A sunny, summer evening on the waterfront, cocktails, nibbles and a few hundred revellers roaming Ambleside Pier, is the recipe for another great Night On The Pier. Part of West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival, Night On The Pier brought together seven of Vancouver’s top bartenders and mixologists to complete with each other for the superior sip.
Visitors were able to stroll Ambleside Pier and sample each of the libations created with a featured spirit. Amongst the cocktail stations were light bites from Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats, Las Margaritas, Cocoa Progressive Latin Restaurant.
Scroll through the participating bartenders’ beautiful cocktails to find the #1:
And voted number 1 cocktail for the 4th Annual Night On The Pier…
If you missed out on sipping these cocktails at Night On The Pier, you can see what these bartenders are mixing by visiting their bars.
West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival is an annual summer destination for people from all over Metro Vancouver. Filling the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival brings a line-up of entertainment from August 2nd to 11th with scores of music, arts, film and food events, much of it free!
Highlights of the festival events include;
Indigenous Showcase: the indigenous exhibition returns to Harmony Arts for a second year, recognizing the tradition of gathering and celebrates Indigenous artists and communities in a modern context to share in the richness of their arts
ArtSpeaks: Artist talks, art demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and more. ArtSpeaks takes place daily and most classes are free!
Art Beat: the Ambleside and Dundarave local shops and restaurants highlight local artists in their storefronts.
Fresh St. Market Art Market: Argyle Street is filled with a diverse array of one-of-a-kind, gifts, and products including ceramics, glass, jewellery, leather, painting, photography, textiles and wood. Meet artists and artisans who display awe-inspiring works in a row of white tents.
Over the 10 days, Harmony Arts Festival includes 50 live music performances on two stages.
The PARC Retirement Living Garden Stage in Millennium Park, features daytime concerts, dinner concerts at 5:30 p.m. and evening headline concerts at 8:45 p.m.
The Main Stage in John Lawson Park is home to the popular Sunset Concerts, daily at 7:30 p.m., as well as timeless melodies of the Seniors Series, sponsored by Revera Retirement Living – Hollyburn House on August 4, 5 & 11. The 2019 line-up includes: The Paperboys, The Matinée, Dreams: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band, R&B Allstars, Desirée Dawson and more.
Outdoor Cinema in the Park takes place each night at 9pm at the John Lawson Park stage. This year’s line-up includes award-winning current and classic family-friendly films like Green Book, Crazy Rich Asians, The Incredibles 2, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Black Panther, Top Gun and more.
Every good festival needs good food, and places to take a break and enjoy the music with your friends. Harmony Arts Festival doesn’t disappoint with a hearty selection of its own free dining spots and ticketed events.
Harmony Arts Festival offers three special ticketed culinary events:
2nd AnnualIndigenous Feast: at Ambleside Landing August 6th, 6pm features a traditional indigenous menu paired with Nk’Mip wines 9th Annual Best of the West: on Ambleside Pier August 7th, 7-9pm 12 of the Lower Mainland’s best restaurants paired with 12 wineries for a culinary arts event and competition 4th Annual Night on the Pier: on the Ambleside Pier August 8th, 7:30-9:30pm welcomes some of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees.
Other dining options around Harmony Arts Festival include; Artisan Eats, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park. The Park Royal Beachside Patio finds a pop-up version of Feast The Neighbourhood Table to Argyle Street. The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge enjoy dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage.
Harmony Arts Festival packs in so much entertainment and activities there’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy. Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.
Last week Harmony Arts Festival presented its 3rd Night on the Pier, a celebration of cocktail culture. Under the late-day heat of the setting sun, Ambleside Pier was filled with visitors seeking thirst quenching cocktails.
Nine of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists poured their original cocktail creations for guests to sample and enjoy, alongside small bites from Mamie Taylor’s, Feast the Neighbourhood Table, Sebastian & Co. Fine Organic Meats Ltd, Las Margaritas, Two Rivers Meats & Backyard Eatery.
After sipping all the cocktails, guests were invited to vote for their favourite to be crowned top mixologist.
After the votes were counted, Milestones’ bartender Souhail Rostainajad was crowned the people’s choice for top cocktail with his refreshing “Cocktails at Tiffany’s” featuring spirit sponsor Barcardi White Rum.
The other competing cocktails, bartenders, restaurant and spirit sponsors were:
West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival is now underway, one of the signature events this year is Mixology Night On The Pier. In celebration of the rebirth of cocktail culture, Mixology Night On The Pier brings together some of the city’s top bartenders for an evening of competitive cocktail creations. Ticketed guests are invited to the pop-up beach lounge at Ambleside Pier to vote for their favourite libation, enjoy food from Bon Vivant Catering and listen to surfside entertainment throughout the evening.
Bartenders competing for votes in Mixology Night On The Pier are:
Alex Black – Nightingale Restaurant Jayton Paul – Nightingale Restaurant Grant Sceney – Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge Katie Ingram – L’Abbatoir Olivia Povarchook – Juniper Bar & Kitchen Robyn Gray – Prohibition Bar Sabrine Dhaliwal – UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar Shea Hogan – Shameful Tiki Bar
In addition to an evening of cocktails, food and entertainment voting enters guests for the chance to win a Victoria Trip from Helijet and Cactus Club Cafe – roundtrip flights for two plus lunch or dinner at Cactus Club Cafe in downtown Victoria.
Recently, a group of us were privileged to get an inside look behind the scenes at what goes into creating some of the cocktails at GRAIN Tasting Bar, one of my favourite newer spots in the city. Brian (@br_webb) won the chance for 5 of us to take part in the experience so Billy (@billyforce), Mary (@maryinvancity), Josh (@joshrimer) and I spent the afternoon learning how to make 4 cocktails and sampling some of GRAIN’s fine foods.
Mitchell Kerr, Bar Manager at GRAIN, who created most of the cocktails on their extensive menu, welcomed us and would be our guide for the afternoon. Mitchell, and GRAIN itself, has a philosophy of keeping it local when it comes to the ingredients in his drinks, luckily Vancouver has fast become a mecca for locally produced spirits. Long Table Distillery is one of these great new local producers and would be the key ingredient in the 4 cocktails we were mixing:
Urban Farmer: created by Mark Saxauer, blends the tastes of fresh, muddled tomatoes, basil, a hint of spice and Long Table Gin to create a fresher, cleaner take on a classic Caesar or Bloody Mary.
Sea To Sky: like a lot of Mitchell’s cocktails is named after a local landmark, a martini using Long Table Gin, St Germaine, basil and citrus flavours it evokes the crisp, fresh feeling one would get as they drove the Sea To Sky Highway.
Zen Martini: named after the Zen Tea that infuses the Vodka used in the cocktail, also combines Drambuie and fruit juices to create a sweet, wholesome feeling martini.
Vancouver Vesper: a local modification on the classic James Bond created Vesper, using Long Table Vodka and Gin with a hint of citrus bitters to make it a local and unique sip.
Each of our cocktails was intermingled with course of GRAIN Tasting Bar‘s great bites. Charcuterie with cheeses and house-made spreads and breads, pulled pork sliders and GRAIN’s renowned pizzas all topped off our afternoon to make it a great experience in a great location.
While you may not have the chance to get the behind the scenes experience that we did, you are guaranteed that whichever drinks and bites you choose you’ll be getting beautiful, creative and locally-sourced tastes.