The patio at Odika Restaurant in downtown Chemainus will be a great place to enjoy the food and surroundings during the Taste of Chemainus event running from Oct. 4-8. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The patio at Odika Restaurant in downtown Chemainus will be a great place to enjoy the food and surroundings during the Taste of Chemainus event running from Oct. 4-8. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus restaurants offering treats for the taste buds

Taste of Chemainus event runs Oct. 4-8 with plenty of mouth-watering specials

Everyone’s always known about Chemainus’ good taste.

Now’s your chance to find out firsthand in the Taste of Chemainus event running Oct. 4-8.

Chemainus restaurants will welcome the public for the special Savour Cowichan signature event. This artisanal culmination of food and drink invites guests to tour and enjoy local dining menus.

Each restaurant participant will feature delectable dishes and drink specials. These menus include set pricing in the $10, $15 and $20 range, as well as specialty deals and even specifically hosted dinners.

Each restaurant has a list of items that will be featured. Some samples from around town include: Owl’s Nest Bakery and Bistro has created a West Coast seafood bowl with a trio of fresh seafood; Odika is creating an exquisite three-course meal; Maple Lane Café will be pairing some of its greats with new specials like the delectably sweet peanuty Chemainiac bar along with rich lattes and espressos, plus many other restaurants in the area.

This is the Chemainus culinary event of the season.

“Many people don’t realize the calibre of food that the chefs in Chemainus put out,” noted Krystal Adams, marketing director for the Chemainus Business Improvement Area.

“These chefs have come from all over bringing with them reams of knowledge and food flavours you wouldn’t expect from a small town. The foodie culture is so diverse here, you can find almost anything. It is one of those communities you just know you will come to for a meal and leave with a new favourite restaurant.”

Chemainus is a burgeoning culinary community. As a signature event of the Savour Cowichan festival, the town couldn’t be more excited to open its doors and welcome food lovers to the area.

Detailed menus and a restaurant touring map will be up later this week at www.visitchemainus.com.

The Savour Cowichan Festival runs in the Cowichan Valley from Sept. 29-Oct. 8 and includes dozens of events over the 10-day span. Information can be found at www.savourcowichan.com.