Picks of the Week – August 15, 2018

Mid-August and the annual smokey overlay above the city is upon us, there’s lots of entertainment to keep you indoors and out of the poor air.

Jericho:  It’s the final weekend of Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival  the trio of plays at Jericho Arts Centre: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane wraps up August 17th.

Synth: Show a little respect as Erasure takes the stage at The Orpheum Theatre tonight, August 15th.

VQFF Closing Film: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Festies: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival also wraps up this weekend but not before many more days of world class films.

Laugh:  Visit one of the best patios in Vancouver, the Neil McRae Bar at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and while you’re there get a good laugh a at Vancouver Theatresports League zany improv antics when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!

WhitecapsKicks: Whitecaps FC hope to continue the forward momentum into the playoffs as they host NY Red Bulls on Saturday 

Tyrant: Enjoy the August line-up of comedy and jazz at Tyrant Studios Summer Lounge Series: Friday Jazz & The Comic Strip Saturdays

PNE: The 2018 Fair at the PNE opens this weekend, this year the Fair celebrates the40th Anniversary of SuperDogs, the Pacific Coliseum’s 50th Anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of the famed Wooden Roller Coaster.

PNE Summer Nights Concerts

Nights: The opening of the PNE also kicks off the Summer Nights Concert Series fan picks between free concerts from Boyz II Men and Air Supply this Saturday and Sunday

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Dine:  Provence Marinaside’s Tomato Festival picks the best of the summer’s crop and brings it to your plate through the month of August

Resist: Until October 8th at MOA, Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America, invites visitors to take a closer look at the political and social significance of Latin American artistic traditions to express political realities.

Exhibit:  Experience a visit to the cabin and stay indoors, at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever  an exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018.
As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Wild: The Museum of Vancouver latest exhibit Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, brings the great outdoors, indoors to take a look at the relationship between local plants and animals and the people and places in the city, showing until 2019

TUTS CInderella: Tré Cotten(Topher) & Mallory James(Ella)
photo: Lindsay Elliott

Stars:  Theatre Under The Stars has extended the 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl, now closing August 25th.

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018

 

Hit the water with Cultus Lake Marina

Hot summer days beg for a trip to the shore, Vancouver is lucky to have Cultus Lake, a hub of water recreation just a up the highway.  At just under 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver to Cultus Lake Marina, it’s a quick getaway, but the aquatic oasis feels like a world away.  

Whether your overnighting at one of the campgrounds and cottages, or just taking a day-trip with friends, Cultus Lake is a hive of activities.  The famed Waterpark bring tons of friends and families to play on the waterslides and other rides but the lake itself is nature’s water park. The compact 6 sq km lake punches above its size for what it has to offer.

Tubing on Cultus Lake

Beaches for swimming, shores for picnics and family gatherings, calm coves for fishing or stand-up paddle-boarding, and open water for jetskiing, boating, waterskiing and more.

The hub of most of these activities, is the Cultus Lake Marina; rent jetskis, wake boards, tubes, or like our gang, one of the many boats that the Marina has to offer.

11 Passenger Four Winns Funship

One of the 7,8,9 or 11 passenger Four Winns powerboats are ready to tow waterskis and tubes or just leisurely enjoy the waters. Groups of 13 can hit the water in the Marina’s Pontoon Boat, perfect for a party on the water. A boat license is not required to rent a boat from Cultus Lake Marina but the drivers (max 2) are required to watch a 10 minute safety video, inspect with the boat with the marina staff and take responsibility for the operation and condition of the boat.   Once all the checks are done and all passengers have their personal floatation device fitted it’s time to sit back and enjoy the open water.
Cruising around Cultus Lake is a great way to surround yourself in nature, the evergreen slopes and granite cliffs rising from the lakeside, only interrupted by the tiny villages of Cultus Lake and Lindell Beach book-ending the ends of water.

Whenever you’re looking for a getaway from the city, pack up the car, hit the road and enjoy everything Cultus Lake has to offer.

Jetskis & Boats await at Cultus Lake Marina

Cultus Lake Marina is located at #50 Sunnyside Blvd, Cultus Lake, BC.
(about 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver or 10 minutes from Chilliwack)
Visit cultuslakemarina.com for pricing and more information
Call 604-858-9990 or email rentals@cultuslakemarina.com to book your boat, jetskis or other watercraft.
Follow @cultuslakemarina on instagram to get inspired for your own day on the water.

Harmony Arts’ Night on the Pier Crowns Top Mixologist

Harmony Arts Festival – Night On The Pier

Last week Harmony Arts Festival presented its 3rd Night on the Pier, a celebration of cocktail culture. Under the late-day heat of the setting sun, Ambleside Pier was filled with visitors seeking thirst quenching cocktails.

Nine of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists poured their original cocktail creations for guests to sample and enjoy, alongside small bites from Mamie Taylor’s, Feast the Neighbourhood Table, Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats Ltd, Las Margaritas, Two Rivers Meats & Backyard Eatery.

Winner: Cocktails At Tiffany’s, and Las Margaritas house-made salsa & chips

After sipping all the cocktails, guests were invited to vote for their favourite to be crowned top mixologist.

After the votes were counted, Milestones’ bartender Souhail Rostainajad was crowned the people’s choice for top cocktail with his refreshing “Cocktails at Tiffany’s” featuring spirit sponsor Barcardi White Rum.

The other competing cocktails, bartenders, restaurant and spirit sponsors were:

 

Matthew Benevoli, Nomad – “West Coast Windstorm” featuring Southern Comfort & Charton Hobbs

 

 

 

 

 

Max Borrowman, Juniper Kitchen and Bar – Essence de Rouge featuring  Grand Marnier

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Bruce, Keefer Bar – “From Sea to Sea” featuring Giffard & Torres Pisco, & Tempo Renovo Gin

 

 

 

 

 

Daniela Campos, Feast The Neighbourhood Table – “Hazy Prophet” featuring Aviation Gin

 

 

 

 

 

Levon Culbertson-Bottomley, Edible Canada – “Sheringham Oolong Sout” featuring Sheringham Distillery

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrine Dhaliwal, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – “Cherry Road” featuring Belvedere Vodka

 

 

 

 

 

Robyn Gray, Rosewood Hotel Georgia – “Bahamian Swizzle” featuring Mount Gay Eclipse Rum

 

 

 

 

 

Skye Haneul Kim, Cacao Progressive Latin – “atardecer en Ica” featuring Tacama Demonio de los Andes Pisco

 

 

 

Cocktails, Canapes & Croquet make for a ‘wicket’ day at Fairmont Empress

Where better than the iconic Fairmont Empress in Victoria to host a leisurely garden party and croquet tournament.

On August 26, 2018, don your best summer garden party, cricket-friendly attire and join MC Joe Perkins of CTV Vancouver Island as the Fairmont Empress brings the beloved pastime to the front lawns of the restored grand hotel.  Just as the hotel has gone under a $60+million rebirth to bring new life to the hotel’s rooms and interior spaces, the social scene is returning to the hub of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.  Like the social affairs of the colonial era, the verdant front lawns of Fairmont Empress, have been transformed to roll out a civilized Croquet tournament. The lush flower gardens Victoria is famous for, bloom around comfortable lounge seating, as the participants and guests enjoy culinary treats and craft cocktails from the Fairmont Empress team of chefs and bartenders, creating an ‘only in Victoria’ afternoon.

No experience is required to participate in the tournament, croquet attire consists of grass friendly footwear (flats, sandals, or wedges, no heels on the lawn), a sun hat to shield your eyes, and your smartest summer outfit to  impress and intimidate the competition. Prizes are awarded for best dressed croquet team.  If you don’t want to play, spectator tickets are available also.

Register, on Eventbrite, as a team (two people), or as a single to be paired with a teammate at the event:
$89 per person plus tax & gratuity after August 1, 2018 at 5pm (must be 19+ to attend)

Included in ticket price:

  • Pimm’s Welcome cocktail
  • Passed canapes, finger tea sandwiches, sweet bites.
  • Access to social lawns including lounging, games, food and cash bar
  • Minimum of two rounds of croquet play on the front lawns of The Empress

 

KitsFest brings Bathtub Races to Vancouver August 11

After a 22 year absence, Bathtub Races are returning to Vancouver, yes Bathtubs are back!

Part of KitsFest, Vancouver’s healthy living & sport beach fest, running August 10-12, 2018 at Kits Beach, The 1st Annual Bathtub Races will bring thrills and excitement to the water on Saturday.

Photo: Willow Friday Iron Oxide Art Supplies

This year’s bathtub event hearkens back to the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races that were part of the defunct Vancouver Seafest until the 90s. The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and KitsFest are bringing the quirky races to a whole new generation.  Nearly three dozen racers, in three heats, will hop in their bathtubs and speed around the mile-long course off Kits Beach. Spectators will be dazzled at the speed and agility of the tiny watercraft, as they watch from the shores of English Bay or large licensed race pit. Live entertainment, DJ and prizes will keep the everyone amused during the Bathtub Races. The races get underway at 2:30pm, with heats following every hour until the final run at 5:30pm to determine the Bathtub Races champion.

The Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub society have been racing bathtubs since Canada’s Centennial in 1967, the spectacle of the Nanaimo to Vancouver Bathtub Races came to an end when SeaFest came to an end but the tradition has continued in Nanaimo Harbour and now the tubs are ready to return to Vancouver at KitsFest.  KitsFest is a weekend filled with sport and activity from beach volleyball, and waterpolo to Lululemon Sunset Yoga, touch football, or try your hand at Steve Nash Spin by the Sea, tennis or Zumba.

To join in the fun of the Bathtub Races or any of KitsFest’s multitude of healthy living and family-friendly activities, head to Kits Beach August 10-12, visit kitsfest.com for schedule and events.

Picks of the Week – August 8, 2018

It’s a lucky day 08/08/18, and as luck would have it there’s plenty to keep you entertained in this week’s picks.

Balls: Tonight at BC Place cheer on Whitecaps FC on the first leg of the Canadian Championship Finals against Toronto FC.

Bach: Early Music Vancouver’s 3rd Bach Festival is filling Christ Church Cathedral and Chan Centre for Performing Arts with the sounds of the classical composer until August 10th

Harmony Arts Festival Mixology Night on the Pier – Aug 9

Arts: Harmony Arts Festival makes West Vanancouver’s Ambleside park the place to be for food, fun and entertainment until August 12

SkyHigh: Take your dining experience to new heights with Dinner In The Sky, high above the shore of West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park Aug 4 – Sep 3.


Jericho
: The Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival continues until August 17 with a trio of plays at Jericho Arts Centre: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane

VQFF Opening Film “1985”
photo: dutch rall

Festies: The Vancouver Queer Film Festival gets underway this week with a kick off screening at party at šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn Plaza (QET Plaza) on Thursday Aug 9th.

Punt: The BC Lions play host to Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday August 9th at BC Place

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018

Charlie Demers Headlines The Comic Strip August 11

Tyrant: Enjoy the August line-up of comedy and jazz at Tyrant Studios Summer Lounge Series: Friday Jazz & The Comic Strip Saturdays

Disco: There’s no reason to panic it’s not really a disco, but Panic at the Disco is coming to Rogers Arena on Saturday August 11.

Rock: Jack White brings his solo show to the stage at Rogers Arena but expect to hear tunes from his many other collaborations and bands on Sunday night

Laugh:  Visit one of the best patios in Vancouver, the Neil McRae Bar at the Improv Centre on Granville Island and while you’re there get a good laugh a at Vancouver Theatresports League zany improv antics when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!

Stars:  Theatre Under The Stars has extended the 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl, now closing August 25th.

Abba: I dare you to not sing along at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland opens daily from July 29th for all your family’s summer excitement, or leave the kids at home for Playland Nights, Fridays from 7pm to Midnight

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Dine: Pay an ode to the summer tomato harvest at Provence Marinaside’s Tomato Festival through the month of August

Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge – Results

The 2018 Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge has wrapped up, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the cool brewed entries from the six Vancouver & Richmond teahouses. With this hot weather all of them will help refresh your palate during a day in the sun.

From July 12 – August 5, 2018, the public and the trio of media judges, including myself, Maggi Mei and Andrew Chan, set about tasting and selecting their favourites from Boba Monster, Sencha Tea Lounge, T-Go Tea, Taan Char, Treasure Green Tea & Vietnamese Tea House.  Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like with their iced tea entry, either highlighting an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish.  The tea masters created a wide variety of iced black, fruit, milk teas and more that made selecting a favourite a difficult, but thoroughly enjoyable, task to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner. I’m sure the public vote was equally as difficult of a selection process.

The results are in:

Judge’s Choice; 
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Treasure Green Tea – Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Second Place
– Vietnamese Tea House
Entry: Vietnamese Pandan Milk Tea

Vietnamese Tea House : Pandan Milk Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Third Place
– Taan Char
Entry: Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

Taan Char – Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


People’s Choice;
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Second Place – Boba Monster
Entry: Boba Monster Milk Tea

Boba Monster – Milk Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place – T-Go Tea
Entry: Premium Matcha Green Tea Latte Smoothie Blizzard

T-Go Tea – Premium Matcha Green Tea Blizzard Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If any of the entries strike your fancy ask for them when you visit the restaurants, for complete points totals and details about entries visit vancouverfoodster.com . While you’re there, look for Vancouver Foodster’s next events; Best Sundae Challenge on until August 26, 2018 or  Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 22nd and