28th Annual Harmony Arts Festival opens August 3rd

As it enters its 28th year, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver keeps going from strength to strength.  Surrounding the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival fills the calendar from August 3rd to 12th with over 150 music, arts, film and food events, much of it free!

Highlights of the festival events include;

ARTS:

Indigenous Exhibition: A new feature in the festival, the Indigenous Exhibition, celebrates Indigenous artists and communities, while honouring the tradition of gathering and sharing. The exhibition is inspired by West Vancouver’s origins on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, in particular, the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations. Opening at Ambleside Landing August 3rd, with a traditional welcome ceremony, the program invites visitors to learn about Indigenous culture through an exploration of 30 artists in an authentic marketplace and art exhibition.
Indigenous Exhibition runs August 2 – 12, daily until 9pm

ArtSpeaks: Expand your knowledge with over 20 artist talks, demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and more. Offered in two waterfront tents near the Ferry Building Gallery. Select artists will also showcase their works as part of the Harmony Showcase Exhibition, held in the Silk Purse Arts Centre. For fashion enthusiasts, the Slow Clothes Fashion Show, takes place on Wednesday, August 8 at 2 p.m. on the John Lawson Stage.
Art Speaks opens August 3–12: 12 – 9p.m.

Art Beat: Discover more than 40 artists showcasing their works on the Ambleside and Dundarave beat as you local shops and restaurants together with West Vancouver’s vibrant waterfront. A street celebration takes place on August 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ?Art Beat opens August 3–12, store hours

Fresh St. Market Art Market: Argyle Street is filled with a diverse array of juried products including ceramics, glass, jewellery, leather, painting, photography, textiles and wood, the Fresh St. Market Art Market is the place to find incredible gifts and one-of-a-kind artistic treasures. Meet artists and artisans who display awe-inspiring works in a row of white tents.
Fresh St. Market Art Market runs August 3–6 and August 10–12, times vary

A complete list of participating vendors can be found at  harmonyarts.ca/art/art-market

MUSIC:
Four Stages to choose from to suit your musical tastes.

ONNI Group Sunset Concerts evenings at John Lawson Park features Buckman Coe, Sara Jane Scouten, Jane Mortiffee & Friends, The Paperboys and more

Jim Byrnes

Parc Retirement Living Garden Concerts at Millennium Park, feature Jim Byrnes, The Adam Woodall Band, Coco Jafro, plus tribute bands The Hip Show, and Eagle Eyes, to name just a few.

Seniors’ Series
, finds Dal Richards Orchestra (August 5), The Bruce James Orchestra – Vancouver’s Big Band (August 6) and The Beauty Shop Dolls (August 12) playing afternoons at John Lawson Park

Live Music at The Silk Purse
 has live jazz and classic sounds in the afternoons August 8, 9 & 10

FILM:?

Outdoor Cinema

Following the ONNI Group Sunset Concerts John Lawson Park becomes an outdoor cinema, with free nightly screenings of award-winning films starting at 9pm.
This year’s line-up includes award-winning films like The Greatest Showman, Coco, Beatlejuice, My Fair Lady, Rocky, Wonder Woman and more.

FOOD:
Every good festival offers good food and Harmony Arts Festival doesn’t disappoint with a hearty selection of its own.

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
features a pop-up Salt & Earth Oyster Bar offering dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage.

Ambleside Pier

Harmony Arts Festival also offers three special ticketed events:

?Indigenous Feast: at Ambleside Landing August 7th, 6pm is a brand new event with a traditional indigenous menu from Salmon & Bannock, accompanied by a performance by Murray Porter.

8th Annual Best of the West:
on Ambleside Pier August 8th, 7-9pm is a tasty curated evening featuring a dozen local restaurants paired with wineries celebrating the best of BC.

3rd Annual Mixology Night on the Pier
: on the Ambleside Pier August 9, 7:30-9:30pm welcomes eight of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees.

With so much to keep young and old entertained from day time to evening, it’s not surprising to see why Harmony Arts Festival has kept visitors returning year after year. ?There’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy at Harmony Arts Festival.
Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.

Explore Tasting Plates West End – June 20th

Kick off Summer 2018 with a flavourful evening during Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates West End.  As with all Tasting Plates, the neighbourhood’s restaurants and eateries will offer participants a tasting plate or cup that best exemplifies their establishment and chef.  During the evening, join other foodies and friends to sip and savour the flavours both new and established.  Visit with others over the bites, as questions of some of the chefs, learn about the West End and enjoy the last day of Spring.

Starting at Milano Coffee at 849 Denman Street, Tasting Platers will check in to receive their Tasting Plate passport and menu, then off they’ll go to complete the passport and get their fill of the West End. Other eateries on Tasting Plates West End, along Denman and Davie Streets, include;

Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Pasture to Plate, 1061 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tartine Bread and Pies, 1069 Davie Street, Vancouver

Izakaya Gon’s, 854 Denman Street, Vancouver

Get your tickets to Tasting Plates West End on Eventbrite now:

Advance Tickets: $45 per person until June 18, 2018
Regular Tickets: $60 per person after June 18, 2018
*Eventbrite fees and tastes extra

Ticket price includes a tasting plates at each of the participating eateries throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some locations, as noted on menu, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Where to watch FIFA World Cup in Vancouver.

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is just around the corner, are you ready to throw on a jersey and wave the flag of your favourite team?

If you can’t be at the big match, the next best way to watch beautiful game is down the pub or club with your fellow supporters over beers and grub. In a multicultural city like Vancouver it’s easy to find a like-minded group of supporters gathering to cheer on the same country.

Restaurants, pubs and social clubs are the usual go to spots to watch but with many time zones between Vancouver and Russia’s stadiums (mostly in the European side of the country), the matches air early morning local time.  The time difference means many establishments will need to open early to make the most of the matches.

A few of the prime spots to view World Cup Russia 2018 are;

Red Card Sports Bar: 560 Smithe – Official Heineken House (even though the Netherlands is not in these World Cup finals)

London Pub: 700 Main Street – Official England House

Croatian Cultural Centre: opening Croatia matched coincide with Croatian Days Festival

The Pint: 455 Abbott Street – open for Brazil, Mexico & Germany matches.

Malone’s: 608 West Pender Street – open early for most matches

Dunn’s Famous: 827 Seymour – most matches

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse: English Bay & Coquitlam – Brazil matches.

Portuguese Club of Vancouver: 1144 Commercial Drive – Portuguese matches

Vancouver Alpen Club: 4875 Victoria Drive – German matches

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a VIP viewing package for two at the Vancouver Alpen Club June 17th for Germany’s opening match against Mexico at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. For contest details click here

Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge is at hand

Taco Tuesdays take on new meaning this month as the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge gets under way, today May 3rd until May 27th.

Chefs near and far around the region have been challenged to create a taco that best exemplifies their restaurant. Vancouver Foodster has given the chefs free reign on their creations to make whatever their imagination dreams up; complicated or simple, traditional or uniquely non-traditional, vegetarian or meat-filled.

The public is invited to try out any or all of the Taco Challenge dishes then vote for their favourite creation at vancouverfoodster.com/taco-challenge

In addition to the public vote, a panel of media judges, of which I’m proud and excited to be one, will be tasting the Best Taco Challenge entries to choose the Judges Choice Winner.

Follow me @jminter on Twitter and Instagram to see the Taco Challenge creations landing on my plate and those of the other Media Judges too

James Chung : Founder & Editor of hellovancity.com
Twitter: HelloVancity
Instagram: hellovancity

Teresa Ly :  Foodie
Instagram: teelythefoodie

Get out and get your tacos and be sure to vote for your favourites!
The participating restaurants and dish details on the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge are;

La Cantina Tacos, 722 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Las Tortas, 3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Maizal, 2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Patron Tacos & Cantina, 265 Robson Street, Vancouver 

Hugo’s Churros, 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond 

Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen, 19151 Fraser Highway, Surrey 

Hopcott Meats, 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Hugo’s Mexican Food, 7101 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack

Ready, set, Tacos! See you out there

Get Your Tickets For Tasting Plate Kitsilano, May 9th

Vancouver Foodster brings you another chance to explore one of Vancouver’s flavourful neighbourhoods with Tasting Plates Kitsilano coming up on May 9, 2018.

The West Side neighbourhood is home to a vast array of restaurant styles, tastes and menus.  As with all Tasting Plates events, chefs from the area restaurants and eateries will share a tasting plate or cup that they think exemplifies their kitchen with the hungry tasting platers. Gather your friends and fellow foodies to roam along West Broadway and learn about the establishments from the proprietors and chefs.  Tasting Plates begins at the to be announced check-in location where patrons can register and collect their Tasting Plates maps to guide you on your journey around the ‘hood.

Tasting Plates Kitsilano is expected to include stops at;

Sencha Tea Lounge, 3468 W Broadway

Olympia Pizza, 3205 W Broadway

Be Fresh Market, 2951 W Broadway

Bon Macaron, 2823 W Broadway

Look for more Tasting Plates spots closer to May 9th. Then get your walking shoes and stretchy pants, and get ready to explore Kitsilano.

Early Bird Tickets for Tasting Plates Kitsilano are on sale at Eventbrite before May 4th.

 

Sink Your Teeth Into @VanFoodster 4th Pizza Challenge & More

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Vancouver Foodster has launched the 4th Pizza Challenge with restaurants all around the region, from Squamish to to Coquitlam, have signed up to participate. Until April 29th, the public is invited to get out and try any or all of the pizza creations then vote for their favourites to help choose the Pizza Challenge winner.

Once again participating restaurants have been challenged to create a new pizza for the challenge or feature a perfect classic pie from their existing menu. The chefs were advised that the criteria voters will consider when tasting is originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

In addition to the public vote, a trio of media judges will be tasting the Pizza Challenge entries to choose the Judges Choice Winner.

The Media Judges are:

Tara Lee : Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications.
Twitter: @VanGlutton
Instagram @vanglutton

David Grange : Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger
Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger
Instagram: @BCfoodieblogger

Josh Boettcher : Blogger for josheats.com
Twitter: @josheatstweets
Instagram @itsjosheats

Some of the participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge are:

Piva Modern Italian, 787 Columbia Street, New Westminster

La Ruota Pizzeria – Bulgolgi Pizza

Bowen Island Pizza Company, 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver (inside Lonsdale Quay)

Backcountry Brewing, 405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish

La Ruota Pizzeria, 1168 The High Street, Coquitlam

Novo Pizzeria,  2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Bay Moorings Restaurant, 6330 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay

Visit vancouverfoodster.com for the complete list is participating restaurants and to vote on your favourite pizzas.

As well, get your tickets for Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plate East Village coming April 18th and Food Talks Vol. 16 coming May 8th at Dockside Restaurant.

Tasting Plates Heads To Coquitlam March 14th

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

Mariner Brewing – H-1100 Lansdowne Dr

Kulinarya Filipino Cuisine – 2922 Glen Dr

Advance Tickets for Tasting Plates Coquitlam are on sale from Eventbrite for $45 until March 11th