July & August 2014
“The first time I sampled authentic extra virgin olive oil in California I was pleasantly surprised at the taste,” says Lisa Whitmore in the Signature Oil & Vinegar tasting room.  “The difference was remarkable.  Since then, I have used nothing but quality EVOO in my cooking.  My three teenagers think that I am becoming a better cook, but it’s not me!  It’s the EVOO!’”  Photo by Seadance Photography

Food for Thought

Tasting Bar with a Twist

Signature Oil & Vinegar in Comox offers a unique new culinary experience

“Our classroom is the ocean,” says Stuart Robinson, the 2013 national champion in stand up paddle boarding.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Sports

Adventures at Sea

Stand up paddle boarding craze hits the Comox Valley, with the help of Compass Adventure

“There is something magical that happens when you bring people together to focus on ideas and on the forms those ideas are encapsulated within,” says Juan Barker, publicity director for the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, which takes place this July.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Festivals & Events

A Literary Experience

Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival brings together those with a love for language

Hari Amrit and Devmurti Khalsa, founders and proprietors of Figs For Life Nursery on Denman Island, grow and sell more than 70 varieties of hardy fig trees, as well as a selection of rare fruit and nut trees, basket willows, ground covers and more.   Photo by Seadance Photography

Agriculture

The Mighty Fig

Denman Island farmers spread the seeds of knowledge about the first fruit ever cultivated by humans — the fig

“We’re the Valley’s biggest cheerleaders,” says Edible Valley’s Jonathan Frazier (left), with partner Darren Howlett.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Food for Thought

Edible Comox Valley

Local chefs promote the Comox Valley’s diverse food culture with their online podcasts

Photo by Seadance Photography

Environment

Connecting with Nature

Local survivalist and teacher offers students an opportunity to get back to basics

“I like seeing what my fingers create from what my mind sees,” says Lori Lachance-King of the process involved in making her one-of-a-kind hats.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Local Business

Always on Top

Comox Valley-based hat designer creates one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces

Ripening fig.  Photo by Seadance Photography

Recipe File

Recipe File – Locally Sourced

This month’s recipes highlight our diverse local food scene...

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