Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge 2019 Results

The results are in! People have tasted and voted for their favourites in the 6th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge .  Over the past weeks, public and a panel of media judges, including myself, have been tasting and voting for our favourite tacos from a selection of participating eateries around Metro Vancouver.

As with other Vancouver Foodster challenges, chefs were invited to be as creative as they like in order to highlight an already existing menu item or they could create a completely unique dish for their Taco Challenge entry.

Little Mexico Cantina’s
Tacos Gobernador Estilo Sinaloa

For the 2019 Taco Challenge, four chefs rolled into action and wrapped up some tasty tacos, resulting in an array of flavours to sample.  The tacos were served at six different eateries from all across the region, from Chilliwack to Steveston, to North Vancouver and Cambie Village.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Taco Challenge entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Taco.  The media judges were also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Steveston’s recently reopened Little Mexico Cantina came out on top of both polls with their Tacos Gobernador Estilo Sinaloa , a creative combination flavours familiar to Sinaloa, Mexico.

Check out all the results of the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge and see make you mouth water by following #TacoChallengeYVR to see the tasty tacos on social media, then head to the eateries to get your own!

Get your tickets now for Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest!

Almost every society has a form of dumplings, those tasty, comfort food morsels cover the globe.  Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest Vancouver is bringing all those flavours together for one spectacular bite-sized festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the November 7, 2018 event. Travel the world with your taste buds at restaurants from Olympic Village, Chinatown and Commercial Drive broil, boil, fry and steam up up different kinds of dumplings, from Cantonese soup dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Indian Kofta to Italian Gnocchi and more.

Like the Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates events guests will check in at the first stop (to be announced) to receive their map and menu cards, then venture out to explore the Dumpling Fest Vancouver participants. Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Bowls for guests to enjoy.  Get your friends and family together to make it more fun as you visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

A teaser of the participating restaurants in Dumpling Fest are:

Hon’s Wonton House  25 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver
A Chinatown dumpling institution for over 45 years!

Hey Dumplings! 208 Keefer Street
Specializing in Pelmeni – a Russian stuffed dumpling.

Bombay Indian Kitchen and Bar 1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Serving authentic Indian dishes from the Bombay region and Malai Kofta Indian dumplings.

More restaurants will be added in the coming weeks to bring a more of the world of dumplings to your dish on Dumpling Fest!

Tickets for Vancouver Foodster’s Dumpling Fest Vancouver are on sale now via Eventbrite:
Ultra Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person up to October 23rd
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person after October 23rd
Advance Tickets $50 per person after November 2nd
Regular $60 per person after November 4 and at the door.

If you can’t make it to Dumpling Fest Vancouver, check out Vancouver Foodster’s upcoming Tasting Plates Gastown, October 24th. Tickets are also on sale now via Eventbrite.

Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge – Results

The 2018 Vancouver Foodster Iced Tea Challenge has wrapped up, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the cool brewed entries from the six Vancouver & Richmond teahouses. With this hot weather all of them will help refresh your palate during a day in the sun.

From July 12 – August 5, 2018, the public and the trio of media judges, including myself, Maggi Mei and Andrew Chan, set about tasting and selecting their favourites from Boba Monster, Sencha Tea Lounge, T-Go Tea, Taan Char, Treasure Green Tea & Vietnamese Tea House.  Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like with their iced tea entry, either highlighting an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish.  The tea masters created a wide variety of iced black, fruit, milk teas and more that made selecting a favourite a difficult, but thoroughly enjoyable, task to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner. I’m sure the public vote was equally as difficult of a selection process.

The results are in:

Judge’s Choice; 
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Treasure Green Tea – Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Second Place
– Vietnamese Tea House
Entry: Vietnamese Pandan Milk Tea

Vietnamese Tea House : Pandan Milk Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Third Place
– Taan Char
Entry: Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

Taan Char – Peach Strawberry Full House Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


People’s Choice;
First Place – Treasure Green Tea
Entry: Champagne Jasmine Iced Tea

Second Place – Boba Monster
Entry: Boba Monster Milk Tea

Boba Monster – Milk Tea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Place – T-Go Tea
Entry: Premium Matcha Green Tea Latte Smoothie Blizzard

T-Go Tea – Premium Matcha Green Tea Blizzard Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If any of the entries strike your fancy ask for them when you visit the restaurants, for complete points totals and details about entries visit vancouverfoodster.com . While you’re there, look for Vancouver Foodster’s next events; Best Sundae Challenge on until August 26, 2018 or  Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on August 22nd and

 

 

Vancouver Foodster 5th Taco Challenge – Recap

The votes are in and the 5th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge crown has been decided.  Over the past weeks, public and a panel of media judges, including myself, have been tasting and voting for our favourite tacos.

As with other Vancouver Foodster challenges, chefs were invited to be as creative as they like in order to highlight an already existing menu item or they could create a completely unique dish for their Taco Challenge entry.

For the 5th Taco Challenge, six chefs wrapped up their take on tacos, resulting in a great diversity of flavours to sample.  The tacos were served at eight different eateries from all across the region, from Chilliwack to Richmond and downtown Vancouver.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Taco Challenge entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Taco.  The media judges were also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Maizal Restaurant topped both polls with their Ebi Chamois, a creative combination of Mexican and Japanese flavours.

Maizal : Ebi Chamoi

Maizal: Ebi Chamoi
Japanese Mexican fusion, Tempura prawns with a mango salsa and umeboshi glaze, all on top of a hibiscus tortilla.

 

 

 

 

 

The other entries in the 5th Taco Challenge were (random order):

Las Tortas

Las Tortas: El Campechano 
Grilled Sirloin Beef & Chorizo, mixed with bits of crunchy chicharron & nopalitos (cactus leaves), on a bed of refried black beans in a Chipotle Tortilla, topped with sweet habanero mango crema, queso fresco, & pico de gallo.

 

La Cantina Tacos

La Catina: Gobernador
Shrimp, melted Oaxaca cheese, peppers and onion, topped with a chile de arbol Sinaloa style salsa.

 

 

 

 

 

Hopcott Meats

Hopcott Meat: YeeHaw Taco
Ancho chili marinated, shredded, chicken topped with cowboy caviar, cilantro crema and pickled onions on a whole wheat tortilla.

 

 

 

 

 

Hugos Churros

Hugos Churros: Meatless Taco
Papas con chorizo vegano, serrano cashew crema, avocado, grilled corn, lemon-pickled onions, cilantro.

 

 

 

 

Patron Tacos and Cantina

Patron Tacos & Cantina: Caribbean Vibes
Green plantain tortilla, topped with tilapia chicharrón seasoned with spices, cilantro aioli, topped with mango/habanero/cucumber chutney, garnished with green & red bell peppers.

 

 

 

Visit vancouverfoodster.com to find out the top three winners from each category.

Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge is at hand

Taco Tuesdays take on new meaning this month as the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge gets under way, today May 3rd until May 27th.

Chefs near and far around the region have been challenged to create a taco that best exemplifies their restaurant. Vancouver Foodster has given the chefs free reign on their creations to make whatever their imagination dreams up; complicated or simple, traditional or uniquely non-traditional, vegetarian or meat-filled.

The public is invited to try out any or all of the Taco Challenge dishes then vote for their favourite creation at vancouverfoodster.com/taco-challenge

In addition to the public vote, a panel of media judges, of which I’m proud and excited to be one, will be tasting the Best Taco Challenge entries to choose the Judges Choice Winner.

Follow me @jminter on Twitter and Instagram to see the Taco Challenge creations landing on my plate and those of the other Media Judges too

James Chung : Founder & Editor of hellovancity.com
Twitter: HelloVancity
Instagram: hellovancity

Teresa Ly :  Foodie
Instagram: teelythefoodie

Get out and get your tacos and be sure to vote for your favourites!
The participating restaurants and dish details on the Vancouver Foodster Best Taco Challenge are;

La Cantina Tacos, 722 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Las Tortas, 3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Maizal, 2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Patron Tacos & Cantina, 265 Robson Street, Vancouver 

Hugo’s Churros, 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond 

Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen, 19151 Fraser Highway, Surrey 

Hopcott Meats, 18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Hugo’s Mexican Food, 7101 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack

Ready, set, Tacos! See you out there

Get Your Tickets For Tasting Plate Kitsilano, May 9th

Vancouver Foodster brings you another chance to explore one of Vancouver’s flavourful neighbourhoods with Tasting Plates Kitsilano coming up on May 9, 2018.

The West Side neighbourhood is home to a vast array of restaurant styles, tastes and menus.  As with all Tasting Plates events, chefs from the area restaurants and eateries will share a tasting plate or cup that they think exemplifies their kitchen with the hungry tasting platers. Gather your friends and fellow foodies to roam along West Broadway and learn about the establishments from the proprietors and chefs.  Tasting Plates begins at the to be announced check-in location where patrons can register and collect their Tasting Plates maps to guide you on your journey around the ‘hood.

Tasting Plates Kitsilano is expected to include stops at;

Sencha Tea Lounge, 3468 W Broadway

Olympia Pizza, 3205 W Broadway

Be Fresh Market, 2951 W Broadway

Bon Macaron, 2823 W Broadway

Look for more Tasting Plates spots closer to May 9th. Then get your walking shoes and stretchy pants, and get ready to explore Kitsilano.

Early Bird Tickets for Tasting Plates Kitsilano are on sale at Eventbrite before May 4th.

 

Tasting Plates Coquitlam – Recap

This week, Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates introduced a gaggle of hungry foodies to the global flavours of Coquitlam.  Whether locals or visitors to the Metro Vancouver suburb, many were surprised by the array of global inspiration found in the dishes prepared by the chefs at the participating restaurants.

From the Malaysian roots of PappaRoti, to the Korean street-style snacks at Seoul Truck Street Food, the Filipino dishes at Kulinarya, or the Latin American tastes at Polito’s Latin Cafe, all the cultures washed down with European inspired locally made brews at Mariner Brewing.  For those of us who don’t venture out to Coquitlam often, we expected some new discoveries but were surprised to find we weren’t alone, even the locals we spoke to were finding new spots to try out again in the near future.

Over the evening Tasting Platers were welcomed to visit and taste the following locations;

PappaRoti: a recent addition to Coquitlam, the dependable cafe offered their Signature coffee caramel coated Roti Bun and a coconut cream filled Coconut Rollie plus and Ice Blended Signature Chocolate, Karak Tea or JJ Bean Coffee. The perfect combination to get us off and running to explore the area’s other offerings.

Seoul Truck Street Food: within an unassuming second floor food court in Henderson Place Mall, the surprising site of a food truck gives you a clue to the style of snacks being served by this Korean kitchen on wheels.  The K-Town Sandwich, is a soft bun filled with crispy Dak-Gang-Jeong (Korean Fried Popcorn Chicken), either Red Pepper Spicy, Soy or Garlic flavoured. As a side snack, fried Ddeok-Ko-Chi (rice cakes) came in two flavours; Red (sweet & spicy sauce) or Yellow (cheddar cheese sprinkled with sugar).

Polito’s Latin Cafe: just down the street but half a world away, the large, airy cafe offers Latin American flavours to its food fans. El Salvador’s favourite dish, mini Pupusas, were a soft, thick filled corn tortilla topped with curtido (cabbage slaw & tomato sauce), Vigorón from Nicaragua, is a cabbage salad, yuca and chicharones on Banana Leaf.  Patacones “Tostones” take inspiration from Columbia as the deep fried Plantain is topped with vegetables and meat.  To compliment the trio of dishes and quench our thirst a zesty, creamy Horchata or a refreshing Jamaica were just right.

Kulinarya: a stop at a strip mall finds us in a quaint Filipino Cafe where we were served bite-sized BBQ Pork skewers, Lumping Shanghai (spring rolls) and a sweet take out container piled with Rice Noodles tossed with a light sauce and crisp vegetables.

 

Mariner Brewing: Coquitlam’s first craft brewery was the final spot on our Tasting Plates adventure.  Following four flavourful restaurants, what better than four flavourful brews to finish the evening.  A flight of Northeast IPA, Golden IPA, Horizon Pale Ale and Night Sky Mocha Stout gave us a nice look at what Mariner Brewing is brewing.

Besides the food, one of Tasting Plates best features is the ability to get us out of our comfort zone (neighbourhood) and discovering and trying new locations and chefs around the city.

If this sounds appealing to you, join Vancouver Foodster and other food fans on the next adventure; Tasting Plates East Village is coming April 18, 2018.