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A Conversation with Tzeporah Berman

April 27, 2023

4:30pm - Meet & Mingle with Cedar Distillation on the Patio

6:00pm - 7:15pm  - Interview with Q&A in the Barn

We are excited to host Tzeporah Berman at Bilston Creek Farm. 

For more than two decades, the John Albert Hall lecture series, a joint initiative of UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) and the Anglican Diocese of Islands and Inlets of British Columbia, has featured prominent thinkers speaking on topics related to the changing role of religion in contemporary society.

Bilston Creek Farm has partnered with the University of Victoria Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and the Anglican Diocese of Islands and Inlets to organize a discussion between Tzperorah Berman and Andy MacKinnon. There will be a Q&A section following the conversation for attendees. 

With the support of St. Mary of The Incarnation and the Metchosin Foundation with Bilston Creek Farm we are able to make this informative evening possible for the public to attend.

The evening will begin with a Cedar Distillation demonstration at 4:30pm on our Lavender Patio. Attendees are welcome to come out early, learn about the farm, and enjoy the property. Food and Beverages will be available to purchase in our retail store. We will have benches throughout the Orchard and seating available in the barn. 

Admission: $5 per person (Available Online here or at the Door)

  

About Guest Speakers:

Tzeporah Berman BA, MES, LLD (honoris causa) has been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy in Canada and beyond for over thirty years. She is currently the International Program Director at Stand.earth and the Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. She is the co-founder of the Global Gas & Oil Network, the former co-director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program, and the co-founder of ForestEthics (now Stand.earth). Tzeporah is a recipient of the Climate Breakthrough Project Award and she gave a widely-viewed TED Talk presenting the case for a global treaty to phase out fossil fuels.

Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin B.C. Until his retirement in 2015, he worked for the B.C. Forest Service for three decades, mostly on B.C.’s coast, where he was responsible for ecosystem classification and mapping and a program of forest ecology research focused on old growth structure and composition, effects of climate change, and B.C.’s native plants and fungi. 


Apple Harvest at the Farm

Join us every weekend during the Season

Open Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm 


Come enjoy Autumn at Bilston Creek Farm during our apple harvest. The barn will be open to the public as well as seating throughout the Orchard. Bring a blanket to picnic in our fields. 

Our renowned Apple Fritters are back! We will have simple food fares and drinks available in our store

- Apple Fritters -
- Lavender Shortbreads -
- Bilston scone boxes -
- Apple pork sausage rolls - 
- Savoury quiche -
- Seasonal soup - 
  
Please do not bring outside food and drinks. Take care to leave plenty of space between groups and enjoy your stay for a maximum of 2 hours to help us avoid crowding.

Festive Mini Sessions

Holiday Photos Captured by Amy Lobb Portraits

Bookings available November 5th & 6th 10:00am - 4:00pm

Bilston Creek Farm is offering mini sessions in our Barn for you and your family.
 
It’s never too early to begin planning your annual family holiday photo and cards. Join us Saturday November 5th & Sunday November 6th for Festive Mini Sessions with Amy Lobb Portraits. The Bilston Barn will serve as the foundation to a rustic Nordic inspired set and backdrop for your images.

There will be hot drinks and light food fares available for purchase on the day, so feel free to stay and enjoy the ambiance of the farm after your photo session!

The Details

To book your session, select an available time slot from the drop down menu on the bookings page. Multiple sessions are available to book during each thirty minute arrival window, and photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We have limited space available for walk-ins and pre-booked sessions will be given first priority.

Each session includes 3 edited photos, delivered in a digital gallery for download and sharing, sent within a week of your session.

Due to the size of the set, the sessions are best recommended for a single family, couples, or individuals.
  
Amy Lobb Portraits

Amy is a professional photographer with over 10 years of experience, working internationally and locally, in fashion, commercial, event, surf, travel, and portrait photography. She values the power and memory a photograph can hold, and loves being invited in to share moments with families and create snapshots that they will cherish for years to come.
 
  
No Refunds will be issued within 48 hours of your Mini Session time slot.  

Take home meals, ready for your table

MEET THE CHEF

 
 
Bilston's Executive Chef, Sandi Irving has a passion for fresh, local flavours and a wealth of experience creating food that captures the pacific northwest spirit. Her cooking style is a reflection of her personality–joyful, generous and uncompromising. Simply put, she makes the kind of food we all want to eat.

We are proud to introduce our newest offering - The Bilston Pantry.

Visit our new Bilston Pantry at the farm and take home delicious pre-made meals, desserts and preserves. From our (locally) famous Bilston Bolognese, and flavourful Quiche, to sweet treats like Tiramisu with just a hint of lavender, and Strawberry Rhubarb Anise Crisp, your meals for the weekend (or whole week!) are set. 
 
If you're expecting company, preparing for a special occasion, or just want someone else to do the cooking, The Bilston Pantry is your go-to for incredible flavours and delicious take-home meals.

EXCLUSIVE VALENTINES OFFERING

  
Valentines Dinner for Two - $85 
 
Take home a delicious meal prepped by our very own Chef Sandi Irving, and enjoy a romantic night in.
 
The Menu: Bilston Bolognese, slow cooked and made with BC raised beef and pork. Fresh, handmade Fettuccine, and 24 month aged Parmesan Reggiano. Tiramisu dessert for two.
*Vegetarian option available.
 
Your meal comes complete with a dried lavender bouquet wrapped in a beautiful silk ribbon.
 

Purchase Now

Current Offerings:  

BREAKFAST

Honey Granola

Packed with nuts, seeds and Bilston's wildflower honey. Gluten and dairy free.

DINNER

Quiche

Made with farm eggs and seasonal ingredients, different flavours every week.
 
ALSO FEATURED: our Apple Honey Vinaigrette. A simply delicious salad dressing for greens or roasted vegetables.

DESSERT

Strawberry Rhubarb Anise Crisp
Tastes like summer! serves 2-4 people, and pairs great with our house made ice creams and salted lavender caramel sauce.

DESSERT

Brown Butter Blueberry Almond Tart
Serves 6-8 people, pairs great with our house made ice creams or our salted lavender caramel sauce.

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Visit the Bilston pantry for our full selection of take-home 
meals, desserts, and Preserves

Open to public
Saturday's & Sunday's
10:00am - 5:00pm

Join us April 30th and May 1st for a Celebration of Spring

Dates: Saturday April 30 & Sunday May 1
Hours: 11:30am to 5:30pm
Entry: free!


We have curated a group of 20 small business owners that offer a diversity of handcrafted, locally sourced, and vintage inspired products.

This will be the perfect opportunity to shop from local vendors and purchase gifts for Mom (Mother's Day is the next weekend!), yourself, or friends and family. 

This market also marks the return of craft vendors into our barn so join us this weekend to help us rejoice in the arrival of spring and support our small business community.


Vendors:


Bramble by Bilston will be serving Porchetta & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from the cob oven, salads, baked goods, hot drinks and house made sodas to be enjoyed around the orchard or on our patio.

Halloween at the Farm

Join us October 29th & 30th for Halloween Weekend

Open Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm 

Come enjoy Halloween at Bilston Creek Farm. We have activities happening for all ages over the weekend, including a Pumpkin Patch & Painting, Pumpkin Treasure Hunt, & find the GOLDEN Pumpkin.

And of course, it is encouraged to wear your costume! 

The barn will be open to the public as well as seating throughout the Orchard. Bring a blanket to picnic in our fields. 

 We will have spooky treats and lunch items available. in our store. Our renowned Apple Fritters will be available! And don't forget to enjoy our freshly pressed apple cider. 

- Apple Fritters -
- Caramel Apples -
- Spooky Treats -
- Lunch Items - 
  

Daily Halloween Activities

Pumpkin Patch 
- Choose your halloween pumpkin in our weather-friendly patch -

Pumpkin Decorating
- All materials will be supplied - 

Halloween Pumpkin Treasure Hunt
- Explore the property and find all the hidden pumpkins and redeem for a special prize - 

Kids games throughout the orchard & barn
- Various Halloween themes -  

 

Tickets - $15 per person and free for children under 2

Includes a Pumpkin of your choice, Pumpkin Decorating, and Pumpkin Treasure Hunt with Prize

Golden Pumpkin at Bilston Creek Farm

Following the popularity of our Golden Easter Egg, we will be a hiding GOLDEN PUMPKIN on the property each day. Find the pumpkin and you will receive a VIP Market Experience

- VIP Market Experience includes entry for 4 individuals, food to share, and $20 per person towards the Bilston Product Line - 

 


Please do not bring outside food and drinks. Take care to leave plenty of space between groups and enjoy your stay. Please leave your furry friends at home, unfortunately we are not able to facilitate dogs on our property. 

Escape to Bilston Creek Farm

Set down your picnic blanket in our orchard, enjoy wood fire pizza and quality time in the great outdoors.

Pizza Night Sundays will begin the second weekend of May and run for a limited 12 week season.

How It Works

Pizza Reservations occur between 1pm and 5 pm. The farm store will be open from 1 pm to 6pm, so please feel free to come early to do some shopping.

Select a pickup window for your pizza from the drop-down menu on this page. You can arrive on Sunday at any time during your pickup window and stay for up to two hours.

Pizzas will be made-to-order when you arrive, and we will have drinks and treats available to purchase on-site. Please do not bring outside food and drinks.

You're welcome to take your pizza home or enjoy it in the orchard. Please take care to leave plenty of space between groups and enjoy your stay for a maximum of 2 hours to help us avoid crowding.

If you feel sick, please let us know as soon as possible and stay home. For information about our refunds and cancellations policy, click here to review the Terms & Conditions for our attractions.

 

 

***Please note, we kindly ask that you not bring outside food and drinks to the farm. Pets are not allowed, please leave them at home***

Terms and Conditions 

Sweethearts Market

Join us Valentines Weekend at Bilston Creek Farm

February 10, 11, 12

10am - 5pm

Bring your Sweetheart, friends and family to this one-of-a-kind Valentine's Weekend Market at Bilston Creek Farm.

VENDORS! Our curated selection of specialty vendors will offer a variety of hand made treats and thoughtful gifts for your Sweetheart, or yourself ;-)
Artisinal Treats | Beeautiful Planet | Crowberry Crafts | Emma and Otter | Julie's Delights Chocolates | K-Bo Jewelry | Louisa Jones | Mudology | Sea Salt Chocolate and Confections | Snowdon House | Sparkle & Shine | Studio on Tenth | Thistle & Wren | Wild Abandon Jewelry
KIDS CORNER! We'll also have a special area for the kids to get creative with Valentine's Day themed crafts and activities including a treasure hunt around the farm!
 
FIND THE GOLDEN HEART! Following the popularity of our Golden Egg & Golden Pumpkin, we will be a hiding a GOLDEN HEART on the property each day. All ages are encouraged to search the property to find the Golden Heart and receive a special prize. Prize to be announced. 

Wander through our heritage orchard, treat yourself to special Valentine's snacks and drinks, and take home some prepared meals made in our own Bilston Kitchen. Come to our Sweetheart's Market and enjoy an afternoon at Bilston Creek Farm.

Market Admission: $5.00 (16 and under free) - Purchase Online here or at the Door.
$5 Market Admission fee can be used towards the purchase of a Bilston Creek Farm Product (some exclusions apply). Only valid on day market attended.
Kids Corner Admission: $5.00 - Purchase online here, or at the door.
   
  
  
Please do not bring outside food and drinksDogs and pets are not permitted on the property.   
   
*Non refundable & Market Entry only valid for day purchased*

Visit the Farm

Join us during the Winter Season

Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm 


Come enjoy the Winter Season at Bilston Creek Farm. Our Fire Pit series is happening in our Heritage Orchard. The farm is open to the public with seating throughout the Farm & Barn. Bring a blanket to picnic in our fields or enjoy our heated barn. 

Visit our store and shop our Farm Products.

We will have simple food fares and drinks available in our store


  



Please do not bring outside food and drinks. Take care to leave plenty of space between groups and enjoy your stay for a maximum of 2 hours to help us avoid crowding. Dogs and pets are not permitted on the property. 

Weekend Fire Pits in the Orchard

Cozy up around your own personal campfire in our Apple Orchard for a great farm experience. Enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.

We'll provide a well-stoked fire, roasting sticks, and a complimentary classic s'mores kit complete with house made lavender marshmallows. Bring a cozy blanket and your partner, family or friends, and we'll take care of everything else. 

Each hour booking includes a private tent with a fire pit, space for up to six guests and a campfire kit to make six s'mores. You can purchase hot dogs for fire roasting in our Store. Additional s'mores kits and other food and drinks will be available to purchase.

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Hot Dog Roasting

- Regular, Vegetarian, and Gluten free options are available for purchase in our Retail Store - 

- Gluten-free graham crackers and dairy-free chocolate are available to purchase -

We kindly ask that you do not bring outside food and drinks. 

Please leave your dogs at home. 

    The Details

    Please check-in at the Bilston Farm Store when you arrive, order any food and drinks you'd like and we will show you to your fire-pit.

    Hot drinks, soups, snackscookies, savoury baked goods and extra s'mores kits will be available to purchase with no pre-booking required. 

     

    Each fire pit includes a shelter to keep you dry, but please be sure to dress for the west coast weather as we are open rain or shine! After your hour booking, you're welcome to stay on the property and wander the grounds, visit our farm shop, or grab a warm drink for the road. Our Patio and Barn is also open, if you wish to move. 

    Our maximum group size is 6 people per fire pit.

    Click here to review the Terms & Conditions for our attractions.

    Yuletide Market Series

    7 Markets over 6 weeks, with rotating vendors

    10am - 4pm

    With over 90 local businesses showcasing their beautiful products across 7 different markets, our 2022 Yuletide Market Series is not one to miss! Designed as a retail pop-up store, the markets have a rotating list of vendors, ensuring you will find something new and unique each weekend. This is a fantastic opportunity to support and shop local leading into the holiday season.

    Market Dates:

    November 11/12/13

    November 18/19/20

    November 25/26/27

    December 2/3/4

    December 9/10/11

    December 16/17/18/19

    December 20/21/22/23

    Admission:

    Entrance to the market is $5, which in turn can be used toward purchasing an item from the Bilston Creek Farm product line. Children 16 and under are free. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the door.  

    - includes a $5 voucher towards any Bilston Creek Farm retail product purchase. Valid on the day of market attended - 

    Details:

    The Market will be open 10am - 4pm on listed days. There will be hot drinks and food fares available for purchase during the Market, so feel free to stay and enjoy the ambiance of the farm. 

    Please visit the ticket pages for a complete listing of the vendors for each weekend.

     

    Please do not bring outside food and drinks. Dogs and pets are not permitted on the property.