In the burgeoning world of food and wine, the Cowichan Valley is an upstart newcomer coming on strong.
While retaining its dirt-under-fingernail roots, the region has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years as a new wave of farmers, restaurateurs, and vintners reinvent what was once a pit stop for fast food and gasoline. Pick up a dining guide at the Duncan-Cowichan Visitor Centre.
At Bistro One Sixty One (161 Kenneth Street) chefs Fatima Da Silva and Chris Szilagyl prepare haute fusion cuisine in an elegantly casual setting in old-town Duncan. Upscale pork and beans, duck biryani, and chicken stuffed with squash and chorizo sausage are menu trademarks. One of the liveliest spots in town after dark, Craig Street Brew Pub (25 Craig Street), the valley's first brewpub serves its own fine brews along with an upscale pub menu. Neighboring sister restaurant Just Jakes is perfect for those seeking a quieter downtown refuge.
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