When someone says “Go West ” Tofino is as far as you can go in Canada.
Originally is was nick-named “tough city” now shortened to “Tuff City”. That’s because the road, which was formidable, ended in Tofino.
For many years stories on this stunning coastline were about the surfing and fishing. Then it started to get noticed as a culinary destination. That’s because the entire area was loaded with chefs. (The local food truck Tacofino became so popular they moved operations into Vancouver and now have 8 locations including Tofino.)
What’s remarkable is that there are less than 2,000 Toficians in town but almost 500 business licences.
Summer brings what feels like “The World.” Walking miles of beaches, forest walks here are called forest bathing , swimming, surfing, fishing, diving and dining have become part of the allure.
This is part one of four days spent in and around Tofino. Trying to answer the question, what’s Tofino like on a Wednesday or Thursday? Is it different from crazy times on the weekend?
Every guest on this show has a story to tell and one of them reveals a surprising announcement.
What doesn’t seem to change is the food and the accommodations.
I found both at the world famous Wickaninnish Inn. I also discovered their new breathtaking “Howard’s Wine Cellar.” That’s where we start.
Guest Toficians include:
Charles McDiarmid – Managing Director/Founding Family The Wickaninnish Inn
Ike Seaman – Director of Food & Beverage/Sommelier/The Howard Wine Cellar The Wick
Executive Chef Carmen Ingham – The Pointe Restaurant , The Wick
Chef/Owner/Author Lisa Ahier (eye-aye) – Sobo
Willie Mitchell – X-NHL, Partner/President at Tofino Resort and Marina
Executive Chef Paul Moran – Top Chef Canada Winner 1909 Restaurant at Tofino Resort and Marina
Chef Warren Barr and Lilly Verney-Downey – Pluvio Restaurant & Rooms Ucluelet
(NEXT WEEK -Part Two features craft artisans on Industrial Road and The Annual Tofino Food and Wine festival)
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Jim Cuddy – Cuddy by Tawse Wines
A special feature on “field blends”
Fire Season in The Okanagan
Tofino Part Two – Includes food and wine festival
BC Shellfish Festival / Courtenay-Comox
Cowichan Valley Wine Festival
Chefs speak out on their/our role in saving fishery
Chris Tolley Moon Cursor
Andrea Sartori and 121 years of Italian Winemaking