Have a Happy Thanksgiving in Downtown Duncan!

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

Show gratitude for our bountiful valley by supporting local businesses this holiday.

Pumpkin floral arrangements available at Willow & Orchid. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

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

Willow & Orchid. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

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.


Salt Spring Island Kitchen Co. preserve. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

Finally, to store your treasured Thanksgiving family recipes, consider these adorable recipe boxes by Rifle & Co., also available at Willow & Orchid:


Rifle & Co. recipe boxes at Willow & Orchid. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

The Olive Station

Olive oil at the Olive Station. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

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.


Pomegranate balsamic vinegar at the Olive Station. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

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!


Snowden House pumpkin bread mix at the Olive Station. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

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

Local artist Neil Fatin's "Fall Tapestry" displayed at the Old Firehouse wine bar. Photo by Ian Locke, CNCLV

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: