Updated: Oct 8, 2019
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family, food, and shopping. Here are the BIA’s top picks for places to go for fun this holiday weekend, or to gather some fresh, locally-sourced food products to enhance your Thanksgiving feast. Gobble gobble!
Willow & Orchid
Food is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving - complete your feast with a beautiful centerpiece too. Willow & Orchid florists assemble stunning fall floral arrangements in mini pumpkins! If you have a design in mind and want to customize it yourself, you might also consider taking the centerpiece arrangement class on Thursday October 10th at 5:30pm. For more information or to book for this call visit 101 Station St or call 250.748.9868!
While browsing pretty floral arrangements, consider picking up tasty fall preserves like Mrs. Jones Jams' Garlic Jelly or Salt Spring Island's Winter Wonderjam, a delicious cranberry blend that will help carry over Thanksgiving's cozy, festive vibes in a leftover turkey sandwich.
Finally, to store your treasured Thanksgiving family recipes, consider these adorable recipe boxes by Rifle & Co., also available at Willow & Orchid:
The Olive Station
Looking for inspiration to reinvigorate your typical Thanksgiving feast?
To put a twist on your classic fare this season, visit the Olive Station at 225 Canada Avenue. This olive oil and balsamic vinegar boutique offers more than just flavorful dressings (red apple balsamic vinegar anyone?) - they've also cooked up some recipes using the boutique's product, too.
Curious about Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar, but unsure how to use it? Try caramelized Brussel sprouts with cremini mushrooms in a pomegranate vinaigrette. Or how about sampling some Cranberry-Pear White Balsamic Vinegar and Blood Orange infused olive oil? These flavors will add to arugula and goat cheese, or beet and goat cheese, salads too.
For your main course, the Olive Station has you covered here as well with a recipe for Maple Balsamic Glazed Ham. Or check out this month's edition of the Cowichan Valley Voice for Grant's recipe for Mushroom-Sage Extra Virgin Olive Oil Basted Turkey!
Breadmakers, you might also want to try Snowden House bread mix in cranberry or pumpkin flavors, too. Just add cider or beer to these mixes and you'll have an unusual dough that tastes like fall to serve alongside your mushroom-sage turkey, Brussel sprouts, and salad.
The Old Firehouse Wine & Cocktail Bar
Take a break from your Thanksgiving shopping and pop into the Old Firehouse at 40 Ingram St. for a pumpkin black cardamom whiskey sour! You can sip on this delicious specialty cocktail while checking out the local art displayed on the wine bar's walls as a part of the Wild Wings Nature and Arts Festival, running from October 6th through to October 29th:
While you're taking in local art and a feature fall cocktail, don't forget to ask about good wine pairings to have with your Thanksgiving meal -- the Old Firehouse has many to try!
Duncan Show Room
On Sunday, October 13th, the night before the official Thanksgiving feast, the Duncan Showroom will be hosting the Tri-Continental for a concert. This Juno award-winning group, which has played the Showroom before in 2016, will be back with their album Just Dance. Cross your fingers for jazzy tunes like Azafady and Lakalaka and be sure to buy your tickets for this event before it sells out.
For more great productions and events coming up at the Showroom throughout the month of October, check out their calendar or visit 133 Station St.
Saturday’s Farmer’s Market
Last but not least, get all the fresh produce you need for your big Thanksgiving meal from the weekly Farmers’ Market in Duncan's City Square. From fresh beets and squash to apple pie, this market is a one-stop-shop to meet all your basic Thanksgiving needs.
These are just a few suggestions, but downtown Duncan is brimming with options to take your Thanksgiving feast to the next level. Come see for yourself!