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Digging Into Delicious
by Terralicious
January 24, 2010

Wouldn't it be nice to venture out into your very own lush garden, pick fresh spices, herbs and produce to create a masterpiece of a meal that is not only nutritious but also delicious for yourself and the ones you love?

Visitors to Victoria, BC will find the idea of "eating what you grow" not just a passing thought, but rather an achievable reality. Providing a hands-on experience into the culinary world, companies such as Terralicious and Fairburn Farm educate guests on methods of growing and preparing food.

Terralicious, located on the scenic Saanich Peninsula just 25 minutes from downtown Victoria, is a gardening and cooking school offering a roster of courses celebrating organic food with an emphasis on using what the earth has to offer.

Starting in February 2010, classes range from Successful Urban Food Gardening where participants learn how to seed, plant, grow, and harvest, to a variety of cooking classes focusing on healthy eating. A visit to Fairburn Farm, located 45 minutes north of Victoria, will have visitors relaxed and educated with a new understanding of how to close the gap between farm and table with gastronomic flair.

Named one of Gourmet Magazine's top 45 Culinary Vacations in the World, Fairburn Farm offers a variety of seasonal culinary programs. Chef Mara Jernigan offers hands-on cooking classes as well as Culinary Boot Camps. The 5-day Boot Camps, which take place in both Spring and Fall incorporate daily harvests from the 2-acre farm, knife skills, baking, learning about butchery and best cooking techniques for meats and locally-harvested seafood, along with visits to neighbouring producers of cheese, wineries and farms. Visitor looking for a unique culinary experience will find plenty of opportunities to roll up their sleeves and dig into the culinary world on southern Vancouver Island.

For more information visit and

  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row