September 28, 2011 | Tips from Travellers >
Victoria, Festivals & Events
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Metchosin Day is an annual event celebrating the rural coastal community of Metchosin. This was my first time attending and I was really excited at the wonderful collaborative spirit present and the obvious pride Metchosinites take in their community.
Metchosin Day starts with a 5km run/walk, followed by a pancake breakfast. All day long there is live music (with local acts such as the high school jazz band) and entertainment, including a beer garden! My favourite event was the pet show, which included dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and even miniature ponies. Every animal entered received a ribbon, for categories such as “happiest pet” and “softest fur”.
Many local vendors and craftspeople were present as well, selling handmade clothing, jams and preserves, and locally grown produce. Plenty of tasty food was available as well, including bannock, buttered corn on the cob and, the grand finale of the day, a lamb and salmon dinner. The lamb and salmon are cooked on display throughout the day over a constantly burning fire, so the end result is smoky and delicious.
Not only is Metchosin Day tons of fun, Metchosin itself is very beautiful and worth a visit any time. I can’t wait for next year!