Raise a glass to the beginning of Spring as Surrey’s Vinoscenti Vineyards present the first of their European Wine & Culture 2018 Series. Future events in the series will highlight France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. To start the series, celebrate the vernal equinox in the authentic German style while learning and enjoying the wine and culture.
Tickets are on sale now for the German Spring Equinox Celebration but you could win your way to the special evening. Vinoscenti Vineyards owner and International Wine & Spirit Judge and Educator, Dr. Clinton Lee, will welcome ticket holders to the Vineyards with a glass of German styled wine & charcuterie before presenting a brief introduction to German culture and wines. Then mix and mingle with other guests on the veranda while grazing the spread of German food catered by the Vancouver Alpen Club, including German sausage, Sauerkraut, freshly made German pretzels, and traditional German cheesecake. Dr. Lee will also welcome questions from the audience and offer a chance to win prizes. At 8:15pm the fantastic German dance group, The Alpen Platters will perform a traditional and entertaining Schuhplattler dance. The entertaining evening runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, $65 tickets including everything mentioned above are on sale now on Eventbrite.
CONTEST: Thanks to Vinoscenti Vineyard you can win your way to the German Spring Equinox Celebration on Wednesday, March 21rd, Vinoscenti Vineyards, 15560 Colebrook Road, Surrey, BC
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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random.
Just as the SkyTrain extension has made Coquitlam more accessible for those in other suburbs, Vancouver Foodster is taking Tasting Plates on the road to find the diverse tastes that lay beyond Vancouver. Tasting Plates Coquitlam takes place March 14th, encompassing the area from Lincoln Lake Station and south towards downtown.
As always the participating establishments will present a Tasting Plate or Tasting Cup that they feel best exemplifies their kitchen. Once the patrons check-in and pick up their Tasting Plates map and card, they are welcomed to roam the region and explore the establishments at their leisure. Grab your family and foodie friends to join you in discovery of the tastes of Coquitlam
The participating restaurants for Tasting Plates Coquitlam include;
Polito’s Latin Cafe – 942 Westwood St.
Paparoti – 100-1196 Pinetree Way
Seoul Truck Streed Food – Henderson Place Mall 2082 – 1163 Pinetree Way
Musical: Learn to bend and snap as Align Entertainment brings the award winning, bubbly Legally Blonde the Musical to the stage at Michael J Fox Theatre, until February 17th
Next: West Moon Theatre has dual casts tackling the Pulitzer prize winning musical Next To Normal at Studio 16 from tonight until February 17th
Lunar: Oakridge Centre kicks off the Lunar New Year with Year of the Dog Lunar Fest celebrations through the new year.
Profane: The Firehall Arts Centre is presenting the Canadian premiere of Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT a graphic look at the lives of three incarcerated women until February 10th.
Theatre: The Arts Club fill their stages with Topdog/Underdog playing at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre until February 11th, Jitters on at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until February 25 and starting tomorrow the Tony award winning Fun Home begins at Granville Island Stage running until March 10
Cultures: The Cultch York Theatre has Jabberwocky, a dark puppet work inspired by Lewis Carroll, while at the Vancity Culture Lab features No Foreigners a multimedia presentation on race and home, both shows running until February 17th
Broadway: The Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be a sing-along this week as Broadway Across Canada brings Motown: The Musical to the stage until Sunday.
Romance: Spread the laughter and love at Vancouver TheatreSports League as they celebrate Romance Week, with romantically themed improv shows until February 14th
Dragon: In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Fly Over Canada once again presents a double-bill of Flight of the Dragon, along with the regular Fly Over Canada experience, for a limited time, only until February 18th.
Exhibition: On Friday, the Vancouver Art Gallery celebrates the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg with a birthday bash, preview, dinner and party, the day before the opening of the Japanese artist’s first Canadian retrospective.
Now that you’ve had a couple weeks to get over your Holiday indulgences, Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 is here to serve you mouth watering events and set menus.
The 2018 line up of food events has been selling fast already and now the set menus have been released for participating restaurants to start taking reservations. Three hundred + restaurants, wineries, breweries, and suppliers from Abbotsford to the North Shore, are featuring set lunch and dinner menus at $20, $30, and $40 for the 17 day Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In addition to the set menus, check out over 40 unique food and drink events ranging from food tours, and food trucks to specialist tastings, to international chef collaborations, secret suppers and VQA wine tastings.
This week, Vancouver Foodster presented the first edition of Holiday Market, a great evening of browsing, shopping and tasting.
The event brought together two dozen vendors at 4 locations around South Granville, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant. The evening’s vendors included a mix of food products, artisans, and gift ideas just in time for Holiday shopping. New enterprises, established ventures and collaborations were all presented by the vendors to educate the participants on their wares and services.
All participants checked in at Milano Coffee Roasters on West 8th Avenue which was filled with Holiday Market patrons anxious to see what lay ahead.
Within the cafe, Milano was warming everyone up, serving a duo of their award winning coffees to sip while browsing the vendors around the room including;
Olympia Komianos: Jeweler, Olympia showed her beautiful, rustic hand made silver and gold jewelry.
Foodie Books: Cookbooks by Brad Hill – The North Shore Foodie, The East Van Foodie, The Gastown Foodie are all part cookbook, neighbourhood restaurant guide and history book.
Hayat’s Garden: Floral salads and nutritious, athletic foods created by Saj & Co
Livia Sweets: a small, boutique bakery creating homestyle goodies for sale in cafes and markets around the city.
Whipped and Beaten: a brand new Vancouver baker creating gluten-free and traditional cakes and pastries.
Faculty Brewing: The False Creek brewer works in collaboration with Milano to brew the 599 Cold Brew ESB also serving their popular Citra (citrus based) Pale Ale.
Next up we visited Meinhardt Fine Foods at 14th & Granville in South Granville, where the store itself is a treasure trove of sweet and savoury gifts for everyone on your lists. Here we found even more new and established vendors to show us what they’re all about;
Meinhardt’s kitchens prepared some of their renowned bites for patrons to indulge in as they walked over the threshold. Perfectly balanced housemade Egg Nog, Fried Shrimp of savoury crackers, and Curry Chicken.
ARC Iberico: reminiscing of Spain, we sampled some Chorizo, Iberico Ham and more.
Sal de Ibiza: now in North American Sal de Ibiza presents 30+ products all touched by the Queen of Salts, Fleur de Sel.
Paw Paw’s Cocktail Cherries: Paw Paw is a Southern US term of endearment for Grandfather, who in this case, is on the bottle of these sweet, tart and perfect cocktail cherries.
Justea: Ethically, fair-trade tea direct from Kenyan farmers served their vibrant Purple Rain and Purple Mint teas, yes they’re really purple.
Tuesday night, Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Volume 15 “From Your Roots” brought food enthusiasts together at Pacific Restaurant Supply. Attendees gathered early in the Pacific Restaurant Supply Test Kitchen, a unique and surprising food preparation and service, event space atop the restaurant supplies showroom. Snacking on Cannolis and other baked delights from Italia Bakery and Milano Coffee, guests mingled amongst themselves and the speakers before they spent the evening listening and learning about the food roots of the five presenters.
For Food Talks, Vancouver Foodster always reaches out to his vast network of chefs and food purveyors, and Volume 15 was another impressive line-up of speakers;
Speakers at Food Talks Vol 15 include;
Jason Gilron – President, Pacific Restaurant Supply
Ian Bruce – Founder, Umaluma Gelato
Paul Grunberg – co-owner L’Abbatoir and Osteria Savio Volpe
Caren McSherry – Founder, The Gourmet Warehouse
Brian Turko – Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee
In discussing their roots in the food industry, a common theme for most of the speakers was that their current positions in the food industry came to them after trying other ventures or as a way out from things in their life that weren’t working. Caren McSherry worked as a Flight Attendant, picking up a love for food from around the world, while Jason Gilron worked in kitchens until marriage and children prompted a move to more family friendly work hours. Ian Bruce went from fisheries to IT to film industry before finding a passion for Gelato. Paul Grunberg found a natural affinity to food and cooking while struggling with academics and Brian Turko went from welfare to master roaster. From all their journeys we can discover that it’s never too late to find your passion and pursue it. Surely a lesson everyone can apply to their lives.
Food Talks is just one of the plethora of foodie events put on by Vancouver Foodster, upcoming Tasting Plates North Van Brunch is coming up on November 25th, Vancouver Foodster Burger Challenge is on until Sunday and Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market – a night of tasting takes place December 6th. For more information visit vancouverfoodster.com
From November 22 – December 24, 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market takes over the 55,000 square feet square creating the largest, authentic German festivities to date. The Vancouver holiday tradition will entertain the whole family with more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, festive activities and live entertainment. Last year, the Christmas Market drew a record number of visitors as more than 215,000 walked through the gates.
“We are delighted to return to Jack Poole Plaza again this season, warmly welcoming new and returning visitors to partake in our wide array of Christmas festivities, while discovering a number of exciting new activities and expanded highlights,” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “As we move into our 8th season, and continue to grow in popularity, we are also pleased to unveil our revitalized logo and updated website, developed to help guests easily plan their visit. Whether shopping the market for that special, one-of-kind gift or indulging in the mouth-watering array of German delicacies, we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces during the most wonderful time of the year!”
Highlights of this year’s expanded festivities include; – Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree: a 30ft tall tree covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter to experience a spectacular – and selfie-worthy light display. – The Christmas Pyramid returns, this year even taller than last with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10ft high above the market. – The Flying Stage plays host to a lively line-up of festive musical entertainment daily.
While visitors have come to cherish the Vancouver Christmas Market’s signature savouries, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Strudels, and more. New local vendors will bring the best of BC food and drink including fresh sustainable seafood from Eat F.I.S.H., made-from-scratch Sicilian cannoli by the Cannoli King, award-winning German style wine from Wild Goose Winery, and organic beer made from local ingredients by Persephone Brewing Co.
In addition to the Old World delights, entertainment, and other returning family favourites like the Christmas Carousel and Alpine Haus tent, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, seeking hand crafted gifts and treasures to slip under the Christmas Tree this holiday season.
The Vancouver Christmas Market opens daily from November 22nd until Christmas Eve. Full vendor line-up, information and tickets are available online at vancouverchristmasmarket.com