The Roost Farm Centre

December 10, 2014 by Nevin Thompson

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As anyone living on living on the Saanich Peninsula can tell you, the Roost is the place to go if you want to enjoy local food and local wine.

Thanks to 72 farms, vineyards and cheese makers on the Saanich Peninsula, the Roost can offer a ton of tasty fruits and vegetables, poultry, eggs, seafood, wine, cider and spirits. If there is a signature taste for Victoria, The Roost is where you’ll find it.

More than just a bakery or cafe, the Roost boasts 10 acres of farmland where they grow many items used to produce the food they serve.

For example, the Roost grows their own wheat which is milled on-site. This wheat is then used to bake fresh bread and other baked goods.

There’s an organic blueberry patch, friendly sheep, and, most delightfully, a substantial vineyard. It all adds to an authentic truly local experience.

In addition to their well-known breakfast and lunch, amazing farm dinners are served during the cold months.

That is, until the outdoor, wood-fired pizza oven ignites in May, when they begin offering entertainment, local wines (including a wine-based cocktail menu) and food that locals have come to know and love.

The Roost also produces its own wine. So you can eat a local pizza that is made in part from local wheat while sipping a local wine.

It sounds like something right out of Tuscany, but it’s not: it’s the Saanich Peninsula, just a short drive from anywhere in Victoria.

In a nutshell, the Roost is an unmissable Vancouver Island destination for foodies.

The Roost can be incorporated into a full day of exploring the Saanich Peninsula, itself a cornucopia of tastes and flavours:

  • Oldfield Road is home to small farms and “gate to plate” roadside stands
  • Church & State Wines located on Benvenuto Road, at West Saanich Road
  • Sea Cider family farm and cidery
  • Marley Farm and Winery
  • Deep Cove Market
  • Muse Winery

As an added bonus, the Roost unleashes a giant chicken for special events, most recently the Christmas parade in Sidney at the end of November.

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To get to the Roost, drive on Hwy 17 towards Sidney. Make a left on McTavish (being careful to navigate the cloverleaf interchange). The Roost is at the intersection of McTavish and East Saanich Road.


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