Picks of the Week – November 6, 2019

Whether you’re someone who starts the Holiday Season as soon as Halloween passes, or not, there’s plenty to see and do in the picks this week!

Dumpling: Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest returns for another year tonight, visiting restaurants from Little Saigon, Chinatown and South Granville areas of Vancouver. 

FestChutzpah Festival continues to bring theatre, dance, comedy and more entertainment to the City until November 24th.

Vocals: Renowned vocalist Rufus Wainwright performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night.

Musical: American Idiot, Green Day’s award-winning, Broadway rock musical comes to Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver presented by local production company URP, until November 10th.

Co.ERASGA’s Passages of Rhythms

Premiere: Co.ERASGA Dance Company presents the world premiere of acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s Passages of Rhythms, a trio of duets celebrating three different dance genres at The Nest on Granville Island, November 6 – 9th.

Pop: Friday night, Queen Elizabeth Theatre hosts Ladies and GentleMAN, an Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane

Exhibition: Until April 5, 2020, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents Out of Concealment, a solo exhibition by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, an innovative re-imagining of supernatural beings from the oral traditions of Haida Gwaii.

Tetsuro Shigematsu photo: Chris Randle

Kabuki: The Cultch and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) present Kuroko, a world premiere comedy from renowned playwright, Tetsuro Shigematsu, at The Cultch Historic Theatre, November 6-17, 2019.

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Installation: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation until December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

Carousel: The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito presented by Carousel Theatre For Young People is new play by Canadian playwright Tomson Highway bringing puppetry, fantastic costumes, music, and Cree language into Waterfront Theatre until November 10th.

Sanity: Touchstone Theatre’s Certified, at Vancity Culture Lab until November 16, finds comedian and certified insane person Jan Derbyshire turning the audience into a mental health review board to help determine her current state of sanity.

Maria: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Find out as The Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Sound of Music at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 5th

Rock: Victoria’s Current Swell are sure to fill the Commodore Ballroom on Friday, November 8th.

Reggae: Big Sugar brings their rock/reggae style to the Commodore Ballroom stage on Saturday evening.

Get your tickets now for Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest!

Almost every society has a form of dumplings, those tasty, comfort food morsels cover the globe.  Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest Vancouver is bringing all those flavours together for one spectacular bite-sized festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the November 7, 2018 event. Travel the world with your taste buds at restaurants from Olympic Village, Chinatown and Commercial Drive broil, boil, fry and steam up up different kinds of dumplings, from Cantonese soup dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Indian Kofta to Italian Gnocchi and more.

Like the Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates events guests will check in at the first stop (to be announced) to receive their map and menu cards, then venture out to explore the Dumpling Fest Vancouver participants. Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Bowls for guests to enjoy.  Get your friends and family together to make it more fun as you visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

A teaser of the participating restaurants in Dumpling Fest are:

Hon’s Wonton House  25 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver
A Chinatown dumpling institution for over 45 years!

Hey Dumplings! 208 Keefer Street
Specializing in Pelmeni – a Russian stuffed dumpling.

Bombay Indian Kitchen and Bar 1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Serving authentic Indian dishes from the Bombay region and Malai Kofta Indian dumplings.

More restaurants will be added in the coming weeks to bring a more of the world of dumplings to your dish on Dumpling Fest!

Tickets for Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest Vancouver are on sale now via Eventbrite:
Ultra Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person up to October 23rd
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person after October 23rd
Advance Tickets $50 per person after November 2nd
Regular $60 per person after November 4 and at the door.

If you can’t make it to Dumpling Fest Vancouver, check out Vancouver Foodster’s upcoming Tasting Plates Gastown, October 24th. Tickets are also on sale now via Eventbrite.

Chinese Restaurant Awards 2017 – Winners

Since 2008, the Chinese Restaurant Awards have been promoting the high quality Chinese restaurants and chefs in Metro Vancouver as well as creating an opportunity for cross-cultural connections.

The Chinese Restaurant Awards are based on three categories; Critics’ Choice, Diners’ Choice and Social Media Choice Awards

The Diners’ Choice Winners have been announced and will be presented their awards, along with the Critics and Social Media Choice Award winners, at the 9th Annual Chinese Restaurant Awards Ceremony, March 7th at the River Rock Show Theatre.

The 22 Diners’ Choice Winners are;

Best Cantonese Siu Mai – Chef Tony Seafood Restaurant

Best Shredded Turnip Pastry – Yuan’s Shanghai Serendipity Cuisine

Best Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles – Long’s Noodle House

Best Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken – Memory Corner

Best Durian Glutinous Rice Dumpling – Kirin Restaurants

Best New Restaurant (open less than 1 year) – CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

Best Vanfood’s Takeout Restaurant – Alvin Garden

Best Services Restaurant – The Jade Seafood Restaurant

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Chang’An

Best Dim Sum Restaurant – Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

Best Vegetarian Restaurant – Sun Bo Kong Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Northern Chinese Restaurant – Chang’An

Best Cantonese Restaurant – Top Gun J & C Restaurant

Best Shanghainese Restaurant – Shanghai River Restaurant

Best Szechuan/Hunan Restaurant – Lucky Noodle Chinese Restaurant

Best Taiwanese Restaurant/BBT Café – Pearl Castle Cafe

Best Hot Pot Restaurant – Liu Yi Shou Hot Pot Restaurant

Best Hong Kong-style Café – Deer Garden Signatures

Best Congee and Noodle Restaurant – Neptune Wonton Noodle

Best Food Court Stall – James Snack Sandpot Rice, Empire Centre

Best B.B.Q. Shop – Parker Place (Aberdeen) Meat & B.B.Q.

Best Bakery Shop – T & T Supermarkets, Bakery Shop

With world recognized Chinese Food in Metro Vancouver, the Chinese Restaurant Awards can help you navigate the overwhelming choices on offer.