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;


Do Chay Vegetarian, 1392 Kingsway
Instagram : @eatdochay

MixxBao, 1426 W 8th Ave
Instagram @mixxbao

Sprezzatura, 265 Kingsway
Instagram @sprezzatura_van


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!

Tasting Plates Fraser & Main – recap

Last night Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates headed to Fraser & Main Streets for a roaming food tour of the diverse neighbourhood. Centred on Fraser and Main Streets, around King Edward, Tasting Plates patrons found something for everyone’s taste as they roamed the evening’s eateries. As with all Tasting Plates events, patrons will checked in to recieve at the fist stop – Main Street Honey Shoppe – to receive their Tasting Plates map. Then it was off to try each restaurant’s ‘tasting plate’ or ‘tasting cup’. Check out #TastingPlatesYVR on social media to see some of the other patron’s posts of their experience.

Tasting Plates Fraser & Main included the following establishment

The Main Street Honey Shoppe for a tasting of their wide variety of their own pure and natural honey, and honey products, produced by their own local beehives.
Nammos Estiatorio, brought us a taste of Greece with their trio of flavours: Zucchini & Cheese Fritter, Keftes (grilled Greek meatball), and Deep-Fried Pita topped with Tarama (fish roe paste)
Eclettico Art & Coffee, a calm, quaint cafe and gallery plated a pair of food and drink pairings; Apple & Triple Cream Brie Panino + Bacio Rosa (Italian Lemonade, Wildberry Puree & Lime drink), as well as an Espresso Shot + Torroncini biscuit

Quesava, brought a quartet of gluten-free plant-based treats to the table to highlight their delicious good-for-you, ethically sourced foods; Porky Empanada (vegetarian, filled with smoked, spiced jackfruit), Bruschetta (topped with eggplant, zucchini ratatouille & vegan cheese on sourdough), Garlic Cheese Popper (plant based baked bites), & Vanilla Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co, welcomed patrons with a glass of Sangria or fresh fruity Lemonade, then rolled out three slices of their handmade pizza fresh from the forno; Vegan Beyond Sausage (topped with Beyond Sausage, fresh veggies and balsamic reduction), Vegetarian Farmers Market (topped with today’s finds from the market – Kale, Rhubarb, Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Shoots), and Parma Flatbread (topped with Schinken Speck Ham, Mozzarella, Crimini Mushrooms, Mango and Arugula)

If this edition of Tasting Plates along Fraser & Main whet your appetite, why not check out an upcoming edition when Tasting Plates visits North Vancouver’s Lonsdale neighbourhood on June 12th, then Tasting Plates ventures to Richmond June 19th, or check out what’s new in the East Van Vegetarian scene on June 26th. Tickets are on sale now for all three events.

Join Tasting Plates in the Fraser-hood

Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates takes a trip over to the “Fraser-Hood” on Wednesday, May 1st. The roaming food tour, visits the diverse neighbourhood, on Fraser and Main Streets, around 18th – 26th Avenues. Tasting Plates patrons are sure to find something to suit every taste as they roam the cafes and eateries in the area. As with all Tasting Plates events, patrons will check-in at the registration location – Main Street Honey Shoppe – then head out with Tasting Plates map in-hand to try each restaurant, which will serve up a ‘tasting plate’ or ‘tasting cup’ from their menus. Nibble your way through the ‘hood, meet some new foodie friends in the line-ups or at the next table, meet the chefs, and learn about their restaurants.

Tasting Plates Fraser includes the following establishments (with more additions possible):

Registration Location: The Main Street Honey Shoppe – 4125 Main Street

Eclettico Art & Coffee, 4172 Fraser Street

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co, 4186 Main Street

Nammos Estiatorio, 3980 Fraser Street

Quesava, 4129 Main Street

Tickets for Tasting Plates Fraser-Main are on sale now from EventBrite:
Ultra-Early Bird Tickets: $30 per person until April 15, 2019.
Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person, April 16-22.
Advance Tickets $45 per person, April 22 – 29.
Regular $60 per person after April 29, 2019

Get Tickets for Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant – Feb 7th.

Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates starts 2018 with a visit to Mount Pleasant.  The ever changing East Vancouver neighbourhood is due for another tour from the roaming restaurant hunt.
Join friends and foodies on Wednesday February 7, 2018, for a taste of the ‘hood, along Main Street, between 3rd and 16th. The eclectic neighbourhood is sure to tantalize taste buds as you explore.
Check in at the registration establishment, then set off and find out what the locales’ restaurant chefs and cafe owners have created for their tasting plates and cups.  Along with way visit with fellow food enthusiasts, the chefs and owners themselves.
Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant includes Mexican restaurant Maizel, 2815 Main St, Ignite Pizzeria, 2588 Main St, Panidor Cafe Bakery 3080 Main St plus more establishments to be added.
Get $35 early-bird tickets, on sale now until January 23rd. After January 23rd, $45 advance tickets are on sale until February 4th, then $60 tickets last minute.   Tickets are available on Eventbrite

Tasting Plates Kitsilano West – recap

Last night, Tasting Plates Kitsilano West took us on a food adventure around the West Side.  Established neighbourhood faves on West 4th and some food finds on West Broadway welcomed tasting platers.

Photo 2015-09-30, 18 45 31Check-in was at the 3 month old, Essentia Café at 3498 W Broadway.  Bringing Vancouver a modern European coffee experience, Essentia Cafe served a pair of Tasting Cups;
Freddo Cappuccino – an iced cappuccino with a double shot topped with a thick layer of ice cold whipped milk.
Con Pana – a single shot topped with whipped cream
Plus the Essentia Tasting Plate included Pumpkin Cheesecake and Mango Shortcake

Photo 2015-09-30, 19 02 02At the bright and cheery, The Juicery Co Kits, at 3570 W 4th Avenue a cleansing trio of juice shots; Local Rose Juice – grapefruit, apple, burdock, rosemary. The Original – apple, lemon, ginger, kale, cucumber, parsley, celery. Dads Juice – beet, carrot, apple, kale, ginger, turmeric.  Their mini Tasting Bowl of frozen Acai blended with cocoa, maca, housemade nut milk and frozen banana with Two Daughters granola.

Photo 2015-09-30, 19 27 21Along the street, the popular neighbourhood local, Darby’s Public House, at 2001 Macdonald Street, treated Tasting Platers to their usual elevated pub grub.  Mini Broadway Burger topped with guacamole, roasted red peppers, house cured bacon, lettuce and tomato. Sour Glazed, Smoked Chicken Drumette – served with Sesame Seed Asian Slaw. A light and satisfying Quinoa Salad – roasted beets, grape tomatoes, cucumber, green onion and IPA dressing.

Photo 2015-09-30, 20 03 03Tera V Burger at 2961 West Broadway provided a vegetarian and healthy alternative to comfort food faves, burger and fries with a shake.
The No Bull Burger – a vegan burger topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard.
BBQ Tempeh Burger – organic fermented soy bean tempeh patty topped with bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheddar
A side of Baked French Fries and a Super Food Smoothie rounded off the Tasting Plate

Photo 2015-09-30, 20 16 33At Bon Macaron Patisserie, 2823 West Broadway just down the street, Tasting Plates wrapped up with a sweet and savoury trio of their house made macarons.  Bright and colourful, chewy and flavourful Bon Macaron offers a huge selection of flavours.  We tried Chili Chocolate, Lemon-Blueberry, Matcha, White Chocolate, Pistachio, Beet Root.

Look for the next Vancouver Foodster Event – Food Talks Volume 13 on October 27th at UBC.



Time to Dine Out Vancouver – 2015 Festival

DineOutVancouverGiving you just enough time to recover from your Holiday Season’s eatings, Vancouver’s Dine Out Festival returns for another scrumptious season.  From January 16 – February 1, 2015 food lovers from all over will experience the tastes, sights and experiences of Canada’s largest restaurant festival.

The Tourism Vancouver produced food fest has grown to incorporate hundreds of restaurants and dozens of events showcasing the ingredients, beverages, chefs, bartenders, neighbourhoods and regions that make up Vancouver’s much-lauded food scene.

Discounted flights, combined with one of the many hotel accommodation options allows guests from near and far to create their own getaway package.

The list of participating Dine Out Vancouver restaurants and their $18, $28 or $38 menus will be revealed on Wednesday, January 7th but the list of 30+ events is already out, many of them are already sold out or close to sold out so book your tickets soon.

Some of the highlights include:

– The Chef Soup Experiment; 50 Chefs + 50 Ingeredients = 1 amazing soup

– Six Neighbourhood Brunch Crawls; Gastown, Kits, Main St, Downtown Vancouver, West End and Commercial Drive.

– Secret Supper Soirees; a culinary road trip

– International Chef Exchange; Dine Out’s first international Chef collaboration dinner with Brighton, England.

– Street Food City; Food Trucks abound in a culinary cacophony of flavours.

– Dinner at the Birdcage; dinner and drag

Check out the full list of restaurants, menus and events at and get ready for 17 days of good eating!

Vancouver Foodster Culinary Scavenger Hunt

VanFoodster_ScavengerHuntFrom the creator of Food Talks and Tasting Plates, Vancouver Foodster bring the next food adventure for your palate. The Vancouver Foodster Culinary Scavenger Hunt takes place between 2pm and 6pm on Sunday April 6th.  The scavenger hunt is a multi-faceted “tasting experience” throughout downtown Vancouver with clues, challenges, and more. Pick up your Tasting Card then follow map and clues to find your route to enjoy dishes, bites and treats created by each of the participating eateries.  Along the way find your opportunity to meet the chefs and other notable personalities at many restaurants.

Take part on your own or bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family to team up on the Hunt and make your way by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpool.

Participating restaurants and cafes:

Bella Gelateria
Seventeen89 Restaurant
Soirette Macaron & Tea
De Dutch Pannekoek
Chasers Juice
Milestones Restaurant
With more still to come.

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:
Early Bird Tickets: $25.00 per person until tomorrow March 11, 2014
Advance Tickets: $40 per person after March 11, 2014
Regular Tickets $50 per person after April 4, 2014