Saturday, March 9 · 6:30 pm

Take your tastebuds on a field trip

Food Tasting 6:30 – 8 pm

Come out and feast on samples of boutique foods and flavours…from sweet to savoury, familiar to exotic, local to foreign. Enjoy good company as you visit with other parents, staff, supporters and community members. This is intended as an adult-only event (grades 9 and up welcome).

Admission is free. Purchase tickets at the event for food tasting (typically 1 ticket per taste).

Auction Action

Online & Live Auctions

We’ll be hosting two auctions in connection with this event:

  • Live auction (begins @ 8:30 pm)
  • Online auction (runs March 4 – 9)

Auctions will include many different kinds of items, services and experiences.

Three ways to help:

Donate to the Auctions

We’re looking for donations of items, experiences and services that can be included in our two auctions.

Host a Food Booth

Serve up an exquisite flavour and delight our guests, whether it’s ethnic cuisine or a new take on a local favourite.

What’s involved?

Student Service Hours

Grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to sign up to help with this event. Student service hours will be available.

We will post a link to sign up for volunteer roles when we get closer to the event.

Need some auction donation ideas?

Here are some item, service and experience ideas from past auctions. The sky is the limit! If you have an auction idea that you’d like to ask us about first, please email tgrasmeyer@bvcs.ca or call the office 250-847-4238.

Item Ideas

All items should be new, new condition or newly-made (such as handmade items). Here are a few item ideas from past auctions:

  • Electronics
  • Hand-made furniture, hangings
  • Kitchen appliances (small or large)
  • Baking (frozen, fresh or certificate for fresh)
  • High-quality toys
  • Themed gift baskets (movie night, coffee lovers, bookworms, etc.)
  • Building supplies
  • Gift certificates for local stores
  • Backpacking gear
  • Sports equipment
  • Lawn and camping games
  • Tools
  • Fresh or frozen meats
  • Gift certificates for garden or farm produce (by amount, by time, or other)
  • Garden manure, delivered

Artwork, jewellery and handcrafts can do well, but don’t always earn what was hoped. That’s probably because they are subject to the buyers’ tastes.

Experience Ideas

‘Experiences’ are usually intangible and participatory. They often have dates associated with them (but not always). Experiences usually do extremely well in BVCS auctions. Some ideas:

  • Fishing trips
  • Hiking trips
  • Theme meals
  • Cabin rentals
  • Berry picking
  • Sports tickets
  • Get creative!

Services Ideas

“Services” donations are often (but not always) higher value donations that usually do really well in BVCS auctions. They have the double-benefit of supporting local businesses. Some ideas from past auctions:

  • Auto detailing
  • Truck loads of gravel, top soil, etc.
  • Excavating services
  • Home cleaning
  • Babysitting
  • Home services
  • Automotive services (oil changes, tire services, etc.)
  • Home painting
  • Get creative and support local businesses!