Flavours of the West Coast
Flavours of the West Coast is an entertaining food and travel series, hosted by Chef Steve Walker-Duncan and focusing on local, sustainable, and organic cuisine, and travel around the most beautiful province in Canada.
Cedarwood productions created Flavours of the West Coast in 2010, and produced 4 very successful seasons (52 episodes!). We are pleased to announce season 5 is scheduled to premiere with a special Christmas episode on CHEK Saturday Dec 15th 2018 at 6:30 pm, Sunday Dec 16th at 10:00 pm, and Mon Dec 24th at 10:30 pm
All other episodes will air on CHEK on Saturday night at 6.30pm, starting January 5th 2019.
1. Saturday 15th December – CHRISTMAS
The old Victorians meet the new Victorians; From Christmas puddings to Sugar Plums, via Wassailing Wenches, we have fun exploring some of the season’s traditions, with great recipes to celebrate your own Christmas festivities.
Get the full recipes here
If you would like to visit Craigdarroch Castle to see the castle decorated for Christmas, or to take part in some of the special Christmas events, visit their website at thecastle.ca for opening hours and directions.
And to find out details of special events over the winter season at Government House, including the Christmas lights and the New Year’s Levee, visit the website at ltgov.bc.ca
2. Saturday 5th January – SOOKE
It’s all about the sea in this episode – seaweed, sea salt and fabulous dinners foraged from the shore. If you love seafood, this is the episode for you!
To order seaweed products online, to find a store where you can buy local seaweed, or take a course on seaweed harvesting with Dakini Tidal Wilds, visit: dakinitidalwilds.com
To find out about visiting Saltwest and seeing the salt production for yourself, to order from their on line store or to find out where you can buy their salt products, visit: saltwest.com
To check out the menus or make a reservation at the excellent Wild Mountain Restaurant, visit wildmountaindinners.com
For information on visiting the café at The House of Boateng, for cooking classes, and to book Chef Castro Boateng for catering or events, visit houseofboateng.ca
3. Saturday 12th January – SHARING OUR BOUNTY
In this inspiring episode we discover amazing initiatives in the Victoria area where the community comes together to feed those in need. And the new Mustard Seed production kitchen is launched with a riotous chef cook off competition.
More information about Mealshare and its restaurant partners can be found at mealshare.ca
For information on Superbaba (one of the Mealshare partners) and its tasty Middle Eastern food, visit eatsuperbaba.com
To check out initiatives of the Island Chef’s Collaborative, including the Growing Chef’s programme, visit www.iccbc.ca
To find out how you can volunteer or donate to the Mustard Seed, including taking part in the very worthwhile Food Rescue Project, please visit mustardseed.ca
4. Saturday 19th January – PORT ALBERNI
A fascinating National Historic Site, a nationally rated restaurant on a tug boat, a new brewery with innovative home made pizzas, and locally produced water buffalo cheeses and gelato to die for. Port Alberni – definitely worth stopping for!
For information on visiting the McLean Mill, including opening hours, special events, details of camping facilities and rates, and train timetables, please visit mcleanmill.ca
You can visit Coleman Meadows Farm on Saturdays in the summer; for more details and for information on where to find their delicious water buffalo products, visit island.net
To book a long table dinner or find out more about staying onboard at The Swept Away Inn, visit sweptawayinn.com
For opening hours of Twin Cities Brewing, along with their current beer list, visit twincitybrewing.ca
5. Saturday 26th January – THE CHILCOTIN
This episode is all about heart; ranchers who truly care for their animals with an innovative ethical approach, a historic lodge serving hearty food with warm welcomes, and a people who love their community. Come visit the heartland of BC!
For information on Pasture to Plate, including their philosophy of ethical animal husbandry, their restaurant, store and accommodations at Kinikinik in Redstone, and the butchers shop, grill and deli in Vancouver, please visit pasturetoplate.ca/kinikinik-restaurant-store
To book accommodations, camping facilities or a meal at The Historic Chilcotin Lodge, at Riske Creek, or to find out opening hours of their tea room, please visit thehistoricchilcotinlodge.com
To find out opening hours and location of the Cariboo Growers Co-Op in Williams Lake, visit cariboogrowers.weebly.com
You can find opening hours, location and reviews of the excellent Vidas Restaurant at 108 Mile House, on Trip Advisor
6. Saturday 2nd February – BURNABY
The 3rd largest city in BC has a lot going on and in this episode you will find plenty of ideas for places old and new to explore in this vibrant community; including Korea Town – a destination in its own right.
If you’re curious about Korea Town and would like to find out more, there is information on this website
Within Korea Town, we enjoyed Arisu Restaurant; to check out their opening hours and menu, please visit arisu.ca
Cioffi’s offers a choice of 4 stores focussed on ethically produced meats and food with an Italian flavour – a meat market, a deli, a grocery and a cucina, all in Burnaby Heights. To find out more about the stores, visit cioffisgroup.com
To find opening hours, events and information on the featured beers at Moody Ales, visit moodyales.com
Pajos Fish n’ Chips has 5 locations in the Lower Mainland. You can find out where they are and when they are open at pajos.com
If you would like to find out more about the HAVE Culinary Training Society, including using their catering services, visiting their café or hiring one of their students, then please visit have-cafe.ca
7. Saturday 9th February – INDIGENOUS CUISINE
In this episode local indigenous chefs introduce us to some of their traditional ways of cooking tasty food, as well as showing us new twists for modern times.
If you would like to book Chef Shirley Lang, of Kitchens of Distinction, in Greater Victoria, to cater one of your events with her delicious food, please visit kitchensofdistinction.ca for testimonials, and the list of services provided.
If you are interested in signing up for training with the Songhees Cook Training programme, visit songheesnation.ca/ to find a contact in the education department.
8. Saturday 16th February – SALT SPRING ISLAND
Saltspring is almost a cliché for island foody goodness and in this episode we meet cheesemakers, apple growers, chefs, the celebrated author and activist Michael Ableman AND we visit Canada’s only olive farm!
For opening hours of the farm store, so you can see the cheese being made and sample it, and to find where else you can buy tasty Saltspring Island cheese, visit saltspringcheese.com
For visiting the ciderworks and apple farm at the Saltspring Apple Company, for buying apple trees and apple treats, and for staying at the farm B and B, please visit saltspringapplecompany.com
The BNurtured food truck has a Facebook page with information on opening hours and latest news. You can get in touch via facebook.com/BNurturedSSI
To find out more about the Saltspring Island Olive Farm, including updates on each season’s harvest, please visit theolivefarm.ca
To find out more about Michaal Ableman, including information on his books and where to buy them, please visit michaelableman.com
9. Saturday 23rd February – BELLA COOLA
Stunningly scenic Bella Coola is not an easy place to get to, but it is SO worth the journey. Come with us on some wonderful adventures in this gorgeous spot. You may end up planning your own trip there afterwards!
To reserve accommodations at the Bella Coola Eagle Lodge and find out more about their facilities and their new café, please visit eaglelodgebc.com
For information on opening hours and featured artists at the Coppersun Gallery, along with information on Coppersun Journeys, such as the petroglyphs tour we did with Chris Nelson, you can find out more at coppersungallery.ca
If you want to visit the old cannery site, or stay at the guest house at the Tallheo Cannery in Bella Coola, you can find out more at bellacoolacannery.com/
10. Saturday 16th March -THE TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY
This episode is all about connection to the land; from the early settlers at Fort Langley, to the citizens of today, who are still busy picking, gathering and fishing for their own food!
To find out about visiting the Fort Langley National Historic Site for yourself, including opening hours, location, activities and events, please go to their website
To find out more about the fabulous Lelem group of café’s, with menus, opening hours and background information, please visit lelem.ca
There’s lots of information on Krause Berry Farms, and their U-Pick facilities, winery, bakery, store, restaurants and more, at krauseberryfarms.com
To discover how you can catch your own trout at the Silverbrook Trout U Catch farm, please visit fishbctrout.com
11. Saturday 2nd March – CELEBRATING HARVEST
Sweetcorn in Willliams Lake, orchard fruits with the LifeCycles program in Victoria, the warm smell of cinnamon in Sooke and Thanksgiving turkey dinner – there’s a lot to be thankful for around BC in the fall!
If you would like to take part in the Life Cycles apple and orchard fruits collection programme in Victoria with fruit from your garden, as well as discover other projects and how you can get involved as a volunteer, find out more at lifecyclesproject.ca
Soda Creek U Pick sweet corn and U Pick vegetables in Williams Lake has a Facebook page with the latest availability of the different produce and information about other events on the farm. facebook.com/SodaCreekSweetCorn
To buy some cinnamon smeckies, (or indeed to buy any of the delicious baking at The Little Vienna Bakery in Sooke), for information on breakfast and lunch, and for how to book catering or order a speciality cake, visit littleviennabakery.com
12. Saturday 9th March – THE SALISH SEA
In this episode, Chef goes on and goes under the Salish Sea as he finds out more about this precious resource and the creatures in it. Of course we’ll be eating sea food and discussing what IS the best way to BBQ salmon?
If you would like to visit the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney and meet some of the sea creatures yourself, you can find out opening hours and directions at salishseacentre.org
Would you like to snorkel with seals in Nanaimo? Well you can with Sundown Diving! No experience necessary (and the wetsuits keep you warm!). Find out more at sundowndiving.com/
To find out where you can buy the incredibly fresh seafood from Finest At Sea, check out finestatsea.com
For more information on BC Ferries’ new Salish Class vessels, as well as information on BC Ferries times and schedules, please visit www.bcferries.com/about/intermediatevessel.html
13. Saturday 16th March -WHAT’S NEW
There are a lot of exciting initiatives happening in Victoria right now and Chef gets busy finding out about some of them. And this week’s recipe is a little unusual too – it’s for your pets!
For information on farm gate sales of Bright Greens’ year round fresh produce, along with other locations where you can buy it, visit brightgreens.ca
To find out more about Growlies pet food, with details of their store and a catalogue of their products, check out growlies.ca
For more information on the Growing Young Farmers programme, including information on how you can support this initiative, visit growingyoungfarmers.ca
To find out more about Origin Bakery, including locations, a menu of their products and ingredients, and details of delivery, visit originbakery.com
To book Chef Steve Walker-Duncan for a speaking engagement, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all information on travel throughout British Columbia, we thoroughly recommend visiting the informative official website of Destination BC www.hellobc.com
Like our recipes? You can buy the book! The Flavours of the West Coast cookbook is the winner of the 2011 Gourmand International Cookbook Award in the “Best Local Cuisine” category. Divided into tasty sections—River and Sea, Forest and Field, Farm Fresh, and City Cuisine—the pages are filled with photos and recipes by talented foodies and chefs who all have one thing in common: a love of fresh, locally inspired cuisine and a desire to share that love with the at-home cook.
Including recipes from British Columbia’s top restaurateurs, chefs, and foodies, the cookbook aims to support the farmers, chefs, and food producers who make the local food scene possible.
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I think you have a GREAT programme, I look forward to it every Sunday. All involved are so professional and the guests are always a delight to watch.
Sincerely, Helen Bruce, Saltspring
Absolutely love ‘Flavours’ – really good format linking interesting places, heritage, food production and a very engaging chef/ presenter. WELL DONE!
Julie and Andy Sprague, Scotland, UK.
“Richmond was my favourite so far! We are loyal followers of the show and my husband eagerly anticipates the wine segments!”
Brenda Gough, Abbotsford.
Hello. Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoy the show. The host, the format, the recipes, and the pairings – it’s all great. Thanks. We hope to see many more new episodes!”
Gary and Caroline Smith, Victoria
Great show!!! I almost fell off my chair with laughter watching Steve doing the “sound of Music” dance. Well done!!
Wade Zeiler, Smithers