New this year is the Berryfest at Oldfield Orchard at one of the fruit stands a few minutes away. This is noteworthy to our bed and breakfast guests since Oldfield Orchard and Bakery provide many items for their breakfast delight. Their wonderful berries are especially memorable. Some find their way into our fruit fools, a starter for our multi-course breakfasts. Others make the breakfast table colourful on individual fruit plates, each with five or six seasonal fruits.
We have been purchasing fruit, vegetables and more from Oldfield Orchard for many years – our favourite of many Saanich Peninsula fruit stands. Although Linda bakes muffins and scones their ooey-gooey cinnamon buns are the best.
Oldfield Orchard are typical of many rural businesses here on the Saanich Peninsula: family run with artisan care to provide the very best quality. Many of our guests include a tour of peninsula fruit stands and wineries, enjoying local produce – we provide them with Victoria area maps.
After over 50 years operation, the Orchard passed into new hands a couple of years ago. Raphael and Kelsie Guite are throwing youthful energy into new activities. The highly popular Octoberfest continues but this year is the first annual Berryfest. I’ve always tended towards sceptism when I see the words “1st Annual …” wondering if there will be a 2nd one but I have no doubt this will be a success, followed by many more. So if you are visiting Victoria on 21st and 22nd July 2012 do drop by. There are many special events included, especially for the younger generation. And be sure to take away a punnet or two of their wonderful fruit.