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!

Realwheels Theatre Searches for Playwright-in-Residence

Vancouver-based award-winning Realwheels Theatre has announced a national call for submissions for a playwright who lives with disability to participate in a residency beginning in 2020.

Through an open application process, Realwheels Theatre invites emerging to mid-career playwrights in Canada who live with disability to submit new, English language, theatre-based projects at various stages of development from. Once announced in December 2019, the selected playwright will receive a flexible package of supports customizable to their needs including dramaturgical support, workshop space, access to professional actors, disability accommodation, and a financial reward of $7000. The selected playwright will also participate in Realwheels’ programming over a period of nine months. In addition to the resident playwright, two encouragement awards of $250 will also be announced.

“We’re excited by the opportunity to further the creative capacity of the disability community,” says Realwheels’ Artistic Director, Rena Cohen. “Plays written by individuals with disabilities are still largely absent from cultural platforms. A key strategy toward achieving equity lies in actively supporting the cultivation of stories rooted in the disability experience. We’re proud to be creating structures that nurture playwrights with disabilities to tell their own stories!”

The Realwheels Theatre playwright in residence is open to emerging to mid-career Canadian playwrights.  Submission packages should include a cover letter, a short biography, a synopsis of their work in progress, and a sample of their best writing. 

Submissions must be received between September 15 and 30, 2019.

For full details of the residence program, and instructions for submissions visit realwheels.ca/playwright-in-residence.

Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge Results Are In

Judges’ Choice
“Always Summer In Thailand” from Ban Chok Dee/Food By Fanta

For the last month Vancouver Foodster and readers have been searching for their favourite entry in the Iced Summer Drink Challenge, and the results are in. Finding that perfect way to beat the summer heat has been a pleasure as the media judges and public tasted the four entries.

Vancouver Foodster challenged cafes and restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best iced drink for the summer, and they came up with a diverse line-up of chilled drinks.

Judges’ Choice
“Hojocha Herbucha” –
Paragon Tea Room

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, the panel of media judges including myself, Regina Ip (@pigoutyvr) and Shelley Hayashi (@shelleyhayashi) tasted all of the entries and independently voted for the Judges’ Choice Best Iced Summer Drink. The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their selection to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink.

People’s Choice
“Badass Brownie Epic Shake” – Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas

With such a varied selection of drinks to sample the voting was tough, resulting in a very close race. The Judges Choice came out in a tie for the top spot with the entry from Ban Chok Dee Thai & Food By Fanta – Always Summer In Thailand in a tie for first place with Paragon Tea Room’s Hojicha Herbucha. The People’s Choice resulted in the Badass Brownie Epic Shake from Firecrust Custom Salads + Pizzas Vancouver and Langley locations.

For the full details of the drinks and all the results of the Iced Summer Drink Challenge online at vancouverfoodster.com

Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge 2019 Results

The results are in! People have tasted and voted for their favourites in the 6th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge .  Over the past weeks, public and a panel of media judges, including myself, have been tasting and voting for our favourite tacos from a selection of participating eateries around Metro Vancouver.

As with other Vancouver Foodster challenges, chefs were invited to be as creative as they like in order to highlight an already existing menu item or they could create a completely unique dish for their Taco Challenge entry.

Little Mexico Cantina’s
Tacos Gobernador Estilo Sinaloa

For the 2019 Taco Challenge, four chefs rolled into action and wrapped up some tasty tacos, resulting in an array of flavours to sample.  The tacos were served at six different eateries from all across the region, from Chilliwack to Steveston, to North Vancouver and Cambie Village.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Taco Challenge entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Taco.  The media judges were also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Steveston’s recently reopened Little Mexico Cantina came out on top of both polls with their Tacos Gobernador Estilo Sinaloa , a creative combination flavours familiar to Sinaloa, Mexico.

Check out all the results of the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge and see make you mouth water by following #TacoChallengeYVR to see the tasty tacos on social media, then head to the eateries to get your own!

Beat Back The Winter Blahs with Throwdown TheatreSports Festival

Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) is getting ready to beat away the winter blahs with laughter during its annual improv celebration, Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival. Taking place at The Improv Centre on Granville Island from January 2 to 27, 2019.

The best antidote to those dreary January days is a good dose of hearty laughter and Vancouver TheatreSports has it in spades.

Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival welcomes TheatreSports teams from other cities to join the top Vancouver improvisers in head-to-head matches with each other.

VTS Artistic & Executive Director Jay Ono adds, “This year, we concentrated on inviting the best teams from the U.S. because later this year [2019] in October, the entire TheatreSports world will be gathering in Vancouver for the 2019 International TheatreSports Institute Conference, which VTS is privileged to host. Throwdown 2019 features fabulous team companies from Honolulu, Bellingham, Portland and returning champs, the talented group from Orlando – who have won for the past three consecutive years.”

From January 2 to 19, local teams comprised of VTS ensemble members play in a classic TheatreSports round-robin competition for bragging rights of the best team in Vancouver. Working from audience suggestions, the players start improvising in hopes of scoring the biggest cheers from audience members. As in all classic TheatreSports matches, the final outcome is determined by audience judges scoring each of the ‘games’ within a match. The team with the most points wins.

January 22 to 27 welcomes the four U.S. teams in a series of hilarious matches and showcases designed to banish even the gloomiest of times. The lineup features: Sak Comedy Lab – Orlando, Florida (returning champions); Curious Comedy Theatre – Portland, Oregon; On the Spot Improv – Honolulu, Hawaii; Upfront Theatre – Bellingham, Washington.

On the last evening of Throwdown, January 27, the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous weeks in a winner-takes-all laugh fest. 

“There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to bring out the best in improv comedy,” comments Ono. “And the winner gets bragging rights for an entire year plus an invitation to return in 2020 to defend their crown.”

While no one can predict the outcome, one thing is for certain – audience members will be the winners. Arriving with winter weighing them down, and leaving with an added spring in their step after an evening of laughter.

For a full schedule of time, match information and tickets (starting from $10.75) for Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival,  visit vtsl.com.

Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge 2018 Results

The 2018 Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wing Challenge has wrapped up with the trio of dishes being offered by Metro Vancouver restaurants. From July 21 – July 15, 2018, the trio of media judges and public tasting and selecting their favourites from Davie Dosa Company, Ban Chok Dee Thai, and U & I Thai restaurants.

Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like with their Chicken Wing entry, either highlighting an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish.

In the 2018 Best Chicken Wings Challenge, the three chefs plated their chicken wings, at five of their eateries all across Metro Vancouver, from Langley to West End, Vancouver.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the  Chicken Wings entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Best Chicken Wings.  A panel of media judging, including myself, Sherman Chan and Joyce Lam also had the hard, but tasty, job of trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.

And the results are in:

Judges’ Choice: 
First Place: U & I Thai

U&I Thai – U&I Wings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Place: Ban Chok Dee Thai

Ban Chok Dee – Tom Yum Goong Winglets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Third Place
: Davie Dosa Company

Davie Dosa Company – Cilantro Chicken Wings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People’s Choice:
First Place: Ban Chok Dee Thai
Second Place: Davie Dosa Company
Third Place: U & I Thai

For the total points and results visit vancouverfoodster.com
Also find results for the recently completed Best Crepe Challenge, and follow along with Vancouver Foodster’s ongoing challenges; #iceteachallengeyvr and #pokechallengeyvr

Chill with Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge

Just in time for sunny, summer weather the Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Tea Challenge is here to find you the coolest chilled summer drink in the city.

Until August 5th, 2018, Vancouver Foodster has challenged cafes around Metro Vancouver to create their best cold tea drink.  Sweet, tart, milky, black tea, green tea and anything in between is being poured into glasses. Get out and try any or all of the unique Iced Tea entries prepared by the participating cafes.

The restaurants have entered their favourite glass of chilled tea either existing from their menu or they have come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Tea Challenge cup. The chef’s entries range from simple to fancy, from whole leaf teas, to bubble tea, or milk tea, fruits and infusions might also be on the menu.
As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, eatwithmao.com and vieamaggi.com) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Best Iced Tea.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice Iced Tea creation at vancouverfoodster.com/ice-tea-challenge. On social media, tag your iced tea drinks with #IceTeaChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Best Iced Tea Challenge.
The participating cafes in Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Tea Challenge are;

Boba Monster, 5766 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Sencha Tea Lounge, 3468 W Broadway, Vancouver

Taan Char, 7908 Granville Street, Vancouver

Treasure Green Tea, 227 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

Vietnamese Tea House, 2526 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

T-Go Tea, 4720 Mcclelland Road #1810, Richmond

For more details and how to vote for your fave Iced Tea Challenge entry visit vancouverfoodster.com/ice-tea-challenge