Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge Is On.

Vancouver Foodster has the perfect way to beat the heat this summer with the Iced Summer Drink Challenge. Running from July 5th to 28th, Vancouver Foodster has challenged cafes and restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best iced drink for the summer.

There’s plenty of variety so get out and try any or all of the unique Iced Summer Drinks entries prepared by the participating cafes.

The restaurants have entered their favourite chilled beverage, either from their existing menu or come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge cup. The chef’s entries range from simple to fancy, their refreshing beverage creation can made of coffee, tea, soda, lemonade, frappe, shake or kombucha based drink, using unique and innovative ingredients.

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, @pigoutyvr and @shelleyhayashi) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Best Summer Drink.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their fave to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink creation at On social media, tag your iced tea drinks with #IcedSummerDrinkChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Best Iced Tea Challenge.

The participating cafes in Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge are;


Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, 808 Davie Street

Paragon Tea Room, 2207 Cambie Street


Origo Club, 110-6888 River Road


Ban Cook Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

Food by Fanta @ BCD Academy, #107, 20542 Fraser Hwy

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, #40, 20160 Langley Bypass

For more details and how to vote for your fave Iced Summer Drink Challenge entry visit

4th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge is on now!

It’s time for the 4th Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge. The sun is finally creeping out of it’s winter cocoon and Taco’s are the perfect food to get you in a sunny mood.

Restaurants from all over the city were invited by Vancouver Foodster to enter their own unique Taco creations into the Taco Challenge. Some of the restaurants and food trucks have created a special taco creation just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant and food truck will be featuring their taco creation on their menu until June 4, 2017.

The public is invited to order these Taco masterpieces and taste with the judging criteria in mind – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. Taco tasters can vote the same day after trying the creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion to choose the People’s Choice Winner. 

People are encouraged to Vote for their favourites from until June 4, 2017.

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In addition to the public tasting, a trio of media judges are making their rounds and selecting to the Judges Choice, follow them on social media to see what gets your mouth watering and seek out the Tacos for yourself. 

The Media judges for Taco Challenge are: 

Mary Sheridan of Vancouver Bits and Bites Blog
Twitter: @MaryinVancity
Instagram @MaryinVancity 

Hanson Do of Nosh and Nibble blog
Twitter: @hansondee
Instagram @noshandnibble 

Zahra Alani, Co-host of Food Glorious Food
Twitter: @ZahraAlani
Instagram @zahra.alani

Look for Taco Challenge entries at:


Holi Masala Food Truck, Seymour & Georgia

Mandalay Burmese Kitchen, varying locations to be advised

Patron Tacos & Cantina, 265 Robson Street

Saj & Co, 813 Davie Street

The Pawn Shop, 1117 Granville Street

Zend Conscious Lounge, 1130 Mainland Street


Hugo’s Churros, 7899 Templeton Station Road

 Little Mexico Cantina, 3131 Chatham St #150

For details of the taco challenge participating restaurants and to vote for your favourites visit
The winning restaurants and their Taco creations will be announced on June 7, 2017.


Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge 2015

vf_pizza_web_2015Thursday, the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge gets underway.  From March 5th to 28th, fourteen pizzerias from Vancouver, Burnaby, & North Vancouver will present their creative take on a classic pizza.

Like all Vancouver Foodster Challenges, diners can expect to find unique flavours, creative presentations and hopefully find a new restaurant or two along the way.  The public is invited to vote once per day for their People’s Choice, favourite pie.

The Judges Choice winner will be determined by a panel of tasting judges including myself and radio broadcaster Jennifer Thomson, Adrian Harris from @FoodGays & Breakfast Television’s Thor Daikow.  Follow the judges on Twitter to follow their exploration of the Pizza Challenge competitors.

For the full list of the participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge visit 

Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge 2014

vf_flatbread_webGo flat out this June! Get out and taste your way around the world on The Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge. A diverse range of restaurants are participating in this month’s food challenge, which runs from June 4 – June 25, 2014.

The restaurants have created a new flatbread dishes to add to their menu, the public are encouraged to head out and try the dishes then vote on their favourite. When voting, keep these in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. You can vote for your favourites once per day throughout the Challenge, voting ends on June 26, 2014 with the winner of the People’s Choice will be announced following the close of competition.

As with recent Vancouver Foodster Challenges, there will be a panel of 4 media judges selecting their choices for favourite Flatbread. I have the privilege of being included in the panel for this Challenge along with;

Freelance journalist and broadcaster, and unapologetic glutton, Tara Lee. Twitter: @VanGlutton

Breakfast Television’s movie reviewer and entertainment host on CityTV in Vancouver, Thor Daikow. Twitter: @thordiakow

Radio & Television personality, Weather Anchor on CTV BC, Zahra Alani. Twitter: @ZahraAlani

The Flatbread Challenge participating restaurants are:

Atithi Indian Cuisine 2445 Burrard Street
Twitter: @EatIndianAtithi

Corduroy Restaurant 1943 Cornwall Avenue
Twitter: @Corduroylounge

Morocco West 795 Jervis Street
Twitter: @MoroccoWest

Novo Pizzeria 2118 Burrard Street
Twitter: @NOVOPizzeria

Pizza Carano  4241 Fraser Street
Twitter: @PizzaCarano

Pizzeria Ludica 189 Keefer Place
Twitter: @PizzeriaLudica

Siddharthas Indian Kitchen 2066 Commercial Drive
Twitter: @ChefSiddharthas

Take the @VanFoodster Taco Challenge

vf_taco_webVancouver Foodster’s latest food challenge brings one of everyone’s favourite Mexican dishes to the forefront. The Taco Challenge features 8 Mexican and Non-Mexican restaurants in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond competing between May 9-31, 2014.

Throughout the challenge, participating restaurants will be showcasing Taco dishes that are specially created just for the Taco Challenge. For the full list of participating restaurants visit

As with all the Vancouver Foodster challenges, there will be 2 sets of winners. The People’s Choice winners will be selected by the public who are invited to order the Taco dishes at of the participating restaurants and then vote on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge. The public is reminded to keep the following criteria in mind – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote as soon as they try the Taco creation and then can vote once a day throughout the promotion online at

There will also be a panel of 4 media judges tasting Tacos and choosing their favourite:

Radio and TV broadcaster/host, writer/columnist, Joe Leary
Twitter: @reallyjoeleary

Blogger for Marionettes Overnight, Kelly Marion
Twitter: @KellyJean247

Food imagery Photographer and Writer for &, Alvin Lee
Twitter: @alvinkclee

Lifestyle host and producer. Host at Novus TV, blogger, Alyssa Dawson
Twitter: @AlyssaCDawson

The Taco Challenge Winners will be announced on June 2nd, 2014.

Van Foodster Pizza Challenge

vf_pancake_web_1_aEveryone loves Pizza, so it seems like a natural choice for the next Van Foodster Food Challenge.  The Pizza Challenge features 14 participating restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Maple Ridge that runs until July 14, 2013.
Participating restaurants have created a new unique pizza creation (challenge guidelines require this pizza can-not be on their menu currently) to enter in this Best Pizza challenge.  Each Pizza creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as they wanted, perhaps with seafood, meats or vegetarian, “I told them to be imaginative” says Challenge creator Richard Wolak.

-Eight 1/2 restaurant lounge – 151 East 8th Avenue
-Grain Tasting Bar – 655 Burrard Street
-Lombardo’s Pizzeria – 1641 Commercial Drive
-Nicli Antica Pizzeria – 62 East Cordova Street
-Novo Pizzeria – 2118 Burrard Street
-Q4 al Centro – 780 Richards Street
-Ragazzi Pizza – 2996 E 22nd Avenue
-Rocky Mountain Flatbread – 1876 W 1st Avenue & 4186 Main Street
-The Bibo – 1835 W 4th Avenue
-The Parlour Yaletown – 1011 Hamilton Street
-Urban Fare – 1133 Alberni Street
-Via Tevere Pizzeria – 1190 Victoria Drive

-Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria – 6011 Hastings Street

Maple Ridge
-Chameleon Cafe – 11965 224 Street

Wolak has made some changes to the voting procedures to this Food Challenge.
This time around once people have ordered and tried the Pizza creations in this challenge at the participating restaurants, if they love that pizza, they can vote on their mobile phones or ipads from their table in the restaurants or later in the day. People can cast their vote once a day, so if they are visiting the other participating restaurants daily or during the promotion they can vote for their other favourites as well.

While voting, the public is urged to keep these criteria in mind; originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. Then once they’ve decided which is their favourite, they are encouraged to VOTE at
The winning restaurant and their Pizza creations will be announced on July 16, 2013.

Vancouver Foodster: Chicken Wing Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wing ChallengeThere’s few people who don’t love Chicken Wings, they’re a popular choice for a late night nibble, after work snack, lunch time meal or partner for a beer. Due to their popularity, Vancouver Foodster Richard Wolak has chosen to feature Chicken Wings as his next food challenge.
Featuring 13 restaurants and pubs in Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Richmond the challenge runs until June 9, 2013.

Participating restaurants are either showcasing Chicken Wings creations that were specially created for this challenge or already on their menu and will be offered in all of these restaurants from May 14- June 9, 2013. The public is invited to visit any of the participating establishments and order the Chicken Wings creations and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge.

The public is invited to visit any or all of the participating restaurants, try their chicken wings creation then vote for their favourite.  When voting, diners should consider originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. The full list of the participating restaurants and their Chicken Wings creations can be found on the Vancouver Foodster website. The winning taste sensation will be unveiled on June 12 on the website too.