Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.
Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.
Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels. Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.
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.
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.
If 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 germanyinvancouver.com
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 germanyinvancouver.com
Even though Haru Korean Kitchen has been open since the winter, we’ve recently made a couple of visits to try out their stylish and tasty Korean food.
If you follow us, you know we try a lot of Korean restaurants around town, and Haru Korean Kitchen now ranks right up there with our favourites. The simple and modern, interior decor keeps the attention on the food; large portions, with quick and friendly service. In addition to being fresh and flavourful, everything we’ve had is visually delicious too, vibrant crisp, colours, add to the appeal.
Traditional Korean dishes line-up alongside special-menu items that introduce West Coast ingredients to the dishes.
The current special menu includes Smoked Salmon Bibimbap, smooth smoked salmon replacing the usual meat. Piled high with fresh julienned vegetables, stacked on multigrain rice, the dish looked more like a salad than a rice bowl. A fresh and light dish, great for a summer day.
Other items we’ve tried have been equally fresh, and simple. Another special menu item, Bi-Bim-Gook-Su, is similar to traditional Bibimbap but on buckwheat noodles. Soo-Yuk is also a special-menu snack item, seasoned steamed sliced pork served with crisp, tangy, pickled radish
Ginseng Chicken Stew with Sticky Rice (Samgyetang) is an individual size bowl of the classic Korean comfort dish, flavourful shredded chicken with sticky rice, ginseng and other herbs.
Namul, from the snacks menu, is a rainbow of five seasoned vegetables thinly sliced, is another bright summer inspired dish.
The house-made, pan-fried pork Mandu, also from the snacks menu, are plump, nicely filled, chewy and crispy dumplings. These just maybe pulled up to second place as favourite mandu in Vancouver.
We look forward to trying more of the menu, as we look at other tables, we’re already to make our next orders.
Ce Soir Noir (This Black Night) descends on CRAB Park at Portside for the third year next Thursday, August 24th.
What began as a local counter-event to the brighter and whiter, Dîner en Blanc has evolved into it’s own east side annual event. Dîner en Blanc, part of a well organized, ticketed, global phenomenon, offers patrons a chance to glam it up and enjoy an evening of gourmet food, high-end entertainment and experiences, whereas Ce Soir Noir is a free, casual local, dress-down event. Whichever floats your boat will be a good time for all.
Organizers of Ce Soir Noir invite people to just show up anytime between 5pm and 10pm on August 24th. More than just a picnic, Ce Soir Noir becomes a picnic based art installation, with everyone a brushstroke in the artwork. If you’re hungry, pack your own picnic food to share amongst friends, bring something to sit on or just park your butts on the grass then join in the camaraderie of other picnickers. The only caveat is that the organizers hope everyone wears black from head to toe.
This year’s event has a city permit to take over CRAB Park, but still maintains it’s free community event status. To be good neighbours in one of East Vancouver’s few waterfront parks, visitors are asked to be mindful of what they bring and take it out with them, leaving the park as clean or cleaner to the following day.
Whether you choose the white event or this black night, both gathering of diverse communities on August 24 might be just what the world needs a little more of in these divisive times.
Ce Soir Noir takes place August 24th between 5pm and 10pm at CRAB Park at Portside, 101 E Waterfront Road at Main Street.
Dîner en Blanc also takes place August 24th at a to be announced location.
Last night, Harmony Arts Festival presented the 2nd Annual Mixology Night On The Pier, a celebration of cocktail culture. Eight of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists crafted unique cocktail creations for the Mixology Night guests to sample and enjoy. After tasting, guests were invited to vote for their favourite to be crowned top bartender.
Under an amber sunset the Ambleside seaside pier twinkled with light as it filled with patrons enjoying bites catered by Cocktails and Canapes, Memphis Blues and Mamie Taylors while sipping the cocktail creations by the competing bartenders (in alphabetical order);
Chelsea Schulte, Cocktails and Canapes Better Of Red : Campari, Tarragon infused Lillet Blanc, Sparkling Cucumber & Green Apple Juice, Raspberry Lemon Sherbet
Katie Ingram, L’Abattoir Pachamama : El Gobernador Pisco, Amaro Nonino, Giffard Elderflower, Lemon Juice, Bittered Sling Western Haskup
Max Borrowman, Juniper Kitchen + Bar The Cascadian : Grand Marnier, Lime Juice, Pear Puree, Maple Pecan Syrup, Egg White, Smoked Pear Bitters
Philipp Karatsyupa, Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio Voila Venezuelan Festivus : Diplomatico Reserva, Charred Pineapple Shrub, Lionello Stock Rosso Vermouth, Cuvee Jean Louis Bubbles Top Up, Green Strawberry Bitters, Odd Society Creme De Cassis, Caviar Garnish
Robyn Gray ,Prohibition at Rosewood Hotel Georgia Toki Ice Tea : Suntory Toki Whisky, Genmaicha Tea, Honey, on the rocks with a Shiso Leaf Garnish
Sabrine Dhaliwal, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar Evening Whispers : Belvedere Vodka, Lemon Juice, White Port, Aperol, Jasmine Green Tea, Bittered Sling Sulus Cherry Bitters
Sergio Grandolfo, Cacao Vancouver La Tierra Del Fuego : El Gobernador Pisco, Corn Syrup, Lemon Juice, Spicy Extract, Sorel Molecular Foam, Edible Petals
Guests voted by ballot for their favourite cocktail and bartender plus a chance to win a Helijet roundtrip flight. After the votes were counted, Winner Sergio Grandolfo from Cacao Vancouver was crowned the people’s choice for top cocktail. A trip will also be awarded to Sergio.
As usual with Tasting Plates, patrons will get to explore the neighbourhood with their friends and fellow foodies, while sampling what Commercial Drive chefs have prepared for the evening. Vancouver Foodster invites chefs to create a tasting plate of unique or curated from their menu morsels. Tasting Platers will check in at the welcome desk to collect their Tasting Plates cards and maps then hit the streets with their taste buds at the ready.
Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 23rd has so far included the following restaurants in the line-up;
Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Dr Rosemary Rock Salt, 1350 Commercial Dr Falconetti’s East Side Grill, 1812 Commercial Dr 77K Freeze Iceberg Lounge, 2240 Commercial Dr Famoso Neapolitan Pizza, 1380 Commercial Dr Turks Coffee Lounge, 1276 Commercial Dr
As other festivals come and go, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver is still going strong after more than a quarter century. Centred on the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival packs August 4th to 13th with music, arts, film and food, much of it free!
Highlights of the free festival events include;
Music: Four Stages to choose from to suit your musical tastes. ONNI Group Sunset Concerts at John Lawson Park feature the likes of Valdy, Dawn Pemberton, The Paperboys and more Parc Retirement Living Garden Concerts feature Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band, Coco Jafra, Lion Bear Fox, Melanie Dekker, Jim Byrnes, The Boom Booms to name just a few. Hollyburn House Seniors’ Series finds Dal Richards Orchestra and others playing afternoon sets Live Music at The Silk Purse has live jazz and classic sounds
Arts: Fresh St. Market Art Market lines Argyle Street with an open air art market keeping the attention on visual arts that have been the core of Harmony Arts Festival since the beginning. Fresh St. Market Art Market Daylight and Twilight is a multi-media installation featuring photography, film and interactive mediums. Art Beat invites visitors to walk the beat in Ambleside Beach and Dundarave Village exploring the multitude of artists displaying their works in shops and galleries around areas. Plenty of other visual arts exhibitions, shows and even competitions take place throughout the Festival to keep your senses amazed.
Film: After the ONNI Group Sunset Concerts stick around John Lawson Park for free nightly screenings of award-winning films starting at 9pm including classics like In The Heat Of The Night, or From Russia With Love, action hits Jurassic Park or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, to the contemporary musical Moulin Rouge, or animated Zootopia.
Food: What’s a festival without great food, Harmony Arts doesn’t disappoint with Artisan Eats, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park. The Park Royal Beachside Patio brings The Fish Shack by Glowbal Group to West Van. The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge welcomes Caffé Al Mercato to provide al fresco dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage. Along with these dining options two special ticketed events: Best of the West is a sold out evening featuring 13 local restaurants paired with 13 wineries celebrating the best BC has to offer. Mixology Night on the Pier, now in its 2nd year, celebrates the rebirth of cocktail culture with eight of Metro Vancouver’s competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees. Tickets are just $75
With plenty of events to amuse young and old, from day time to evening, there’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy at Harmony Arts Festival. Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.