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2012 Sooke Slow Food Cycle Tour + Collective Transition: Sustainability Expo & Marketplace

Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

in Sooke, B.C.

 Check out this Video about the Event

Welcome to the second annual Sooke Slow Food Cycle tour. An initiative of the Sooke Transition Town Society and the Juan de Fuca Cycling Coalition, the non-profit, volunteer-run community event is designed to inspire, educate and entertain anyone interested in creating greener, more sustainable home, life and workstyles.

In keeping with our name, the pace will be down-home slow, we’re backed by Slow Food Vancouver Island and, while we advise that riders pack a lunch, there will be tasty local food samples along the way – pit-roasted salmon and mussels included.

The day’s activities on Sunday, Sept. 23 feature three interrelated and complimentary events:

i) the Sooke Slow Food Cycle tour, a ticketed ($21 per person/$42 for family groups of any size) 33km bike tour of Sooke featuring 15 stops of interest. $1 from each ticket sale goes to Sooke’s  Seedy Saturday heritage seed-saving project.

ii) the Collective Transition: Sustainability Expo & Marketplace, a mini Transition Town village for the day at Edward Milne Community School that’s open and accessible to all either free or by small donation. A portion of proceeds is slated for the Sooke Bike Skills Park and the Sooke Transition Town Society.

iii) A Taste of Harvest Feast at Sunriver Community Garden. A separately ticketed event ($20/adult; $10 children) limited to 200 tickets; contact

The schedule in brief …

9:00 a.m. Registration begins for Sooke Slow Food Cycle @ Edward Milne Community School.

9:30 a.m. Collective Transition Expo & Marketplace open to ticketed cyclists

10:30 a.m. Official start of the cycling tour with its 18 workshop stops across town, country and oceanfront

10:30 a.m. Collective Transition open to non-cyclists and the general public; exhibitors + day-long sustainability demos, e-bike rides, music, film screenings, free yoga & more. Come on, come all – this is a community celebration of the exciting possibilities in bringing the green revolution home to our own lives and backyards.

11:00 a.m. First scheduled workshops on the 33 km cycling tour

4 p.m. End of cycling tour and Collective Transition @ EMCS.

4:30 p.m. Gates open for A Taste of Harvest feast at Sunriver Community Garden, food service begins at 5 p.m.

Questions? Email: Or phone 250.642.2056

Learn more about our objectives here.

Sincere thanks to the Sooke Region Tourism Association, the District of Sooke, our other sponsors and, especially, our hard-working volunteers for making this event possible.


The expanded picture … 

Choose between two options for the day from this year’s start/finish line at Edward Milne Community School:

1. Purchase a ticket for the bike tour itself and visit 17 workshop locations dotted along the route. The mostly easy, occasionally challenging 33 km route stretches west into town via a network of secondary roads and biking/hiking trails, including a forested portion of the Galloping Goose. The workshops, demos and practical examples of the possibilities of leading a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle are again aimed at the new generation of homesteaders planting food-forest gardens, raising chickens, exploring alternative energy and discovering the joys of community.

2. Or, if you’re curious about what we’re up to yet don’t want to sign up for the full deal, please drop-in and join us at EMCS for our free (or by small donation, thank you!) Collective Transition: Sustainability Expo & Marketplace. This inspirational village-for-the-day will feature displays, exhibits, information booths, film screenings and lots of friendly folks offering their take on the quiet revolution that is turning our homes and gardens greener than ever.

At EMCS you can test ride the latest electric vehicles – bikes and e-cars alike. Learn about foraging, permaculture and edible gardens. And shop fresh and local at a special edition of the Sooke Country Market featuring an expanded line-up of farmers, craftspeople, bakers, fisherfolk and more. Pick up a shopping list at check-in and discover the surprisingly wide range of local food and other products available in the Sooke region – seasonal fruit and vegetables along with lamb, beef, pork, canned salmon, salsa, granola, edible seaweed, spa products and even a range of made-in-Sooke cleaning supplies.

Tickets for the 2012 SSFC cycling tour are $21 per person and $42 for family groups of any size. It includes admission to the Collective Transition. As noted above, if you’re limiting your participation to EMCS, admission is free or by donation. An easy Paypal link for ticket purchases can be found here.

Our volunteer team is busy confirming workshops, lining up exhibitors and wildminding ways to improve on what we did last year while keeping the event on track as what we hope will one day be an annual highlight of the region’s fall calendar.

Keep track of our progress on this year’s website blog as well as our Facebook page and via Twitter.

About the SSFC

The non-profit Sooke Slow Food Cycle is a volunteer-run working group of the Sooke Transition Town Society. The event is sanctioned and supported by Slow Food Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands, the regional branch of the international organization dedicated to supporting anyone — farmers, backyard gardeners and city folk alike — growing “good, clean and fair” food.

The event is an initiative of the Juan de Fuca Cycling Coalition and the Sooke Transition Town Society 

with support, cheerleading and  occasional input & advice from the T’Sou-ke First Nation, the Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society Sooke Food CHI and the Sooke Region Cultural Alliance.