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Posted By Cant, Brian
Organization The Tartan Group
Subject Farms of the Comox Valley open their back gates for two-wheeled travellers
Date Posted: Aug 01, 2013
 
August 10 & 11 celebration for field-to-fork adventurers 

Combining the extraordinary farm to plate culinary scene with the fun of cycling, the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tours are once again teaming up with local farmers who are providing an in-depth look ‘behind the scenes’ for participants to explore, taste and experience farm life August 10 & 11.

The Comox Valley has long been known for its ideal climatic conditions that enable a year-round growing season and its’ diverse agricultural offerings. With more than 400 farms and touted as the oyster growing capital of Canada, annual culinary events are elevating this region to global prominence. It is also a cycling mecca, offering a wide variety of stunning terrain for leisure rides to hard core cyclists to explore. Combining the two, the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour, an annual event, introduces cyclists to some of the characters who make their living from the soil and sell their products at the bustling Comox Valley Farmers’ Market (comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com) as well as the many restaurants that showcase regional ingredients with characteristic creative flare. 

“Each year, the Comox Valley farm cycle tour continues to expand in both farms and cyclists participating,” says Willy van Kemenade, a local cycling activist and member of the Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour Committee. “For 2013, we expanded the number of self-guided routes to four, each featuring stops that includes organic blueberries to dairy farms, wine tastings to heritage vegetables, sprouts to oysters.”  With more than 20 farms participating, the range of offerings will make for an enticing 2013 event. 

Saturday, Aug. 10 – Three tour options: 
- Rural Ramble: A family-friendly itinerary featuring two loops ranging from six to 20 km, with access to farms in the Dove Creek area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Farm stops include the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market to Lloydshaven Holsteins Ltd. on Dove Creek Road; Natures Way Farm and Blue Moon Winery on Darcy Road; Tannadice Farms Ltd. on Burns Road; and Eatmore Sprouts on Grieve Road.

- Back Roads Bliss: A moderate cycling itinerary, featuring four possible loops varying in distance from 25 to 50 km, and showcasing northern valley between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farm stops include Amara Farm, Berry Best Farm, Coastal Black Winery, Comox Valley Greenhouse, Eatmore Sprouts, Fir Shelter Farm, Good Earth Farm, New Sprout Farm, Outback Nursery, and Stone Croft Farm. 

- Comox Peninsula - *NEW*: A new-for-2013 moderate cycling itinerary along the estuary and on the beautiful Comox Peninsula. This route is open for touring from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farm stops include Portuguese Joes Fish Market, Seifferts Farm, 40 Knots Estate Winery, Anderton Gardens, Berry Best Farm, and Eatmore Sprouts.

Sunday, Aug. 11 – One tour option:
- Bayviews: Two combined 15 km and 42 km routes visit local producers from Royston to Fanny Bay with stunning views of the Strait of Georgia. Farm stops include Country Aire, Fanny Bay Oysters, Grassi Point Farm Market, Innisfree Farm, Just like Moms Bakery, Royston Roasterie, Tree Island Yogurt, and Weinburgs Fine Foods. 

The cost to participate is $15 per person, per tour (limit one tour per day). Two-day registration is $25 while kids under 15 ride free. The tours will happen rain or shine.

Why run when you can Stay and Cycle!
Travellers staying for the weekend can take advantage of Stay and Cycle Packages starting from $55 per person. 

Visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com to book. All tickets and accommodation can be booked online or through the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre by calling 1-855-400-2882.

All participants who register before July 26, 2013 have a chance to win an early registration prize package of a one night stay for two at the Old House Village Hotel and Spa, a two day Farm Cycle Tour registration for two, and a welcome bottle of local wine. 

About the Comox Valley
Located halfway up Vancouver Island’s east coast, the Comox Valley abounds with culinary bounty from land and sea. Coupled with arts, music and sporting events, and stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, the region is a place of supernatural beauty that offers rich culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. For more information, visit www.discovercomoxvalley.com. 

About the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre
The Comox Valley's Vancouver Island Visitor Centre is the first stop to creating an unforgettable vacation. Vancouver Island Visitor Centre offers friendly, knowledgeable staff; local, regional and provincial maps and tourist information; onsite booking for accommodations, attractions, events and transportation - including BC Ferries; as well as restrooms, a playground and picnic area with community BBQ; and an exciting exhibit gallery with a glimpse of the alpine, ocean, forest and agricultural tourism opportunities on the Island.

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Media Contacts: 
Kate Rogers, Tartan Group: 604-880-1494 (cell) or kate@tartangroup.ca
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-896-3844 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca