4th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge is on now!

It’s time for the 4th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge. The sun is finally creeping out of it’s winter cocoon and Taco’s are the perfect food to get you in a sunny mood.

Restaurants from all over the city were invited by Vancouver Foodster to enter their own unique Taco creations into the Taco Challenge. Some of the restaurants and food trucks have created a special taco creation just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant and food truck will be featuring their taco creation on their menu until June 4, 2017.

The public is invited to order these Taco masterpieces and taste with the judging criteria in mind – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. Taco tasters can vote the same day after trying the creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion to choose the People’s Choice Winner. 

People are encouraged to Vote for their favourites from until June 4, 2017.

by visiting http://vancouverfoodster.com/taco-challenge/

In addition to the public tasting, a trio of media judges are making their rounds and selecting to the Judges Choice, follow them on social media to see what gets your mouth watering and seek out the Tacos for yourself. 

The Media judges for Taco Challenge are: 

Mary Sheridan of Vancouver Bits and Bites Blog
Twitter: @MaryinVancity
Instagram @MaryinVancity 

Hanson Do of Nosh and Nibble blog
Twitter: @hansondee
Instagram @noshandnibble 

Zahra Alani, Co-host of CKNW.com Food Glorious Food
Twitter: @ZahraAlani
Instagram @zahra.alani


Look for Taco Challenge entries at:

Vancouver

Holi Masala Food Truck, Seymour & Georgia

Mandalay Burmese Kitchen, varying locations to be advised

Patron Tacos & Cantina, 265 Robson Street

Saj & Co, 813 Davie Street

The Pawn Shop, 1117 Granville Street

Zend Conscious Lounge, 1130 Mainland Street

Richmond

Hugo’s Churros, 7899 Templeton Station Road

 Little Mexico Cantina, 3131 Chatham St #150

For details of the taco challenge participating restaurants and to vote for your favourites visit vancouverfoodster.com
The winning restaurants and their Taco creations will be announced on June 7, 2017.

 

Join Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights – May 17th

Elevate your taste buds with a trip to Burnaby Heights on May 7th with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates.  The Hastings corridor through Burnaby finds a wide variety of flavours and styles of eateries. The neighbourhood chefs are sure to pull out all stops as Tasting Plates tours their spots.

Tasting Plates patrons are invited to check in, collect their Tasting Plates card and map, then venture off, on foot or by wheels to explore Burnaby Heights. Along the way, visit the chefs/owners, fellow foodies, friends and family over flavourful Tasting Plates from the likes of Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary to The Gray Olive Cafeteria.

More restaurants will be announced closer to the event, but Early Bird tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite.

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 7
Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 7
Regular $60 per person after May 14

Art Eat Sip on Granville Island – recap

ArtEatSip_2016-01-20, 22 57 39Wednesday evening, the weather cooperated to make a perfect evening for roaming around Granville Island for Art Eat Sip.  The unique Dine Out Vancouver Festival event presented by Vancouver
Foodster, brought together the culture of Granville Island with Artists, Eateries and Drinking establishments collaborating on the evening.

Starting at Granville Island Hotel, for registration and a bite of Dockside Restaurants Signature Chili Squid; a spicy, thick cut calamari.

The next stop was the first showcase of the Artist that call Granville Island home; Studio 13 Fine Art is a studio shared by artists; Liza Montgomery and Alice Rich and Skai Fowler who offered us a glass of wine and some cheese while we browsed their works.

A few doors down, we had a look at the artist at work in Dalbergia Wood + Fine Object before making our way into Artisan Sake Maker for a sip of their signature Junmai Nama sake, made with local rice from Abbotsford, paired with a SakeKasu (the concentrated paste left from the process of making the sake) Chocolate Bon Bon and Goat Cheese.

Next at Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro, the coffee bar + cafe oasis hidden in the middle of Railspur Alley, they served a rich and zesty, Slow-Cooked Chorizo & Yam Taco and Carrot Cake with Espresso.

On the corner of Railspur Alley and Old Bridge Street, Liberty Distillery welcomed us with a sip of our choice of Truth Vodka, Endeavour Gin and Railspur No. 1 White Whiskey, served alongside a sample of The Basford Cocktail, a blend of Endeavour Gin, Rosemary-Grapefruit Cordial, Fresh Lemon Juice.

Around the corner at New Edition Creative, a print maker studio we found Bon Macaron sharing a selection of their beautiful macarons. Usually situated within the Granville Island Public Market where the location serves many flavours unique to the market using only ingredients sourced from Granville Island merchants.

Over at a bustling Granville Island Brewery, another collaboration with a sweet Public Market vendor. Chocolatas presented a balances sweet and savoury Salted Caramel Chocolate, which the Brewery paired with an Infamous IPA. But first, the brewery served a hearty Cremini Mushroom & Flank Steak Taco topped with Cilantro Slaw & Tomato Jalapeno Salsa which was paired with Hey Day Hefeweizen.

Liberty Wine Merchants presented a pair of French Wines; Red and White from their large inventory of wines of the world. The savoury selection of Terra Breads paired nicely with the sips.

Nearby, a trip upstairs to the Barbara Arnold, Artist studio/gallery we found the Artist and The Lemon Square serving their namesake sweet, tart Lemon Squares.  A nice way to wrap up Art Eat Sip on Granville Island.

If this sounds good to you, there’s plenty more Dine Out Vancouver Festival restaurants and events to choose from over the remainder of the Festival, like Downtown Brunch Crawl tomorrow and North Vancouver Brunch Crawl on Sunday morning.

See you out there!

 

Tasting Plates : Kitsilano West – Sept 30, 2015

tastingplate_Kits_West_x250It’s your last chance to get Early Bird tickets to the next Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates food excursion. Tasting Plates : Kitsilano West is coming up next week, September 30th. Join fellow food fans and explore the West Broadway neighbourhood, in the heart of Kits, to see what flavours the chefs and restaurants have created for their tasting plates and cups.

Early Bird $29 tickets sales end tomorrow Sept 23rd so don’t miss out on the savings.  After tomorrow, ticket prices start to rise but tickets will still be available at the door so you won’t miss out on the great food being presented by the neighbourhood’s restaurants.

The establishments committed to participate in Tasting Plates : Kitsilano West are:

Darby’s Public House,  2001 Macdonald St

Italian Garden Ristorante & Pizzeria, 3162 West Broadway

Bon Macaron,  2823 West Broadway

The Juicery Co., 3570 W 4th Avenue

Essentia Café,  3498 W Broadway

Tera V Burger, 2961 West Broadway

Get your tickets now on Eventbrite

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before September 23rd
Advance Tickets: $40 per person after September 23rd
Regular Tickets: $60 per person after September 28th.

Taste Victoria 2015 – Opening Tonight

Today is the day Victoria foodies wait all year to sink their teeth into! Taste Victoria Festival of Food and Drink kicks off  this afternoon with an opening night extravaganza at Hotel Grand Pacific.

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Taste Victoria Eat

 

The Opening Night event, Taste The Difference, brings together dozens of local Victoria restaurants and dozens of British Columbia wineries.  Wander the tasting stations in the ballrooms, mingle with fellow foodies and experience the great tastes prepared by the city’s chefs and vintners.

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Taste Victoria Drink

This is only the beginning of Taste Victoria, the tasting continues throughout the weekend with more great events for you to expand you palate and knowledge.  Some events are already sold out but tickets are still available for others so get tickets soon.

To read more about all the events at Taste Victoria visit victoriataste.com

Tasting Plates Olympic Village

tastingplate_olympicvillage_x250Vancouver fast-growing Olympic Village neighbourhood is the location of the next Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates.  With new food and beverage options popping up regularly, the ‘hood is ripe for exploration on a Tasting Plates.

So far committed to be showing off their chef’s creations are; Big Rock Urban Eatery, Aqua Sushi & Juice Bar, de Dutch Pannekoek House, Milano Coffee Roasters and Rouge Bistro.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for your chance to discover the Village for yourself.  Get your $29 early bird tickets until June 23rd, bring your friends and fellow foodies to experience a fun evening of food and flavours from the Olympic Village

 

Vancouver Farmers Markets turn 20!

Yaletown Farmers Market
Yaletown Farmers Market

In 1995, a few hundred people descended upon the Croatian Cultural Centre where 8 brave farmers had set up the first Vancouver Farmers Market. Now 20 years later, Farmers Markets are firmly entrenched in the city’s landscape and are a welcome shopping destination for hundreds of locals.
The first of this Summer’s weekly markets, in Yaletown, gets underway this week, bringing local produce and food products to your neighbourhood:

Yaletown Farmers Market
2pm – 6pm each Thursday, May 7 – October 29, 2015
1200 Block Mainland Street, between Davie & Helmcken

Trout Lake Farmers Market
9am – 2pm each Saturday, May 09 – October 24, 2015
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake

Kitsilano Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Sunday, May 10 – October 25, 2015
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre

West End Farmers Market
9am – 2pm each Saturday, May 30 – October 24, 2015
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

Main Street Station Farmers Market at Thornton Park
2pm – 6pm each Wednesday, June 3 – October 7, 2015
1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main St Skytrain Station

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Saturday, June 13 – October 10, 2015
East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue – near Kerrisdale Arena

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
10am – 2pm each Sunday, June 14 – October 11, 2015
Guelph St at 8th Ave – near Mt Pleasant Elementary

Check out eatlocal.org to find out more about the Vancouver Farmers Markets near you.