unique way of creating spirits out of honey enriches the experience. The culmination of the tour is a sumptuous feast of local foods and libations from our gatherings in the gardens of Locals Restaurant.