Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

In British Columbia, nearly 40% of the food we purchase is going to waste.

Join Project Zero and the
Food Eco District - FED for a screening of the documentary 'Wasted! The Story of Food Waste', followed by a panel discussion.

After the film we look forward to localizing the conversation and addressing how food waste is currently being tackled. We hope to shed some light on this growing issue and discuss actions we can take with in our communities and within our own homes to reduce food waste.

November 13, 2019

The Get 'FED' Harvest Fiesta

Join us for an evening of outstanding tacos, local drinks (including our very own 'Vancouver Island Margarita'!), live music and more!

Each year, the Food Eco District (FED) has an annual summer party to raise funds and awareness, and this year we've decided to put on a taco cook-off between our restaurant members, using produce from local farms and grocers deemed too conventionally ‘ugly’ to sell.

We hope to raise awareness about food waste, how it impacts food security here on Vancouver Island and ways we can support our local farmers.

Tickets available online for $35 (includes first drink) @ www.bit.ly/harvestfiesta
Doors open at 5PM.
The Fort Common is close to many transit routes and is wheelchair accessible.

All proceeds will go towards maintaining our many edible gardens around town so that we can continue to beautify our streets and inspire more urban agriculture in the city and beyond!

We are so grateful to our sponsors for their support! You can expect to see silent auction items from the following organizations:

- Abeego
- BikeTours Victoria BC
- Victoria Butterfly Gardens
- DesignHouse Salon
- Victoria Clipper
- Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours
- Lifespace Gardens
- Jusu Life Inc.
- MokSana Yoga
- Pizzeria Prima Strada
- Royal BC Museum
- Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
- Silk Road
- West Coast Refill
- Zero Waste Emporium

A huge thank you to Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Merridale Cidery & Distillery & Twist of Fate Craft Cocktails for the incredible local drinks, and to Capital Iron for their beautiful outdoor furniture.

We are very grateful to be holding this event on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen people, specifically the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

September 04, 2019

Car Free Day YYJ 2019

Seed Start Instructions

For all those who planted a seed at Car Free Day today, here are some general instructions on how to help it grow!

1) Make sure sure to put your seed somewhere where it will get a lot of light. 

2) Check the soil every day - if it feels dry, give it a little water.

3) Fill out the plant observation journal (found below) to keep track of your seed's growth.

4) And wait for magic to happen!

For a more detailed set of instructions, click the link here

June 16, 2019

The Bike 'n' Bites City Tour

Part city, part food tour

DURATION: 3 Hours  
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:   Easy / Leisurely pace  
DISTANCE: 14 km
Price: $99.00 each   DURATION: 3 hours  
Tour Dates:  May - Oct - Daily 1:30pm    
Includes: Bike Rental, and food samples

Did you know that Victoria has the highest number of restaurants per capita in all of Canada?

Did you know that Victoria is the second oldest coastal city on the American and Canadian west coast?

The Bike n’ Bites City Tour is part city / part food tour, allowing you to explore the amazing neighbourhoods, historic buildings, epic parks and ocean vistas we have to offer, while rewarding yourself along the way with one of the things we love best about present day Victoria - food!  You’ll get to experience some of our top restaurants, highlighting the talent and creativity of our local culinary creatives.

Starting off at Bike Tours Victoria, located in the heart of Old Town Victoria’s historic Market Square, you'll ride off to explore some of the great views of our coastal city, take in local community food projects, and stop to explore the must see neighbourhood attractions like Historic Chinatown, the Parliament Buildings, and a ride through Beacon Hill Park.  

Along the way they will highlight three of Victoria’s favourite restaurants and food vendors who are passionate about fresh, local food and are doing their part to create a high-quality sustainable dining experience for both residents and tourists alike!

Food highlights can change daily depending on the day and timing, but among the list of choices are one to Canada’s top restaurants, a farm-to-kitchen organization who transforms under-utilized urban spaces to grow fresh premium produce, a vendor aimed at changing how we eat at a national level, and more.

Bonus! Funds from this trip will help to support the Food Eco District (FED), a local non-profit working to create the first sustainable dining district in the country! 

This tour is approximately 3 hours in length and is geared for a leisurely pace. We can cater to many food sensitivities, please let us know beforehand which can be done during the booking process and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Included:
Bike rental & helmet, snacks & samples each stop along the way.


What to Bring:
Water, sunscreen, appropriate clothes for current weather conditions.  

Questions? Please call Matt at 250.891.8545 or email bookings@biketoursvictoria.com

May 01, 2019

Building Pollinator Habitat Anywhere

This workshop is SOLD OUT. Stay tuned for more learning opportunities to come!

This workshop will provide opportunity for hands-on engagement with a new pollinator garden being installed in the Urban Learning Garden in the large public courtyard outside the downtown public library. Participants will get to install aspects of the garden, including planting pollinator firendly plants and placing physical landscape features that will support different periods of local pollinator's lifecycles. The workshop will mix hands-on work with discussion. Registration is limited to enable hands-on work in the garden space.

This workshops is co-hosted by LifeCycles Project Society and Food Eco District, as part of our partnership project, the Urban Learning Garden.

April 13, 2019

The Urban Learning Garden's Grand Opening

Seed Planting Instructions

For all those who planted a seed at the Grand Opening, here are your instructions on how to help it grow!

1) Make sure sure to put your seed somewhere where it will get a lot of light. 

2) Check the soil every day - if it feels dry, give it a little water.

3) Fill out the plant observation journal (found below) to keep track of your seed's growth.

4) And wait for magic to happen!

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We are absolutely honoured to be living and working on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, specifically the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, whose relationship with the land continues to teach and inspire us to this day.