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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (July 25 - 27, 2014)




The majority of events are happening on Saturday. Festivals! Markets! Fireworks!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Circle Craft Summer Market
Thursday 11am-7pm                
Friday 9am-7pm                 
Saturday 9am-7pm                
Sunday 9am-5pm
Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are pleased to announce their second annual Summer Craft Market! July 24-27th, join us at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron). 88 artisans from throughout BC will be showcasing their handmade work – ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home décor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. A great market for gifts or to treat yourself. Admission is FREE!

Your Kontinent Festival
From July 17 - 26, (various events, check out website for more info
Richmond
“Your Kontinent” is a unique brand which vividly illustrates the Festival’s goal of building an integrated, socially cohesive society. “Your Kontinent” is a variation on the name “Urkontinent” coined by German scientist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener, for Earth’s first continent – the first single, unbroken landmass. If it were to exist today, this continent would contain a rich mosaic of ethnicities and cultures co-existing in one place.  Under the umbrella of “Your Kontinent,” we present a well-rounded collection of film and media art works that will challenge our perceptions and illuminate the interconnectedness of the world. Deliberately using ‘your’ instead of ‘ur,’ we ask our audience to consider: What does *your* continent look like? What more can it be?


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blueberry Blast Market
9am - 1pm
UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver 
Chef Demo by Rosie Baykin of Butter Bakery, Blueberry Backed Good Contest, Kids Crafts & Activity Table  

Circle Craft Summer Market
Thursday 11am-7pm                
Friday 9am-7pm                 
Saturday 9am-7pm                
Sunday 9am-5pm
Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are pleased to announce their second annual Summer Craft Market! July 24-27th, join us at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron). 88 artisans from throughout BC will be showcasing their handmade work – ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home décor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. A great market for gifts or to treat yourself. Admission is FREE! 

Play with LEGO at Landsdowne
9:30am - 6pm, Saturday
Lansdowne  Centre is located at 5300 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC, Canada
Play with LEGO & help build the story! Build & Play Area, and Toddler Build & Play Area will be open from 11am on July 1, 12, 19 and 26, where kids of all ages can build, create and play with LEGO & DUPLO. Leave your creations intact when you’re finished, and they may be used in the Robin Sather’s final creation! Please note that the Build & Play Areas are unsupervised, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.    Build a mini-DUPLO kit!  Starting at 11am on July 1, 12, 19 & 26, build your very own mini-DUPLO heart to take home, courtesy of Toys“R”Us! Supplies are limited, so come early! While you’re there, enter to win $50 for Toys“R”Us

Owl Summer Open House
10am - 3pm, Sat & Sun
3800 - 72nd Street, Delta, BC V4K 3N2
Join us July 26th and 27th for our semi-annual open house! There will be children’s activities, informative displays and raffles with amazing prizes!  And the fun doesn’t stop there...we will be releasing a rehabilitated bird of prey at 1pm on each day!

Caribbean Days Festival
Sat & Sun 10am - 7pm
Sat 10am - parade
Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Each last week in July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver's Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining, socializing (liming) and dancing in the sunshine.  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 -- and with tens of thousands of attendees, possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC, period.

Pride Picnic in the Park
11am - 1pm, Saturday
Brockton Oval, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Two of Canada’s cuisine connoisseurs will be demonstrating their culinary flare at the Pride Picnic in the Park at Brockton Oval, Saturday, July26th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Chef’s Shelley Robinson and Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuck will be creating their stunning signature dishes for picnic goers. At Picnic in the Park, there will be family-friendly games, like tug-of-war, watermelon eating and the high-heel shoe toss and drag race, a fun volleyball tournament hosted by Out in Sport and the Vancouver Tennis association swinging, and handheld and board games hosted by the Vancouver Gaymers. There is even a Dog Park by donation with treats donated by Health Products for Pets. Our 19+ wine & beer garden will feature DJs music throughout the day and the Vancouver Dyke March will is having a Picnic Basket Competition at the event, so bring your best basket to the park!

Viva! Granville '14 Portobello West Market
11am - 6pm
Granville Street (800 Block, between Robson St. and Smithe St.)
On Sunday July 27th, Portobello West will be taking part in the City of Vancouver’s Viva Vancouver program! VIVA Vancouver is about creatively transforming streets into vibrant public spaces.  During the summer, the City closes roads to vehicle traffic in collaboration with local businesses, regional partners, and community groups, and converts them into public spaces for walking, lounging, and lunching (and in our case, SHOPPING!).

Veg Fest Vancouver 
11am - 6pm, Saturday
Granville Street, Downtown Vancouver from Dunsmuir to Smithe
Veg Fest Vancouver is a day-long outdoor festival, happening for it’s fourth year on July 26th, 2014 from 11am – 6pm. The festival features vegan food vendors, music, games & prizes, animal protection organizations, local businesses, and much more! Best of all, it’s entirely FREE to attend!

Summertime “Fish Tales” at the Cannery
2pm - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Join Ralph Turner, a commercial fisherman during his high school and university years as he shares experiences with us as part of our summer “Fish Tales” fishermen demo and talks series at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project: 15th Anniversary Party
3pm - 7pm
UBC Farm 3461 Ross Drive Harvest Hut Lawn Vancouver
Celebrate 15 bountiful years of the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project at our Field Day Picnic & Party at UBC Farm. Old fashioned picnic games including Sack Races and Wheelbarrow Races, Plum & Spoon Races, Bocce & more! Complimentary BBQ Dinner & beverages. Cash Bar for adult drinks.  Live Music featuring The Earbuds. Bring your Own plates and cups!

Mount Pleasant Park Festival
6:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday
16th Ave & Ontario St, Vancouver
-Outdoor movie: The Lego Movie (Begins at Dusk) -Bouncy Inflatables -Games -Live Entertainment -And More!

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret Screening
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Saturday
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia, Vancouver
Follow an intrepid documentary filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.  COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is the environmental film that environmental organizations don't want you to see. (Contains some brief disturbing imagery.)

Shorefest
5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday
Sunset Beach and English Bay
SHOREFEST is now entering its 6th year as one of Vancouver’s largest, free community concert series.  Started in 2009 in conjunction with the Celebration of Light fireworks, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Over the course of 3 nights in the summer, hundreds of thousands of spectators gather at English Bay to enjoy the fireworks presentations while being entertained by acts on stages located on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bar and in the park at Sunset Beach.

Celebration of Light - USA
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 26  USA  July 30 France   August 2 Japan

Your Kontinent Festival
From July 17 - 26, (various events, check out website for more info
Richmond
“Your Kontinent” is a unique brand which vividly illustrates the Festival’s goal of building an integrated, socially cohesive society. “Your Kontinent” is a variation on the name “Urkontinent” coined by German scientist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener, for Earth’s first continent – the first single, unbroken landmass. If it were to exist today, this continent would contain a rich mosaic of ethnicities and cultures co-existing in one place.  Under the umbrella of “Your Kontinent,” we present a well-rounded collection of film and media art works that will challenge our perceptions and illuminate the interconnectedness of the world. Deliberately using ‘your’ instead of ‘ur,’ we ask our audience to consider: What does *your* continent look like? What more can it be?


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Circle Craft Summer Market
Thursday 11am-7pm                
Friday 9am-7pm                 
Saturday 9am-7pm                
Sunday 9am-5pm
Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are pleased to announce their second annual Summer Craft Market! July 24-27th, join us at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron). 88 artisans from throughout BC will be showcasing their handmade work – ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home décor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. A great market for gifts or to treat yourself. Admission is FREE!

Owl Summer Open House
10am - 3pm, Sat & Sun
3800 - 72nd Street, Delta, BC V4K 3N2
Join us July 26th and 27th for our semi-annual open house! There will be children’s activities, informative displays and raffles with amazing prizes!  And the fun doesn’t stop there...we will be releasing a rehabilitated bird of prey at 1pm on each day!

Moberly Pollinator Picnic and Presentation
11am - 2:30pm, Sunday
Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver
This Sunday at Moberly, special Guest Sean McCann will be giving a photo presentation and hosting a workshop. He is a biologist and nature photographer with a special passion for noisy birds (Caracaras) and cuckoo bees (Coelyoxis).  Sean McCann will give a photo presentation at 11 am, followed by a BYO (bring your own) picnic lunch and a garden safari/photography workshop. Bring your camera! Dress for the weather--pith helmets are optional.  There will also be a few nibbles of a mysterious nature provided by Cascadia North Catering and Shaktea. 

Chef Tours at Kitsilano - Shopping and Cooking with Kids - $5
11:30am, Sunday
2690 Larch Street at 10th Avenue, Parking Lot of Kitsilano Community Centre 
The market is a fun place for kids - and it's a great place to start getting them excited about food! Kids who know where their food comes from are more likely to make good food choices as they get older. The chefs will offer ideas and suggestions for bringing your kids to market without a hassle, what foods get kids excited about dinner time, and how to get kids involved in the kitchen so they're inspired!

Music in the Park: Post-Modern Camerata
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Sunday
Haywood Bandstand, Alexandra Park, 1755 Beach Avenue (at Bidwell Street)  Vancouver
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy free performances in the relaxing setting of Alexandra Park in the West End. The Post-Modern Camerata, under the artistic direction of Dr. Greg Caisley, is a group of professional singers and instrumentalists from Vancouver dedicated to performing cantate and chamber music by J. S. Bach and other composers. Celebrate 100 years of community performances at the Haywood Bandstand.

Summertime “Fish Tales” at the Cannery
2pm - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Join Ralph Turner, a commercial fisherman during his high school and university years as he shares experiences with us as part of our summer “Fish Tales” fishermen demo and talks series at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.


Reoccurring Events

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Fridays, 9am - 3pm
Vancouver International Airport
Visit YVR any Friday from July 4th to August 29th 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.  Whether you’re looking for an entertaining new family activity or looking for an added reason to arrive early for your next flight, YVR has something for everyone.

Food Cart Fest - $2
12pm - 5pm every Sunday until August 31st
215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village) 
Food Cart Fest is a gathering of over 20 of Vancouver’s top Food Carts presented by Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every week in the Summer for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and more. Food Cart Fest will take place every Sunday in the Summer from 12pm-5pm. Free for Vancity or Car2Go Members or when you bring a non-perishable donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Night Markets:

International Summer Night Market - $2
7pm - 12am Fri, Sat, 
7pm - 11pm Sun, May 9 - Sept 14
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond BC
6th annual Summer Night Market in Richmond starting May 9, 2013! Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors.

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.

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

Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
1st & 3rd Sundays, May through September, from 10 am- 4 pm
August 3rd and 17th , September 7th and 21st 
Moncton St & Third Ave Richmond, BC V7E

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BBQ Picnic in the Park with Vancouver Canadians


The weather was warm and there was not a cloud in the sky - perfect ballgame weather! Last week Tuesday, K and I attended a Vancouver Canadians game at Nat Baileys Stadium. Prior to the game, we had the chance to eat the the BBQ Picnic in the Park area of Nat Baileys. It is an area next to first base with tables, chairs and umbrellas to keep the sun at bay (or flying baseballs for that matter). We were welcomed into the park and given a baseball (from the sponsor of the night, the Keg).

Sitting in the picnic area, you have a perfect view of the teams on the field. The opposing team, Eugene Emeralds, were warming up in front of us as we ate.

Picnic in the Park is all you can eat buffet style.

The meat patties and hotdogs are cooked in the BBQ area beside the buffet tables.


Mixed Organic Green Salad, Cracked Black Pepper Coleslaw, Potato Salad for appetizers.

For the mains, there was Corn on the Cob and Seasoned BBQ Chicken (the same one we tried at the food tour last year). Bacon, patties and cheese were available for you to make your own bacon cheese burger. There was also two types of char grilled hotdogs - a regular one and a Bratwurst sausage.

There's a bar where they serve Granville Island beer. Next to the bar is a soda fountain where you can get your own drinks. They were running out of ice however when I went to get some. 


They also set out popcorn, pretzels and chips and provide little bags for you so you can take them with you to snack on while you watch the game in the grandstand.

Later on, we saw people coming out onto the stands with cookies and cake! "THERE'S DESSERT?!", we cried, and subsequently rushed down to get some for ourselves. The nanaimo bars and brownies were the first to disappear. There were two types of cookies, nanaimo bars, brownies, and some other type, carrot cake maybe.



I only tried the chocolate cookie; it has white chocolate chips in it.

On the ballgame side of things, it was a very exciting game! The ball got knocked out of the park twice! The crowd loves it when that happens!  


Yay! Our home team wins! Woot!


If you are interested in the food offered at Nat Baileys other than the Picnic in the Park, you can check out my post about it when I was given a food tour there last year. I go more in depth about how a game is like as well, like the sushi races and mascots.

It's worth going to a game; they hold some contests throughout the ballgame and have little acts in between innings. There are special days where there are giveaways to the first x number of people who attend and even fireworks nights! It's a great summer activity and it's only $12.50 for the game.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (July 18 - 20, 2014)




Friday, July 18, 2014

CBC Musical Nooner - Hey Ocean!   
12pm - 1pm, Friday
CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson), Vancouver
These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson). Grab your lunch, your friends, and your co-workers and join us Monday to Friday from noon - 1 pm. Hey Ocean! - This Juno-nominated Vancouver pop music trio. They entertain audiences with compelling lyrics, beautiful harmonies and superb musicianship.

Delish General Store Grand Opening
12pm - 7pm, Friday
Unit 108 - 1535 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Delish General Store is expanding offline! After two years of online and market business, we're taking it up a notch. This is our physical, brick and mortar, real life store... Please help us celebrate our grand opening!

LuckyBabe Launch Party
3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Chinatown Exp 434 Columbia St Vancouver, BC 
  LuckyBabe is bringing its exquisite line of products (Leggings, Crop tops and Accessories) to you via the ChinaTown Exp popup shop. Need any more reason to go?  We have Vancouver's premier Dj, Dj Kasha Kennedy mixing that summer jam, with finger licking food and drinks. Guests will be given special VIP passes to Joseph Richards for the after party.    Don't miss it, it will be fun with tons of activities and prizes to be given away. Free Entry

Hastings Urban Tree Nursery Street Party
4pm - 6:30pm, Friday
Princess Street and East Hastings Street, Vancouver
The Strathcona BIA together with the Hastings Crossing BIA, are installing the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery this month and we are having a Street Party to celebrate! A fun-filled afternoon with musical and cultural entertainment, a food truck, and guided tours of the urban tree nursery.

What’s the Matter with Antimatter? Exploring the Mysteries of the Antiworld
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Friday
Science World at TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec St Vancouver, BC  
Join TRIUMF scientist, Dr. Makoto Fujiwara, leader of the ALPHA-Canada team, winners of the prestigious, 2013 NSERC John C. Polanyi Prize, as he discusses their ground-breaking experimental work on antimatter. Dr. Fujiwara will probe the many facets of this mysterious entity and illustrate why antimatter really matters when investigating our most fundamental laws of physics and the evolution of the universe. Tickets are free but registration is required.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival - $50 - 170
Friday 4:30pm - 8:45
Saturday, Sunday 10am - 9:30pm
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
37th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. All we need is you! Over 60 folk, world and roots music artists from around the globe are coming to your own back yard, and you don’t want to miss a minute!

Your Kontinent Festival
From July 17 - 26, (various events, check out website for more info
Richmond
“Your Kontinent” is a unique brand which vividly illustrates the Festival’s goal of building an integrated, socially cohesive society. “Your Kontinent” is a variation on the name “Urkontinent” coined by German scientist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener, for Earth’s first continent – the first single, unbroken landmass. If it were to exist today, this continent would contain a rich mosaic of ethnicities and cultures co-existing in one place.  Under the umbrella of “Your Kontinent,” we present a well-rounded collection of film and media art works that will challenge our perceptions and illuminate the interconnectedness of the world. Deliberately using ‘your’ instead of ‘ur,’ we ask our audience to consider: What does *your* continent look like? What more can it be?


Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 Global Games
8:15am - 8pm
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, 3677 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby, BC. 
This July 19th, seven national quidditch teams will be converging on Burnaby, Canada, to compete in the 2014 Global Games to crown an international champion.   The games will be taking place throughout the day at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. Games will take place between 9 AM and 8 PM, with opening ceremonies running from 8:15 - 8:45 AM. A full  schedule of games and tournament play structure is below.   Admission is free for spectators, and quidditch is a family-friendly event. Parking is free to spectators and teams. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Vancouver Farmers Market Trout Lake Birthday Bash
9am - 2pm, Saturday
north parking lot, John Hendry Park
This July marks the 20th season anniversary of the East Van/Trout Lake Farmers Market – the one that started it all for temporary, outdoor farmers markets in Vancouver! We’re planning on celebrating this wonderful milestone with a birthday party at Trout Lake, featuring cake, music, a special market story-telling & history booth and a few special speakers. We hope you can attend & celebrate 20 fantastic seasons with the Vancouver Farmers Markets board of directors, staff, and East Van/Trout Lake community of vendors, volunteers & shoppers.  9am: Trout Lake Farmers Market opening bell     11:30am: The Drive Street Band plays the Trout Lake thoroughfare   12:00pm: Speeches from our founders and dignitaries     12:30pm: Eating birthday cake & dancing with the Drive Street Band     2:00pm: Trout Lake Farmers Market closing bell

Play with LEGO at Landsdowne
9:30am - 6pm
Lansdowne  Centre is located at 5300 No.3 Road, Richmond, BC, Canada
Play with LEGO & help build the story! Build & Play Area, and Toddler Build & Play Area will be open from 11am on July 1, 12, 19 and 26, where kids of all ages can build, create and play with LEGO & DUPLO. Leave your creations intact when you’re finished, and they may be used in the Robin Sather’s final creation! Please note that the Build & Play Areas are unsupervised, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.    Build a mini-DUPLO kit!  Starting at 11am on July 1, 12, 19 & 26, build your very own mini-DUPLO heart to take home, courtesy of Toys“R”Us! Supplies are limited, so come early! While you’re there, enter to win $50 for Toys“R”Us

Minicomi Art Market
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!

Boundary Bay Airshow
10:30am - 3:30pm
Boundary Bay Airport, 7800 Alpha Way, Delta
The Corporation of Delta, in partnership with Alpha Aviation, invites you to the 2014 Boundary Bay Airshow, a free family event with exciting aerial acts, vintage aircraft displays, children's activities, autograph tent, food vendors and more.   The event features Super Dave, Jon Melby, Bud and Ross Granley, Stefan Trischuk, Brandon Dryer, and the Skyhawks Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team.   Admission is free, so bring your family and friends! Pack a lawn chair or blanket, relax and enjoy the show. Regrettably, pets are not permitted.

VIVA Granville - featuring Five Hole for Food
11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday
Granville Street, downtown Vancouver 
VIVA Granville hosts homegrown art, live music, performances, street markets, and more every weekend in the summer! This week, come for hugs, cars, a movie and street hockey. Date and time  July 19 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

Robson Summer Fest
12pm - 4pm, Saturday
Along Robson Street, downtown Vancouver
Blue sky, hot city, let’s celebrate summer together on Robson Street. On Saturday, July 19th from 12 – 4 p.m., Robson Street is hosting its’ first ever Robson Summer Fest and you are invited. We’ve filled the sidewalks from Burrard to Jervis with music, entertainment, treats, and giveaways, and as a thank you to all of our loyal shoppers, many businesses are offering special sales and promotions throughout the day.  So come on down and join us for some fun and fresh air!

Vancouver Folk Music Festival - $50 - 170
Friday 4:30pm - 8:45
Saturday, Sunday 10am - 9:30pm
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
37th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. All we need is you! Over 60 folk, world and roots music artists from around the globe are coming to your own back yard, and you don’t want to miss a minute!

Your Kontinent Festival
From July 17 - 26, (various events, check out website for more info
Richmond
“Your Kontinent” is a unique brand which vividly illustrates the Festival’s goal of building an integrated, socially cohesive society. “Your Kontinent” is a variation on the name “Urkontinent” coined by German scientist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener, for Earth’s first continent – the first single, unbroken landmass. If it were to exist today, this continent would contain a rich mosaic of ethnicities and cultures co-existing in one place.  Under the umbrella of “Your Kontinent,” we present a well-rounded collection of film and media art works that will challenge our perceptions and illuminate the interconnectedness of the world. Deliberately using ‘your’ instead of ‘ur,’ we ask our audience to consider: What does *your* continent look like? What more can it be?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

VIVA Granville - featuring Modified Addiction Auto Show
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday
Granville Street, downtown Vancouver 
VIVA Granville hosts homegrown art, live music, performances, street markets, and more every weekend in the summer! This week, come enjoy music entertainment, 4 styles of dance, and an auto show. 

Holistic Nutritionist Tour at Kits Market - Eat Local & Organic on a Budget
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Kitsilano Farmers Market 2690 Larch Street Vancouver, British Columbia 
July 20th: Eat local & organic on a budget Start the tour off with two recipes (including one for vegans) created by Jory, using in-season ingredients. Shoppers will tour the market and select recipe ingredients from vendors in attendance. Vendors will answer questions about the health benefits of their ingredients and why it’s better to shop fresh at the market than to rely on the grocery store. The recipes will use ingredients that are organic and that are cost-effective as well as healthy.  Tours meets at 11am at our red Info Booth near the driveway entrance to the market. 

The Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
10am - 3pm, Sunday
Edmonds between Kingsway & Canada Way, Burnaby
Edmonds Street in Burnaby will be closed to traffic from Kingsway to Canada Way for the annual City Fair — a fun family event that includes kids rides and activities, a petting zoo, international village, talent show, food, entertainment and a classic car and motorcycle show.  City Fair Planning Committee Chair, Antonia Beck says, “Many of the stores and services along Edmonds will be open on Sunday July 20th and will be participating in City Fair. Plus there will be food, family fun and lots of entertainment. Edmonds Community Center acts as a hub for the festival that is open to everyone! It just gets better every year!”  The event is held from 10am to 3pm, however parking restrictions go into effect at 7:30am and road closures begin at 8:00 am to allow for set up. The street re-opens at 4pm.

Farm Shindig - $10
4pm - 10pm
Urban Digs Farms, 4992 Byrne Rd, Burnaby BC
We're having a party at the farm on Sunday to celebrate summer & the launch of the FarmCity Fresh Cart which officially hit the streets last week. Drop by any time between 4-10. Your $10 admission includes one free drink (beer or organic fruit soda), music & a tour of the farm. Re-up BBQ will be on site with their smoker and guest chef Liam Lewis aka "The Little Locavore" serving up their award winning free-range ribs or chicken & coleslaw for $8. We'll be making salads which will be available to purchase on the Fresh Cart for $8 and we'll probably have a few more surprises for you too! On the Fresh Cart we'll have a wide range of local fruits & veggies as well as local, handmade pasta, ice cream & other tasty treats. Also in attendance: Victory Garden, Earth Apple Farm, Steel and Oak Brewing.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival - $50 - 170
Friday 4:30pm - 8:45
Saturday, Sunday 10am - 9:30pm
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
37th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. All we need is you! Over 60 folk, world and roots music artists from around the globe are coming to your own back yard, and you don’t want to miss a minute!

Your Kontinent Festival
From July 17 - 26, (various events, check out website for more info
Richmond
“Your Kontinent” is a unique brand which vividly illustrates the Festival’s goal of building an integrated, socially cohesive society. “Your Kontinent” is a variation on the name “Urkontinent” coined by German scientist and geophysicist, Alfred Wegener, for Earth’s first continent – the first single, unbroken landmass. If it were to exist today, this continent would contain a rich mosaic of ethnicities and cultures co-existing in one place.  Under the umbrella of “Your Kontinent,” we present a well-rounded collection of film and media art works that will challenge our perceptions and illuminate the interconnectedness of the world. Deliberately using ‘your’ instead of ‘ur,’ we ask our audience to consider: What does *your* continent look like? What more can it be?


Reoccurring Events

YVR Take-Off Fridays
Fridays, 9am - 3pm
Vancouver International Airport
Visit YVR any Friday from July 4th to August 29th 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.  Whether you’re looking for an entertaining new family activity or looking for an added reason to arrive early for your next flight, YVR has something for everyone.

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
North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake Between Templeton and Lakewood south of the 13th Avenue Alley Please note: There is no parking in the North Lot and no parking on 13th Avenue. Please park away from the area & walk in. Or better yet: walk, cycle or take transit if you can!  

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
On-site Saturday Farm Market has provided a unique venue for experiential education and student research, including everything from agricultural business management and marketing to nutritional analysis. Individuals are also welcome to volunteer at the Saturday markets.  In addition to farm-fresh veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers and free-range eggs from the UBC Farm, the Saturday Farm Market also features a variety of other local growers, bakers, craftspeople, prepared food, and live musicians.

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
Buy fresh produce from local farmers! 

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
This one-of-a-kind farmers market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Come shop for fruits and veggies, prepared foods, and handmade products produced farmers and artisans. Enjoy the waterfront, playground and pier.

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
Shop for organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts while being entertained by local musicians. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

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
Buy fresh produce from local farmers!

International Summer Night Market - $2
7pm - 12am Fri, Sat, 
7pm - 11pm Sun, May 9 - Sept 14
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond BC
6th annual Summer Night Market in Richmond starting May 9, 2013! Lots of food, live entertainment and vendors.

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.

Food Cart Fest - $2
12pm - 5pm every Sunday until August 31st
215 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village) 
Food Cart Fest is a gathering of over 20 of Vancouver’s top Food Carts presented by Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every week in the Summer for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and more. Food Cart Fest will take place every Sunday in the Summer from 12pm-5pm. Free for Vancity or Car2Go Members or when you bring a non-perishable donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Legendary LEGO build at Lansdowne

Last Saturday, K and I stumbled upon this LEGO building event at Lansdown Centre in Richmond. Lego Wizard Robin Sather, was building a LEGO set that revolves around a story about a lonely dragon with hayfever. Kids can also build a mini DUPLO kit to take home (while quantities last) and enter to win a Toys 'R' Us gift certificate.

It's always cool to see people building large structures with LEGO! They will be building again this Saturday, July 19th and also July 26th. Check it out while you can!









Sunset Beach Social: Episode II with nTrust


A party was held down at Sunset Beach last Friday with food trucks, roller skating and free food!


nTrust demonstrated the ease of use of their cloud money website by giving each party goer who signed up for an account, a $5 voucher for any food on a predetermined menu. 



Curious to how it works? There's no app to download. Just visit their website nTrust.com - it is mobile enabled - and sign up for an account. The special event Sunset Beach Social shows up when you log in. Clicking on the button brings you to a page their you can enter the promo code they give you. 



After you click redeem, $5 is loaded into your account. All we had to do then is visit the food truck we wanted and order the item they were offering on the menu, and click on their company's icon and the $5 will be transferred instantly to the owner of the food truck.


This wasn't the first time nTrust held this social. The first one was last month but it had started out raining a bit. This time, it was very sunny and crowds of people showed up, and it got even busier as time when on.



I chose to try the Feastro, the Rolling Bistro's original Dirty Fries. 

I just beat the long lineup that formed afterwards.

Dirty fries is a deliciously impressive dish. It's fries piled high with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, lemon garlic aioli, salsa and jalapenos. Yummy!

People were also having a good time playing ping pong and roller skating.







 Oikos set up and gave out free Greek yogurt for a smile!

Other vendors were also set up setting their wares. 


All in all, everyone was having a great time, enjoying the sun and food. Thanks nTrust!

If you missed the last two, don't worry nTrust is doing the Sunset Beach Social one last time on Friday, August 15th, 5pm to sunset!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Joe Fortes' New Happy Hour Menu

Joe Fortes' NEW Happy Hour menu launches today!

For those that don't know Joe Fortes has happy hour 4pm - 6pm EVERYDAY, which is awesome for those who can't make it to downtown in time on the weekdays.

They have buck a shuck oysters (usually a local beach oyster like those in the photo above), and the bar menu is offered at a discounted price. They also serve $5 Molson Pints, $5 Red/White Wine (Peller Estates Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc) and $5 Highballs.

Here's the new menu:



You can also check out some of the photos of the foods offered at Joe Fortes on my recap of the recent Joe Fortes tweetup here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hawkers Market Main Streat Food Party

Last Saturday, the Hawkers Market was held at its new location at MakerLabs in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. The organizers have made this event bigger and better with more vendors and food carts.


I arrived around 6:30 - 7pm and the place was hopping!

Line up of food trucks outside including the the new FarmCity Fresh Cart.


The MakerLabs is a lot bigger than the old place.


There's still a live DJ playing tunes while you shop and eat. 

I was invited to the event by the FoodGays, who were debuting their new CRAQ cream puff creations. BUT ALAS! Turns out I came TOO LATE! CRAQ have been flying off the table and they have already sold out. So sad!

They had a couple of the cream puffs on display. That's all. Darn, I was hoping to try the Espresso Viennese CRAQ. Even sounded delicious!

Adrian and Jeremy, charming as always!


Oollo Teas and lots of other drinks such as Vitae Juice, Kombucha Tea, Dickie's Ginger Beer, 33 Acres Brewing Co. There were many dessert vendors as well - Mooos, Nice Pops, Happily Stuffed, Bumble & Oak, Sweet Petite to name a few.

 



For savoury options, besides the food trucks outside, you had wontons, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken waffles, and noodles to chose from. I would have liked to see more.

Wontons from Wonton Girl

Grilled Cheese

Chicken Waffles by Oxtale.

Cookie Shots with Almond Milk at Nuez


Raspberry, blackcurrant + cream popsicle by Nice Pops

Marshmallows by Sweet Petitte and OMG Bars

Popcakes by Sweet Petitte


If you are going to go to the Hawkers Market, make sure you purchase a ticket before hand on Eventbrite for $11.59. It costs $15 to enter at the door! Save that $5 for food!