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Shopping List: Vancouver Island Charcuterie


by Kathryn McAree

The Whole Beast & Choux Choux. Including Head cheese (Choux Choux), Truffle paté (Hilltop Bistro, Nanaimo), Coppa (The Whole Beast), “The Beast” 
salami (The Whole Beast), Chorizo castellano (The Whole Beast), Madeira and port paté (Hilltop Bistro), Saucisson aux noix (Choux Choux) and Jambon de campagene (Choux Choux). Photo by Salt Magazine.

The Whole Beast & Choux Choux. Including Head cheese (Choux Choux), Truffle paté (Hilltop Bistro, Nanaimo), Coppa (The Whole Beast), “The Beast” 
salami (The Whole Beast), Chorizo castellano (The Whole Beast), Madeira and port paté (Hilltop Bistro), Saucisson aux noix (Choux Choux) and Jambon de campagene (Choux Choux). Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet / Salt Magazine.

In the old fishing village of Cowichan Bay, dedicated artisans Bruce and Leslie Stewart at True Grain Bakery, mill their own flour and create fabulous artisan breads from organic grains such as kamut, spelt, and red fyfe. truegrain.ca

Just next door along the water, Hilary’s Cheese & Deli offers both cow and goat milk cheeses made at their neighbouring farm. The cozy deli has great views and the aromas of the soup of the day will make you want to settle in for a bowl and a baguette sandwich, of course, on True Grain French baguette. Their tasty array of local and imported cheeses is also sold at The Little Cheese Shop on Fort Street in downtown Victoria. Hilary’s Cheese Facebook Page

Also on Fort Street, Choux Choux Charcuterie is a European-style deli featuring fresh sausage using Island chicken, lamb, and pork, as well as 
cheese and paté. chouxchouxcharc.ca

The passionate gourmets at Olive The Senses import their oils from near and far and offer many unique flavours and tastes. Their vinegars are equally tantalizing and are sure to surprise as you taste test them all. olivethesenses.com

If you’re a true foodie and easily distracted by fabulous kitchenware, Cook Culture will have you browsing for hours. The latest gadgets and quality knives await as well as the most extensive selection of fine chocolate bars created with ethical and sustainable beans from around the world. cookculture.com

In the Oak Bay neighbourhood, The Whole Beast crafts incredible charcuterie and sausages all easily described as addictive. thewholebeast.ca