North Saanich seeks Flavour Trail champ

District offers up $9,500 for someone to take over weekend event

Snowdon House in North Saanich has been involved with the Flavour Trail tours for many summers.

North Saanich is seeking a champion for its annual Flavour Trail farm tour program and is offering up its 2013 budget for the event as seed money.

The District of North Saanich has co-ordinated the Flavour Trail over one weekend in August each year since 2007 — with the help of a lot of volunteers.

The weekend event offers visitors to the Peninsula a variety of free farm, market, winery, business and heritage tours.

People can take in the entire selection of tours and events, or pick and choose which ones they want.

Councillor Ted Daly told the News Review volunteer Anny Scoones has been  the driving force behind the event for many years.

This month, the district has asked staff to solicit an individual or group that could run the Flavour Trail, building on its past success and expanding it into a potentially Peninsula-wide event.

“It has become more than just a tour of farms,” Daly said, “there have been commercial stops added along the way and has been a real success.”

He said the district is looking for an organizer to run it, expand it and improve on it — taking it out of the municipality’s hands.

Daly said they have a budget of around $9,500 this year, which would be given as seed money to assist with managing the event.

Future  financial support would be considered on a shared basis with other Peninsula communities.

The plan has been sent to the district’s agricultural advisory commission for its recommendations.