Picks of the Week – November 6, 2019

Whether you’re someone who starts the Holiday Season as soon as Halloween passes, or not, there’s plenty to see and do in the picks this week!

Dumpling: Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest returns for another year tonight, visiting restaurants from Little Saigon, Chinatown and South Granville areas of Vancouver. 

FestChutzpah Festival continues to bring theatre, dance, comedy and more entertainment to the City until November 24th.

Vocals: Renowned vocalist Rufus Wainwright performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night.

Musical: American Idiot, Green Day’s award-winning, Broadway rock musical comes to Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver presented by local production company URP, until November 10th.

Co.ERASGA’s Passages of Rhythms

Premiere: Co.ERASGA Dance Company presents the world premiere of acclaimed dancer and choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino’s Passages of Rhythms, a trio of duets celebrating three different dance genres at The Nest on Granville Island, November 6 – 9th.

Pop: Friday night, Queen Elizabeth Theatre hosts Ladies and GentleMAN, an Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane

Exhibition: Until April 5, 2020, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents Out of Concealment, a solo exhibition by Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, an innovative re-imagining of supernatural beings from the oral traditions of Haida Gwaii.

Tetsuro Shigematsu photo: Chris Randle

Kabuki: The Cultch and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) present Kuroko, a world premiere comedy from renowned playwright, Tetsuro Shigematsu, at The Cultch Historic Theatre, November 6-17, 2019.

BigTop: Cirque du Soleil brings their latest show, Luzia to the Big Top at Concorde Pacific Place, continuing through the end of the year

Installation: Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Vancouver Public Library co-host the art and film installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation until December 15th in the Samuel & Frances Belzberg Family Exhibit Space at Vancouver Central Library.

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito

Carousel: The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito presented by Carousel Theatre For Young People is new play by Canadian playwright Tomson Highway bringing puppetry, fantastic costumes, music, and Cree language into Waterfront Theatre until November 10th.

Sanity: Touchstone Theatre’s Certified, at Vancity Culture Lab until November 16, finds comedian and certified insane person Jan Derbyshire turning the audience into a mental health review board to help determine her current state of sanity.

Maria: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Find out as The Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Sound of Music at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 5th

Rock: Victoria’s Current Swell are sure to fill the Commodore Ballroom on Friday, November 8th.

Reggae: Big Sugar brings their rock/reggae style to the Commodore Ballroom stage on Saturday evening.

Vancouver Foodster Celebrates Global Flavours

This November Vancouver Foodster brings us two events that show us the diversity of the city’s food scene, while also showing us how similar dishes vary around the world.

Dumpling Fest returns for another year on November 6th. Dumplings are served in cultures all around the world, find out how they do it by visiting the Dumpling Fest restaurants from Little Saigon, Chinatown and South Granville areas of Vancouver. Each will serve up different kinds of dumplings, from Vietnamese dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Wonton and more.
Participating Restaurants include:
Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian, 1392 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hey Dumplings!, 208 Keefer Street, Vancouver
MixxBao, 1426 W 8th Ave, Vancouver
Blossom Dim Sum, 808 Bute St, Vancouver
Tickets for Dumpling Fest are available now on Eventbrite.

Curry Fest invites patrons to tantalize their taste buds as restaurants in downtown Vancouver serving up different kinds of Curry dishes from South Indian to Vietnamese to Thai and more. On November 13th, each restaurant will be serving up their Curry Plates and Bowls for guests to enjoy with your foodie friends and family, or meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants and their global menus.
Participating Restaurants announced, so far, include:
Bob Pochana Thai, 1660 Robson Street, Vancouver
House Special, 1269 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets for Curry Fest are available now on Eventbrite.

Even if you’re not joining in the Vancouver Foodster events, follow along on social media to whet your appetite, on instagram @TastingPlatesYVR  #TastingPlatesYVR  @Vanfoodster  #Vanfoodster 


Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown – recap

A pleasant Vancouver evening, was filled with pleasant company and great food as Tasting Plates visited Gastown & Chinatown on Wednesday October 23rd.

Tasting Plates patrons found something sweet and savoury as they walked between the evening’s eateries in the two downtown neighbourhoods. Four of the more recently opened eateries were new to many of us, and Trees is a firm favourite for many Vancouverites.

As with all Tasting Plates events, patrons checked in to receive their Tasting Plates map at the first stop – Wara Thai Eatery. Then it was off to try each restaurant’s ‘tasting plate’ or ‘tasting cup’. Check out #TastingPlatesYVR on social media to see some of the other patron’s posts of their experience.

Tasting Plates Gastown & Chinatown visited the following locations;

Wara Thai Eatery :
Spaghetti Bites with Thai Basil Chicken Sauce, Toong Tong – Thai Gold Bags, Thai Salad Cups
Buttermere Patisserie Café :
(clockwise) London Fog Cake Roll, Korean Citrus Cheesecake Tarts, Galette Bretonne Cookies, Earl Grey Chocolate Bar
Moltaqa Restaurant :
Bessara Green Pea Soup w/ Cumin, variety of lentil, bean tomato and egglant stews with bread and Iced Hibiscus Tea
The Praguery Gastown :
Sweet Prague Cone “Marie’s” – Nutella lined Coconut Cone, filled with Whipped Cream, cinnamon and Raspberry.
Trees Cheesecake & Organic Coffee :
Pumpkin Spice and Classic New York Cheesecakes.

If this edition of Tasting Plates visit to Gastown & Chinatown whet your appetite, check out Tasting Plates and Vancouver Foodster’s upcoming events Dumpling Fest November 6th and Curry Fest Vancouver November 13th.

Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge Wraps Up

Since the start of September, readers and fellow foodies have been searching for their favourite entry in the Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge, and the results are in. Finding something to savour between slices of bread has been the privilege of the media judges and public, who tasted the four entries.

Vancouver Foodster challenged Metro Vancouver cafes and restaurants to create a sensational sandwich and they came up with a diverse line-up of dishes. With most of the entry locations only having recently opened, it was an opportunity to see what they could do with such a menu staple.

 In addition, a group of judges, David of @BCFoodieBlogger, journalist Tara Lee  @VanGlutton and myself tried all the sandwich entries to select the Judges’ Choice Sandwich. The public was also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their selection to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink.

With such diverse flavours to sample, the voting was tough but very enjoyable to sample all the entries. The Judges Choice came out in a result for Food By Fanta’s The Trans-Atlantic Sandwich. The People’s Choice result was a win for MixxBao’s Stewed Pork Bao.

For the full details of the drinks and all the results of the Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge online at vancouverfoodster.com

Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge 2019

Ready, Set, Sandwich!
Vancouver Foodster is sending us on another tasty adventure this September as the Sandwich Challenge gets underway.

The Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge runs September 6th to 29th, giving us lots of time to try what lies between the slices. Perfectly timed to inspired school lunches, local restaurant chefs have been challenged to highlight a sandwich from their current menu or develop a totally new creation specifically for the challenge. Sandwiches entries are open to all possibilities; two pieces of bread or buns, toasted or grilled, or not, the chefs are free to use their imagination to fill and present them.

The public is invited to head out and try any and all of the entries, then vote for your favourite (once per day during the competition) to win the online People’s Choice.  In addition, a group of judges, David of @BCFoodieBlogger, journalist Tara Lee  @VanGlutton and myself will be trying every sandwich and selecting the Judges’ Choice Sandwich.  The winners will be announced after the competition wraps September 29th.

The announced entries, so far, will come from;

VANCOUVER

Do Chay Vegetarian, 1392 Kingsway
Instagram : @eatdochay

MixxBao, 1426 W 8th Ave
Instagram @mixxbao

Sprezzatura, 265 Kingsway
Instagram @sprezzatura_van

LANGLEY

Food by Fanta, 20542 Fraser Hwy #107
Instagram @foodbyfanta

Follow the restaurants, the judges and @VanFoodster to see the Sandwich Challenge entries and get out and try them all. Remember to vote for your favourite!

Tasting Plates Fraser & Main – recap

Last night Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates headed to Fraser & Main Streets for a roaming food tour of the diverse neighbourhood. Centred on Fraser and Main Streets, around King Edward, Tasting Plates patrons found something for everyone’s taste as they roamed the evening’s eateries. As with all Tasting Plates events, patrons will checked in to recieve at the fist stop – Main Street Honey Shoppe – to receive their Tasting Plates map. Then it was off to try each restaurant’s ‘tasting plate’ or ‘tasting cup’. Check out #TastingPlatesYVR on social media to see some of the other patron’s posts of their experience.

Tasting Plates Fraser & Main included the following establishment

The Main Street Honey Shoppe for a tasting of their wide variety of their own pure and natural honey, and honey products, produced by their own local beehives.
Nammos Estiatorio, brought us a taste of Greece with their trio of flavours: Zucchini & Cheese Fritter, Keftes (grilled Greek meatball), and Deep-Fried Pita topped with Tarama (fish roe paste)
Eclettico Art & Coffee, a calm, quaint cafe and gallery plated a pair of food and drink pairings; Apple & Triple Cream Brie Panino + Bacio Rosa (Italian Lemonade, Wildberry Puree & Lime drink), as well as an Espresso Shot + Torroncini biscuit

Quesava, brought a quartet of gluten-free plant-based treats to the table to highlight their delicious good-for-you, ethically sourced foods; Porky Empanada (vegetarian, filled with smoked, spiced jackfruit), Bruschetta (topped with eggplant, zucchini ratatouille & vegan cheese on sourdough), Garlic Cheese Popper (plant based baked bites), & Vanilla Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co, welcomed patrons with a glass of Sangria or fresh fruity Lemonade, then rolled out three slices of their handmade pizza fresh from the forno; Vegan Beyond Sausage (topped with Beyond Sausage, fresh veggies and balsamic reduction), Vegetarian Farmers Market (topped with today’s finds from the market – Kale, Rhubarb, Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Shoots), and Parma Flatbread (topped with Schinken Speck Ham, Mozzarella, Crimini Mushrooms, Mango and Arugula)

If this edition of Tasting Plates along Fraser & Main whet your appetite, why not check out an upcoming edition when Tasting Plates visits North Vancouver’s Lonsdale neighbourhood on June 12th, then Tasting Plates ventures to Richmond June 19th, or check out what’s new in the East Van Vegetarian scene on June 26th. Tickets are on sale now for all three events.

Vancouver Foodster Takes You On A Between The Buns Crawl

Take a walk in the East Village with Vancouver Foodster and find out what’s Between The Buns. The brand new tasting tour, Between The Buns Crawl, takes advantage of the plethora of neighbourhood bakeries and restaurants to celebrate what lies between the bun: salmon burgers, to sandwiches, to custard puffs and anything in between.

Between The Buns Crawls takes in the neighbourhood of East Village (aka Hastings Sunrise) centered between Renfrew and Nanaimo on Hastings Street. This walkable neighbourhood tour means that you can park your car (if you drive) nearby or take transit to the starting point and then walk the event at your leisure.

Participating establishments include;

High Point Beer Wine Spirits: 2769 E Hastings Street

Italia Bakery:  #104 – 2828 E Hastings Street

Wheelhouse Seafoods: 2605 E. Hastings Street

Di Olvia: 2632 East Hastings Street

Delish Gluten Free: 2166 E Hastings Street

Join in this tasting tour on Wednesday March 27 from 6pm until 10pm. Tickets are on sale from Eventbrite now:

Ultra-Early Bird Tickets: $30 per person before March 12, 2019
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before March 18, 2019
Advance Tickets $45 per person after March 18, 2019
Regular $55 per person after March 24, 2019
Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.