Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

Thanks to everyone who entered the Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest contest over the last couple weeks.  We have connected with our winner and are thrilled to have Jo and her mother joining us at opening night of Oktoberfest 2017 on Friday Oct 6th. Oktoberfest

If you still want to join in on the fun, tickets for Vancouver Alpen House Oktoberfest are still available online for the festivities happening on Oct 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21.  Regular tickets are just $35 and limited $75 VIP tickets are available for each night, including German Buffet and Service.  All tickets enjoy the fun and entertainment from The Continentals and more.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf you really want to immerse yourself in the #dasoriginal German Oktoberfest experience, why not dress the part with an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen rented from

The Lederhosen rent for $95 for up to 5 day. Includes over-knee or knee-length Lederhosen with or w/out suspenders depending on preference. (no shirt, shoes or socks)


The Dirndl dresses are $95 for up to 5 days. Includes the full three piece set of dress, apron and blouse.

Kids sizes are available to be added to your rental so the whole family can get in on the experience.

Germany In Vancouver rents by appointment only so reach out to them now to show up the rests of the cheap costume-in-a-bag outfits thrown together for Oktoberfest or Halloween.
A pop-up shop is open now at 315 Londsale in North Vancouver to check out the Lederhosen and Dirndls in person or visit them online at



CONTEST: Win a Night at Oktoberfest Vancouver

Thank you for entering, this contest is now closed. 
Oktoberfest Munich starts tomorrow, September 16th bringing thousands of visitors to another edition of the world’s largest volksfest.   If you can’t make it to Germany, the Vancouver Alpen Club is the place to celebrate Oktoberfest right here at home.

OktoberfestFor over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been the city’s main Oktoberfest celebration.   Starting Friday, October 6th, 2017, festivities take place every Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends.   Live music from The Continentals as well as a DJ mixing tunes encourages the masses to kick up their heels.
OktoberfoodTraditional Bavarian cuisine, like spätzle, schnitzel, and sausage fills bellies while mugs are filled with German ale.  Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and for the first year Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen bringing centuries of brewing history to the kegs in Vancouver.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ daily visitors.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club is giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the October 6th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including two classic Schnitzel Meals to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an Oktoberfest Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter #contest #dasoriginal

Like & Comment on Facebook tagging the person you’d bring on your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, October 2, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.


On The Bab – Korean Street Food in London

On our recent trip to London we discovered the Covent Garden version of On The Bab – Korean Street Food restaurant.  The small, rustic cafe is tucked amongst pubs, cafes, shops, and museums near Covent Garden, making it an easy spot to stop while exploring the iconic central London destination.  With a mix of tourists and lunchtime office workers the busy cafe can have a line-up but the turnover is quick so on our visit we waited less than 5 minutes.  From observation we noticed it has a large take-away following, most likely from the many offices and institutions nearby.  If the line is long, grab your order to-go and eat while people-watching at Covent Garden.


We had first heard about On The Bab from a Korean Englishman YouTube video English people try Korean Chicken and Beer!!  Having seen much praise of it, I had to try Chimaek – Korean Chicken and Maekju (beer, in Korean).
At On The Bab they serve Yangyum Chicken, spicy boneless Korean Fried Chicken (KFC) with crushed peanuts in a choice of flavours; soy ginger, sweet spicy, garlic mayo, or seasoned spring onion.  For the Maekju I choose a cold bottle of Korean Hite Lager. The crisp, chill of the beer nicely cuts the spice, and compliments the crunch of the chicken.

Baek Ban

For his selection, Billy tried Baek Ban, nicely cooked and seasoned bulgolgi beef and rice with salad and fresh kimchi served bento style reminiscent of his school days.




Chicken Kun Mandu

Along with the Chimaek & Baek Ban, we tried Chicken Kun Mandu, nicely flavoured plump pan-fried dumplings.







Octopus & Prawn Salad

The Octopus & Prawn Salad, a blend of seafood and shredded veggies was as fresh as it was spicy.





We enjoyed everything we tried at On The Bab, and would definitely share more from their Korean Street Food menu the next time we visit London.

On The Bab has four outlets around London, Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Marylebone, and St Paul’s. Visit online to find directions, and menus for each outlet.

Introducing Adult-Only Playland Nights for 2017

Have you ever visited Playland and felt the dilemma of having to choose between sitting in the beer garden or enjoying fairgrounds? This July you no longer have to choose, with the introduction of Playland Nights : Adult-Only Friday Nights.

Now your only choice is what pairs best with craft beer – Beaver Tails or mini-donuts? Will you have red or white wine with your corn dog? Throughout July, Playland Nights – the first ever adult-only Friday nights run from 7 pm to midnight.  

Kicking off Friday, July 7, then every Friday for the month, Playland will host evenings dedicated to adults-only, complete with craft beer, wine, Playland themed cocktails like a candy floss martini, and fresh squeezed hard lemonade, food, midway games and of course, the exhilarating rides.

The whole Playland grounds will be licensed so 19+ guests can enjoy their favourite beverage anywhere onsite instead of being confined behind the walls of a beer garden. Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition says, “we are thrilled to offer this new addition to our Playland schedule for the first time this year. We strive to continue to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy Playland and we are sure these 19+ nights will be a huge success.”

Guest DJ’s, axe throwing, special activations and more will accompany the already exciting features Playland offers.  Advance tickets are $26 ($29 at the gate) and include unlimited access to 25+ rides and attractions around the Park.

Tickets for Playland Nights are on sale now online at:

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2017 line-up

This week, Atomique Productions announced the line-up for the 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender.

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Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-Up

While many other festivals are being cancelled or suffering from bad PR, Phillips Backyard Weekender returns for it’s 5th year, on July 7 – 9, 2017 at the Phillips Brewery Backyard in Victoria.  In it’s short history, the Weekender has become a staple of the Victoria music scene.  Being just on the edge of downtown Victoria, the Phillips Backyard is a perfect spot for a social hive of music, beer and camaraderie.   This year’s three-day festival packs in great music and entertainment along with food from Victoria’s Coast Lunch Box,  L’Authentique, Taco Justice, DeadBeetz, Island Mini Donuts and more then wash it down with Phillips Brewing award winning beers.

The 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender is:

Friday July 7th: Open 4pm – 10pm
Common Kings, Junior Reed, Oddisee, Polyrythmics, The Velveteins and DJ Tim Horner

Saturday July 8th: Open 1pm – 10pm
Cake, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, PPL MVR, Little Destroyer, Fortune Killers, Electric Timber Co., Kermode and DJ Bellyfish

Sunday July 9th: Open noon – 9pm
Current Swell, Allen Stone, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Vince Vaccaro, The Brass, Distant Grand and DJ Mike D

Phillips Backyard is located at 2010 Government Street, Victoria BC
Tickets are on sale on now at or in-person at Phillips Brewery.
Weekend Passes – $105, Single Day: Friday – $34.50, Saturday – $46.50, Sunday – $42.50
Get more line-up, festival and ticket information online at

Check our past year’s photos and follow along on this year’s by following the Backyard Weekender on social; instagram, twitter, facebook

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is brewing

The 8th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is upon us and brewing up 10 days of events across Metro Vancouver.

Starting today, with the Opening Night Party at Roundhouse Community Centre, an evening of food, beer, art and music presented by The Georgia Straight.

Other events throughout the VCBW include;

Collaboration Tap Takeover at Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery,  on Saturday from noon-5pm. Experience collaboration brews from the regions fave brewers plus food, entertainment and take a tour of the brewery.

Brewers Row Block Party in Port Moody at The Parkside Brewery, finds the Tri-Cities breweries; Yellow Dog Brewing Co, Twin Sails Brewery, Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery joining forces for a day of fun & beer.

Biercraft Belgian Showcase at Biercraft Bistro highlights the traditions of Belgium’s brewing history from Ales, Blondes, Darks, Trappistes, Flemish and Saisons

Forbidden Fruit at Devil’s Elbow celebrates Fruit Beers from 20 different BC craft breweries, in an homage to Portland’s popular Fruit Beer Festival.

The VCBW Festival, at the PNE Fairgrounds, closes the week June 3-4 with a weekend of beer and cider.  100 craft breweries and cideries bringing over 300 brews, the biggest selection of beverages in one place. It’s not just beer either; art, live music, djs, food trucks, marketplace, demonstrations and more.

This is just a selection of the many, many events happening during Vancouver Craft Beer Week. For more information on these and the full list of events visit


Tasting Plates North Vancouver – Recap

This week, the North Shore was invaded by a gaggle of hungry explorers taking part in Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates North Vancouver.  As with all Tasting Plates, the patrons got to experience a sampling of what the neighbourhood has to offer.  Restaurants, cafes, and their chefs put their best foot forward with their Tasting Plates and Cups.

Starting off at Bean Around The World at Lonsdale Quay Market, Tasting Platers collected their Tasting Plates cards and map, and sat down for a tasting cup of drip or espresso based coffees.  Armed with our Americano we set out on a flavorful journey around North Van.




The tasting plate that two-week old Lift Breakfast Bakery, 101 Lonsdale Avenue served was a perfect teaser of the sweet and savoury tastes we’ll find at Lift. Breakfast for dinner is always a favourite.

House Smoked Trout Eggs Benedict, served on a Potato Rosti with rich Hollandaise Sauce
Mini Kouign Amann, a Breton Pastry, crispy and sweet outside with a soft buttery flake inside.
Lightly Dressed Greens cleansed the palate between bites.

Exploration of the neighbourhood meets exploration of the world’s flavours at Maru Korean Bistro, 125 2nd St E, a plate as pretty as it was flavourful.
Saeng-Gool :- Oyster with Yuzu Foam and Tabasco-Gochujang Caviar (Jelly Pearls),
Kim-Bugak :- Crisp Nori Puff, with XO Aioli, Salmon Roe, Lime Caviar
Yook-Hoe :- Korean Beef Tartare, Sea Lettuce Powder Dusted Crostini, Asian Pear, Sesame Oil Dust and Garlic Chip.


Just down the street The Juicery Co 254 1st St E cleansed us with a tasting cups of The Greenest (Kale, Collards, Watercress, Cucumber, Cilantro, Dandelion, Lemon, Ginger) and Honey & Vanilla Almond Milk.  For something substantial but light a small cup of Acai Bowl creamy and smooth, with a crunchy topping of The Juicery Co‘s signature housemade granola

Who doesn’t love some chocolate, Coconama Chocolate Shop and Factory 2568 1st St E, has plenty. Artisan handmade Japanese-style truffles, were rich and creamy, with a wide variety of flavours.
COCOBARs are blended, flavoured chocolate bars, the Salted Caramel was a treat!
COCO LABO are single source, small batch, high quality chocolate. Unlike some high percentage cocoa dark chocolates, these were smooth and not grainy feeling.


Even though it’s only been open 7 weeks, Welcome Parlour Ice Cream, 277 8th St E, has a century of history behind it.  Housed in a building owned by the original owner of Welcome Parlor, a 1910 ice cream, candy and smoke shop on Lonsdale Ave, this renewed version is serving a selection of nostalgic and modern candy treats alongside their rich and creamy natural churned ice cream blends (plus a couple of non-dairy coconut milk based creams)
A quartet of flavours filled my Welcome Parlour Tasting Box:
Homemade Apple Pie – a real house baked apple pie crushed and blended into ice cream
Rocky Road – like s’mores on ice
Vanilla Vanilla – a creamy butter coloured, vanilla bean classic
Non-Dairy Chocolate Coconut – I can’t believe it’s not dairy


Last but not least, Hearthstone Brewery and Restaurant 1015 Marine Drive, combines the brewery with their recently opened Forno to bring mediterranean flavours to the imbibers.
Panzanella Salad, a nicely dressed blend of Bread, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Onion, Fiore de Latte and Herb Vinaigrette
From the choice of beers I selected a clear and refreshing Rizzla Rice Lager

If this flavour adventure sounded tasty to you, join in on Vancouver Foodster’s next Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights on May 17th.