Archive | May, 2015

Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival June 6 & 7 PNE Fair Grounds

29 May

VCBW2015The 6th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week kicks off  May 29th and runs till June 7th.  Many craft breweries and restaurants have special events lined up. Vancouver Craft Beer Week has a listing of some of those events, but if you haven’t been paying attention, many of them are already sold out. The good news though is that new events are being added, such as those offered by one of East Van’s newest craft breweries, Dogwood Brewing.  Now on the other hand, if you’d like to sample lots of different beer, you may wish to attend the Craft Beer Week Festival taking place at the PNE Fair Grounds on June 6th and 7th.   You will have an opportunity check out over 100 breweries which will have on hand some 400 beers to sample.

Along with showcasing an immense variety of craft beer, they will be hosting the Stihl Timbersports Western Canada Finals. The competitions will be happening on both days and you can expect DJs Hebegebe and K-Tel spinning summer tunes to open and close the festival. There are a couple of ticket options available. General Admission tickets get you entry into the festival, entertainment, a souvenir tasting glass for $34.99. Or you can purchase Gate Crasher tickets which gets you into the event one hour earlier at 1:00 pm for $39.99.  Once inside, beer tokens are only $1.25 each. The event runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.Please note that is an outdoor event that will go ahead rain or shine.  To purchase tickets, visit Cheers!

River District Farmers Market May 30 to October 10

28 May

RiverDistrictMarketRiver District is hosting a Farmers Marketing starting this Saturday, May 30th. You can find this market at 8683 Kerr Street next to Romer’s Burger in SE Vancouver on the Fraser River.   The market will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.   You can expect to find many great local products at the market including produce, plants, baked goods, handmade goods, works by local artisans and live music.  We understand a few vendors on hand for the first market include Rocky Point Ice Cream Food Truck, Baguette & Co. and Stir-it-Up-Bike Caffe which if you haven’t seen is a pedal powered Caffè that uses Organic Marley Coffee. Stir-it-Up often has gluten-free snacks on hand so be sure to ask.  If you are not familiar with this area of Vancouver, the market is located at the foot of Kerr Street, one block South of SE Marine Drive and is easily accessible by car, bike or transit. The market will run every Saturday until October 10th.

Phresha – On The Prowl Recycling Bike Parts Into Jewellery

26 May

10-phresha-ontheprowl4We have been highlighting makers in this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker being held at the PNE Forum June 6th & 7th.  In and amongst those 100 exhibitors will be Phresha Le VandalÃ.   Phresha we’ve learnt was born with a crayon in her hand. She is a college educated artist with experience in graphic design and advertising, but is deeply influenced by graffiti aesthetics. She won us over right there.  Phresha works in a variety of mediums ranging from conventional mediums like ink and paint to found objects and salvaged scraps in back alleys. At this year’s Mini Maker Faire, she will be featuring her side project and those salvaged items being “On The Prowl”.  Phresha began, as an experiment in sustainability, combining her love for bicycle culture, recycled materials and jewellery design and from that On The Prowl was born.

Phresha started off with making earrings out of bicycle inner tubes. She has expanded to making belts and bracelets out of bike tires. Phresha is a member of Hackspace where she frequently utilizes their laser cutter to design jewellery out of wood, rubber and upcycled leather. She will have many of her one of kind pieces available for display and sale at the upcoming Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.   If you aren’t able to catch her at the show, you can also find her jewellery at Rabbit & Empee at 1044 Commercial Drive, Puff Uptown 3255 Main Street, Puff Eastside, 1204 Commercial Drive,  Floral & Hardy Edible Plants & Gifts 688 East Hastings Street and Sugar Skulls Studio, 68 Water Street in Gastown. Phresha will also be participating in Car Free Day on Commercial Drive and will be located near Venables Street. Of course, so you can see for yourself how creative and resourceful Phresha is, we have hit her up for some photos of her unique one of a kind designs which she states you really need to see in person. So be sure to visit Phresha at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.


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Photo Credit: Phresha Le VandalÃ

Dogwood Brewing Offering Delicious Events For Vancouver Craft Beer Week

25 May

DogwoodBrewingIn case you hadn’t heard, Vancouver Craft Beer Week is coming from May 29th to June 7th.  A number of restaurants and craft breweries will be featuring special events during this period.  One of those include Dogwood Brewing Ltd. This is one of East Vancouver’s newest breweries located just off of SE Marine Drive by the Knight Street Bridge at 8284 Sherbrooke Street.  Dogwood Brewing is also Vancouver’s only organic brewery.  To celebrate Vancouver Craft Beer Week, they will be hosting a number of special events. Think oysters, chocolate, brunch, charcuterie and on it goes. They all sound pretty delicious to us.  All events take place at the brewery and some of the events have multiple time slots on the same day so you have a few options.  We invite you to check out this great new little brewery making some great beer.  We have set out below the special events they will be hosting.

May 29: The World’s Your Oyster Night  3:00-8:00 pm

May 30: SPRUCE up your Act! Lumberjack Cask Weekend 12:00-8:00 pm

May 31: Brewery Brunchies! 10:00 am, 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

June 3: Chocolate and Beer Pairing 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm

June 4: Charcuterie Pairing Night 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm

June 5: Come Fir another Lumberjack Extravaganza 3:00 – 8:00 pm

June 6: Hair of Dogwood Saturday Brunch 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

June 7: Hair of Dogwood Sunday Brunch 10:00 am 11:30 am or 1:00 pm

For more information, we invite you to check out Dogwood Brewing’s Facebook page or Eventbrite as some of the events you can purchase tickets in advance. Of course, you are welcome to pop by their Tasting Room anytime to check out their beers. Dogwood Brewing is open Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm and Sundays 11:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dogwood Brewing Ltd.

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East Van Vintage Car & Bike Show At The Whip Restaurant May 24

22 May

VintageShowThe Whip Restaurant, 209 E. 6th Avenue, is hosting the East Van Vintage Car and Bike Show this Sunday, May 24th, 2015.  The event now in its 8th year and will show case pre 1989 cars, trucks and bikes. The Whip will also be putting on a BBQ with an extended licensed patio. There will be live music by none other than Cousin Harley. So good food, good tunes, some car history, we are sure it will draw a good crowd.  The event kicks off at 11:00 am and runs till 4:00 pm.

Basic Design Gives Second Life To Landfill Bound Materials

21 May

Basic-OfficeSpace-MakerlabsVancouver Mini Maker is coming to the PNE Forum this June 6th & 7th.  There will be over 100 exhibitors featuring a host of creative minds.  One of which we really like, Basic Design which works out of the Makerlabs in Strathcona.  Basic Design is a great initiative co-founded by Jesi Carson and Theunis Snyman. Basic Design is actively redefining the value of waste by giving a second life to landfill-bound materials and creating unique, cruelty-free products. The waste materials that Basic Design uses come from unexpected places, including a “leather-like”, black rubber called EPDM. These are materials used on movie sets in the film industry that came in odd shapes and sizes. With the help of an industrial sewing machines and a laser cutter, Basic Design up-cycles this waste into stylish wallets, card holders, bags and more. They hope to make a difference, one product at a time. Basic Design also does custom design projects including furniture and interior design.  They are currently designing and building 100% up-cycled furniture for Lupii Café in Champlain Heights which will be Vancouver’s first zero waste coffee shop which is scheduled to open in June. When working on these projects, they use up-cycled, local and sustainable materials whenever possible. Basic Design firmly “believes that good design is responsible design, and that their clients, customers and planet Earth deserve the extra effort”.

Basic Design will be showcasing their line of up-cycled products at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. If you are not able to catch them at the Mini Maker Faire, you can also watch for them at the Eastside Flea, Make It Vancouver or visit their Etsy site. They also have some of their products at Nice Shoes at 3568 Fraser Street. We love what they do.  We will certainly be stopping by and checking out some of their work at the upcoming Mini Maker Faire.

Photo Credit: Basic Design

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Britannia School Garden Fundraiser Saturday May 23 At The Hall

20 May

School Garden FundraiserYou are invited to the 5th Annual Britannia School Garden Fundraiser being held at The Hall at 1739 Venables Street (formerly known as Astorino’s) on May 23. The event will feature a full dinner prepared by the Britannia Culinary Arts Class with the assistance of a chef. There will also be an open bar, silent auction, music and an evening of food storytelling. 100% of the funds raised will pay for gardening materials and tools, seeds, plants, and teaching programs supporting students food growing learning and healthy eating awareness. The funds raised will support 3 exceptional school garden programs.

Britannia School Garden which provides fresh veggies for the school cafeteria and valuable learning opportunities for students in four classes to gain hands-on food growing skills throughout the year.

Sega Girls School Garden in Tanzania, whom Britannia School has twinned and aims to equip its students with home gardening skills essential for every graduate to have to assist with household food security and self-sufficiency.

The Eastside Family Place Little Sprouts program in Britannia Garden engages young tots and their parents in various garden activities, connecting children to food gardens at an early age.

Come out and support this great event. Tickets are available online for $25 at Eventbrite.

Rescue Me: Denny A Young Tabby Cat Looking For His Forever Home

18 May

Denny2Welcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to Denny. Denny is a 2 year old brown and white tabby.  He came to the Vancouver SPCA Shelter as a stray, abandoned by his owner.  Denny didn’t take well to life in a shelter.  As soon as they found him a foster home though, he started to thrive in a loving home.  Denny currently lives with other foster cats and a dog. He’s a wee bit nervous around the dog, but we hear that he seems to get a little braver each day.  His foster family says that Denny has been a little skittish while adjusting to a new environment, but improving daily and loves affection.  He loves to head butt and will come back to you for frequent pets if you sit down and welcome him.  Denny we hear is also a chatty boy, he likes to tell you about his day. His foster family and friends at the Vancouver SPCA think Denny would not be suited in a home with small children who could easily frighten him.  If you think you could give Denny a forever home, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter, 1205 East 7th Avenue would love to hear from you. They will be happy to connect you with the foster family so you can meet Denny. You can reach the Vancouver SPCA by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at

UPDATED June 8, 2015 – We are pleased to report Denny has found his forever home.

Meet The Makers Expo June 13 At The Makers Lab

15 May

MeetTheMakersStrathcona is an area we love. It is a multicultural neighbourhood and home to one of Vancouver’s oldest residential area. Within Strathcona there is much industry and business which is still fuelled by the railway and port, but there is also so much new industry in this area. The Strathcona Business Improvement Association is a very proactive organization that works with the community to develop this area and promote the businesses within it.  This June, they invite you to check out what is actually made in Strathcona in the Meet the Makers Expo.  You will get a chance to see some unique, innovative and delicious businesses through demonstrations, panel discussions, networking and yes tastings. The event will feature restaurants, breweries and cafes including A.G.R.O. Roasters and Yolk’s Breakfast to name but two. On June 13th, you are invited to come down to the MakerLabs at 780 East Cordova Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to meet the makers behind the businesses in Strathcona. This is a free event open to the public.  In order to ear mark your free ticket, visit Eventbrite.

Social Yoga & Veggies – The Market Series At River District Starting May 30

13 May

socialyoga_marketseriesIf you like yoga and your veggies, the new Market Series by Social Yoga might just be the class for you. On May 30th, The Social Yoga comes to the River District in SE Vancouver along the scenic Fraser River.  They will be offering 8 hours of yoga over a 4 week period starting May 30th  on the outdoor deck of 8683 Kerr Street. Should it ‘happen’ to rain, there is indoor space available. Classes run from 12:30 to 2:30 pm for $160, but the bonus is the price also includes a weekly market bag full of fresh produce from Shady Acre Farm. This is one of the Lower Mainland’s newest urban farms located in Richmond.  If you arrive early, of course you can take in the Farmers Market at River District which starts at 10:00 am. Or you can catch the tail end of the market after class as it runs till 3:00 pm.  Space is limited to 8 participants. Thus, if interested, best sign up early.

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