Flavours of the West Coast
Flavours of the West Coast is an entertaining food and travel series, hosted by Chefs Steve Walker-Duncan and Ali Ryan, 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 3 very successful seasons (40 episodes!). We are currently working on season 4, scheduled to premiere on CHEK in January 7th 2017. This year you will be able to find out all about the latest foodie hot spots and fascinating food stories in the Comox Valley, Creston, Duncan, Grand Forks, Hope, Nanaimo, Nelson, Richmond, Squamish, Ucluelet, Vancouver, and Victoria. Wow – we’re in for a treat!
All episodes will air on CHEK on Saturday night at 6.30pm.
1. Saturday 7th January – VICTORIA – THE TEA CULTURE
High tea with the Lieutenant Governor, making wild tisanes in the woods, and visiting Canada’s first tea plantation; we explore the modern face of the thriving tea culture on the west coast.
2. Saturday 14th January – HOPE
We’ll be exploring Hope’s quirky and impressively innovative solutions to producing food in a narrow mountain valley. Is aquaponics an answer for modern food production? And yes, Chef will be eating ants.
3. Saturday 21st January – RICHMOND – JAPANESE CUISINE
If you want authentic Japanese cuisine in Canada, there is no better place to go than Richmond. In this episode we see Canada’s only certified Sake Master in action, we discover the secrets of great Ramen and we learn how to prepare sea urchin.
4. Saturday 28th January – UCLUELET
The finest oysters in Canada are found off the west coast of Vancouver Island and in this episode we learn something of the tricky process of farming them, and then watch delicious ways to prepare them. You will never look at oysters in the same way again.
5. Saturday 4th February – CRESTON
If you’re looking for sustainable initiatives in local food production, then Creston would be a great place to start; see how this small community is expanding and protecting its food production with delicious results. Cheese and wine? We’re in!
6. Saturday 11th February – COMOX VALLEY
Salmon, yoghurt and all things fresh: there are treats aplenty in this episode based in an area known for great local food, and we also discover the benefits of the amazing hemp plant. Hempscream anyone?
7. Saturday 18th February – SQUAMISH
Squamish is an amazing place for outdoors adventure and the same is true for its food scene. Enjoy what could be Canada’s best Eggs Benny by the river, check out the latest beers and then meet the Booze Witch. She will entrance you.
8. Saturday 25th February – DUNCAN
Free range rabbits, locally produced sea salt and amazing local wines? Sounds like the perfect rabbit stew in the making. Let chef show you how.
9. Saturday 4th March – GRAND FORKS
The Grand Forks area is the place to sample Doukhabour Cuisine and we discover this traditional, tasty cuisine in its heartland. And Chef Steve gets to fulfill a lifelong dream and be a cowboy on a ranch for a day.
10.Saturday 11th March – VANCOUVER – SUSTAINABLE EATING IN THE CITY
Yes, you can eat sustainably in the city, especially in a city like Vancouver where we discover delicious Ugly Duckling dinners made from the parts others reject, First Nations treats and we visit the the next generation of farmers at the UBC sustainable agriculture program.
11. Saturday 18th March – VICTORIA – FARM TO TABLE
What does ‘Farm to Table’ really mean? In this episode we explore various ways in which local producers are bringing farm fresh food to the table, in some cases, within minutes. Now that’s fresh.
12. Saturday 25th March – NELSON
Have you ever wondered how Tofu is made? Nelson is the place to find out! Come and check out the latest food happenings in this quirky Kootenay’s town.
13. Saturday 1st April -NANAIMO
Chef Ali is on a trail this week – the Nanaimo Bar Trail that is! With over 34 stops on the trail she has her work cut out sampling some of the unusual variations on this popular theme, and she even finds time to sneak off and offer treats to buffalo on the range.
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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Flavours of the West Coast was made possible by the generous support of
and also Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub
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