Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market Recap

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.

Jonny Hetherington Essentials: Clean, simple and delicious fruit based Hot Sauces and Ketchups from Jonny Hetherington

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.

Maureen’s Natural Foods:  Maureen served her classic Caribbean Rum Cake

Terra International Foods: Great European foods gifts sourced from around the continent, like Stollen, Speculaas and more

Laiki Crackers: Simple and Satisfying red and black rice crackers, collaborated with
Blue Heron Creamery: a Vancouver plant-based non-dairy cheese maker
creating savoury cheese and cracker bites

Be Fresh Market Cafe on Bayswater was the next stop filled with more vendors from the shelves of the market curated by Spud.ca

Be Fresh Catering: tempting, tasty vegetarian bites, perfect for your next party like Roasted Zucchini and Brie Cheese Sliders and more.

Tempea Foods:  Rich, and ‘meaty’ Tempeh ‘meatballs’ do not make you miss the beef .

Biota Fermentation:  The small batch fermentor, specialized in fermented pro-biotic foods and kombucha and served a fresh tart and tangy wheatberry salad

Blume Latte:  Zesty, Spice, Sweet are the flavour palate that comes when you try Blume’s trio of Latte Mixes. Turmeric, Chili Turmeric, Beetroot

Kapow Now!: Plant-based superfoods crafts crispy, healthy crackers and much more.

Talk To Me Naked: Artist Tori Swanson is inspired by you, your body is her muse for her custom ink works

On 4th Avenue, Silk Road Tea has so much in-store they didn’t need other vendors to fill out our Holiday Market evening.

Serving a selection of their Wellness Teas, and a rich and decadent Tea Hot Chocolate, the Silk Road Tea shop is filled with create gifts for yourself or those on your lists.

The Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market was truly and evening of delicious inspiration.

Look out for the next Vancouver Foodster event, Noodle Mania January 10, 2018. 

 

 

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol 15 – recap

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

 

 

Vancouver Christmas Market Returns

In just under a month, the 8th annual Vancouver Christmas Market is set to return to Jack Poole Plaza for the second year.

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.

VCM at Jack Poole
Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

“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!”

Meet Santa at VCM
Meeting Santa

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

Picks of the Week – October 18, 2017

The late October is upon us, the picks of the week are filling with more and more hauntingly good fun.

Tastes: Tonight, explore the new flavours of Chinatown as Tasting Plates explores the historic neighbourhood.

Pop: Hard to believe but the trio of brothers, Hanson, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with the Middle Of Nowhere Tour stopping at The Vogue Theatre on Wednesday

Books: The 30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is now underway on Granville Island until October 22nd.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest continues for a final weekend at Vancouver Alpen Club.

Lookout: Elevate your experience with Vancouver Heritage Foundation takes at The Lookout at Harbour Centre’s Perspectives series of Talks, October 19th is Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations

Jedi: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Diwali: Part of Diwali in BC, The Cultch presents Encounter by Navarasa Dance Theatre until October 22nd and The Firehall Arts Centre presents Happy Place until October 29th.

Rail: There’s an Alien Invasion going on in Stanley Park at the 2017 Ghost Train, running until October 31st

Broom: Hops on your broom and pick up your diploma from Broomelda’s academy at Fly Over Canada until Halloween

Kimmel & Wright
photo: Emily Cooper

Music: Friday night, the Gateway Theatre 2017-18 season opens with A Little Night Music, running until October 21st.

Benefit: The final David Foster Miracle Gala and Concert brings a star studded roster to the stage at Rogers Arena on Saturday

Pigskin: The BC Lions take the field at BC Place to host Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday evening

Scene: Saturday night, Broken Social Scene play the Commodore Ballroom

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company sets the table for Thanks For Giving running at the Granville Island Stage until November 4th and King Charles III starts in previews this week at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Fright: The 2017 Fright Night at Playland spooks the patrons with houses of horror and thrilling rides until Halloween

 

Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

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.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Join Oktoberfest Contest Winners at Vancouver Alpen Club

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. Oktoberfest

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.

germanyinvancouver lederhosenIf 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

 

 

Haru Korean Kitchen

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.

Smokes Salmon Bibimbap
Smoked Salmon Bibimbap

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.

Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk
Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk

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
Ginseng Chicken Stew

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
Namul

Namul, from the snacks menu, is a rainbow of five seasoned vegetables thinly sliced, is another bright summer inspired dish.

 

 

 

Mandu
Mandu

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.

Haru Korean Kitchen is located at 324 Cambie Street, in Gastown, open 7 days per week for Lunch and Dinner.  Find them online at harukoreankitchen.com or Facebook and Instagram