CONTEST: Raise a Beer at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest

With summer still in full swing, it’s hard to start thinking about autumn but it will be here before we know it. Why not have something to look forward to, besides grey, wet weather? 

Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest tickets are on sale now.  If you can’t make it to Germany, you can celebrate with #DasOriginal Oktoberfest right here in Vancouver.

For over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been hosting the city’s #DasOriginal Oktoberfest celebration.  Festivities take over the club for three consecutive weekends in October, Friday, October 4th, and Saturday, October 5th, Friday, October 11th, and Saturday, October 12th, plus Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Live music from The Continentals will encourage guests to kick up their heels and take a spin on the dancefloor. Get inspiration for your footwork and spins from Vancouver’s very own Schuhplattler dance group the “Alpen Plattlers”. 

New this year, Vancouver Alpen Club has also created a lunch and a dinner event, on October 25, designed to give corporate groups, team gatherings and business partners the chance to experience a real Oktoberfest atmosphere, paired with great networking opportunities. Inquiries about special group rates and to order tickets for this October 25th event can be emailed to events@vacbc.ca. If October 25th doesn’t work, Vancouver Alpen Club will also entertain email requests for alternate dates for corporate/group Oktoberfest events.

Traditional Bavarian cuisine is loaded on plates while mugs are filled with German ale.  To bring centuries of brewing history to the kegs, Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ visitors each day.

Oktoberfeast!

Tickets for the three Oktoberfest weekends at Vancouver Alpen Club are on sale now online at vacbc.ca/tickets.

Vancouver Alpen Club is kindly giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the Friday October 4th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including one food & beer voucher per person to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an Oktoberfest Buddy (1 entry) :

#CONTEST RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter http://ow.ly/VhDy50vwYpH #giveaway #dasoriginal

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Friday, August 30, 2019. 
One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

CONTEST: Swing your sweetheart at Vancouver Alpen Club’s February 9th Valentine’s Dance

Start your Valentine’s week by celebrating with the Vancouver Alpen Club’s Valentine’s Dance on February 9th.

The Vancouver Alpen Club kicks off the season of love with a dance party like only they can produce. Peter Juric & The Continentals, known for Vancouver Alpen Club’s rollicking Oktoberfest will keep you on your toes.

While working up a hunger on the ballroom dance floor partake in some of the comforting food from the Deutsches Haus kitchens, and what would a party at Vancouver Alpen Club be without beer!

You could enjoy the Valentine’s fun for yourself, enter to win a Vancouver Alpen Club Valentine’s Dance Prize Package including: 2 tickets to the dance, plus 2 food and drink voucher. A perfect package for date night!

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would take to the Vancouver Alpen Club Valentine’s Dance (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag your Valentine (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #ValentineDance #prize package via @jminter http://ow.ly/pbER30nA7K5 #contest

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Friday February 8, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access the ballroom dance.

Vancouver Christmas Market returns for 2018

Celebrating its 9th anniversary, the Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza. Surrounding the Olympic Cauldron the Vancouver holiday tradition runs November 21 – December 24, 2018. This year, the yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, trinkets and much more alongside an expanded lineup of activities and live entertainment.

“Every season, families, couples, and friends make their annual pilgrimage to feast upon festive delights, warm themselves with mulled wine, shop for unique treasures, and share the Christmas cheer,” says Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “This year, we are thrilled to present even more engaging holiday experiences for visitors of all ages to create lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether gathering to indulge in traditional German delicacies, shopping together for that one-of-a-kind gift, or meeting with friends to take in a wide range of special events including Children’s Wish Weeks with an exclusive visit and on-site activity with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson, Deluxe Date Night, Kids Day, Club Christmas Thursdays, or Carousel Fridays, we look forward to welcoming new and returning guests to celebrate this joyous time of year!” 

As always, the market vendors offer a great shopping experience, and the traditional German-style food and drink, especially Glühwein to keep you warm on a winter’s night. The bigger and bolder Christmas Market will offer visitors an abundance of new local vendors, as well as new attractions and events. Some of the highlights include the new Winterdeck located beside the Alpine Lounge, featuring a charming entrance arch, a giant lit up picture frame, and stunning views of the North Shore. Couples will want to stroll down Lovers’ Lane – an Instagram-worthy 30-foot long tunnel adorned with 10,000 twinkling lights and mistletoe. A Love Lock Installation will be placed near the tunnel to which lovers can attach a ‘Vancouver Christmas Market Love Lock’, serving as a touching symbol of love and partnership over the holiday season. Families will enjoy a multitude of holiday activities including the market’s new Kinder Kraft Igloo, featuring a market-wide Christmas scavenger hunt for children, plus free arts and crafts.

 The Vancouver Christmas Market will also offer expanded holiday activities for 2018 visitors of all ages.

Photo: Lindsay Elliott

New events and highlights at the 9th annual Vancouver Christmas Market include:

Children’s Wish Weeks : November 23 to December 7
The Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Free Carousel Fridays : November 23 & 30 + December 7
Enjoy carousel rides on the Christmas Carousel offered by donation to Children’s Wish.

Shopping Day : November 25
Get your Christmas shopping done early at the Vancouver Christmas Market! This special day will feature one-day-only deals at gift vendors throughout the market.

Foodie Tuesdays : November 27 & December 4
A chance to try more for less featuring bites and beverages from select vendors that are $4 and under.

Club Christmas : November 29, December 6,  13 & 20
Every Thursday, join us for some after-work drinks, and enjoy our new, later market hours as you bust-a-move with Vancouver’s coolest DJs at the Christmas Pyramid or belt out a tune at karaoke in the Alpine Lounge.

Kids Day : December 1
Join Holly & Jolly, the Market’s Gingerbread mascots, for a day of family fun! Youth (13 and under) will be able to enter the market and enjoy rides on the Christmas Carousel by providing a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation.

Deluxe Date Night : December 5
Romance is always in the air at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but we’re hanging a little extra mistletoe for this special night of love! Enjoy 2-for-1 Entry at the gate as well as ‘deals for duos’ including 2-for-1 carousel rides, pretzels, ciders, and other paired discounts at select vendors.

Canucks Defenseman Erik Gudbranson Visits the Market : December 7
In support of Children’s Wish Weeks, Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson will visit the Market to help make a child’s wish come true. Visitors who make a donation to Children’s Wish Foundation will have the chance to go head-to-head with Erik as they try to score against him.

Tickets for Vancouver Christmas Market are on sale now:
Adult $12, Seniors $11, Youth Age 7-12 $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.

CONTEST: Win a night at #DasOriginal Oktoberfest Vancouver

The clock is counting down for the start of Oktoberfest. If you can’t make it to Munich volkfest with thousands of visitors, you can make it to Vancouver Alpen Club, THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Vancouver.

#DasOriginal, Vancouver Alpen Club has been the city’s main Oktoberfest celebration for over 30 years.   Starting Friday, October 5th, and Saturday, October 6th, 2018, festivities take place every Friday and Saturday for three weekends in a row. Live music from The Continentals will encourage guests to kick up their heels and take a spin on the dancefloor. Get inspiration for your footwork and spins from Vancouver’s very own Schuhplattler dance group the “Alpen Plattlers”. 

Traditional Bavarian cuisine, like sauerkraut, schnitzel, and sausage is loaded on plates while mugs are filled with German ale.  To bring centuries of brewing history to the kegs, Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ visitors each day.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club is kindly giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the Friday October 5th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including one food & beer voucher per person to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter the contest:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would share your Oktoberfest experience (1 entry)

Tweet the Following & Tag an Oktoberfest Buddy (1 entry) :

RT to #Win an @AlpenClub #Oktoberfest experience via @jminter http://ow.ly/S8V330lCUld #contest #dasoriginal

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, September 10, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

Spring Equinox Celebration with Vinoscenti Vineyard

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: This contest is now closed, thank you to those who entered. 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

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling us the person who would join you to sip and celebrate at the German Spring Equinox Celebration with Vinoscenti Vineyard and Vancouver Alpen Club (1 entry)

Tweet the Following (1 entry) :

RT to Enter to #Win a pair of tickets to the @vinoscentivines German Spring Equinox Celebration via @jminter http://ow.ly/X3AG30iM5PS #contest @alpenclub @deutschhausYVR #german #wine #spring #equinox

Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random.

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

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Your branches green delight us!

Photo 2015-12-02, 20 40 49
Trees of Hope displays at Four Seasons Vancouver

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Trees of Hope displays at Four Seasons Vancouver

If you’re gathering around the Christmas Tree on this Christmas Eve, I thought we’d take a look at the origins of the Holiday greenery.

The origins of the classic Christmas Carol, O Christmas Tree come from the German folk song O Tannenbaum, which wasn’t originally associated with Christmas but extolled the consistence and faithfulness of  the evergreen.  While there is evidence of decorated trees associated with Christmas in Eastern and Northern Europe the centuries throughout the centuries, the Christmas Tree we came to know and cherish developed through the 19th Century.  When Britian’s Queen Victoria married German Prince Albert the German “Christbaum” made it’s way to Great Britain.  North Americans gained their first taste of the Christmas Tree via German soldiers in Quebec and grew from there.

Whether your tree is a fresh cut evergreen or a pre-lit ever-green from a box, gather round and enjoy your Christmas with family and friends.

They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

source: wikipedia