Vancouver Foodster Best Chicken Wings Challenge – Recap

From June 8 – 29, Metro Vancouver restaurants offered their own unique entries into Vancouver Foodster’s Best Chicken Wings Challenge.

Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like to highlight either an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish for their entry.

In the 2017 Best Chicken Wings Challenge, seven chefs plated their take on chicken wings, resulting in a great diversity of flavours to sample.  The wings were served at nine different eateries from all across Metro Vancouver, from Langley to North Vancouver.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Best Chicken Wings entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Best Chicken Wings.  A panel of media judging, including myself, was also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Sabai Thai’s flavourful Deep Fried Tom Yum Wings came out on top of both lists. Visit vancouverfoodster.com to find out the top three winners from each category.

The entries of the 2017 Best Chicken Wings Challenge were (in random order);

Maru Korean Bistro – North Vancouver
Koritalian Snow Wings – crispy, sous vide cooked, parmesan topped wings

 

 

Preston’s – Downtown Vancouver
Comox Chicken Wings – dry rubbed or wet sauces classic whole wings.

 

 

 

House Special – Yaletown
Food Court Wings – wings two ways; hoisin and five spice flavoured served as a food court two item special with rice and veggies.

 

 

 

 

Ban Chok Dee – Maple Ridge & Langley
Massaman Dragon Wings – elaborately presented under a coconut smoke-filled glass cloche, a stuffed wing with rice berry and more in massaman curry

 

 

 

U & I Thai – Cambie Village & Mission
Red Wings with Thai Herbs – mildly, spices dry wings on a slaw of green papaya

 

 

 

 

Storm Crow Tavern – Commercial Drive
Rick’s Elusive Szechuan Sauce Wings – wet and sticky, szechuan sauce coated wings with a sharp spice cooled by the sour crema

 

Sabai Thai Restaurant – Guildford, Surrey
Deep Fried Tom Yum Wings – crispy, mildly spicy, wings served with a sweet dipping sauce and coconut rice.

 

 

 

 

Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.

 

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

Vancouver Foodster Best Chicken Wings Challenge

There will be no ‘winging it’ when the winner of the Vancouver Foodster Best Chicken Wings Challenge is crowned.

Starting June 8 and running until June 29, The Best Chicken Wings Challenge will bring out the best wings the city has to offer. Participating restaurants are entering their favourite Chicken Wings from their menu or have devised a new unique recipe for their Best Chicken Wings Challenge entry. The imaginative entries may range from simple to elaborate, feature unique and innovative ingredients, they may be breaded or naked; saucy or dry seasoned; baked or fried.
As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, the public will vote for a People’s Choice Winner and the judges will choose who is the Judges’ Choice Best Chickens Wing.  The public is invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their favourite Chicken Wing creation on vancouverfoodster.com/chicken-wings-challenge.  The top vote getter will be crowned People’s Choice.  Alongside the public vote, a panel of judges, including myself, will be trying all of the entries to select the Judge’s Choice.
The participating restaurants & locations are:

Vancouver

Preston’s at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street

House Special, 1269 Hamilton St 

Storm Crow Tavern, 1305 Commercial Drive 

U & I Thai, 3364 Cambie Street 

North Vancouver 

Maru Korean Bistro, 125 2nd St E

Surrey  

Sabai Thai Restaurant, 10391 150 Street 

Mission

U & I Thai, 33261 1 Ave 

Langley

Ban Chok Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

Maple Ridge

Ban Chok Dee, 20395 Lougheed Hwy

For more details on the Best Chicken Wings Challenge visit vancouverfoodster.com/chicken-wings-challenge . Follow #ChickenWingsChallengeYVR on Social Media to see all the great dishes people are eating during the run of the challenge, then get out and taste for yourself then Vote for your favourite.

West Village Cafe creates a community

Tucked into a shopping complex in Surrey, the recently opened West Village Cafe is an urban oasis in a suburban sea of chain store conformity. Even as you enter the bright, contemporary, cafe you are aware that you’re in for something good.

Arriving on a Sunday morning, West Village Cafe was bustling and alive with groups of friends and families socializing, studying and sipping a great smoothie, or coffee while digging into their brunch or lunch dishes.  Owners Paul and Jas, and their staff greet guests with friendly and fast service, creating a comfortable, welcoming room. Even though almost everything is housemade the small kitchen turns out food in a rapid pace, comparable to the fast food restaurant.  Paul, Jas and Chef Tim Cuff have created a menu which offers a diverse selection of Breakfast/Brunch, Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, and their speciality Rice Bowls, along with Grab-n-Go baked goods and drinks.  Ingredients have been carefully selected from local sources and the freshness is reflected in the taste.

My meal of the Turmeric, Cous Cous & Grapefruit Salad, with one of best classic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches was comforting and fresh. The AntiOxidant Smoothie and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Energy Seed Bar were a tasty, healthy combo to take on the road back to Vancouver.   West Village Cafe may be out in Surrey, (we wish it there was one near our Yaletown neighbourhood) it’s definitely now on our list of places to visit on a day out and a place to meet with friends in the area. 

West Village Cafe is located at #160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey BC
Visit westvillagecafe.ca to check out the menu and more information then make a visit in person.

#FVDED In The Park announces 2017 line-up

FVDED In The Park, presented by Blueprint & Live Nation Canada is back in 2017 for its third year at Holland Park in Surrey.  July 7th and 8th FVDED In the Park will feature The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, PartyNextDoor, Dillon Francis and Ty Dolla $ign and many more over three stages for the two-day event.

“We’re very excited to be back with FVDED in the PARK for our third year at Holland Park,” says Blueprint Founder Alvaro Prol. “This festival has become our favourite event of the year to produce. It’s a great mix of all the genres we love and are passionate about here at Blueprint, and we’ve gone bigger than ever with 2017’s lineup.”

As Metro Vancouver’s largest outdoor music event, FVDED in the Park continues to bring in the crowds with over 40,000 festival goers expected to attend this year’s two-day events.

General Admission Two-Day Festival Passes and 19+ VIP Area are on sale today, Monday, March 6th at 11am PST online at fvdedinthepark.com.
General Admission passes are valid for all ages. Single Day Passes and more information will be released in the coming weeks.

FVDED IN THE PARK 2017 Line-up includes:

The Chainsmokers
Wiz Khalifa
PartyNextDoor
Dillon Francis
Ty Dolla $ign
Yellow Claw
Getter
Russ
What So Not
NGHTMRE
Matoma
Madeintyo
Lost Frequencies
Louis The Child
Vanic
Jai Wolf
Kyle
BadBadNotGood
The Funk Hunters
Claptone
Lane 8
24hrs
Zaytoven
Nebu Kiniza
Nora En Pure
Jax Jones
Harrison Brome
Brasstracks
Night Lovell
Boogie
B Traits
Lophiile
Andrew Luce
So Loki
Kempeh
Live Evil

O Canada! Where to Celebrate Canada Day

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This Friday, don your red & white and get ready to celebrate Canada Day.  Whether you’re planning small family festivities or taking part in one of Canada’s largest celebration, Metro Vancouver has plenty of options to celebration Canada Day.

Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day at Canada Place: 10am – 6pm Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
Western Canada’s largest celebrations feature the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Expo 86 memorabilia, plus the Canada Day Concert with Aaron Pritchett, Sheena Easton, Barney Bentall, Bear Mountain, and more.

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (north east), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: 10am – 6pm Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Friday.  First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more. 

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
Spend Canada Day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Japanese Taiko Drummers, Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band, Acadamie Duello, Parade and Cupcakes.

Canada Day at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with performances, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family plus “pick a box” silent auction.

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Stawberry Tea, Science World Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage headlined by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, wrapping up the day with Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm

 

 

FVDED In The Park 2016 on sale today

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FVDED in the Park will take place for the second year at Holland Park in Surrey, on July 2nd & 3rd, 2016. Presented by Blueprint, in partnership with Live Nation Canada, the urban music festival features three stages welcoming over 30 artists from across the globe. This year’s festival a trio of Grammy Award winning artists making up the headlining acts, Jack Ü – the collaboration between Diplo and Skrillex’s – as well as hitmaker Zedd. Find the full line-up on fvdedinthepark.com

The Weeknd headlines FVDED 2015
The Weeknd headlines FVDED 2015

“FVDED is truly the most exciting project our team works on every year,” says Alvaro Prol, Blueprint Co-Founder and Talent Buyer for the festival. “The lineup reflects our tastes as a company – it’s contemporary and approachable, with both established artists and emerging acts that we believe in and love. Last year’s reception blew us away and we appreciate the opportunity to once again bring a festival to the heart of a city.”

Super DJ Pete Tong at FVDED 2015
Super DJ Pete Tong at FVDED 2015

Last year, more than 28,000 fans attended FVDED In The Park, making it the largest outdoor music event in Metro Vancouver. Holland Park makes the festival easily accessible and unique in its urban location. Ample parking for drivers is a short walks on foot or SkyTrain’s King George Station is across the street for those who wish to take advantage of the fully licensed outdoor lounges. FVDED’s all-ages audience can enjoy popular food trucks and shop from local vendors all within the park surroundings. VIP festival passes allow priority entry into the festival, and includes access an exclusive VIP viewing area and separate beer gardens.

“It’s very exciting to unleash the second edition of what was such a unique and special event last year. FVDED IN THE PARK demonstrates that the lines between music genres continue to be blurry and today’s festival fan is open to discovering new artists from all corners our industry. Can’t wait to see everyone in Surrey this July,” says Erik Hoffman, Live Nation Canada Senior Vice-President of Talent.

General Admission Two-Day Festival Passes and 19+ VIP Area Passes are on sale today at 11am via fvdedinthepark.com. General Admission passes will be valid to admit all ages. Details on Single Day Passes will be released at a later date.