Sensual Ritual and Performance
We are not the only ones exploring the back roads this weekend. The Cowichan Valley Culinary and Wine Festival seems to have brought a good two or three thousand people out of their homes-many of whom, directionless like us, seem constantly parked on roadsides hunting down locals for their knowledge of the area. License plates tell the story of a hedonistic pilgrimage that has appealed to the salivating palates of drivers from Victoria, central and northern Vancouver Island, the greater Vancouver metropolitan area, the rest of British Columbia, Alberta, and even Washington State. The Merridale Cidery is among the most crowded on this warm, early autumn afternoon.