Monday August 2, 2021 | COLWOOD, BC
by Jalen Codrington | Island Social Trends
For the rest of the summer, several mobile food vendors will be set up at the Lagoon Beach along Ocean Boulevard, where folks are encouraged by the City of Colwood to stop by and enjoy some local cuisine among the gorgeous scenery.
On a regular afternoon at the Colwood waterfront, you can find herons plucking fish from the waters, rafts of ducks bobbing around the lagoon, and river otters prowling the shores. Cars kick up dust from the dirt parking lot. Families sit on the beach enjoying the twinkling ocean, with the snowcapped Olympic mountains in the background. Add some tasty local food trucks and talented musicians into the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for an enjoyable afternoon on the beach.
“Grab a bite and then wander by the waves, beach comb, bird watch, paddle or just lounge on the sand in the sunshine!” says the City of Colwood in their promo for the annual summer attraction at the ocean front (with Esquimalt Lagoon a stone’s throw on the other side.
Some of the food trucks include Beaver Tails, Cup-a-Roni, Deadbeetz, Greek on the Street, Indecent Risotto, Kattia’s Kitchen, and Molly’s Fish and Chips.
The event runs Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 7 pm all summer long.
On Saturdays, visitors will be able to enjoy local musicians as they take to the stage on the south end of the spit. Last year, musicians were not invited to perform at the event in an effort to discourage large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A complete list of Colwood Beach Food Days vendors and musicians is available online.
Colwood’s Beach Food program requires food truck vendors have Island Health permits and Food Safe certification, as well as full liability insurance and a valid business license. During this unique time, vendors are also required to have a COVID-19 operations plan in place to outline specific measures with respect to personal health, sanitizing, handwashing, and physical distancing.
For some other food outlets in the municipality, the beach food scene might offer some tourist-season competition.
Promo by the city:
The aim of the Beach Food Days is to support local businesses, while getting people outside in the sunshine, says the City of Colwood.
“So grab a bite, pick a secluded spot on the beach and pull up a log or lay out a blanket to enjoy the fresh ocean air well distanced from others.”
The outdoor attraction continues on Fridays and Saturdays (12 noon to 7 pm) through September 6.
Beach Food Friday kickoff at the Colwood oceanfront (June 1, 2019)