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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. 

self  guided

The Get 'FED' Tour

Delve into Victoria's growing food scene - at your own pace! 

On foot, on by bike, or by car, take your time to visit any of the following stops. We'll provide you with info and suggestions along the way, but feel free to make it your own.

START HERE

Are you planning to take your tour on two wheels? Need to rent a bike?

 

Begin your adventure at Bike Tours Victoria in Lower Market Square (Unit 65 - 560 Johnson St.), where you can pick up a great bike from Matt!

By foot? In a car? Anywhere in Downtown Victoria or within the Food Eco District is a perfect jumping off point.

The Very Good Butchers

The Very Good Butchers is located in the Hudson Public Market and is Victoria's first choice for organic, wholesome and delicious meat alternatives.

 

Whether you are looking to reduce meat consumption for environmental concerns, are already a vegan or vegetarian, or are just looking for a tasty healthier alternative, the Very Good Butchers has something that everyone can enjoy and feel good about!

 

In addition to selling delicious plant based meats and cheeses they also serve hot food like burgers, deli sandwiches, poutine and more.

 

Notes:

The Very Good Butchers is a Surfrider approved business for their efforts to reduce single-use plastics. No bottled water, no single-use plastic bags, and no plastic kitchen products (e.g. stir sticks, coffee cartridges)!

Because they produce and sell vegan products, their carbon footprint is significantly reduced, aiding in the fight to reduce global warming.

The Hudson Public Market boasts solar panels to offset energy use!  

The Fort Common

Owned and operated by Fort Properties, The Fort Common was designed as a community space for festivals, events, and restaurant seating. This stylish space is the site of FED's annual Summer Party, and is the backyard of several FED restaurants. Hungry? Grab some eats from one of the following nearby FED restaurants, and enjoy a lunch in the Fort Common.

 

Yalla - Yalla draws from the rich, full flavours and lively characters of Israel’s abundant street vendors and cafes. Enjoy classic Middle Eastern street style dishes like fresh handmade falafel, delectably tender shawarma and mouthwatering hummus.

1011 Blanshard St.

 

Fishhook - Fishhook's menu is described as being an Indo-French fusion, where seafood dishes take on complex flavours that leave you breathless. Locally drive, 100% Oceanwise certified seafood meets B.C. wines & libations, with gluten free and vegan options available.

805 Fort St. 

 

The LivetThe Livet is Victoria's ultimate rooftop dining destination, with a charcoal grill, skyline views, and an amazing staff! An ingredient focused menu sourced from Victoria's local farms, gardens, and waters.

804 Broughton St.

 

Dak - A quick and funky lunch spot with a Korean/Western inspired menu! Try the Korean rotisserie style chicken.

Just up the street! (838 Fort St.)

The Fort Common's courtyard community space, open from June 1st - September 15th, can be accessed by an alleyway off Blanshard Street between Starbucks (801 Fort Street) & BeLove Restaurant (1019 Blanshard Street), or from an alley off Broughton Street beside The Livet Restaurant.

FED & LIFECYCLES PROJECT SOCIETY

The Urban Learning Garden

Welcome to the site of the Urban Learning Garden project at the Greater Victoria Public Library (735 Broughton Street)!


This collaboration between FED and the Lifecycles Project Society aims to bring sustainable food  growing practices into the heart of Downtown Victoria. 

Beginning installation in June 2018, the Learning Garden will take this previously open courtyard at the GVPL and transform it into a beautiful community space and outdoor regional education centre. This garden will also act as a demonstration site for the Victoria Seed Library

Expect to see:

  • ongoing workshops and classes on everything from urban veggie gardening to seed saving & traditional indigenous food & medicine plants 

  • beautiful raised garden beds containing a variety of food plants, pollinator friendly & companion plants, native plants, ect.

  • high tech/urban growing method demonstrations

  • and more!

Special thanks to the GVPL, City of Victoria, and the Province of British Columbia for ongoing support and generosity during the development of this project.

BOULEVARD GARDENS AT

Big Wheel Burger

Big Wheel Burger's first location (314 Cook Street) of three, nestled into the quaint Cook Street Village, was one of FED's founding restaurant members. The Boulevard gardens here were installed and planted by FED and Biophilia Collective, as a community space to relax and enjoy the village.

 

You might not think that a burger joint known for its classic burgers, shakes, sodas and fries would be crazy about sustainability, but you would be wrong! Here’s what makes them an awesome member of the Food Eco District: 

  • 100% compostable packaging. Everything you see on your tray is compostable, from the burger bags to the milkshake cups. 

  • Compost produced by restaurant waste is used in their boulevard garden

  • In addition to compost and waste oil pick-ups, BWB has a 7-stream recycling program that results in a minimum 90% waste diversion (at least 90% of waste produced onsite is kept out of the landfill!)

  • Big Wheel Burger’s kitchen is kitted out with EnergyStar equipment (which use 25% less energy than standard models), and elements of the interior design are made from recycled wood.

  • All these actions result in a fairly low carbon footprint for a fast food restaurant. Any emissions they can’t avoid are offset by purchasing verified carbon offsets – Big Wheel has been carbon neutral since 2012

TOPSOIL {eat local}

Along Victoria's famous Galloping Goose Trail, you'll find the jaw-dropping sight that is Topsoil! Topsoil converts under-utilized urban spaces, such as this beautiful site nestled into the buildings of Vic West, into productive food growing areas. 

Topsoil supplies several local chefs and restaurants (including some FED members!) with fresh, local, premium produce. 

Topsoils's 2017 Season Summary:

  • Transformed 14,000 square feet of underdeveloped land at Dockside Green into a lush and productive urban garden

  • Grew 2.7 metric tons of produce (that's 6,033lbs!)

  • Offset 1.5 tons of CO2 by delivering produce via bicycle

The spectacular Galloping Goose Trail is 55km of walking and biking path that

stretches from Victoria all the way to Sooke. Originally a freight railway line built during

the First World War, the Goose is part of The Great Trail, a national multi-use trail

system linking trails from coast to coast. 

Click the button below for maps, trips, and more info on the Goose.

// FIN & PEARL

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market is one of FED's corporate sponsors. We couldn't work to make Victoria more sustainable without their help! 

 

Whole Food’s restaurant, Fin & Pearl eatery, is also a FED member that has been certified by the Vancouver Island Green Business Collective for sustainable practices. Fin & Pearl is a Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable seafood eatery that has 12 Vancouver Island craft beers on tap as well as a selection of local BC wines. The 12 local taps will feature selections from Hoyne Brewing Co., Driftwood Brewery and Phillips Brewing Company. The menu includes favorites such as steamed mussels, tempura-battered fish and chips, salads, and poutine.