Get your tickets for Tasting Plates Commercial Drive – Aug 23

Commercial Drive is known for it’s diverse restaurant scene, experience it for yourself on August 23rd with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates  Commercial Drive.   

As usual with Tasting Plates, patrons will get to explore the neighbourhood with their friends and fellow foodies, while sampling what Commercial Drive chefs have prepared for the evening.  Vancouver Foodster invites chefs to create a tasting plate of unique or curated from their menu morsels.
Tasting Platers will check in at the welcome desk to collect their Tasting Plates cards and maps then hit the streets with their taste buds at the ready.

Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 23rd has so far included the following restaurants in the line-up;

Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Dr
Rosemary Rock Salt, 1350 Commercial Dr
Falconetti’s East Side Grill, 1812 Commercial Dr
77K Freeze Iceberg Lounge, 2240 Commercial Dr
Famoso Neapolitan Pizza, 1380 Commercial Dr
Turks Coffee Lounge, 1276 Commercial Dr

Tickets for Tasting Plates Commercial Drive are on sale now

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person until August 8
Advance Tickets $45 per person from August 9-20
Regular $60 per person after August 20

Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza – recap

What could be better than a half dozen great slices of Pizza in one night? Hungry diners got to experience just that last night on Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza 2017.

Checking in at Dogwood Brewing, patron’s collected their Pizza Palooza and headed out on a tour of some of the best and brightest pizzeria’s Vancouver has to offer.

We experienced New York Slices, Neapolitan, Roman, and even a South Asian take on the pizza.

First up was Dogwood Brewing, a hidden oasis, Vancouver’s only organic brewery packed the house by offering a taster of their brewed-on-site beers along with a bite of the house-made Rocky Mountain Flatbread pizzas




At Kalai’s Dosa Hut, on Fraser Street, the Pizza Dossa brought a touch of South Asian flavour to Pizza Palooza. The thin, light gluten-free dosa was topped with fresh veggies and cheese.

Straight Outta Brooklyn at Fraser and Kingsway served up their always satisfying slices of Classic (Pepperoni), Original (Margherita) and White (4 Cheese).





Ragazzi Pizza Co. is a great little neighbourhood pizzeria serving up “Real Italian Pizza” and from the comments as other diners left their pair of slices were indeed at hit; Carbonara (Garlic, Black Pepper, Pancetta, Bocconcini)tasting just like the pasta, and spicy Arrabiata (Salami, Capicollo, ONions, Chilli Flakes, Mozzarella)


ZeroZero Pizzeria is the go to place near International Village and always offers unique and creative toppings like last nights Chorizo and Brussel Sprouts (Spicy Sausage and Crispy, Grilled Spouts) and the Pomodoro (Fresh & Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Oregano and Mozzarella)



The recently opened, Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria was our last stop and was a treat for the senses. Firecrust makes your pizza to order so you can watch it come to life right in front of you. Choose from the menu selections like our Quattro Formaggi (Fior di Latte, Romano, Gorgonzola, Ricotta and Extra Virgin Olive Oil base) and Siciliana (Italian Sausage, Ham, Prisciutto, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Fior di Latte, Romano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Or select your own toppings to create your own pizza to go into the Brick Oven.

After all that Pizza the last thing we want to think of is more food but if tasting tours like this are of interest check out Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary in Downtown Vancouver

BC Distilled Festival 2016

Tomorrow, the third annual BC Distilled Festival gets underway celebrating British Columbia’s craft and micro-distilleries.

Victoria SpiritsThe festival starts Friday night with a sold-out first of its kind Cask Strength Whiskey Tasting Preview, at the Westin Bayshore,  nine distilleries will be sampling straight from the barrel, under 3 year old (save for one) that are not yet for sale. This your chance to taste the future of BC’s burgeoning distilled industry,

Photo 2014-11-20, 18 42 38Saturday  evening, The Main Tasting Room at the Croatian Cultural Centre brings out 30 plus distilleries and restaurants.  Unlike other food and beverage festivals, BC Distilled samples are not ticketed so guests are free to taste anything that strikes their fancy.  Gin, aged Gin, Vodka, Brandy, Liqueurs and more, the distilleries will be sampling straight spirits and some cocktails.  The Legacy Liquor Store pop-up shop is on location if you want to take home anything you’ve sampled.

Photo 11-27-2013, 20 41 51While the Whiskey Tasting Preview is sold out, Tickets for the Main Tasting Room as available online for $59.99 or $79.99 for VIP Tasting.

Vancouver Foodster Presents Tasting Plates West End

tastingplate_westend_x250After a short summer break, Vancouver Foodster returns with Tasting Plates West End edition. On September 10th the food tour tackles the West End neighbourhood to explore its tastes.

Join locals and visitors as they walk, bike or drive around the West End and sample the Tasting Plates on offer from each of the 8 participating restaurants. From 6pm until 9:30pm foodies and friends will check-in at Marquis Wine Cellars to collect their Tasting Plates card, then continue to roam and eat their way around the variety of flavours offered from:

Milestones Denman, 1210 Denman Street
Twitter: @MSDenmanStreet

Morocco West, 795 Jervis Street
Twitter: @MoroccoWest

Papparoti, 1505 Robson Street
Twitter: PappaRotiCanada

Buckstop Denman, 833 Denman Street
Twitter: @BuckstopDenman

Pizza Fabrika, 1680 Robson Street
Twitter: @PizzaFabrika_CA

Advance Tickets are on sale until September 8th for $40 on Eventbrite (fees extra), after September 8th tickets are $50 so shop now!

Follow the restaurants and @VanFoodster Tasting Plates on Twitter & Instagram and the hashtag #TastingPlatesYVR to get in on the action all evening.

Van Foodster Culinary Scavenger Hunt – recap

This weekend the first Culinary Scavenger Hunt, presented by Vancouver Foodster took place in downtown Vancouver.  A couple hundred food fans gathered at XOXOLAT to check-in and receive their Scavenger Hunt card, then were off on a mystery food tour around the town.
VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 14 12 57Unlike Vancouver Foodster’s other food tour, Tasting Plates, the patrons did not know what they would be served until they arrived at the restaurants, so the venues were able to be creative and put their best foot forward to wow the crowd. In the spirit of a scavenger hunt, many of the restaurants made patrons work for our bites. Posting on Social Media at The Parlour Yaletown, making our own juice at Chasers, memorizing menu items at Milestones Yaletown, were just some of the activities.

From the sweet nibs and fragances at the check-in location at XOXOLAT, the first scavenger hunt clues lead people off in different directions.


VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 14 44 59Chaser’s Fresh Juice & Deli at 1026 Mainland Street, a raw food and juice bar. Guests had the chance to press the button on their own freshly squeezed orange juice and sample some of their blends of greens and vegetable juices as well as cashew milk.





VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 14 53 58Hamilton Street was the next stop at The Parlour, a personal favourite, where they really made people work for their bites.  Social Media tasks to enter to win prizes and then sample their handmade, woodfired pizza menu, salads and Prohibition IPA beer.




VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 15 26 35Down the street at Milestones, Chef Robyn Schreier put people through the paces of memorizing menu items before offering up tastes of Breakfast Tostadas.





VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 15 50 46For an after breakfast treat, Marquis Wine Cellars offered a selection of wines pairs with fruits bites to tickle the senses.






VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 16 12 50Next up was the always popular Bella Gelateria, with a line up of patrons devouring their award winning, handmade gelato.






VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 16 25 07 (1)Down on the waterfront below Jack Poole Plaza, De Dutch Pannekoek House gave a choice of sweet or savoury pannekoeken as guests got to choose from Edam & De Bakon or Banana-Strawberry for fillings.





VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 16 50 23 (1)On Pender Street, Soirette Macarons debuted two new flavours exclusively for the Culinary Scavenger Hunt crowd – Guava & Coconut and Yuza & Cumquat, and alongside samples of three of their fine teas. 





VFScavHunt_2014-04-06, 17 09 35 (1)Lastly, Seventeen89 Restaurant & Lounge served up a nice, fresh Tuna Tartare in a mini cone along with Shock Top Belgian Beer. The servers made it known that, since the Cellar Jazz Club closed, Seventeen89 was now the spot to catch great live Cory Weeds’ jazz shows on Tuesday nights.

After a fun, filling afternoon patrons were sure to have found a new taste or two in downtown Vancouver.



tastingplates_1_bWatch for the next Vancouver Foodster event, Tasting Plates Gastown Edition on April 23rd. 




Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant

tastingplates_mtpleasantThe next edition of Tasting Plates YVR is ready to roll this Wednesday September 18th in Vancouver’s Mt Pleasant neighbourhood.  There’s still time to grab a ticket and have a taste as each restaurant invites participants to sample what makes them a local favourite. Tickets are on sale for $35 until midnight, Sept 15, then regular tickets are $45 on Eventbrite

The Mt Pleasant restaurants included in this edition are:

Registration & Check-in –
Milano Coffee Roasters
156 West 8th Avenue
Cuisine: cafe and coffee roastery

Chicha Restaurant
136 East Broadway. Vancouver
Twitter: @ChichaVancouver
Cuisine: Peruvian

Baylor’s Groceteria
367 E Broadway, Vancouver
Twitter: @ChefTims
Cuisine: Soups

Bonchaz Bakery Café
189 East Broadway
Twitter: @bonchaz
Cuisine: café

Urban Fare (False Creek)
1688 Salt Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @urbanfare
Cuisine: Restaurant in super market where food is their passion

Flip Top Fusion Food Truck
NW Corner of West 8th Avenue & Manitoba Street
Twitter: @FliptopTruck
Cuisine: Filipino

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck
NW Corner of West 8th Avenue on Manitoba Street
Twitter: @LeTigreTruck
Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Fluevog Sample Sale 2012

Today is the day footwear fans look forward to all year as they flock to the Gastown Store for the Annual Fluevog Sample Sale.  John Fluevog has always been famous for his “unique soles for unique souls” philosphy and this year was rumoured to be particularly creative for the designer. This may result in some truly one-of-a-kind creations, or you may find some familiar styles in new fabrics or familiar fabrics in new styles. You’ll never know what you’ll find unless you’re there.
Doors open at 5pm at the Gastown Fluevog store at 65 Water Street, the Sample Sale runs until from 5pm until 11pm.