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A Conversation with Tzeporah Berman

EVENT CANCELLED


May 18, 2022

4:30pm - Meet & Mingle with Food from Bramble

6:00pm - 7:15pm  - Interview with Q&A

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.

We are opening up Bilston at 4:30pm for attendees to come out early and enjoy the property with food & beverages prepared by Bramble by Bilston. We will have benches throughout the Orchard and seating available in the barn. 

Ploughman's Platter $23,
- house made apple pork paté, jammy farm eggs, smoked ham, farmhouse cheddar, sausage roll, baguette, fresh cucumber and tomatoes -

Veggie Ploughman Platter $18
- mushroom and walnut paté, house made veggie sausage, Save da Sea smoked carrot lox, cashew cheese, house ferments, baguette, fresh and roasted vegetables -

Shrimp Cocktail $18
- poached BC spotted shrimp, Sheringham Gin and baby shrimp cocktail, soda crackers and crisps -

Cheese Platter $24, suitable for two
- four cheeses, assorted crackers, olives, pickles and dried fruit. Pickled mustard seeds and Bilston Apple butter -


*Please preorder food here as we will have limited available for day of sale. 

  

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 Initiative. She is an Adjunct Professor of York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, 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). 

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. Andy has also been involved in defining and implementing ecosystem-based management in Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He has co-taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). Andy is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America. He’s an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a Professional Forester and Professional Biologist in BC. Andy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Simon Fraser University in 2013.


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.

Easter at the Farm

Join us Easter Weekend on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 

Open 11:30am - 5:30pm

An event for all ages

 

Join us for Easter at Bilston Creek Farm. We have activities happening for all ages over the weekend, including Easter Picnics, an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, and Egg Painting. The Orchard Pub will be open for drinks and small offerings.

All of our tents with benches will be open and free to enjoy. We welcome you to come prepared with a blanket for a picnic in the orchard or sit down at a table in the Barn.

Bramble by Bilston will curate an exceptional picnic package for you and your family to enjoy. Chef Sandi has prepared multiple offerings available in full & half size. 

We are excited to share our Farm with your family

Easter Picnics

BBQ Back Ribs 

- buttermilk potato salad, apple slaw, biscuits, apple rhubarb crisp with lavender caramel sauce -

Peri Peri Chicken 

- roasted potato, charred broccolini, grilled bread, apple rhubarb crisp with lavender caramel sauce - 

Vegetarian
- pistachio and apricot vegetarian meatloaf, buttermilk potato salad, apple coleslaw, biscuits, apple rhubarb crisp with lavender caramel sauce - 
 

*All Easter Picnics include Treasure Hunt entry for all children*

 

Daily Activities

Egg Painting in fields

- eggs & painting supplies are all provided - 

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

We will provide a map to explore the property. Find all the easter tokens and redeem for a special easter egg goodie bag - 

Kid Activities

- Lawn games for everyone to enjoy - 

 

Orchard Pub 

The Orchard pub will be open for walk ins and will serve hot drinks & simple foods

- mini egg ice cream - 

- carrot cupcakes -

- roasted tomato soup - 

 

***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***

 

Dogs for Dads

Celebrate Father's Day with gourmet hot dogs, botanical drinks and family fun in the orchard at Bilston Creek Farm.

Sunday June 19th

12pm-5:30pm

4185 Metchosin Road.


Please note:

While we love your canines, Dogs for Dads is not a dog-friendly event. 

Please do not bring outside food and drinks. 

Seedy Saturday at Bilston Creek Farm

Saturday April 2nd - 10am to 3pm

A seed, plant start and gardening equipment event

Seedy Saturday Information

Seedy Saturday at Bilston Creek Farm Metchosin is your one stop space to find the local Seeds, Plant starts, tools and information to make 2022 your best growing season yet.

There will be presentations and workshops hosted by local experts take place throughout the day.  Topics range from propagation of perennials, local seed development and breeding to native plants and habitat acquisition for conservation.

 

Vendors

Over 20 local vendors, exhibitors as well as garden societies and educational programs will be set up in our barn to answer your questions and supply your gardening needs.  

Vendors List

Makoha Farm

Metchosin Farm

Bees Please Farm

Fireweed Farm

Joyful Agriculture

Saanich Organics

Satinflower Nurseries 

Compost Education Centre

Habitat Acquisition Trust 

Gardner't Kit

FarmFolk CityFolk

 

Featured Workshops and Talks:

10AM - Main Barn - Kate Fraser - Bees Please Farms - Backyard Kitchens 

11AM - Main Barn - Stephanie Jacobs - Fireweeds Farm -  Medicinal Plants

12PM - Fiona Hamersley Chambers - Metchosin Farms - 

Breeding plant varieties - focus on potatoes

1PM - Kristen Miskelley - Satinflower Nurseries - Native Plants

2PM - Ronna Woudstra - Habitat Acquisition Trust- Oak and Prarie Ecosystems, native pollinators

Swap and exchange table

There will be a seed and gardening book exchange table where Gardeners can trade seeds, books and pro tips from years of experience. Bring something with you to trade, donate and/or share. 

 

FOOD and DRINK

The Orchard Pub is open from 10am on site for refreshments and sweet treats

WINTER MENU

ROAST LUNCH

Or Executive Chef Sandi will be roasting locally produced vegetables and proteins in our cobb oven to make hot roast lunches available for purchase form11:30am

***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***

Get your free ticket HERE

Become a Vendor   

Mother's Day at the Farm

Join us for Mothers's Day Weekend 

Saturday May 7th & 8th

Open 11:30am - 5:30pm 

 

An event for all ages

 

Join us for Mother's Day at Bilston Creek Farm. We have activities happening for all ages over the weekend, including Mother's Day Picnics, Floral workshop, Mini Photography Sessions, and games throughout the Orchard for Kids. The Orchard Pub will be open for drinks and small offerings.

Our sellout Tea for Two is returning this Mother's Day Weekend. Bramble by Bilston will prepare the perfect afternoon tea to enjoy amongst the Orchard. 

All of our tents with benches will be open and free to enjoy. We welcome you to come prepared with a blanket for a picnic in the orchard or sit down at a table in the Barn.

Bramble by Bilston will curate an exceptional picnic package for you and your family to enjoy. Chef Sandi has prepared multiple offerings. We are excited to share our Farm with your family

Mother's Day Picnics

Quiche Lorraine 

- lardon and gruyere cheese quiche, beet apple fennel salad with a pistachio crumble and pickled mustard seed vinaigrettespinach salad with candied walnuts, blue cheese, pear and apple cider honey vinaigrette, &  buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb lavender compote -

Quiche Floretine (vegetarian)

spinach & feta cheese quiche, beet apple fennel salad with a pistachio crumble and pickled mustard seed vinaigrette, spinach salad with candied walnuts, blue cheese, pear and apple cider honey vinaigrette & buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb lavender compote -


 

Tea for Two 

- two cups of Lavender Rose Tea -
- four sweet scones with strawberry lavender jam & clotted cream -
- four pistachio cranberry biscotti -
- 4 lavender shortbread -

 

Daily Activities

Floral Workshop by Deerleap Florals

Caitlyn Neufeld is an organic master gardener, florist and teacher. She is the creative behind Deerleap Florals. Her gentle touch and attention to detail are apparent in her organic designs. Placing an emphasis on the seasonal and ephemeral nature of flowers, she plays with colour, texture and form in every piece. - 

Mini Photography Sessions

- Amy Lobb will be on site for family photo mini sessions. Amy loves to be outdoors photographing people and landscapes. Light and location are her muse and she is a keen observer of the world. She hopes to freeze memories, capture the in between and otherwise forgotten moments.

Kid Activities

- Lawn games for everyone to enjoy - 

 

Orchard Pub 

The Orchard pub will be open for walk ins and will serve hot drinks & simple foods

- ice cream - 

- sausage rolls -

- donuts - 

 

***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***

Escape to a piece of west coast paradise for a day of self care, good food and exploration.

Escape to Bilston for an afternoon of forest bathing and a guided plant identification hike with wilderness guide and community herbalist, SaraLyn Deslaurier.

You will identify flora and funga in the old cedar forest just beyond the farm and make your way past Sitting Lady Falls, Witty's Lagoon and marsh and arrive at a sprawling sandy beach. 

Your hike will be followed by a beautiful picnic prepared by Bramble by Bilston that you may enjoy in the orchard.

Guided hikes are limited to 10 participants and will run at 1pm and 3pm.

Pre-registration is required

 

The property will be open from 11:30am to 5:30pm with drinks and food available in the orchard and the farm store open for shopping at your leisure.

 

Please do not bring outside food and drinks.

Dogs: Due to the nature of this event, we ask you to leave your dogs at home while you picnic.

Weather: This is a rain or shine event so please dress for the PNW weather. Refunds due to weather will not be offered however all items are packed for takeaway.

Escape to Bilston Creek Farm

Cozy up around your own personal campfire and enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.

We'll provide a well-stoked fire, roasting sticks, and a classic s'mores kit complete with house made lavender marshmallows. 

Bring a cozy blanket and your partner, family or bubble, 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. Fire-roasted hot dog, s'mores kits, and other food & drinks will be available to purchase on-site. 

Fire Pit rentals will begin the weekend of January 15, 2022

Winter Menu

We will also have walk in seating available on our Barn Patio for people to sit down and enjoy our food & drink offerings. Available to order at the Orchard Pub.

Walk in Patio Hours: 10:30am till 4:30pm


***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 

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 2 pm and 5 pm. The farm store will be open from 1 pm to 5:30 pm, 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 

Escape to Bilston Creek Farm and celebrate Valentine's. 

To mark the occasion, we are offering an elegant picnic package to enjoy with those special to you. Available over the weekend during the day, either with a Fire Pit or inside the Barn. 

- Detailed Information in Booking Page -

Fire Pit Menu           Indoor Barn Menu

On Monday, we are offering an exclusive Valentine's evening to enjoy with that special person. Indulge with a beautiful meal prepared by Bramble, either inside the Barn or with your own private Fire Pit & Tent. 

Prix Fixe - Six curated plates for Two.

- Detailed Information in Booking Page -

Valentine's Small Plate Picnic Menu


***Drink Offerings will be available over the Weekend and Monday evening***

Weekend Brunch at the Farm

11am to 3pm

Saturday April 23rd - Sunday April 24th

 

Escape to the farm between Forest and Sea for a weekend brunch and reset.

Indulge in a west coast brunch in our beautiful barn, tucked just beyond the city limits.  

Walk-in’s welcome, Reservations recommend. 

 

Brunch Menu

Porchetta and Herb Gnocchi $19.00

-crispy fried egg, salsa verde, miner's lettuce 

Buttermilk Pancakes $18.00

-Sonnleiten Farm rhubarb and lavender compote, fresh berries, maple syrup, clotted cream 

Asparagus, Locally Foraged Fiddleheads and Poached Eggs $18.00

-hollandaise, guanciale, truffled parmesan, hash brown potatoes 

Cob Oven Roasted Mushroom Tartine $17.00

-West Coast Mycology Mushrooms, black garlic aioli, charred onions, fried Makoha Farm egg

Plant Based Smoked Salmon  $17.00

-Save Da Sea Carrot Lox, Rye croutons, cashew cheese, capers, sea asparagus, pickled red onions and mustard seeds, potatoes

Add Bacon to any dish $7.00

 

sweets available for purchase at counter

This is an alcohol free event. A range of exciting botanical drinks both hot and cold will be available for purchase at counter.