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The Cowichan Valley, Duncan included, has certainly earned its fast-growing reputation as one of Canada's most promising food and wine production regions.

Fresh farmgate eggs, seasonal produce, artisan bakeries, award-winning cheesemakers, organic grain-fed meat, bistros specializing in the 100-Mile Diet, and nearly a dozen vineyards make the area a must-visit for serious foodies.

The Duncan Farmers’ Market packs booths of local growers and artisans in one place. For those that feel like exploring, head out on a Cowichan Bay food tour to visit Hilary’s Cheese & Deli, True Grain Bakery, the Udder Guys ice cream shop and more.

Duncan Farmers’ Market

The slow food philosophy (read: fresh, local, sustainable, seasonal, and organic) is shared by most growers here. And there's nowhere better to get a taste of the fields than at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays year-round in the revitalized downtown core. Check out the all-Cowichan selection of produce, crafts, clothing, and baked goods as musicians, jugglers, magicians, and dancers entertain the throngs.

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Averill Creek Vineyard - Duncan

6552 North Rd
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6K9

Averill Creek is a family run 16 ha (40 ac) estate winery on Vancouver Island. Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley wine region, we are dedicated to producing premium quality wines that showcase our vineyard's unique cool climate terroir.

Set on the south slope of Mt. Prevost, the winery's tasting room & patio overlook the Cowichan Valley, with Cowichan Bay & the Saanich Peninsula visible in the distance. We welcome visitors to bring a picnic to enjoy on the patio while taking in the views. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass.


Blue Grouse Estate Winery - Duncan

2182 Lakeside Road
Duncan, British Columbia
V9L 6M3

As one of Vancouver Island's oldest estate vineyards and a long time family-owned winery, Blue Grouse produces exceptional Cowichan Valley wines which express their place of origin. Blue Grouse produces a dozen cool climate varieties including Ortega, Siegerrebe, Bacchus, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Black Muscat, a Blue Grouse exclusive. Visitors are invited to share a taste of Vancouver Island's most remarkable wines while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Valley. In summer time, feel free to bring a picnic and enjoy it under the South-facing arbor.


Merridale Ciderworks - Cobble Hill

1230 Merridale Rd
Cobble Hill, British Columbia
V0R 1L0

Merridale, nestled in the mouth of Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley, is a destination the whole family can enjoy. Take a tour of the cellar or stroll the orchard at your leisure while the kids hunt for the faeries rumoured to live here; join us at the bistro & savour local fare; peek at our distillery, then sample our brandies & cider; browse our store for gourmet food items & cider apple vinegar made on-site; delight in the baked goods from our own wood-fired brick oven & enjoy the rural tranquillity.

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