Fall for Food with Vancouver Foodster

This autumn Vancouver Foodster is offering a tasty line-up of great food-filled events.

From finding hidden gems as you explore the Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods, to seeking out your new fave pizza place or discovering dumplings from around the globe. Along the way, learn a little from local suppliers, vendors and experts with Food Talks.

4th Annual Pizza Palooza gets the season gets underway on October 16th. A savoury search for pizzas and flatbreads from around the world, Pizza Palooza. Touching down in Mount Pleasant, Yaletown and The West End, visitors will discover tastes from locations like the Middle-East, South India, and of course, Italy. Each participating eatery will serve guests a tasting plate (or slice) of their featured flatbreads, while meeting some new food loving friends, talking to the chefs, and learn about each of their participating restaurants.
Tickets for Pizza Palooza are on sale now on Eventbrite.

Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown, just one week later on October 23rd, invites us to find out what’s new in the neighbourhoods of Gastown & Chinatown. As typical of all Tasting Plates events; guests will pick up their Tasting Plates map & guide from the check-in location, then venture off to their designated starting restaurant / cafe for a culinary cruise around the ‘hoods. Committed, so far, to providing Tasting Plates to tantalize our taste buds are;

Buttermere Patisserie Café – 636 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram @butter.mere
Wara Thai Eatery – 509 Main Street, Vancouver
Instagram @warathaieatery
The Praguery Gastown – 221 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Instagram @thepraguery
Trees Cheesecake & Organic Coffee – 321 Water St, Vancouver
Instagram: @treescoffee
More restaurants will be added before the evening, tickets for Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown are available now on Eventbrite.

Dumpling Fest returns for another year on November 6th. Dumplings are served in cultures all around the world, find out how they do it when by visiting the Dumpling Fest restaurants from Little Saigon, Chinatown and South Granville areas of Vancouver. Each will serve up different kinds of dumplings, from Vietnamese dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Wonton and more.
Tickets for Dumpling Fest are available now on Eventbrite.

Food Talks Vol 17 is another edition of Vancouver Foodster’s education series also coming this fall. Always enlightening, Food Talks Vol 17 is sure to bring another superb panel of local venders, suppliers and producers to the table. Watch for details and tickets to be announced by Vancouver Foodster soon.

Fairmont Empress Celebrates Downton Abbey

In preparation for the theatrical release of Downton Abbey: The Movie, Fairmont Empress in Victoria is celebrating with special Downton features.

The Grand Dame of Victoria, is the perfect location to revisit the memories of the quick tongue of Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of Grantham. Throughout September, raise a glass (and pinky) to toast with The Violet Crawley, a Dubonet Cocktail served in a tea cup with saucer, on ice with a cucumber garnish, and a cucumber finger sandwich. Linger longer like the lord of the manor with The Lord Grantham, a tea infused Old Fashioned served on the rocks glass with an orange twist.

For one special afternoon, Sunday September 15th the Fairmont Empress invites guests to join them for Tea at the Empress in the style of the Lords and Ladies from Downton Abbey. Take a stroll back in time, and imagine yourself enjoying Afternoon Tea at Downton Abbey. In addition to the customary treats on the tea tier, a special Downton Abbey inspired Dundee Cake will be served. The grand Lobby Lounge will be adorned with Downton décor and guests can step into a larger than life Downton Abbey photo station. One lucky guest will win two tickets to the premiere screening of Downton Abbey The Movie on September 18th in Vancouver. Downton attire welcome! Afternoon Tea reservations can be made by phone at 250-389-2727.

Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress is always a treat, but don’t miss this extra special afternoon tea experience of a lifetime.

Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge 2019

Ready, Set, Sandwich!
Vancouver Foodster is sending us on another tasty adventure this September as the Sandwich Challenge gets underway.

The Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge runs September 6th to 29th, giving us lots of time to try what lies between the slices. Perfectly timed to inspired school lunches, local restaurant chefs have been challenged to highlight a sandwich from their current menu or develop a totally new creation specifically for the challenge. Sandwiches entries are open to all possibilities; two pieces of bread or buns, toasted or grilled, or not, the chefs are free to use their imagination to fill and present them.

The public is invited to head out and try any and all of the entries, then vote for your favourite (once per day during the competition) to win the online People’s Choice.  In addition, a group of judges, David of @BCFoodieBlogger, journalist Tara Lee  @VanGlutton and myself will be trying every sandwich and selecting the Judges’ Choice Sandwich.  The winners will be announced after the competition wraps September 29th.

The announced entries, so far, will come from;

VANCOUVER

Do Chay Vegetarian, 1392 Kingsway
Instagram : @eatdochay

MixxBao, 1426 W 8th Ave
Instagram @mixxbao

Sprezzatura, 265 Kingsway
Instagram @sprezzatura_van

LANGLEY

Food by Fanta, 20542 Fraser Hwy #107
Instagram @foodbyfanta

Follow the restaurants, the judges and @VanFoodster to see the Sandwich Challenge entries and get out and try them all. Remember to vote for your favourite!

Be Inspired by Iceland at Flyover Canada

The Great White North meets the Land of Fire and Ice as Flyover Canada welcomes Flyover Iceland. 

For a limited run, August 29 to October 20, be inspired by Iceland, the dramatic beauty of sweeping glaciers, stunning seascapes, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. The ancient Nordic land will impress your senses without having to leave downtown Vancouver. Suspended with your feet dangling in front of a 20 meter curved screen Flyover Iceland with swoop you over the lush landscapes. Feel the wind in your hair, mist against your skin, and your adrenaline spike as your senses are immersed in the experience.  

Flyover Iceland joins Flyover Canada starting August 29, 2019, showing twice per hour on the :15 and :45 of the hour. Guests can experience a double bill of Flyover Iceland with Flyover Canada on a dual tickets, saving 15% off of single tickets.

Flyover Canada is located at the North Point of Canada Place, 999 Canada Place Way on the downtown Vancouver waterfront. Shows commence approximately every 15 to 20 minutes during operating hours;  9:30am to 10pm. The total single show experience will take approximately 25 minutes.  Note: parts of the admission line-up are exposed to the elements so dress appropriately. Tickets are available from the street-side ticket office or online at flyovercanada.com

Visit The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency

The public launch and first open house of the historic Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency on August 25, is the result of a campaign by grunt gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, and Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3) to revive the historic floating cabin at the Plaza of Nations in False Creek. 

The Blue Cabin in North Vancouver
pic: John Ward

Originally built in 1927 as a floating house in Coal Harbour, the Blue Cabin was re-located to North Vancouver for more than 80 years. Artists Al Neil and Carole Itter used the space as a studio from 1966 until their eviction in 2015, when the cabin’s site next to Cates Park was purchased by Polygon Homes. When the structure was scheduled for demolition, grunt gallery, Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, and C3 led a campaign to save, restore, and re-launch the cabin as a residency. Their success brought in artists Jeremy and Sus Borsos to repair the cabin and salvage its cultural history. In 2018, artist Germaine Koh and architect Marko Simcic were engaged to build a small 500-square-foot deckhouse; the energy-efficient structure features off-the-grid water and power systems.

The August 25 public launch will include the announcement of the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency’s first season of programming as well as tours of the facility, including the interiors of the Blue Cabin studio and the newly constructed sustainable deckhouse, every 15 minutes from 11:30am–5:30pm. Participants will be limited to 20 people per tour and will be first come, first served. Additional open house dates will be announced at the public launch. Mr. Bannock Indigenous Cuisine and Rico n’ Lalo All Natural Frozen Bars will be on-site serving food and refreshments.

Skeins: Weaving on the Foreshore features the following artists-in-residence:

  • Vicki Couzens (September 15–October 31, 2019)
  • Angela George (November 15, 2019–January 15, 2020)
  • Skwetsimeltxw Willard “Buddy” Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam Chief Janice George (February 15–March 31, 2020)
  • Debra Sparrow (April 15–May 31, 2020)
The Blue Cabin being relocated from near
Cates Park, North Vancouver
pic: Michael Jackson

The inaugural program Skeins: Weaving on the Foreshore examines Coast Salish weaving practices and includes three research and residency periods by Angela George(Squamish/Tsleil-Waututh), Janice George and Buddy Joseph (Squamish), and Debra Sparrow(Musqueam). Australian Indigenous artist and activist Vicki Couzens (Gunditjmara) will be the first international artist-in-residence from September 15–October 31, 2019, presented in partnership with Australia Council for the Arts.

“The Blue Cabin is a culturally and historically significant work of architecture, and its launch in False Creek will encourage both artists and the public to appreciate the many complex histories that make up the community,” says Glenn Alteen, Blue Cabin Committee Member and Program Director of grunt gallery. “The cabin — and the broader region we now call the Lower Mainland — is inextricably linked to the colonial displacement of Indigenous peoples. As a heritage-focused project, one of our core values is to reflect and engage with the stories of the traditional owners of these lands: the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Master weaver Buddy Joseph considers weaving a catalyst that entwines language, storytelling, and ceremony; we curated the inaugural program to pay our respects while bringing together diverse publics. As a floating structure, the Blue Cabin provides a new way for artists and the public to look at the city — from the water.”

Rebuilding the Blue Cabin in Dry Dock. pic: Henri Robideau

“We are delighted to support the first Australian artist in the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency program,” says Dr. Wendy Were, Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy at the Australia Council for the Arts. “Vicki Couzens is a First Nations multimedia artist and cultural leader who will share her arts practice and cultural knowledge in a unique and culturally significant location. This prestigious opportunity ensures that Australia’s highly respected First Nations’ arts, culture, and stories continue to be shared with new audiences across the world, and strengthens our deep connections between Australian and Canadian First Nations peoples.”

The public opening of the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency’s first season of programming takes place August 25.  Free tours of the facility, located at Plaza of Nations Aquabus stop, take place every 15 minutes from 11:30am–5:30pm (on a first come, first served basis). 

Visit thebluecabin.ca for more information on the Blue Cabin, partners and residency program. 

Harmony Arts Festival mixes a great Night On The Pier

Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats
(and vegetables)

A sunny, summer evening on the waterfront, cocktails, nibbles and a few hundred revellers roaming Ambleside Pier, is the recipe for another great Night On The Pier. Part of West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival, Night On The Pier brought together seven of Vancouver’s top bartenders and mixologists to complete with each other for the superior sip.

Visitors were able to stroll Ambleside Pier and sample each of the libations created with a featured spirit. Amongst the cocktail stations were light bites from Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats, Las Margaritas, Cocoa Progressive Latin Restaurant.

Scroll through the participating bartenders’ beautiful cocktails to find the #1:

Skye Hanuel Kim from Ambersand Bistro & Bar
Cocktail: Sassy Secret
Featured Spirit: Cascadian Dry Gin
Souhail Rostainajad from Pourhouse
Cocktail: Amble Breeze
Featured Spirit: Bulldog Gin
Gareth Jones from Juniper Kitchen & Bar
Cocktail: Surely Seaside
Featured Spirit: Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin
Katie Ingram from Elisa Wood-Fired Grill
Cocktail: Wannabe
Featured Spirit: Tanquery No. Ten Gin + Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach
Sabrine Dhaliwal from Pourhouse
Cocktail: Summer Sunsets
Featured Spirit: Belvedere Vodka

And voted number 1 cocktail for the 4th Annual Night On The Pier…

Robyn Gray from Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Cocktail: Ambleside Punch
Featured Spirit: Santa Teresa Rum

If you missed out on sipping these cocktails at Night On The Pier, you can see what these bartenders are mixing by visiting their bars.

16th New West Cultural Crawl

Now in its 16th year, the New West Cultural Crawl is an annual arts & culture festival that celebrates and exhibits the vast creative talents across New Westminster. For two days, August 10th and 11th, New West artist studios and venues open their doors to welcome thousands of visitors from across Metro Vancouver.

This family-friendly event invites young and old to explore the city’s neighbourhoods; Downtown, Uptown, West End, Sapperton and Queensborough. Map guides allow visitors to explore at their leisure while checking out works by the city’s professional and emerging artists. Sixty + venues, from Galleries, and Community Centres, to Theatres and even a Brewery open the doors to welcome the exploration of the Arts. 

In 2018, the Cultural Crawl welcomed over 4000 visitors, learning about 150 artists. Find out what’s new and up coming in 2019 by exploring New West Cultural Crawl August 10 – 11, 2019. Visit newwestculturalcrawl.com to download the weekend’s brochure and map guides to the five neighbourhoods.