3rd Annual BC Cider Week opens tomorrow

The Northwest Cider Association’s (NWCA) third annual BC Cider Week gets underway from tomorrow, April 28th until May 7th. The ten-day celebration of the art of craft cider includes cider-centric events, tastings and festivities throughout the province.

Tasting events from Kelowna to Vancouver Island include festivals, tap take overs, cider pairing meals, limited edition ciders and much more throughout the 10 day event.

Some of the highlights of BC Cider Week are:

BC Tree Fruits Cider adds a new pear & peach flavour to its Broken Ladder Cider series.
Tod Creek Cider debuts a limited edition Cascadian Tod Cider available exclusively at Cascadia Liquor Stores.
April 28th : Bacon and Cider Festival in Kelowna.
April 29th : Orchard and the Sea launches it’s first festival called British Columbia Cider Festival at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.
April 30th: SeaCider is bringing back their popular Cider Social in Saanichton.
May 4th: Howling Moon Craft Cider Dinner at Cascade Room on Main Street, Vancouver
May 5th: Cinco de Mayo at Merridale Cider in Cobble Hill
May 6th: Okanagan Craft Cider Festival at BC Tree Fruits in Kelowna.
May 6th: An Afternoon of Snake Bites at Tod Creek Craft Cider in Victoria

For more information, tickets and new BC Cider Week events keep watch online at nwcider.com/bccw-events or facebook.com/bcciderweek/

Harrison Uncorked Wine Fest returns April 21-23, 2017

Returning for a second year of sips and suppers, Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival pops the cork April 21 – 23, 2017 throughout Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

Harrison Uncorked brings together the village’s eateries with the region’s local wineries and farm fresh fare for three days of wine-makers dinners and tastings.

Uncorked by Day offers afternoons of tasting at the Harrison Memorial Hall. Fifteen local wineries are on hand for tastings with small bites by from Muddy Water Cafe with cheese & meat from FarmHouse Natural Cheeses and Hopcott Meats.  Old Settler Liquor Store is on hand to help take home your favourite sips.
Tickets for Uncorked by Day are available online for $45 each day, with $5 going to support the Harrison Festival Society. 

Uncorked by Night is a series of winemakers dinners in the restaurants in and around Harrison Hot Springs.  Pairing a restaurant and winery for a tasted experience each evening of the Festival.
-Harrison Corner Cafe with Backyard Wines
-Morgan’s Bistro with Orofino Vineyards (Friday) and Kettle Valley Winery (Saturday)
-Rowena’s Inn on the River with Fort Berens Estate Winery
Reservations for Uncorked by Night are required and should be made directly with the restaurants.

Even though it’s #justuptheroad, to be able to fully enjoy Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival, consider staying overnight at one of many great resorts and inns around Harrison Hot Springs.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 Announced

DineOut-logo-no-datesChristmas comes early for Vancouver foodies as the highly anticipated launch of Dine Out Vancouver Festival events are announced.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out the participating restaurants and menus but now’s the time to start planning which events to attend.  Over the last few years the Dine Out Vancouver Festival events have developed into a flavourful and fun program all of the own.

Robbie Burn Celebration, Secret Supper Soiree, The Grape Debate, are just some of the educational and tasty events in the program, there’s so many Dine Out Festival events to choose from there’s something for everyone.

Some of the series events include:

Cocktail Masterclass with award-winning bartender Lauren Mote as she takes you around the world to learn about cocktails of France, Scotland, Latin America and Bitters 101

Get Crafty with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co in Kits or on Main as you make your own pizza and pair it with local craft beers

Brunch Crawls from Vancouver Foodster are once again pairing neighbourhoods with Dine Out Vancouver Festival for morning brunch tours around; Gastown, Kitsilano, East Village, Yaletown, West End, and Commercial Drive. Vancouver Foodster also hosts Art, Eat & Sip on Granville Island.

Check out all the Dine Out Vancouver Festival events scheduled today to start planning your festival fun.


June is Provence Rosés month

June is Provence Rosé month and in celebration of the world’s oldest Rosé and French wine region, Provence in Southern France, Vancouverites are invited to free tastings across the Lower Mainland.

Provence-Wines of Provence Wine GlassProvence has been a leading wine region in France for generations, known for its specialty in making Rosé wines. The popularity of Provence Rosés has grown to represent 5.6% of worldwide Rosé production with an average of 141 million bottles produced each year.

Perfect for patio sipping or pairing with any cuisine, Provence Rosés are versatile, fresh, pale in colour, dry and affordable. For casual wine drinkers, like me, Provence Rosés make a great all purpose wine for every occasion.

Throughout the month of June, Wines of Provence free tastings allow the public to experience a taste of Provence Rosés. Some of the Provence Rosé Events include:Provence-Wine and food

  • Liberty Wine Merchants (Granville Island) – Celebrate Provence Rosé
    Friday, June 3rd, 2016 – 11:00am-5:00pm
    Liberty Wine Merchants-Granville Island, 1660 Johnston Street Taste Provence Rosés paired with Provencal canapés by chef Lori Smithers-Ruiz.
  • 39th & Cambie BCLDB – It’s Provence Rosé!
    Saturday, June 4th, 2016 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
    BC Liquor Store-39th and Cambie, 5555 Cambie St.
    Taste Provence Rosés with Provencal canapés provided by The Bon Vivant Catering Group.
  • Liberty Wine Merchants (various locations)- Weekly Provence Rosé tasting
    Complimentary weekly tastings in the month of June 2016 at select Liberty Wine Merchants stores. Please contact each store for tasting schedule and details.

Stop by any or all of the Provence Rosé Events in June and pick up a featured bottle at a BCLDB Store or Liberty Wine Merchant.

Harrison Hot Springs Uncorked

Harrison_UncorkedHarrison Hot Springs is ready to pop the cork on Harrison Uncorked Wine Fest. Building off of the successful Craft Beer Festival, Uncorked is built to gather the community to celebrate the bounty within their backyard.

Harrison Uncorked is two days of food, wine and entertainment from the fertile Harrison region.
The Wine Festival starts Friday April 22nd with
Uncorked by Night, sees chefs at local eateries;  Morgan’s Bistro, River’s Edge Restaurant, the Red Fort and the Copper Room, preparing entrées incorporating ingredients sourced from local farms, paired with hand-crafted local wines.  Uncorked by Night pairings must book directly with the restaurants. 

Saturday, April 23rd is Uncorked by Day,  the 19+ event features wine tastings from 15 wineries, alongside cheese, charcuterie, and produce from the local Circle Farm tour members provided by Muddy Waters Café.
Uncorked by Day advanced tickets are $35 including tastings and food. Tickets at the door are $40
The event runs, 1pm – 5pm at Memorial Hall on Espanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs.

Whatcom Wine & Spirits will have a pop-up store on location to allow you to take home your favourite bottle.