Get ready for Daffy Daze

Spring is on the horizon — let’s celebrate with daffodils. This year, Vantreight Farms is kick-starting spring with a first annual Saanich Peninsula daffodil festival.

Daffy Daze will run from March 13 to 20. The festival will usher in the growing season for Peninsula farms and gardeners, promote local agriculture and celebrate the fact that we are the Daffodil Capital of Canada. Featured will be fresh daffodils for sale and display, farm tractors, face painting, games, and for the first time, a U-pick field of daffodils adjacent to the Vantreight Farm Market at 8370 East Saanich Road. Businesses and residents are encouraged to join in the celebration by displaying daffodils in window displays, and countertops. Artists pick up your brushes, writers pick up your pens and celebrate our saucy, yellow harbingers of spring. Find out more about this exciting new event at www.daffodil.com. Call Vantreight Farms at 250-652-7777.

Ryan Leinweber is growing his interactive marketing agency, Honeycomb Webworks. The company recently added Teagan McKay to the team as a web designer. McKay will drive the development, design and execution of websites. McKay graduated in 2008 from the Pacific Film and New Media Academy, after which he worked as a freelance designer. Honeycomb Webworks leverages web design, development, marketing and online strategy to create solutions for the small business community. See www.honeycombweb.com, or call 250-655-9202.

Fresh Cup Coffee has introduced an online bean store, offering freshly ground organic coffee delivered to your doorstep — and Fresh Cup’s Jim Townley has made the ordering process easy. Just go to www.freshcup.ca. Shipping is free, anywhere in Canada — a boon to gift givers. Coffee is roasted the day it’s shipped. Visit Fresh Cup at 103-2360 Beacon Avenue, Sidney or 104-1931 Mt. Newton X Road in Saanichton.

The Peninsula Chamber’s February Business After Business networking mixer promises to be highly entertaining. Hosted by Matt Peulen, and Island Pacific Flight Academy, the event will feature tours of a recreational aircraft, an executive jet and a rare World War II fighter jet. Enter your business card to win a scenic flight over Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula. Open to the business community: 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 24 at 111-9800 McDonald Park Road. RSVP to 250-656-3616 or info@peninsulachamber.ca.

The application deadline for this year’s Crystal Awards for Business Excellence is March 8, so get your entries in. Download more information and application forms, at www.peninsulachamber.ca, or call the Chamber office: 250-656-3616.

Eileen Leddy is executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Send your information to her at eleddy@peninsulachamber.ca, subject line Buzz.