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Beach Food Weekends at Esquimalt Lagoon

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Food Festival at Colwood Waterfront

Colwood Beach Food Days is a summer event with food trucks and sometimes even live music on the beach at the Colwood Waterfront by Esquimalt Lagoon.

 


NOTE: this event usually takes place on weekends all summer long. Because of COVID-19, however, it only took place on one weekend in 2021, from September 18th to 20th. The event returns in a bigger format in 2022, running from May 6th to August 28th!


 

Beach Food at the Colwood Waterfront

Officially called Colwood Beach Food Days, this is a weekly occurrence that usually runs from early May until late August on the last two days of the week. In 2022 Sundays are also set to be part of this event meaning it runs for the entire weekend all summer.

 

Colwood Festival Food Truck
A food truck at the beach

 

Beach Food Days is a fairly small event. It doesn’t usually draw huge crowds of people. It’s at an exceptional location, however, that’s beautiful to visit on any sunny day, especially in the summer.

The food trucks make picnicking on the beach that much simpler, and when there’s live music the experience can be exceptional.

 

Colwood Food Festival at Esquimalt Lagoon
Food trucks and people at the waterfront

 

Beach Food Event Activities

The event is usually a fairly simple affair with just two or three food trucks at the side of the road, a couple of picnic tables, logs on the long sandy beach and stunning views of the ocean. It’s a beautiful spot.

Things to do at the event include relaxing on the beach, going for a walk, enjoying your food truck picnic, admiring the views and just plain enjoying the spectacular area and the people you’re sharing it with.

 

Live Music at Esquimalt Lagoon
Mike Reimer and the Big Wee

 

A bonus activity at the Beach Food Days event is the live music which took place occasionally in 2016 but has happened more regularly since. Most days, for at least a bit of the scheduled 8-hour time of the event, a local band plays on the beach. If you’re there when there’s the live music, it’s a real treat.

 

Event Venue and Location

Beach Food Days takes place on the beach off Ocean Boulevard at the far southeastern tip of Esquimalt Lagoon in the municipality of Colwood. This makes it close to a 15 km drive from downtown Victoria, or a 25 minute drive (depending on traffic).

 

Ocean Boulevard at Esquimalt Lagoon
Ocean Boulevard at Esquimalt Lagoon

 

Directions

To get to Esquimalt Lagoon and the food truck event head to Colwood and turn left onto Ocean Boulevard just past the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre which is located at 1767 Old Island Highway.

As you go along Ocean Boulevard you’ll see signs to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse, which are great places to visit along the way. Instead of turning at Fort Rodd Hill Road to go into the fort, however, just keep going.

After driving for a bit, before long you’ll cross a small bridge and then a long skinny stretch of land. The ocean will be on your left, Esquimalt Lagoon on your right, and near the far end of the skinny stretch of land you’ll see a couple of food trucks at the side of the road. That’s where you’ll find the Beach Food event on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer(weather permitting).

 

Waterfront by Esquimalt Lagoon
The beach at Esquimalt Lagoon

 

About Esquimalt Lagoon

Esquimalt Lagoon is a salt water lagoon not far from the National Historic Site of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse as well as Royal Roads University and Hatley Castle. You can see Fisgard Lighthouse in the distance from one end, and if you face away from the ocean you can see Hatley Castle up the hill.

What’s especially attractive about Esquimalt Lagoon are the sandy beach and ocean views. The area is a popular site for picnicking, birdwatching and hanging out at the beach. There are logs to sit on and views of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State across the water.

 

Other Information

For further details about this summer weekend event see Colwood’s Beach Food Fridays & Saturdays website.

For a list of other Greater Victoria events throughout the year, click Festivals & Events Calendar.

 

 

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