Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.

Dining Out For Life 2018 Tonight

What’s for dinner? Why not eat out tonight and do good while dining out.
Today, Thursday March 22, 2018 Dining Out For Life from Fraser Valley to Whistler and all across Metro Vancouver helps support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From Bravo Restaurant in Chilliwack, El Santo in New Westminster, to Bowen Island Pizza in North Vancouver, The Reef Restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver to HY’s Steakhouse, or Avalanche Pizza in Whistler,  plus dozens of restaurants are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser. Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you.

You can give just by eating, dine out at one of the participating restaurants, and the restaurant in turn donates 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful.  The proceeds of Dining Our For Life go towards providing A Loving Spoonful’s free programs and services like delivering meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Chef Dinner, Family Pantry Program, Snack Packs and more.

BBQ off the Bypass gets grilling Sept 11th

BBQ Off The Bypass 2016

We’re just under a month away from a tasty annual treat for the Fraser Valley as BBQ Off The Bypass returns for another year.

The 11th Annual event, presented by C7D Logistics with Johnston’s and Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store, returns to Langley running in conjunction with the Great BC Bake-Off.  The family friendly event is free to attend with donations will be taken at the door for this year’s charitable partner, TinyKittens, Rescue Kitten TV

BBQ teams from across Washington State, Montana, Saskatchewan and British Columbia will compete for the grand championship of $5,000 cash prize, and invite attendees to enjoy complimentary samples of their delicious slow-cooked meats from the grills and check out the treats from vendors as well as listen to live music from The New Shackletons.

The BBQ categories in this year’s competition include: chicken, brisket, ribs, pork and a blackbox category.   

Also returning with BBQ Off the Bypass is the 7th annual Great BC Bake-Off, an amateur pie baking competition open to the public. Home bakers are encouraged to submit their favourite pie or tart in one of three categories: fruit pie, butter tart or anything pie.

“We’re excited to be back again for the 11th year with TinyKittens as our charitable partner. Bring a friend or your family and join us in Langley for the annual celebration of Southern style BBQ.” says Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store’s Angie Quaale

BBQ Off The Bypass run from 10am – 4pm at 117-20353 64th Avenue in Langley, BC

Friday Find: Field House Brewing Co.


On a recent weekend in the Fraser Valley, we made our first visit to Field House Brewing Co., I say first visit because it won’t be our last.

FieldHouseBrew_2016-04-30, 18 17 25Located on a mostly industrial street in East Abbotsford, once you stubble upon the 3 month old Field House Brewing Co. brewery and tasting room, you’ll feel instantly welcome. On a hot, spring evening the open lawn was filled with patrons sipping on their flights of craft beer and playing lawn games, creating a nice social atmosphere.  If the weather isn’t suitable for outdoor sips, the warm and inviting tasting room has a mix of long and small tables and a comforting seating around around the fire.FieldHouseBrew_2016-04-30, 18 27 29 The friendly staff guide guests on their sampling or Growler fills from the menu of 6  housemade brews, Sunday Cider from a rotation of BC local cideries and a Guest Tap, this week from Portland.   To round off your tasting, a selection of local bites like,  beer bagels, multigrain, cranberry crisps from Old Hand Coffee Cafe & Bakery, Hard Bite Chips, locally made sausage and more all satisfy the appetite.

FieldHouseBrew_6055While the atmosphere and environment were great, the real test is in the tasting and Field House Brewing wins on this point too.  We allowed Tasting Room Manager Josh to select our sample flight of Eastern IPA, Coolship Common, Field Saison and Sour Wheat Gose. All four were fresh and offered their own unique flavours.  A stand out for us were the Sour Wheat Gose, a new style of beer to me and I’m going to be on the lookout for it in the future.  As well I like a Belgian-style saison and the Field Saison was a good one.

The beer, the food, the style and atmosphere all contribute to a great time at Field House Brewing Co., and make us want to return for more. Next time you’re passing through East Abbotsford or even as a destination on a Sunday drive, make a pitstop at Field House Brewing Co. located at 2281 W. Railway St.

Visit online at for more information.

Colour in the Country at Abbotsford Tulip Festival

abbytulipfestMarch 25th is the kick off of the first Abbotsford Tulip Festival

The 2016 festival is the only tulip festival in BC as well as only tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Visitors will find 10 acres planted with 2.5 million bulbs bursting with the brilliant colours of over 50 tulip varieties.

“Our festival highlights community spirit, local agriculture and spring. I am excited to see this long-time dream become a reality and I’m looking forward to sharing my passion with our community!” says Alexis Warmerdam, Owner and Fourth Generation Dutch-Canadian Bulb Grower.  Alexis spent the last year preparing a new field on their Sumas Prairie farm with the intention of providing a unique experience where guests can appreciate the tulips’ beauty amidst the Fraser Valley scenery.

“We are very excited. It is going to be a fantastic experience and a great addition to all of the other things happening in Abbotsford this year. This family-friendly festival will highlight the beauty of the community and will give, yet, another reason for locals and visitors to get out and explore Abbotsford. Alexis’ vision is inspirational and we wish her and her team the very best, says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.

To make the Abbotsford Tulip Festival an experience for the whole family, the Warmerdam family farm offers ample parking, a covered picnic site, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, weekend food trucks and designated areas for friends and family to wander through the fields. The U-Pick field allows visitors to select their own fresh cut flowers, or visit the shop and purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall. Make a weekend of it and book a Festival package at Ramada Plaza Abbotsford. 

Dates:            March 25 – May 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week
Location:        36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC
Admission:     Only $5.00 per person and complimentary parking Monday to Friday.

Tickets can be purchased online at
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Friday Find – Gojoy Berries

GOJOY_IMG_4705The Fraser Valley is well known for it’s great crops of strawberries, cranberries and blueberries, now a local company is adding goji berries to the list of BC Farm Fresh berry crops. Gojoy Berries‘ farmer Peter Breederland has brought the, native to Asia, superfood to local markets.  The crop at Gojoy Berries farm in Aldergrove has just reached its peak and hit coolers so you can enjoy the antioxidant, vitamin c, and beta-carotene rich fresh berries.  Gojoy Berries also sells frozen whole berries and an awesome frozen “Smoothie Booster”, a tasty blend of BC-grown goji, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries.

The brilliant red berries are packed with a unique flavour, sweet and slightly savoury that are great on their own or perfectly pair with oatmeal, granola, yoghurt or even ice cream. Packed with flavour, fibre and plenty of nutrients,  are low in calories so feel free to dive into a basket while their fresh.GOJOY_2015-07-13, 09 21 53

Frozen whole, the berries are equally versatile, mixed into a chilled cocktail, blended into a smoothie, baked or cooked in your favourite recipe they show why they are known as a superfood.

The Smoothie Booster is a handy packet of berries that packs a punch of flavour and nutrients when added to your smoothie. The Smoothie Booster blend works with savoury green smoothies or sweet fruit smoothies to give them the added boost of vibrant colour year-round.

All the Gojoy Berries products are available online and in stores now. Fresh berries are only available for a limited time so grab them while you can!

Harrison Festival Of The Arts : July 12 – 20, 2014

Harrison FestivalKnown as ‘the best little fest in the West’, the Harrison Festival of the Arts is a perfect summertime festival for the resort town of Harrison. For 36 years, the Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world to the lakeside town. This year’s festival hits town on July 12th to July 20th.

Since 1988 The Harrison Festival Society has been organizing the festival with the guiding belief that good quality live entertainment is an integral part of a healthy community and a commitment to celebrating the cultural diversity of the Canada and the world.  As a result the Society dedicates itself to programming the festival with the best Canada and the World has to offer while keeping it inclusive and accessible for the general public.

Music on the Beach, a juried Art Market, Art Exhibits & workshops, Children’s Day and Evenings in The Harrison Memorial Hall are all programs throughout the Festival.  For a donation of just $2 a Festival button allows everyone in the family to enjoy a great international line-up of artists.   The Festival Button helps support the Festival and allows access to Music On The Beach, Art Market and Art Exhibit.  Children’s Day, Wednesday July 16th, features a line-up of entertainment and activities in the Harrison Memorial Hall, all for the admission of $6.

The Evenings in The Hall, features a line-up of international music, literary reading and theatre; Calypso beats from the Caribbean, pipers from Ireland & Scotland, traditional Mexican singers, African rhythms from Tongo feature along with local performers “Straight from the Valley” throughout the Festival. Admission to Evenings in the Hall vary per performance, most are $25, or a Full Festival Pass for $160(before June 27th) allows for all 10 nights of entertainment.

Find the full line-up and ticketing information to the Harrison Festival of the Arts online and to enhance your visit to the village of Harrison Hot Springs visit