Friday, July 24, 2015

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Fridays, 9am - 3pm from July 3rd to August 28th
Vancouver International Airport
Visit YVR any Friday from July 3rd to August 28th from 9:00am to 3:00pm for YVR Take-Off Fridays. Enjoy delicious treats, rockin’ beats and spectacular entertainment that will have travellers and staycationers alike eager to get to the airport.

Circle Craft Summer Market
July 24 - 26, 2015: Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Jack Poole Plaza – by the Olympic Cauldron 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
Come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. Located in the Vancouver Convention Centre West, this has become a seasonal tradition for many. Free admission.

Shipbuilders' Night Market
Friday Nights 5-10pm - 2015 from May 1st to Sept 25th 
Shipbuilders' Square, 138 Victory Ship Way V7L 0B1 North Vancouver 
Food, art, music entertainment and shopping. On the Shipbuilders' Stage there is live music going until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC. The Friday Night Market also includes a Beer Garden that features local craft beer and ciders on tap. The Shipyards Night Market showcases BC's artisans, bakers and farmers. Products include; jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolate and many more must have handmade products. Don't eat dinner before you come to the Night Market, as there are at least 20 food trucks in "hot food alley" selling unique and delicious locally made food.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Circle Craft Summer Market
July 24 - 26, 2015: Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Jack Poole Plaza – by the Olympic Cauldron 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
Come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. Located in the Vancouver Convention Centre West, this has become a seasonal tradition for many. Free admission.

Caribbean Days Festival
July 25 - 26, 10am - 7pm
Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, Drawing tens of thousands of attendees, it is among the very largest cultural events in BC, Canada.

Boundary Bay Air Show
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Boundary Bay Airport, 7800 Alpha Way in Delta BC
People of all ages have a fascination with flying. There is something about "taking to the skies" that challenges and excites. While we may never have the experience of flying our own planes, we can share in the thrill of seeing others do it. As one of the few remaining free admission airshows, this event holds an appeal for people of all ages. From children’s activities and delicious food options, to the non-stop excitement in the skies, there truly is something for everyone!

Deighton Cup 2015 - $35 and up
Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Hastings Racecourse 188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8
7th year of the vintage era themed Deighton Cup, presented by DroskiTurner and The Social Concierge #luckynumber7. Derby wear for men and hats for women mandatory.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Concerts
Every Saturday, 5pm - 10pm 
750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
Starting this Summer Plaza of Nations will be transformed into a brand new Concert series at the best Venue in the city! Come and enjoy your favorite local food trucks and jam out to some awesome local music and kick back in the outdoor beer garden located in the heart of the market. Artist on JULY 25TH 7-10 SANTA LUCIA

Mount Pleasant Park Festival
6pm - 10:30pm
Mount Pleasant Park, 3161 Ontario Street, Vancouver
The Mount Pleasant Park Festival is back for another year, this time with a Western Theme! Don't forget to wear your cowboy/cowgirl boots, hats, and plaid shirts! Bring your lawn chair, picnic blanket, friends, and family to enjoy a movie on a 3 story high movie screen! The event will start at 6:00pm and the movie, Rango, is scheduled to begin at dusk.

Shorefest & Sunset Beach Festival
2pm - 9:30pm, Saturday 
Sunset Beach and English Bay 
The Sunset Beach Festival comes alive on event days, so come for the festival and stay for the fireworks! Everyone is invited to come down early to enjoy the entertainment, activities and free giveaways, and the new Stanley Park Brewing Bistro licensed area. As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay.

Celebration of Light - China
10:00pm - 10:25pm, Saturday 
English Bay (and surround area) 
The Celebration of Light is not only Vancouver's biggest event, but it's also the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world and attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening. Owned by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. Another year of exciting countries vying for the title at the Annual Honda Celebration of Light features: July 25 - China, July 29 - Brazil, August 1 -Canada

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Circle Craft Summer Market
July 24 - 26, 2015: Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Jack Poole Plaza – by the Olympic Cauldron 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
Come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. Located in the Vancouver Convention Centre West, this has become a seasonal tradition for many. Free admission.

PNE Prize Home Preview
Weekend Dates: July 26, August 2 and 9, 10am-4pm
2901 E. Hastings St. (Free parking and entry at Gate 2 off Renfrew St.)
Be one of the first to view this year’s home before The Fair at the PNE!

Caribbean Days Festival
July 25 - 26, 10am - 7pm
Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, Drawing tens of thousands of attendees, it is among the very largest cultural events in BC, Canada.

Food Cart Festival
Every Sunday from Jun 28 - Sept 8, 12pm - 5pm
215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Food Cart Fest Vancouver is a gathering of over 20 of the city’s top Food Carts presented by Vancity, Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every Sunday in the Summer at the Olympic Village for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Always free to Vancity and Car2go members, this year is also free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Special Summer Series 2015 - Stanley Park - $10
Sunday, 1pm - 9pm
Brockton Oval, Stanley Park 
Special Summer Series is a set of daytime dance parties in Vancouver's most beautiful parks. Whether you come for a picnic or to take in the music there is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon this summer. First stop - Stanley Park . . . the MEGA park of parks. It's big. It's downtown. You really can't miss it. Fully-licensed site + delicious food trucks We cannot wait to get back in the sun with all our friends and carry on the tradition. For those who’ve never come to one of our parties it’s really simple: we just love Vancouver parks so much that we decided to throw music into them. The results have been fun so far.

Homegrown Harvest Workshop Series
Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Burnaby Village Museum 6501 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby BC V5G 3T6
Attend expert led workshops on container gardening, low sugar jam making, pickling, harvesting, winter gardening and more. All workshops are free, drop-in programs and run from 1:30-3:30pm. Eating with the Seasons: Seasonal Meal Planning Discover and taste a whole year of fresh, nutritious recipes and meal ideas with local ingredients. Led by: Suzan Anbari, Holistic Nutritionist Location: Discovery Room, Administration Building




The AvoShowdown was fun filled event celebrating avocados from Mexico held at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts this Tuesday. Local foodies, bloggers and media friends were invited by Avocados From Mexico Canada to take part in a cooking competition that made avocados from Mexico the star. I can only make an open-faced sandwich with avocados so I opted to leave the cooking to the professionals and just spectate.

The point of this competition was to show how delicious, available and versatile avocados from Mexico are. Did you know that 80% of avocados in consumed the Canadian market come from Mexico and they are the only ones available year round?

Look at all those delicious avocados. When I was a kid, I hated avocados, but then all of a sudden, like a switch flip inside me, I couldn't get enough of the fruit! Now avocados are a decision maker for me. If a menu item at a restaurant has avocados, there is a pretty good chance that that will be the one I will be ordering. Yes, that is how much I like them.

My favourite way of eating avocados are just plain out of the shell with a sprinkle of salt, sometimes I don't even bother with the salt. Avocados are amazing on their own. If blueberries are Nature's candy, then avocados are Nature's butter! But unlike butter, they are made up the good type of fat! You can eat avocados guilt free because they are chock-full of nutrients, and the good type of fat that is good for your heart.



At the beginning of the event, we noshed on appies and sipped BC wines from Okanagan Crush Pad and Mt. Boucherie Winery while competitors scrambled to make any last minute adjustments to their dishes to present to the judges.


Cassandra Anderton of GoodLifeVancouver and the Avocados From Mexico Canada Official Ambassador kicked off the event by explaining why we are there and introducing Chef Darren Clay, who demonstrated how to make an avocado & side strip shrimp spring roll.


After the demo, we were ushered into the kitchen in groups six for some hands-on fun!

I worked alongside James of HelloVancity while we made our own spring rolls!

This is what came out of the deep fryer. Kidding! This is what is it is suppose to look like.

This is how mine looks like. Not bad!

Meanwhile, the judges had ducked into the back to start the judging process.


There were 19 entries and they all looked amazing!

Dishes ranged from savoury to sweet to spicy and everything in between!




The judges sure had a difficult job to do!

While the judges tasted and deliberated, we also watched Justin Darnes from Drinks Undressed make us an amazing drink made from avocados from Mexico - the Alligator Fizz!



The drink was so delicious and refeshing!


Finally the judging was over and the rest of just were able to try some of the dishes the competitors had made.

 Judges announcing the winner.

The winners! From left to right: Alyssa (2nd place: Tropical No-Bake Cheesecake), Emily (1st place: Sweet & Spicy Mole, Jalapeno biscuit with avocado ice cream), Teresa and Vicki (3rd place: Chipotle Chicado Soup)!

Emily Caulfield of The Fat Pigs took home ultimate Avo-Championship prize: a Kitchen Aid blender! Congrats!


Friday, July 17, 2015

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Fridays, 9am - 3pm from July 3rd to August 28th
Vancouver International Airport
Visit YVR any Friday from July 3rd to August 28th from 9:00am to 3:00pm for YVR Take-Off Fridays. Enjoy delicious treats, rockin’ beats and spectacular entertainment that will have travellers and staycationers alike eager to get to the airport.

PNE Prize Home Preview
Weekend Dates: July 17, 18, 19, 26, August 2 and 9, 10am-4pm
2901 E. Hastings St. (Free parking and entry at Gate 2 off Renfrew St.)
Be one of the first to view this year’s home before The Fair at the PNE!

CBC Musical Nooners
Friday, 12pm - 1pm
CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson)
Sousou & Maher Cissoko (in partnership with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival) She's from Sweden; he's from Senegal. They met through music and became both musical and life partners. Their music is a fascinating blend of West African music, Swedish folk, reggae, soul and a pinch of hip hop.

Demo Days - Samsung Gear VR
Friday, 2pm - 5pm 
Richmond Unit 700 - 5300 No. 3 Road Richmond 
Robson & Granville Suite 200 - 798 Granville Street Vancouver
Samsung representatives will be in select Best Buy stores holding demonstrations of the Samsung Gear VR and this means you get to try it on for size too.

Shipbuilders' Night Market
Friday Nights 5-10pm - 2015 from May 1st to Sept 25th 
Shipbuilders' Square, 138 Victory Ship Way V7L 0B1 North Vancouver 
Food, art, music entertainment and shopping. On the Shipbuilders' Stage there is live music going until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC. The Friday Night Market also includes a Beer Garden that features local craft beer and ciders on tap. The Shipyards Night Market showcases BC's artisans, bakers and farmers. Products include; jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolate and many more must have handmade products. Don't eat dinner before you come to the Night Market, as there are at least 20 food trucks in "hot food alley" selling unique and delicious locally made food.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival - $35+
July 17 - 19
PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
For the first time in North America, Hello Kitty and her supercute friends Dear Daniel®, My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, Keroppi®, Chococat® and Pompom Purin® will appear in this unique celebration of fun, friendship and Sanrio surprises! Each event will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances, DJ-driven dancing with dance group KRU HK, interactive exhibits, animation, art, fashion, photo opportunities, event-exclusive collectibles and much more! Ticket purchase required.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

PNE Prize Home Preview
Weekend Dates: July 17, 18, 19, 26, August 2 and 9, 10am-4pm
2901 E. Hastings St. (Free parking and entry at Gate 2 off Renfrew St.)
Be one of the first to view this year’s home before The Fair at the PNE!

Hastings Park: Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park Opening Celebration
July 18 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park at Hastings Park, 2901 E Hastings St Vancouver
Come celebrate the opening of our new park! Demos, skills, races, tournaments, and sports drop-in sessions for all ages. Face painting, photo booth, crafts, CircusWest performers, the Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan, and activity tents. The Z95 street team will be playing hits all day. Free cupcakes for the first 250 people to arrive!

Fiji Festival
Saturday, July 18, 10am - 7pm 
Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street Burnaby, BC V5J 1A3
Live a Day the Fijian Way! The festival features the following: Yagona Ceremony Delicious Food Kids Rides & Soccer Fashion Show Terukootu Dance Great Entertainment Traditional Dance Classical Dance Bhangra Dance Live Bands & More...Admission is free!

Marpole Summerfest Community Festival
Saturday, 11am - 3pm
along Granville Street between 63rd and 71st Avenues, Vancouver
The 15th Annual Marpole Summerfest event will take place on Saturday, July 18th, from 11 AM to 3 PM, along Granville Street between 63rd and 71st Avenues. Sidewalk sales and merchant promotions, musicians and balloon artists, face painters and juggling shows, on-street chalk murals, and a classic car Show ‘n Shine - all of this adds up to a fun-filled, family-oriented community celebration!

Exotic Reptile Show
Saturday, July 18, 11:00am - 4:00pm 
Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway Richmond, B.C 
See snakes, lizards, and geckos. Presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles. Talk with the people who know reptiles best. An adult must accompany children. By Donation

VIVA Vancouver: The Granville Social 
July 18 - 19, noon to 7:00 p.m.
On Granville Street from Hastings to Drake
Free VIVA Vancouver takes outside socializing to a new level with the Granville Social weekend event July 18 and 19! Come participate and watch local and international artists, musicians, athletes, artisans, DJs, community groups, and businesses. Celebrate the rich and diverse vibe of Vancouver and our surrounding communities. One weekend only. Free WiFi provided by Shaw.

OM at Aberdeen
Saturday, 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Aberdeen Square 4000 No.3 Road, Richmond, British Columbia V6X0J8
Free pop up yoga classes led by Lululemon ambassadors and YYoga Richmond instructors Anila Lacroix and Carine Young! Replenish your energy with healthy snacks and drink samples before and after your free class, including Zimt Artisan Chocolates, Green and Pure, and a special treat from Johnny's Pops for every participant.

Peruvian Street Meat and Ceviche Summer Party
Saturday, 4pm - 10pm
Chicha Restaurant 136 E Broadway Vancouver, BC V5T 1W2
It's an all you can eat Peruvian summer party! There will be an outdoor barbeque grilling and serving assortments of popular Peruvian street meat, and an indoor Peruvian ceviche bar. There will also be all the favourite Peruvian sides to accompany your summer street meat and ceviche! There will be a DJ and many drink specials to make this summer party a lot of fun! The barbeque will be from 4pm-10pm and the DJ, drink specials and party will go until late. Online tickets are sold out but there will be tickets at the door subject to available space.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Concerts
Every Saturday, 5pm - 10pm 
750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
Starting this Summer Plaza of Nations will be transformed into a brand new Concert series at the best Venue in the city! Come and enjoy your favorite local food trucks and jam out to some awesome local music and kick back in the outdoor beer garden located in the heart of the market. Artist on JULY 18TH - BAKED POTATO

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival - $35+
July 17 - 19
PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
For the first time in North America, Hello Kitty and her supercute friends Dear Daniel®, My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, Keroppi®, Chococat® and Pompom Purin® will appear in this unique celebration of fun, friendship and Sanrio surprises! Each event will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances, DJ-driven dancing with dance group KRU HK, interactive exhibits, animation, art, fashion, photo opportunities, event-exclusive collectibles and much more! Ticket purchase required.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

National Ice Cream Day at Marble Slab
Sunday (12pm – 2pm happy hour)
FREE small Cones to the first 25 people to visit each store on Sunday. ICE CREAM HAPPY HOUR ANYONE? National Ice Cream Day this Sunday July 19th and we are celebrating! Join us from 12pm – 2pm on Sunday and enjoy a FREE regular-sized Cone when you purchase a Cone of equal or greater value! Plus, share your photos with the hashtag ‪#‎SlabHappyHour‬ to win 1 of 5 $25 gift cards! ‪#‎NationalIceCreamDay‬

PNE Prize Home Preview
Weekend Dates: July 17, 18, 19, 26, August 2 and 9, 10am-4pm
2901 E. Hastings St. (Free parking and entry at Gate 2 off Renfrew St.)
Be one of the first to view this year’s home before The Fair at the PNE!

Edmonds City Fair & Classic Car Show
Sunday, 10am - 3pm
Edmonds Street - Canada Way to Kingsway
A car lovers dream come true, all happening in Burnaby! Join in the street festival running along Edmonds Street from Canada Way towards Kingsway.

VIVA Vancouver: The Granville Social
 

July 18 - 19, noon to 7:00 p.m.
On Granville Street from Hastings to Drake
Free VIVA Vancouver takes outside socializing to a new level with the Granville Social weekend event July 18 and 19! Come participate and watch local and international artists, musicians, athletes, artisans, DJs, community groups, and businesses. Celebrate the rich and diverse vibe of Vancouver and our surrounding communities. One weekend only. Free WiFi provided by Shaw.

Tea Sparrow First Annual Iced Tea Festival
Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, at the corner of 15th)
So this will be a tea party of sorts. Except every single available tea has already been jury-approved for quality and taste and chosen for this fest because it’s one of our members’ favourites. And you can try every single one of them, learn our unique scoring system and score the teas yourself! They will all of course be available for purchase individually, and we will be offering a 40% discount on all memberships, where you can build your own first tea box with your 4 favourite teas from the event.

Food Cart Festival
Every Sunday from Jun 28 - Sept 8, 12pm - 5pm
215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Food Cart Fest Vancouver is a gathering of over 20 of the city’s top Food Carts presented by Vancity, Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every Sunday in the Summer at the Olympic Village for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Always free to Vancity and Car2go members, this year is also free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

VegFest Vancouver
Sunday, 12pm - 7pm
along the 1000 block of Granville St, between Nelson and Helmcken
Veg Fest Vancouver is a day-long outdoor festival, happening for it’s fifth year on July 19th, 2015 from 12pm – 7pm. The festival features vegan food vendors, animal protection organizations, local businesses, and much more! Best of all, it’s entirely FREE to attend!

Homegrown Harvest Workshop Series
Sunday, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Burnaby Village Museum 6501 Deer Lake Ave Burnaby BC V5G 3T6
Attend expert led workshops on container gardening, low sugar jam making, pickling, harvesting, winter gardening and more. All workshops are free, drop-in programs and run from 1:30-3:30pm. Sunday, July 19 - Jam Tasting and Making Alice shows techniques and share tips and tricks to make healthy delicious jams and preserves.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival - $35+
July 17 - 19
PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
For the first time in North America, Hello Kitty and her supercute friends Dear Daniel®, My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, Keroppi®, Chococat® and Pompom Purin® will appear in this unique celebration of fun, friendship and Sanrio surprises! Each event will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances, DJ-driven dancing with dance group KRU HK, interactive exhibits, animation, art, fashion, photo opportunities, event-exclusive collectibles and much more! Ticket purchase required.



Tea is one of the hottest food trends around and has become a sought-after drink for Canadians. At Tea Sparrow’s first annual Iced Tea-Off on Sunday July 19 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, enthusiasts of all ages can satisfy their cravings by sampling from and scoring 16 different iced loose leaf teas from Germany, Canada, and the U.S.A.

 “This is going to be an incredibly exciting and interactive event. Where else do you get to try every tea on display, score card it, and have your opinions help shape and change the flavour of the industry?”, says Tea Sparrow Co-Founder Michael Menashy. Each tea has passed a rigorous quality and taste control test and established itself as a favourite among Tea Sparrow’s global members.

At this iced tea party, you will be able to try every single tea that has been jury-approved for quality and taste and chosen for this fest because it’s one of our members’ favourites. Taste and vote for your favourites. You will also be able to purchase the various flavours, or become monthly subscribers by building a first box of four teas at a 40% discount. Tea Sparrow is North America’s first monthly tea club and critiquing company, endorsed by some of the world’s leading Tea Sommeliers. Each month, members sample high-quality and chemical-free teas from blenders, and review on taste. Only the top-rated ones make it into the monthly Tea Box sent to subscribers. Over 700 people attended Tea Sparrow’s First Annual Tea-Off on October 26, 2014.

Event details: 

Date: Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Venue: Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7

Tickets are 2 for $10 for adults in advance or $10 at the door, and free for children 12 and under.

Social media:
Facebook: Facebook.com/TeaSparrow
Twitter: @TeaSparrow
Hashtag: #IcedTeaOff
YouTube: YouTube.com/TeaSparrow

Video about Tea Sparrow: https://youtu.be/q-5zqpjeR7Y

More information and tickets can be found at www.teasparrow.com/festival.

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Blueberry season has arrived early this year! After another warm and sunny winter - BC is already mid-season! That means lots of big, juicy, delicious blueberries are available now!

I was invited by BC Blueberries to take part in a "picnic" party at the Shangri-La Hotel downtown on Tuesday to celebrate another strong blueberry season.

The point of the menu was to showcase the versatility of blueberries. They are not just for muffins or pancakes; they can be used in savoury dishes as well.

We started off at the bar with sweet boozy drinks of crushed blueberries and strawberries then noshed on some canap├ęs that featured or used blueberries to complement it.


Trail Mix with Dried Blueberries

Olive Oil Poached Salmon Blueberry & Lemon

Crisp Pork Belly, Spiced Blueberries

Cob & Blueberry Salad

Grilled Beef Skewers, Spice Blueberry Marinade

 Watermelon & Blueberry Gazpacho Shot
Lemon & Blueberry Tarts

Blueberries are one of my favourite summer fruits and with the abundance of yummy blueberries, it's the perfect time to freeze some for the winter!


Check out BC Blueberries' site for information about blueberries and recipes to put those delicious blueberries to good use!




Friday, July 10, 2015

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Fridays, 9am - 3pm from July 3rd to August 28th
Vancouver International Airport
Visit YVR any Friday from July 3rd to August 28th from 9:00am to 3:00pm for YVR Take-Off Fridays. Enjoy delicious treats, rockin’ beats and spectacular entertainment that will have travellers and staycationers alike eager to get to the airport.

CBC Musical Nooners
Friday, 12pm - 1pm
CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson)
Marlin Ramazzini Juno nominee Marlin Ramazzini grew up in Guatemala and studied music in Cuba with the revered vocalist from the Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo. Ramazzini brings her 5-piece Latin band to the CBC Nooners stage for a show that will make you want to get up and move!

Greek Summer Festival 2015
12:00 noon until 10:00 pm Monday to Thursday 
12:00 noon until 11:00 pm Friday to Sunday
4641 Boundary Road 
The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival ( Now simply known as Greek Summerfest) is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “Roast Lamb” and “Loukoumades” (a specialty Greek dessert) to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage to face-painting for the children (and adults!).

Shipbuilders' Night Market
Friday Nights 5-10pm - 2015 from May 1st to Sept 25th 
Shipbuilders' Square, 138 Victory Ship Way V7L 0B1 North Vancouver 
Food, art, music entertainment and shopping. On the Shipbuilders' Stage there is live music going until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC. The Friday Night Market also includes a Beer Garden that features local craft beer and ciders on tap. The Shipyards Night Market showcases BC's artisans, bakers and farmers. Products include; jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolate and many more must have handmade products. Don't eat dinner before you come to the Night Market, as there are at least 20 food trucks in "hot food alley" selling unique and delicious locally made food.

Mobile Photowalk #Vancouver
Friday, 6:00pm
Olympic Cauldron at 150 Canada Place, Vancouver
Join 500px co-founder Evgeny Tchebotarev​ and Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany​ for this epic event. Sponsored by Lensbaby​ and Moment​ lenses. Simply join us for the free mobile photowalk for a chance to win great lenses for your smartphone. Make sure to RSVP as spots are limited. Starting at Olympic Cauldron, walking through Gastown.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sunrise Summer Kick Off 2015
Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunrise Square Parking Lot: 2500 Block of Franklin St.
It will be our 14th annual Sunrise Summer Kickoff this year on July 11th. This amazing summer event features: All day Street Hockey for kids K–Gr.9 Live performances Arts & Crafts Face-painting Games Rock Wall Petting Zoo Pony rides Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre Safety Tent more...

Summer Festival 2015
Saturday, 10am - 5pm
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC
MiniComi is a 1 day artists market inspired by those in Japan (eg. Comiket). Artists will bring a wide variety of items for sale. This may include self published comics, doujinshi (fan comics), doujinSoft (we’re hoping), prints, pins, jewellery, plushies and many other creative things. Like Comiket in Japan, Cosplay is most welcomed! And also, admission is FREE!! Even if you are not an artist, drop by to have some fun!

Carnaval del Sol
Saturday – July 11th From 10:00 am to 10:00pm
Sunday – July 12th From 10:00 am to 9:00pm
Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
Carnaval del Sol’s aim is recreating a Latin American fiesta experience in downtown Vancouver! Amid exciting music, food and cheers; for two days you will be immersed into numerous activities: outdoor salsa & zumba lessons, a mini world cup street soccer tournament, an arts and crafts market, an array of children activities, environmental education activities, and much more! This event will make all citizens and visitors experience the authentic Hispanic culture, food, arts and music!

7-Eleven Day
Saturday, 11am - 7pm
All 7-Eleven Stores
What’s better than birthday cake? A FREE 7-Eleven Slurpee! Join us in celebrating the world’s coolest birthday party at 7-Eleven on July 11th from 11am to 7pm to get your free Slurpee in store. There’s no better way to say HBD to 7-Eleven than with a delicious, ice cold Slurpee – free of charge!

Khatsahlano! Street Party
Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
On Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue, between Burrard and MacDonald
The West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Street Party is Vancouver’s biggest FREE Music and Arts Festival! Created with love in 2011 by the members of the Kitsilano West 4th Avenue Business Association, this year’s festival will feature EIGHT stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and new this year, licensed outdoor beer gardens!

Greek Summer Festival 2015
12:00 noon until 10:00 pm Monday to Thursday 
12:00 noon until 11:00 pm Friday to Sunday
4641 Boundary Road 
The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival ( Now simply known as Greek Summerfest) is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “Roast Lamb” and “Loukoumades” (a specialty Greek dessert) to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage to face-painting for the children (and adults!).

Vancouver Ford Try More Pop-up Event
Saturday, July 11
Robson Square
Try something different. Why not put your best foot forward with: axe throwing, rock climbing, or a swing class. Such bravery has its rewards, like earning your way to a once in a lifetime experience: a trip for two to The Ford Ultimate Try-Athlon in Montreal on August 23rd. You’ll drive Ford Performance vehicles around a custom track, learn stunt driving, test-drive new Ford vehicles and more. After all the track fun get ready to celebrate with a rocking party. Will you be there? Find out what you can do. Try more.

Wiener Dog Races Weekend
July 11 & 12, first live horse racing starts at 1:50pm
Hastings Racecourse, 188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8
Come cheer on the Wiener Dog Racing at Hasting Racecourse. Don’t miss the hilarious moments of the Dachshunds dash out from the horse starting gate to face off for the TOP DOG honour for a chance to win a share of $2,500.00! First live horse racing starts at 1:50pm. Heats and the Grand Final TOP DOG RACE will be raced in between the live races on Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th, 2015.

Plaza of Nations Saturday Concerts
Every Saturday, 5pm - 10pm 
750 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7
Starting this Summer Plaza of Nations will be transformed into a brand new Concert series at the best Venue in the city! Come and enjoy your favorite local food trucks and jam out to some awesome local music and kick back in the outdoor beer garden located in the heart of the market. Artist on July 11: 7-10- GONCH MESSIAH

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Carnaval del Sol
Saturday – July 11th From 10:00 am to 10:00pm
Sunday – July 12th From 10:00 am to 9:00pm
Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6
Carnaval del Sol’s aim is recreating a Latin American fiesta experience in downtown Vancouver! Amid exciting music, food and cheers; for two days you will be immersed into numerous activities: outdoor salsa & zumba lessons, a mini world cup street soccer tournament, an arts and crafts market, an array of children activities, environmental education activities, and much more! This event will make all citizens and visitors experience the authentic Hispanic culture, food, arts and music!

Wiener Dog Races Weekend
July 11 & 12, first live horse racing starts at 1:50pm
Hastings Racecourse, 188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8
Come cheer on the Wiener Dog Racing at Hasting Racecourse. Don’t miss the hilarious moments of the Dachshunds dash out from the horse starting gate to face off for the TOP DOG honour for a chance to win a share of $2,500.00! First live horse racing starts at 1:50pm. Heats and the Grand Final TOP DOG RACE will be raced in between the live races on Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th, 2015.

Food Cart Festival
Every Sunday from Jun 28 - Sept 8, 12pm - 5pm
215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Food Cart Fest Vancouver is a gathering of over 20 of the city’s top Food Carts presented by Vancity, Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every Sunday in the Summer at the Olympic Village for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Always free to Vancity and Car2go members, this year is also free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Greek Summer Festival 2015
12:00 noon until 10:00 pm Monday to Thursday 
12:00 noon until 11:00 pm Friday to Sunday
4641 Boundary Road 
The Vancouver Greek Summer Festival ( Now simply known as Greek Summerfest) is an annual celebration of food, entertainment, and family fun — from the famous “Roast Lamb” and “Loukoumades” (a specialty Greek dessert) to the dozens of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage to face-painting for the children (and adults!).

Symphony in the Park
Sunday, 7pm
Deer Lake Park (on the grass behind the Shadbolt Centre)
The City of Burnaby presents the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual FREE concert at Deer Lake Park! The VSO, under Associate Conductor Gordon Gerrard, will perform popular classics in one of Metro Vancouver’s most beautiful outdoor concert venues. Bring your picnic blanket or chair and settle in for a wonderful evening with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.



Hidden away at the shipping entrance of the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre at 775 Cambie Street is an unique pop-up soccer experience. The Nike Underground shows off the latest soccer innovations the brand has to offer and let soccer fans take part in small fast-paced tournaments.

Follow the path...



Nike rolled out the astroturf carpet for you!




After showing your pass, walk down to the wall of No Maybes and sign your name!



Browse through the Innovation Studio to see all the gear that athletes are now using.
 

Wall of cleats.

You can customize your own gear.







 Play in the underground stadium, an actual soccer pitch. in a short fast paced game!


Or experience the Hyper Motion Hexagon, where you can exercise some target practice. If you don't have the right shoes, don't sweat! You can borrow some cleats and play! Get the highest score and you could walk away with a pair of Hyper Venom II cleats; you get a poster for trying anyways.




Hurry! The Nike Underground is only here until Sunday, July 5th! Get more information and get your pass to the Nike Underground here.