Tastes of April Point 2011 at April Point Resort & Spa (Quadra Island)

I love travelling, as everybody who reads my site knows. I do a lot of travelling because of my academic work, but frequently I am also invited on media trips (you can read some of my travel coverage here). The most exciting part of being invited on a media familiarization tour is to go and visit places I have always wanted to go visit but haven’t had the time. Quadra Island is one of those places. Located pretty close to Campbell River, Quadra Island promises to have a fantastic set of experiences that I’ll be very happy to relay to my readers.

I will be attending Tastes of April Point 2011, at the beautiful April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island.

Join sommeliers, chefs and connoisseurs alike for a one-of-a-kind wine and food celebration weekend at April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island. The weekend will showcase Vancouver Island, British Columbian and International wines, champagnes, oysters, cheeses, gourmet foods and more. On Saturday night there will be a feature five-course dinner with wine pairings in the resort’s oceanfront dining room. The weekend is topped off with a luxurious Sunday brunch at Painter’s Lodge.

AP with Spa

Photos courtesy of the Oak Bay Marine Group and used with permission.

The weekend package offers the following:

Weekend Package – $389

  • two night’s oceanview accommodation
  • wine & cheese tasting on Friday night
  • exotic coffees on Saturday morning
  • oyster and champagne pairings
  • culinary and wine selections
  • house of atypical pairings
  • wine crush on April Point lawn
  • 5 course dinner with wines in Saturday night
  • brunch on Sunday at Painter’s Lodge

The weekend will showcase wines provided by local Vancouver Island wineries, exotic champagnes, and a selection of VQA’s finest wines. Guests can enjoy a variety of coffees, espressos, lattes as well as a wine crush on the April Point lawn. The afternoon will also feature the ‘House of A Typical Pairings’ and other interesting culinary and wine selections. On Saturday night there will be a feature five-course dinner hosted by Mark Anthony’s Ingo Grady with wine pairings in the resort’s oceanfront dining room. The weekend is topped off with a luxurious Sunday brunch.

Swimming pool at Painter's Lodge

Photos courtesy of the Oak Bay Marine Group and used with permission.

Having already attended a dinner hosted by Ingo Grady at Parksville Uncorked 2010 and 2011 I can already tell you that this will be an amazing experience. And I can’t wait to be a part of this celebration. You will be able to follow all of my coverage by clicking on my Tastes of April Point 2011 tag.

You can follow the April Point Resort & Spa Facebook page here and the Oak Bay Marine Group here. More information about what the guests will be experiencing below:

Start off in style with a wine and cheese tasting on Friday evening in the oceanfront room overlooking Discovery Passage. Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is bringing a magnificent selection including their award winning Island Brie, selected as the Great Canadian Grande Prix winner and voted the best Brie in Canada!

Some of the featured vineyards include: Alderlea, Averill Creek, South End Farms & Vineyards, Beaufort Vineyards, Mission Hill, Lucien Albrecht, Rodney Strong, and Antinori.

On Saturday morning, sleepy guests will be delighted to find Frog Coffee brewing up masterful coffee selections to get the day started. Breakfast and exotic coffees will be the warm up for the delectable day ahead.

Saturday afternoon sessions include: “Seafood and Bubbly” featuring three types of local oysters paired with champagnes from Spain, Germany and France. “Atypical Pairings,” including Porter and ice cream just to get started! Finally, challenge yourself during the Sensory Tasting Experience to discover the scents and aromas infused in 5 different glasses of wine. Developed by some of Canada’s pre-eminent wine experts, this is a clever and very interactive experience…put your palette to the test!

After a not so serious seaside grape stomping session on the lawn, Ingo Grady, Director of Wine Education for Mission Hill will host the five course dinner with wine pairings. “Ingo brings over 25 years of international wine experience and knowledge to this spectacular dinner,” says Susan Barcham of the Oak Bay Marine Group. “We are delighted he’s a part of Tastes.”

And, just in case you haven’t indulged quite enough, the weekend event finishes with the magnificent Sunday Brunch at Painter’s Lodge.

Zodiac in Discovery Passage

Photos courtesy of the Oak Bay Marine Group and used with permission.

From my experience at this type of festivals, this will be an amazing visit. Can’t wait!


Disclosure: My travel to and from Quadra Island as well as my participation in Tastes of April Point 2011 are complimentary courtesy of Oak Bay Marine Group. You can follow my experience at Tastes of April 2011 by clicking on the tag here

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Comments (1)

Peter ShobaskyNovember 21st, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Nice post.Thanks for sharing info about beautiful April Point Resort & Spa on Quadra Island.

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