Ride. Learn. Discover. Eat. And give fresh-air thanks for the season’s bounty.
Community groups sharing a sustainable live/work/eat locally philosophy are banding together to present the first Sooke Slow Food Cycle (SSFC) on Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.
Choose between two routes both beginning at the Sooke Harbour House: The 30km “Red Route” traces back roads in the farm belt west of Sooke and is intended for mid-level and advanced riders. The gentler, pedestrian-friendly “Green Route,” winds along off-road trails snaking east through the town core. This latter route is also suitable for walkers, skateboarders and even those on horseback.
Along the way drop into 20+ farms, homes, businesses and green spaces for mini-workshops, demos, displays and friendly, practical expert advice on a wide variety of food, alternative energy and harvest-season themes: urban gardens, backyard chickens, beekeeping, electric bikes, food preservation, foraging, worm composting, edible seaweeds, solar power and more.
Tickets will be available online and at regional bike shops ($21 per person/$42 for family groups). Any profits will be donated to nutrition-based cancer research on behalf of three local farmers battling the disease.
The non-profit, volunteer-run Sooke Slow Food Cycle was launched by the Juan de Fuca Cycling Coalition and the Sooke Transition Town Society in collaboration with the T’Sou-ke First Nation, the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society and Sooke Food CHI.
The event is sanctioned by Slow Food Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, the regional branch of the celebrated international organization dedicated to “good, clean and fair” food. It will be the first Slow Food Cycle on Vancouver Island in the wake of mainland rides in Pemberton, Agassiz and Chilliwack.
1. To create a fun, family friendly and largely spandex-free event that celebrates peddle power, locally grown food and the core values of the Transition Town movement (sustainability, resilience and community).
2. To inspire participants and give them simple takeaway ideas they can apply in their own homes and gardens.
3. To support our local food producers by promoting the “good, clean and fair” mandate of the international Slow Food movement.
4. To highlight Sooke’s potential as a cycling destination and key stop on the Pacific Marine Circle Route.
5. To prioritize the development of an integrated off-road trail and pedestrian network running from Whiffin Spit Road as far east as the Galloping Goose trail (as per Sooke’s Official Community Plan).
6. To offer an awesome, inspiring day of fresh air, community and shared hope for a more sustainable future where it counts: in our homes, families, lifestyles & environmentally smart and respectful choices.
Please join us! Visit: www.sookeslowfoodcycle.com