The Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Holiday Market is coming to neighbourhoods near you on December 5, 2018. Building on last year’s Holiday Market, Vancouver Foodster market locations bring tastes, gifts and more to different corners of Vancouver.
At the Market locations – Main Street Honey Shoppe, Be Fresh Market & Cafe, Espressotec, and Silk Road Tea – multiple vendors, introduce participants to their products, goods and services. Find out from producers, crafters, and vendors first hand what goes into their products or flavours. The Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market is a perfect night for your holiday gift shopping, learning about what’s new on the shelves, shops and online, and mingling with your friends while meeting new ones.
Guests will register at Main Street Honey Shoppe to collect their Holiday Market Passport. Then, they’ll set off to explore the market locations.
Espressotec, 1015 Clark Drive, will feature local food, baristas, coffee-roasters and coffees, along with general gift items including; Bean Around The World, East Van Roasters, Nutmeg Mylk, and Porchlight Press Cards.
Be Fresh Market & Cafe, 2951 W Broadway, will feature multiple vendors showcasing local foods and beverages.
Silk Road Tea, 2066 West 4th Avenue, presents their imported & custom blended organic, premium loose teas, as well as their organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.
Tickets for Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Holiday Market are on sale on Eventbrite now:
Ultra Early-Bird: $29 per person until November 8, 2018 Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person November 9 – November 28, 2018 Regular: $50 per person after November 28, 2018 until December 5, 2018 Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online. Ticket price includes food and beverages tasting at each of the participating markets throughout the evening.
The Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge has wrapped up, and the results are in! From September 18th to October 7th, public and media judges including Deanna Woo, Shelley Hayashi and myself were out and about trying the participating restaurants’ Sushi Roll Challenge entries.
Four diverse entries from around Vancouver tickled our taste buds. As with all Vancouver Foodster food challenges, chefs were invited to be as innovative and adventurous as they desired in order to highlight their skills and establishment, this challenge was on-trend with rolls including aburi, poke, no-carbs to offer something for everyone. It was a difficult, and tasty, task to judge the entries, I’m sure the public had just as much fun trying to decide their faves, as well.
The result are in:
First Place: Uma Sushi Entry: Dark Magic Roll
Second Place: Riz Sushi Bar & Catering Entry: Sans Riz (rice-less roll)
Third Place (tie): Daddy’s Kitchen Entry: Poke California Roll
Third Place (tie): Kitstaya Sushi Entry: Aburi Prawn Salmon Roll
First Place: Daddy’s Kitchen Entry: Poke California Roll
Second Place: Uma Sushi Entry: Dark Magic Roll
Third Place: Riz Sushi Bar & Catering Entry: Sans Riz (rice-less roll)
Vancouver Foodster has invited a quartet of Sushi Chefs to create their best sushi roll to enter in the Challenge. The Chefs were challenged to be creative, and present something best representative of their establishment, whether it be traditional Futomaki, Hosomaki, Temaki or any new creative style of rolled sushi. Above all, taste needs to be the star, fresh, unique with plenty of umami and care rolled into the foll are all to be considered.
Participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge include;
As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Sushi Roll. The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice Sushi Roll creation at vancouverfoodster.com/sushi-roll-challenge. When you’re out and about tasting the rolls, tag your images on social media with #SushiRollChallengeYVR, and see what others are enjoying along the Sushi Roll Challenge.
Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge takes place September 18 – October 7, 2018.
Lovers of local seafood are in for a treat as the 5th Chefs’ Table Society of BC’s Slow Fish Canada Dinner returns to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) on Sunday, September 23rd.
This annual event allows seafood lovers to interact with local chefs and indulge in local sustainable seafood. Starting with Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) culinary student-prepared canapés, and Frizzante Rosé from Salmon-Safe winery St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery, attendees then flow through PICA’s eight professional teaching kitchens to meet the visiting chefs, who will each be preparing a tasting-sized portion of local sustainable seafood delicacies. Chefs’ Table Society event committee lead by chef Darren Clay, executive culinary chef instructor at PICA, and Poyan Danesh, culinary director at Ocean Mama Seafood welcome guests to a sensational seafood supper.
This year’s participating chefs include:
Julian Bond, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Andrea Carlson, Burdock and Co. Welbert Choi, Forage Warren Chow, Juniper Jason Harris, Colette Grand Café at Holt Renfrew Edgar Kano, Four Seasons Hotel Greg McCallum, Le Crocodile Mark Singson, Food Art and Music (Top Chef Canada Finalist Season 6)
Dishes will include the chefs’ creative interpretations of how to serve sustainable local sturgeon, arctic char, Humpback Shrimp, Honey Mussels, Spiny Scallop Geoduck, Albacore tuna and Octopus. Wines pairings from Peacock & Martin, and several Salmon-Safe BC wineries, will compliment the chef’s creations.
Tickets are available online now. Only 100 tickets are available for the Slow Fish Canada Dinner. Early Bird $99 (+ taxes and fees) tickets are on sale until September 9th, before rising to $109 from September 10th until sold out.
The evening’s proceeds, as with all Chefs’ Table Society events, help fund scholarship; including one that will be awarded at the Dinner. In addition to fundraising, the event also aims to raise awareness for Slow Fish Canada (a Slow Food initiative) and its role in protecting our oceans.
During the tasting extravaganza restaurants in the area along Granville Street, between 12th and 16th Avenues, will open their doors to bring patrons a Tasting Plate that best exemplifies their kitchens. Taste the bites, visit with chefs, and meet new and old foodie friends as you roam table to table, taste to taste.
Starting at a to-be-determined staring location, Tasting Plate participants will check in and pick up their Tasting maps and menus then set off to seek out new tastes and flavours. Walk, ride, or roll your way around the streets with your friends and family for a pleasant late-summer evening.
The participating eateries for Tasting Plates South Granville include;
The Rise Eatery, 3121 Granville Street
Fiore Restaurant, 1485 W 12th Avenue
Meinhardt Fine Foods, 3002 Granville Street
Phoscao Cafe, 3007 Granville Street
More restaurants and the opening location will be announce by Vancouver Foodster as the event draws near.
Tickets are available now on Eventbrite: $29 Ultra Early-Bird Ticket sales end on Friday August 17th $35 Early-Bird Tickets, from August 17th – 31st $45 Advance Tickets after August 31st $60 per person regular tickets, after September 9, 2018
The 2018 Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wing Challenge has wrapped up with the trio of dishes being offered by Metro Vancouver restaurants. From July 21 – July 15, 2018, the trio of media judges and public tasting and selecting their favourites from Davie Dosa Company, Ban Chok Dee Thai, and U & I Thai restaurants.
Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like with their Chicken Wing entry, either highlighting an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish.
In the 2018 Best Chicken Wings Challenge, the three chefs plated their chicken wings, at five of their eateries all across Metro Vancouver, from Langley to West End, Vancouver. The public was encouraged to try any or all the 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, Sherman Chan and Joyce Lam also had the hard, but tasty, job of trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.
And the results are in:
Judges’ Choice: First Place: U & I Thai
Second Place: Ban Chok Dee Thai
Third Place: Davie Dosa Company
People’s Choice: First Place: Ban Chok Dee Thai Second Place: Davie Dosa Company Third Place: U & I Thai
For the total points and results visit vancouverfoodster.com Also find results for the recently completed Best Crepe Challenge, and follow along with Vancouver Foodster’s ongoing challenges; #iceteachallengeyvr and #pokechallengeyvr
This week, Vancouver Foodster presented the first edition of Holiday Market, a great evening of browsing, shopping and tasting.
The event brought together two dozen vendors at 4 locations around South Granville, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant. The evening’s vendors included a mix of food products, artisans, and gift ideas just in time for Holiday shopping. New enterprises, established ventures and collaborations were all presented by the vendors to educate the participants on their wares and services.
All participants checked in at Milano Coffee Roasters on West 8th Avenue which was filled with Holiday Market patrons anxious to see what lay ahead.
Within the cafe, Milano was warming everyone up, serving a duo of their award winning coffees to sip while browsing the vendors around the room including;
Olympia Komianos: Jeweler, Olympia showed her beautiful, rustic hand made silver and gold jewelry.
Foodie Books: Cookbooks by Brad Hill – The North Shore Foodie, The East Van Foodie, The Gastown Foodie are all part cookbook, neighbourhood restaurant guide and history book.
Hayat’s Garden: Floral salads and nutritious, athletic foods created by Saj & Co
Livia Sweets: a small, boutique bakery creating homestyle goodies for sale in cafes and markets around the city.
Whipped and Beaten: a brand new Vancouver baker creating gluten-free and traditional cakes and pastries.
Faculty Brewing: The False Creek brewer works in collaboration with Milano to brew the 599 Cold Brew ESB also serving their popular Citra (citrus based) Pale Ale.
Next up we visited Meinhardt Fine Foods at 14th & Granville in South Granville, where the store itself is a treasure trove of sweet and savoury gifts for everyone on your lists. Here we found even more new and established vendors to show us what they’re all about;
Meinhardt’s kitchens prepared some of their renowned bites for patrons to indulge in as they walked over the threshold. Perfectly balanced housemade Egg Nog, Fried Shrimp of savoury crackers, and Curry Chicken.
ARC Iberico: reminiscing of Spain, we sampled some Chorizo, Iberico Ham and more.
Sal de Ibiza: now in North American Sal de Ibiza presents 30+ products all touched by the Queen of Salts, Fleur de Sel.
Paw Paw’s Cocktail Cherries: Paw Paw is a Southern US term of endearment for Grandfather, who in this case, is on the bottle of these sweet, tart and perfect cocktail cherries.
Justea: Ethically, fair-trade tea direct from Kenyan farmers served their vibrant Purple Rain and Purple Mint teas, yes they’re really purple.