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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Samsung Tag Team Kitchen Challenge


The Samsung Tag Team Kitchen Challenge was held on Saturday, October 18th 2014, on the Vancouver Magazine Stage at the Vancouver Home and Design Show.

Three of Vancouver's home chef's paired up with three of Vancouver's top chefs to create the perfect entrée and dessert for a chance to win $5000 worth of Samsung Chef Collection appliances for their own kitchen! This competition was a little different and past competitions I've watched where only one member of each team could be on the stage at one time.


The home cooks were paired up with Chef Angus, Owner & Chef of Maenam, Chef Geoff Rogers, Executive Chef of Blacktail Florist, and Tim Cuff, Executive Chef of West Oak, and had to make an entrée made with the three secret ingredients: bison, figs and feta.

Food Network's Chef Corbin Tomaszeski entertained the audience as we watched the three teams battle it out on the stage.
















Chef Corbin Tomaszeski along with the judges tried the three dishes and chose the two teams that would move on to the dessert round.

The judges liked the girls' dishes the best!



Chef Corbin Tomaszeski was a really entertaining MC. At one point, he held a contest where three volunteers from the audience had to eat a Jalapeño pepper and dance while doing it!



The judges, along with Chef Corbin Tomaszeski made the final decision after trying the two competitor desserts that highlighted apple.

Elaine (@elaineats_ on Instagram) and Chef Rogers beat out the competition and walked away with $5000 worth of Samsung Chef Collection appliances!
 

The rest of the competitors and chefs didn't walk away empty handed though, each of them received a Samsung vacuum cleaner!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (Oct 17 - 19, 2014)



Friday, October 17, 2014

Vancouver Home + Design Show - $7.50 with half price ticket code FCBK online
October 16 - 19, 2014   
Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday 12pm-9pm;  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
The Vancouver Home + Design Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. With big names like Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV's Leave it to Bryan, and design darlings A Good Chick to Know, plus local foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

Slide-rule to Sci-Fi
Friday, 2pm - 10pm 
Cressey @ Meccanica - 102 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
The Slide-rule to Sci-Fi is hosted by Farrell Segall, one of the founders of MakerMobile, a travelling classroom, hackspace, art studio and lab in Vancouver. The event at Meccanica will feature mostly working displays of numerous personal computing systems dating from the 1970's to current state-of-the-art virtual reality devices. This is a hands-on exhibit that even includes a scientific slide-rule, the type that was used on Apollo missions!

Diwali Fest
October 17th – October 26th
The 11th year of Diwali Fest will take place over 10 days from October 17th – October 26th, 2014. The events making up this year's festival will range in size, and spread through the cities of Vancouver and Surrey, making a larger impact than 2013. Diwali Fest is proud to present “Unity in Diversity” at the 2014 Diwali Fest Taking place from Friday, October 17 through to Sunday, October 26 at various venues throughout Vancouver and Surrey.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cineplex Community Day
Saturday, 8:30am
at Cineplex Entertainment theatres
The morning of Saturday October 18 at all Cineplex Entertainment theatres for Community Day in support of Free The Children. Doors open at 8:30am with great selection of FREE movies beginning at 9:00am. Plus, enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only $2 each with 100% of the proceeds donated to Free The Children

Harvest Festival at the West End Farmers Market
Saturday, 9am - 2pm
1100 Comox St., Vancouver
Come celebrate the Harvest!  Everything squash, apples and pears! Recipes, information, cooking tips and a Pie Competition!  Saturday, October 18 | 9-2 @ West End Farmers Market – 1100 Comox St. (Adjacent to Nelson Park)

Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 9pm
Paradge on Sunday 12pm
Expo Location: Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver
Parade Location: Granville St (from Drake to Robson), Downtown Vancouver 
Meet the original Alien and Predator!   (Nelson and Burrard). 8 minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station in Downtown Vancouver.  Expo Time      Saturday Oct 18, 2014: 10 AM - 9 PM     Sunday Oct 19, 2014: 10 AM - 9 PM  * Halloween Parade  The family-friendly parade with marching bands, horses, vehicles, floats and performances. The supernaturals, heroes and villains from comics, game, sci-fi and myth all come alive!  Parade Location: Granville St (from Drake to Robson), Downtown Vancouver  Parade Time: 12 PM - 3 PM Sunday Oct 19, 2014

Vancouver Home + Design Show - $7.50 with half price ticket code FCBK online
October 16 - 19, 2014   
Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday 12pm-9pm;  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
The Vancouver Home + Design Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. With big names like Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV's Leave it to Bryan, and design darlings A Good Chick to Know, plus local foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

UBC Apple Festival - $4 (Children under 12 free)
Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm 
UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it! Tasting sessions from 11:00am to 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday Tickets $5.00 available outside the tasting tent. 

Diwali Fest
October 17th – October 26th
The 11th year of Diwali Fest will take place over 10 days from October 17th – October 26th, 2014. The events making up this year's festival will range in size, and spread through the cities of Vancouver and Surrey, making a larger impact than 2013. Diwali Fest is proud to present “Unity in Diversity” at the 2014 Diwali Fest Taking place from Friday, October 17 through to Sunday, October 26 at various venues throughout Vancouver and Surrey.

South Vancouver Harvest Festival
Saturday, 3pm - 6pm
David Thompson Secondary School 1755 E 55th Ave Vancouver
Activities will start at the farm at 3pm and include a Fresh Roots veggie market, pumpkin carving, apple pressing, farm tours, and lantern making. You are also invited to share a bowl of hearty harvest stew and cast your vote in a multicultural dessert contest (or enter your own!), or simply bring a blanket and watch the action unfold.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vancouver Home + Design Show - $7.50 with half price ticket code FCBK online
October 16 - 19, 2014   
Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday 12pm-9pm;  Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
The Vancouver Home + Design Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. With big names like Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV's Leave it to Bryan, and design darlings A Good Chick to Know, plus local foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

UBC Apple Festival - $4 (Children under 12 free)
Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm 
UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC
A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia's favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it! Tasting sessions from 11:00am to 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday Tickets $5.00 available outside the tasting tent. 

Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 9pm
Paradge on Sunday 12pm
Expo Location: Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard St, Vancouver
Parade Location: Granville St (from Drake to Robson), Downtown Vancouver 
Meet the original Alien and Predator!   (Nelson and Burrard). 8 minute walk from Burrard Skytrain Station in Downtown Vancouver.  Expo Time      Saturday Oct 18, 2014: 10 AM - 9 PM     Sunday Oct 19, 2014: 10 AM - 9 PM  * Halloween Parade  The family-friendly parade with marching bands, horses, vehicles, floats and performances. The supernaturals, heroes and villains from comics, game, sci-fi and myth all come alive!  Parade Location: Granville St (from Drake to Robson), Downtown Vancouver  Parade Time: 12 PM - 3 PM Sunday Oct 19, 2014

Young Innovators Crawl
Sunday, 12pm - 5pm
SFU Public Square 
Come out on Sunday, October 19 to meet Vancouver's inspiring future!The Young Innovators Crawl is your chance to meet creatives from the worlds of design, technology, sustainability, food, arts and culture, and social innovation. Bring your friends and family to explore the studios and open houses of an amazing line up of innovators. Enjoy lively conversation, food trucks, breweries, idea jams, demos, pop-up exhibits, performances and more. The Crawl kicks off at 12pm and goes until 5pm, and participating is free and open to everyone!

Reoccurring Events


Night Markets:


MERCATO: Italian Night Market 
3pm - 7pm every 3rd Friday of the month until until Friday, November 21st, 2014
Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street at Grandview Highway
IL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre is proud to host and present Il MERCATO, the city’s first Farmer and Italian Night Market starting this Friday. This market is the first of its kind in Vancouver bringing together the tastes of Italy with the produce grown in local farms. We invite the community to come shop for a vibrant assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade products from local artisans and delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef. The Italian community market element allows you the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy every month. Stay for live Italian music featuring the classic mandolin and accordion, and children’s activities provided by our Italian School teachers.


Farmers Markets:

Vancouver Farmers Market - Trout Lake
Saturdays, 9:00am - 2:00pm May 10 - October 18, 2014
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, Vancouver 

Saturday Farm Market at UBC Farm
Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm from June-Oct
free 30 minute public tours at 11:00am
UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

Vancouver Farmers Markets - West End
Saturdays, 9:00am - 2:00pm from May 31 - October 18, 2014
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

River District Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10:00am - 3:00pm from May3 - Oct18
Kerr Street Plaza – on Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive, Vancouver

Kitsilano Farmers Market  
Sundays, 10:00am - 2:00pm from May 11 - October 19
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre

FOSS Farm Market Days 
Fridays in June, July and August from 10:30am - 5pm 
Saturdays in September and October from 12-4pm 
6767 Balaclava St at West 51st Ave, Vancouver

Hastings Park Winter Market
Sundays, Oct 5 - Nov 30, 10am - 2pm
Hastings Skatepark, Vancouver, BC V5K 4A6


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (Oct 3 - 5, 2014)



Friday, October 3, 2014

Bat Box Building Workshop - $10
Friday 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 5pm - 8pm
UBC Farm  Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5
Bats are great to have around, want to know why? Join us in this fun workshop! Learn about bats, build a batbox, and find out what you can do to help these amazing animals.  This workshop is suitable for  anyone who loves bats! You can have your batbox installed by our bat experts in suitable habitat on the BC south coast, or take it home if you’ve got a good bat friendly spot.  This workshop is kid-friendly; children should be 5 or older and must be accompanied by an adult. 

Harvest Haus - $25     
Thur, Oct 2 - Sunday, Oct 5
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Bavarian-themed long table seating plan for hundreds of attendees     Drinking stein vessels provided to all attendees to amplify the Bavarian event feel.     Multiple food and beverage themed areas within the larger Harvest Haus Halle, highlighting ingredients and products of the harvest     Theatrical keg tapping opening ceremony, interludes and closing stage performances     A mix of unique and expected Bavarian musical entertainment     Authentic European food stalls in the Marktplatz serving traditional Oktoberfest fare including pretzels, bratwurst, spaetzle, and schnitzel     Premium coursed food offering, the Bavarian Feast, an elevated ticket experience prepared using local ingredients from Sole Foods     Custom created Harvest Haus merchandise and gift shop     Outdoor harvest market including merchants and harvest producers     Harvest-themed staff throughout the experience.

Fraser Valley Food Show 2013 - $7 online, $9 at gate (cash only)  
Friday, Oct 3 – Sunday, Oct 5
Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC
Discover sausages, beer, Top Chefs and gluten free living at the 7th annual Fraser Valley Food Show on Friday, October 3th to Sunday, October 5th, 2014!  The Fraser Valley Food Show is showcasing the magic of food and cooking at the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Experience food both local and international, celebrity chef demonstrations, cooking competitions, sausage making competitions, cheese and wine seminars, Bite of the Valley participating restaurants and the Grapes and Hops wine/beer/spirits tasting pavilion.

Artists for Conservation Festival - $31.95
Sept 26 - Oct 5
Grouse Mountain
 A 10-day art and environmental education happening, featuring the world-top conservation themed art exhibit and sale with leading nature and wildlife artists and naturalists. The opening gala for the fourth annual Artists for Conservation Festival will draw both art lovers and nature enthusiasts to Grouse Mountain.  This year’s festival focuses on bears. Tickets for the opening gala on Friday, September 26 and Wine & Cheese on Saturday, September 27 are available online. The festival opens to public at 10am on Saturday, September 27 and runs until Sunday, October 5 on Grouse Mountain. A special family weekend is planned for Saturday, October 4 through Sunday, October 5.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Open Doors Vancouver
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Various locations
Enjoy free, behind the scenes access to the buildings that shape our city. Explore Vancouver’s civic, cultural, and historic facilities and learn about how they are designed and what happens inside at this all-ages event.

Vancouver International Photography Festival - $2 for two day pass
Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, 10am - 4pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
This is the 3rd Annual Vancouver International Photography Festival. The festival last year was a smashing success, we had over 1000 participants; this year we are expecting even more participants. The VIPF Society is hosting this year’s festival at the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, which is located in central Vancouver. The festival will take place on October 4th and 5th at the Visitor Centre Hall; the 2-day festival will include the opening and closing ceremony, seminars by professional photographers and many other events. On the last day of the festival, a camera swap meet will be held in the Floral Hall directly across from the main event gallery.

Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014
Saturday & Sunday October 4 and 5, 2014 12–5pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St  Vancouver, BC
Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the only international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2014 the event is anticipated to attract over 1,500 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.  Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a two-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations. Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

10th World Wide Instameet at UBC
Saturday, 1pm - 5pm
The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co., 5970 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Mark your calendars for October 4th as Alivia (@alittlebitofblush) and Jesse (@thewildtraveller) are hosting a phototwalk together as part of the upcoming #WWIM10! If you love gardens and nature as much as we do you won't want to miss out. We'll be meeting at Boulevard Coffee Roasters at UBC at 1pm before making our way over to Alivia's favourite hidden gem in Vancouver, Nitobe Memorial Garden, where everyone who attends will be provided complimentary admission courtesy of UBC Botanical Garden. After that we will be making pitstops at a couple of other scenic spots on campus before wandering down a forested trail behind the Museum of Anthropology to a quiet sandy beach. There will be prizes for best photo of Nitobe as well as a 'Shot of the Day' winner. Details will be provided at the event.

Hawkers Market - $10 
Saturday, 4pm - midnight
Hawkers Market 188 Kingsway Vancouver, BC V5T 3J2
Hawkers Market returns September 27th   with Loud Music by BESTiE, Claire Morifee and Ashar Kazi !  Stay tuned for loads of details to come!  FOOD IS THE NEW ROCK  #hawkersmarket #BESTiE   MUSIC LINEUP!  DJ CITO - DJ SETS - 4pm - 9pm  Claire Mortifee - 9pm - 10pm  Mausiki - 10pm - 11pm  BESTiE 11pm - Midnight!

Bat Box Building Workshop - $10
Friday 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 5pm - 8pm
UBC Farm  Vancouver, BC V6T 1W5
Bats are great to have around, want to know why? Join us in this fun workshop! Learn about bats, build a batbox, and find out what you can do to help these amazing animals.  This workshop is suitable for  anyone who loves bats! You can have your batbox installed by our bat experts in suitable habitat on the BC south coast, or take it home if you’ve got a good bat friendly spot.  This workshop is kid-friendly; children should be 5 or older and must be accompanied by an adult.

4th Annual Pumpkin Fest
Sat 7:00pm - 11pm
Sun 10am - 3pm
West Vancouver Community Centre, 6262 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Kick off PumpkinFest 2014 with a HARVEST DANCE on Saturday October 4th, 2014 from 7.00 – 11.00 in the West Vancouver Community Centre Atrium. Join us for a western-style country dance for the whole family featuring The Adam Woodall Band!  Then bring the whole family along on Sunday October 5th for our HARVEST FESTIVAL from 10.00 – 3.00 for an old fashioned, harvest community festival with family friendly activities: Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Farm, Antique Farm Equipment, Cow Milking and new this year a Goat Hill and Pig Walking! Beer Garden, Entertainment, Home and Harvest Competition, Hay Tunnel, “Welly” Boot Toss, old fashioned games such as Sack Races, Face Painting and Crafts, Artisanal Market, Art Show, Scarecrow Competition, Scavenger Hunt, Pumpkin Carving, Free Skating, Swimming and Gymnastics, West Vancouver Police Dog demonstrations, West Vancouver Firefighters activities and much much more!

Harvest Haus - $25     
Thur, Oct 2 - Sunday, Oct 5
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Bavarian-themed long table seating plan for hundreds of attendees     Drinking stein vessels provided to all attendees to amplify the Bavarian event feel.     Multiple food and beverage themed areas within the larger Harvest Haus Halle, highlighting ingredients and products of the harvest     Theatrical keg tapping opening ceremony, interludes and closing stage performances     A mix of unique and expected Bavarian musical entertainment     Authentic European food stalls in the Marktplatz serving traditional Oktoberfest fare including pretzels, bratwurst, spaetzle, and schnitzel     Premium coursed food offering, the Bavarian Feast, an elevated ticket experience prepared using local ingredients from Sole Foods     Custom created Harvest Haus merchandise and gift shop     Outdoor harvest market including merchants and harvest producers     Harvest-themed staff throughout the experience

Fraser Valley Food Show 2013 - $7 online, $9 at gate (cash only)  
Friday, Oct 3 – Sunday, Oct 5
Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC
Discover sausages, beer, Top Chefs and gluten free living at the 7th annual Fraser Valley Food Show on Friday, October 3th to Sunday, October 5th, 2014!  The Fraser Valley Food Show is showcasing the magic of food and cooking at the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Experience food both local and international, celebrity chef demonstrations, cooking competitions, sausage making competitions, cheese and wine seminars, Bite of the Valley participating restaurants and the Grapes and Hops wine/beer/spirits tasting pavilion. 

Artists for Conservation Festival - $31.95
Sept 26 - Oct 5
Grouse Mountain
 A 10-day art and environmental education happening, featuring the world-top conservation themed art exhibit and sale with leading nature and wildlife artists and naturalists. The opening gala for the fourth annual Artists for Conservation Festival will draw both art lovers and nature enthusiasts to Grouse Mountain.  This year’s festival focuses on bears. Tickets for the opening gala on Friday, September 26 and Wine & Cheese on Saturday, September 27 are available online. The festival opens to public at 10am on Saturday, September 27 and runs until Sunday, October 5 on Grouse Mountain. A special family weekend is planned for Saturday, October 4 through Sunday, October 5.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

4th Annual Pumpkin Fest
Sat 7:00pm - 11pm
Sun 10am - 3pm
West Vancouver Community Centre, 6262 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Kick off PumpkinFest 2014 with a HARVEST DANCE on Saturday October 4th, 2014 from 7.00 – 11.00 in the West Vancouver Community Centre Atrium. Join us for a western-style country dance for the whole family featuring The Adam Woodall Band!  Then bring the whole family along on Sunday October 5th for our HARVEST FESTIVAL from 10.00 – 3.00 for an old fashioned, harvest community festival with family friendly activities: Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Farm, Antique Farm Equipment, Cow Milking and new this year a Goat Hill and Pig Walking! Beer Garden, Entertainment, Home and Harvest Competition, Hay Tunnel, “Welly” Boot Toss, old fashioned games such as Sack Races, Face Painting and Crafts, Artisanal Market, Art Show, Scarecrow Competition, Scavenger Hunt, Pumpkin Carving, Free Skating, Swimming and Gymnastics, West Vancouver Police Dog demonstrations, West Vancouver Firefighters activities and much much more!

Vancouver International Photography Festival - $2 for two day pass
Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Sunday, 10am - 4pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
This is the 3rd Annual Vancouver International Photography Festival. The festival last year was a smashing success, we had over 1000 participants; this year we are expecting even more participants. The VIPF Society is hosting this year’s festival at the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, which is located in central Vancouver. The festival will take place on October 4th and 5th at the Visitor Centre Hall; the 2-day festival will include the opening and closing ceremony, seminars by professional photographers and many other events. On the last day of the festival, a camera swap meet will be held in the Floral Hall directly across from the main event gallery.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Fall Fair 
Sunday, 10am - 2pm
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market – 2300 Guelph St
Celebrate the best of fall produce, food trucks, crafts, yummy treats, games and more! Fun for all ages – free admission! Bring one of your prized garden veggies or carved pumpkins for display and get $2 off an apple cider! 

Water's Edge Day
Sunday, 10am - 5pm 
Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1A2
Have you ever paddled in a First Nations Canoe? Do you know the animals that live in English Bay? Would you like to see what False Creek used to look like 100 years ago?  Grab your friends and family and come down to the shore for Vancouver's first celebration of its waterfront. Vancouver Maritime Museum is offering a range of free and fun activities for the whole family, indoors and outdoors, on and off the water.

Made From Scratch - $5
Sunday, 10am - 6pm
188 Kingsway Vancouver, BC V5T 3J2
Made From Scratch is a new local space by Hawkers Market, focusing on a family style event with Food Workshops, Folk Music, Kid Friendly entertainment, Food Trucks, Long Table Dining and Craft Beer by 33 Acres.

Game Big at Cineplex
Sunday, 11am - 3pm
Silvercity Riverport, Richmond
First come, first serve - open to public. free admission. Join Xbox and get the chance to go head to head playing Killer Instinct Season 2, with the pre-released character, TJ Combo! At participating Cineplex locations we’re celebrating the launch of the Big Screen Gaming Program across Canada, and they’ll have some of the best games of the year on Xbox One, swag and prizing and a chance to play Forza Horizon 2 on the big screen! Sit back and watch, or battle your friends and enjoy cool swag and giveaways!

Vancouver Art/Book Fair 2014
Saturday & Sunday October 4 and 5, 2014 12–5pm
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St  Vancouver, BC
Free and open to the public, VA/BF is the only international art book fair in Canada and one of only two on the West Coast. In 2014 the event is anticipated to attract over 1,500 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.  Presented by Project Space, VA/BF is a two-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and installations. Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

Sustenance Festival - free to various costs
Oct 5 - 19
 at Community Centres all over Vancouver
Sustenance has been an annual festival of the Vancouver Park Board. Sustenance is all about food, art, sustainability, celebration, discussion, and food security. It’s dynamic, creative, delicious, educating, and timely. This Sunday's workshops: RE-CREATION Workshop & Field Trip, RE-CREATION Sound Installation, Wild Edible Mushrooms & Plants Identification, I Smell Garlic! Yum!, Chutney Making, Eating As If The Environment Matters, Preserving Herbs for Winter 

Harvest Haus - $25     
Thur, Oct 2 - Sunday, Oct 5
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Bavarian-themed long table seating plan for hundreds of attendees     Drinking stein vessels provided to all attendees to amplify the Bavarian event feel.     Multiple food and beverage themed areas within the larger Harvest Haus Halle, highlighting ingredients and products of the harvest     Theatrical keg tapping opening ceremony, interludes and closing stage performances     A mix of unique and expected Bavarian musical entertainment     Authentic European food stalls in the Marktplatz serving traditional Oktoberfest fare including pretzels, bratwurst, spaetzle, and schnitzel     Premium coursed food offering, the Bavarian Feast, an elevated ticket experience prepared using local ingredients from Sole Foods     Custom created Harvest Haus merchandise and gift shop     Outdoor harvest market including merchants and harvest producers     Harvest-themed staff throughout the experience

Fraser Valley Food Show 2013 - $7 online, $9 at gate (cash only)  
Friday, Oct 3 – Sunday, Oct 5
Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC
Discover sausages, beer, Top Chefs and gluten free living at the 7th annual Fraser Valley Food Show on Friday, October 3th to Sunday, October 5th, 2014!  The Fraser Valley Food Show is showcasing the magic of food and cooking at the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, BC. Experience food both local and international, celebrity chef demonstrations, cooking competitions, sausage making competitions, cheese and wine seminars, Bite of the Valley participating restaurants and the Grapes and Hops wine/beer/spirits tasting pavilion.

Artists for Conservation Festival - $31.95
Sept 26 - Oct 5
Grouse Mountain
 A 10-day art and environmental education happening, featuring the world-top conservation themed art exhibit and sale with leading nature and wildlife artists and naturalists. The opening gala for the fourth annual Artists for Conservation Festival will draw both art lovers and nature enthusiasts to Grouse Mountain.  This year’s festival focuses on bears. Tickets for the opening gala on Friday, September 26 and Wine & Cheese on Saturday, September 27 are available online. The festival opens to public at 10am on Saturday, September 27 and runs until Sunday, October 5 on Grouse Mountain. A special family weekend is planned for Saturday, October 4 through Sunday, October 5.



Reoccurring Events


Night Markets:

Richmond Night Market - $2
Fri-Sat  7PM - 12AM  May 16 - Oct 13
Sun & Stat Holidays  7PM - 11PM
8351 River Road, Richmond BC
Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors. $2 fee for regular admission (Subject to changes). FREE admission for children 10 & under and FREE admission for Seniors 60 & up. $10 and $20 Zoom Passes are available for purchase.

MERCATO: Italian Night Market 
3pm - 7pm every 3rd Friday of the month until until Friday, November 21st, 2014
Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street at Grandview Highway
IL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre is proud to host and present Il MERCATO, the city’s first Farmer and Italian Night Market starting this Friday. This market is the first of its kind in Vancouver bringing together the tastes of Italy with the produce grown in local farms. We invite the community to come shop for a vibrant assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade products from local artisans and delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef. The Italian community market element allows you the opportunity to bring home a taste of Italy every month. Stay for live Italian music featuring the classic mandolin and accordion, and children’s activities provided by our Italian School teachers.


Farmers Markets:

Vancouver Farmers Market - Trout Lake
Saturdays, 9:00am - 2:00pm May 10 - October 18, 2014
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake, Vancouver 

Saturday Farm Market at UBC Farm
Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm from June-Oct
free 30 minute public tours at 11:00am
UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver

Vancouver Farmers Markets - West End
Saturdays, 9:00am - 2:00pm from May 31 - October 18, 2014
1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill

Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market 
Saturdays, June 14 - October 11, 2014 10am - 2pm each week 
East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue - near Kerrisdale Arena

River District Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10:00am - 3:00pm from May3 - Oct18
Kerr Street Plaza – on Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive, Vancouver

Kitsilano Farmers Market  
Sundays, 10:00am - 2:00pm from May 11 - October 19
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre 

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market 
Sundays, 10am - 2pm from June 15 - October 12, 2014 
Guelph Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, on the paved play area between Mt. Pleasant Elementary and Guelph Park

FOSS Farm Market Days 
Fridays in June, July and August from 10:30am - 5pm 
Saturdays in September and October from 12-4pm 
6767 Balaclava St at West 51st Ave, Vancouver

Hastings Park Winter Market
Sundays, Oct 5 - Nov 30, 10am - 2pm
Hastings Skatepark, Vancouver, BC V5K 4A6


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Slow Fish Mystery Chefs Dinner

The inaugural Slow Fish Mystery Chefs Dinner took place on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and thanks to the Chefs' Table Society, I had the utmost pleasure of attending. The event featured eight mystery chefs, some of whom where revealed through clues and guessing games on social media prior to the event. 

As  we waited for the event to get started, the crowds mingled,

and enjoyed sparkling wine and beer.

These wild sockeye salmon appetizers went around whetting our appetite for the main event. The salmon was on a bed of wakame salad, topped with a radish and pickled lemon. Delicious!

We could also see some of the chefs in the kitchens working away to prepare their special dishes for the night. Everyone was excited to find out how the event will go down.

 

Finally, Chef Robert Clark from The Fish Counter, and member of the Chef’s Table Society and Slow Fish, took to the stage to welcome us all to the inaugural Slow Fish Mystery Dinner.

Brooke Fader of Slow Fish then educated the crowd on what the Slow Food and Slow Fish is. Slow Food was founded in Italy when the first McDonald's moved into one of the heritage buildings and the disgusted Italians said "We don't want fast food, we want slow food!". Since then the movement has grown and spread across the world. Slow food focuses on the relationship of the people who supply our food.


Slow fish is the same but instead of farmers, it puts the fishermen, harvesters and foragers in the spotlight and gives them the same kind of appreciation that our local farmers get now. It is about traceability, sustainability, and quality rather than quantity. It is about connecting us to our food source and appreciating our local food sources rather than sending them overseas where they are more valued. We are lucky to live in a place where there is such an abundance of seafood! Let's appreciate it and the people who get it to us! Unlike some other events, all the suppliers for the Slow Fish Mystery Chefs Dinner had been paid. Only the chefs had to donate their time!

After Brooke's speech, Julian Bond of Chefs' Table Society introduce to us how the slow fish mystery dinner works. Unlike other grazing events, where you line up, get your sample food and leave, this "dinner" is more intimate. We got to go into the kitchens, watch the chefs prepare the food and talk to the creator of our food! Each dish was also paired with a wine from a local BC winery. The chefs don't have to rush and get all their dishes prepared at once - it`s more like a dinner service pace. It was definitely a whole new experience and I would love to experience more like it again!

There were eight mystery chefs in eight kitchens and we were told to just spread out and start at any one of them. First up was Chef Roger Ma of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, since his kitchen was closest to the the stage where we were.

With a big smile, he served us local uni on 'rice' - local red uni, celery root, ikura shiso, asian pear, pickled sea bean on a squid ink rice cracker.

The first time I had uni, I didn't really like it, but now I don't mind. It is quite possible because these are fresh. They are really quite delicious.

Chef Robert Belcham of Campangnolo & Campagnolo Roma was next door.

We watched as he prepared a sturgeon dish for us.


This was one of my favourites - Grilled sea salt sturgeon on a bed of chanterelles, potatoes and greens, drizzled with an oil made from Granny Smith apples! It tasted amazing!

Chef Lisa Ahier, is one of two chefs from out of town. She is usually located at her restaurant, Sobo, in Tofino. She also just recently released a cookbook, which she was selling and signing at the event.


We were treated to cocktail oysters (from Out Landish Shellfish Guild) with three melon mignonette (melons from Nanoose Edibles Farm).


There was also a cooked oyster - the Miso Oyster recipe from the Sobo Cookbook! This was very yummy; the oyster was cooked in miso mayo and topped with a piece of salmon bacon. Very flavourful!


Chef Johnathan Chovancek from Medina! I promised him I`d visit his restaurant at the new location soon!

He prepared pressured steam Sawmill Bay clams in spicy tomato sauce with veal meatballs accompanied with a piece of sourdough bread.

In the back half of the culinary school, Chef David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant was preparing some mussels for us.

This large BC Honey Mussels sourced from Albion Fisheries. So yummy with the sausage cubes and toasted garlic bread to soak up all the tomato sauce it was cooked in! 

The other chef from out of town, Chef Anthony Walsh of Oliver & Bonacini, came all the way from Toronto to be at the dinner!

He prepared some salmon tacos for the waiting crowd.

Wild BC salmon with raw roots and pickled onions topped with Chum roe. This was the messiest to eat but no less delicious!

Chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co was at the next kitchen.

She was serving a geoduck dish! I was so excited because I LOVE GEODUCK. We used to dig for them out at the beach during my childhood days.


It was a Chawanmushi - a kind of steamed egg custard with shaved geoduck and fresh hazelnuts. Another one of my favourites of the night. I may have gone back for seconds and thirds. It was amazing!

Last but not least, back from his Chefs of Oceans, bike across Canada tour, Chef Ned Bell of Yew Seafood & Bar.

He also had his own albacore tuna cans!
And chocolates!

His dish was a little unusual. But hey, I`m always willing to try anything when it comes to food. These are gooseneck barnacles, or "Dragon's toes" as chef called them. Who knew we could eat them?! Well, apparently can, and they taste pretty good as well - chewy, similar to octopus.

Lastly after we gone through all the kitchens, we took a look at the prize room, where there booths set up with information about organizations who work to make sustainability and traceability a reality, such as Ocean Wise and This Fish.

This Fish is also now featuring product that has the fisherman on the label to better connect you to the source of your food. Traceability leads to accountability! I think they feature a new fisherman every month.

Thank you to all the chefs and organizer that made the Slow Fish Mystery Chefs Dinner possible! Hope there is another one! I definitely want to attend again!
 
The amazingly delicious evening ended with a truffle!

Learn more about the Slow Food / Slow Fish movement here and the Chefs' Table Society here.