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East Van Cider Fest August 22nd At The Wise Hall

14 Aug

EastVanCiderFest2018Liberty Merchant Company presents the 2nd Annual East Van Cider Fest on Wednesday, August 22nd at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. In case you hadn’t heard the news, some are touting cider as the new craft beer. However you slice it, cider makers are carving out a niche for themselves in this growing industry with some tasty offerings. The upcoming East Van Cider Fest is the perfect opportunity to taste cider, mead and other spirits from all over BC. The evening will also feature tasty bites from local businesses, a silent auction and door prizes which directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.   Tickets for the event are $24.99 and you are asked to bring a non-perishable food event with you. Your ticket includes 10 tasting tokens, a welcome cocktail and a keepsake glass. To purchase your tickets, visit any Liberty Wine Merchants location. In East Vancouver, you can visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 9:00 pm. If you wish to learn more about BC’s growing cider industry, we invite you to check out this informative write up by What’s Brewing

Long Table Dinner In Red August 29th At The Italian Cultural Centre

23 Jul

CenaInRossoThe Italian Cultural Centre is hosting a long table dinner Wednesday, August 29th. The theme is Cena In Rosso, translation Dinner In Red. The event is a collaboration with Vancouver Farmers Market’s Tomato Fest and will celebrate the star of the summer: the tomato. It’s fitting then that the dress code is red. The menu has not yet been announced as of today’s writing, but we will update it once we know it. We do know guests will be among the first to taste top varieties of Italian Corno di Toro (bull’s horn) peppers being grown at UBC Farm. The peppers are part of a North America wide research quest to find and refine the best Italian-style roasting peppers.  Tickets for the Dinner In Red are $45 and are available online or by calling the Italian Cultural Centre between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 604.430.3337. Event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre

What’s On East Van: July 20th Edition

20 Jul

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Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.   Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Movie Night In the Park – Trout Lake – July 20th

Collingwood Community Policing is hosting another movie night in the park Friday, July 20th at Trout Lake/John Hendry Park.  Movie gets under way at dusk. Note, this event is weather permitting. If it rains, the movie night will be postponed.

Summer Savour Festival – River District Town Centre – July 21st

River District and Wesgroup Properties are hosting 4 free summer events starting this Saturday, July 21st. This first event features wine and cheese samples from Everything Wine, local vendors, a few food trucks and music by Grooveport at 4:00 pm and The Booms hitting the stage at 7:00 pm. For more information on their upcoming dates, visit Summer Savour Festival.

Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromage – July 21st

Les amis du fromage’s East Van location at 843 East Hastings is again hosting a Bakery Pop Up this Saturday from Noon to 5:00 pm. Two Bald Bakers will be on hand with fresh bread from Noon until they run out.  

Vancouver Bonfire Sessions – Hastings Park Lagoon – July 21st

Jansport presents Bands and Bonfire Under The Night Sky.  This is a free event happening in Hastings Park from 6:00 – 10:00 pm this Saturday.  To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.

Introduction to Organic Gardening – Hastings Community Centre – July 21st

Village Vancouver is hosting a workshop this Saturday which covers the basics of planning and starting a food garden. Rhiannon Johnson leads the class in which you learn the simple technique of starting a plant indoors and then moving it outdoors into your garden space.  The cost is $18 and the reward is fresh veggies. To register, email seasonoffoodhcc@gmail.com or call T: 604.718.6230.

Fiesta With Flamenco Music & Dance – Grandview Park – July 22nd 

You are invited to Grandview Park to experience some beautiful flamenco music and dance this Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You are encouraged to bring a picnic basket with your favourite things and come down to enjoy the music and dance.  This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Made In The 604 – Heritage Hall – July 22nd

Made In The 604 is hosting a pop up market this Sunday, July 22nd at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.  As you might expect by the name, locally made products will be available. Tickets are $3.00 at the door with proceeds for admission going to Covenant House BC.  This summer market happens from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A couple of fav vendors will be on hand including Sriracha Revolver and Il Fioraio Florist, but there are many new names to us.   For a full list of vendors, visit, Made In The 604.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

Looking for live music, David Blair is back from a tour in Europe and performing at Café Deux Soleils this Sunday at 8:00 pm. Cover is $10. For fun and laughs, the Geekenders are hosting The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Rio Theatre Saturday night at 11:15 pm. Three farmer markets are happening this weekend. Saturday it’s Riley Park (10 am – 2 pm) and Trout Lake (9 am – 2 pm) and Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back and it’s Berry Festival this Sunday and we expect that the winner of the BC Berry Pie Bake Off will be announced. Event happens at Dude Chilling Park 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.   To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Intro To Wine Tasting At Everything Wine June 28, 2018

25 Jun

IntroToWineTastingHave you checked out the still relatively new Everything Wine store in SE Vancouver?  If you haven’t, you are missing out.  Everyone we’ve introduced the store to gets excited.  It’s unique in that, unlike its other stores, this Everything Wine location carries more than wine.  It’s quite a large store that carries beer, wine and spirits and yes, has a cooler section for those hot days. They also have a selection of rotating wines at their Tasting Bar which is open every day from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. All the staff we’ve encountered are very knowledgeable which leads us to their upcoming Intro To Wine Tasting happening this Thursday, June 28th.  We recently attended a Sparkling Wine Workshop taught by Kris Pazma.  We have to say it was fun, educational and delish.  Kris is hosting another class this Thursday at the Vancouver location from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  In this workshop Intro to Wine Tasting, Kris will help you how to describe the aromas of the grapes you like so when you go into a liquor store to buy wine, you will leave with something you’ll definitely like. Cost of the workshop is $25.00. To register, call 604.416.1672 to reserve your spot.  Last we heard, there were only a few spots left.

Taste of Italia At The Italian Cultural Centre June 9th

14 May

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You are invited to taste a bit of Italy at The Italian Cultural Centre. In case you haven’t already heard, the Italian Cultural Centre regularly hosts buffet dinners featuring a region of Italy. On Saturday, June 9th, they will be celebrating Italian cuisine in all its glory as part of Italian Heritage Month.   Tickets for this buffet dinner are $35. Note this does not include alcoholic beverages but which will be available at a cash bar.  Advance tickets purchase is requested. For more information on the menu or to get your tickets, call T: 604.430.3337 or visit their website at the Italian Cultural Centre.

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre

 

Aleph Eatery Where East Meets West

14 Mar

AlephEateryWe recently stopped in to check out a new spot Aleph Eatery located at 1889 Powell Street. Aleph Eatery features Middle Eastern cuisine in a bright modern space that is at the same cozy.  All the food on the menu is designed for sharing and items come in the order listed on the menu.  We were a group of 4 so tried a variety of items starting with a sampler called Silk Road which included eggplant, labneh, hummus, zaatar and honey. It was served with an amazing flatbread filled with herbs, onion and oil called chimichurri saj. Our group will likely return for just this dish alone, the labneh which is a yogurt cheese was a big hit.  Next up was a flavourful Fattoush Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons and a pomegranate vinaigrette.  After that we tried the Halloumi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with fig jam and served with some of the best tomato soup any of us have ever had.  This course was followed by Turmeric Cauliflower served with tahini and sliced almonds. This dish will have you wanting to eat your vegetables if you don’t already. Next up was the Ultra Crispy Potatoes served with tahini dressing, Aleppo and roasted red peppers. Last but not least, another big hit, the Coconut Chocolate Tart which was light, rich not overly sweet, but packed with flavor.   Aleph Eatery offers a few unique cocktails and a wine menu comprising mostly of wines from Lebanon and Israel.  The menu is vegetarian, but even if you aren’t vegetarian, you will walk away satisfied.  We recommend stopping by and checking out this sweet spot.  Aleph Eatery serves lunch, brunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.   Aleph Eatery does not take reservations unless you are a group of 8 or more. If you encounter a longer than expected wait, local distiller Odd Society Spirits is just the street for a pre-dinner cocktail as is the Trans Am Restaurant just a couple of doors down. To meet the creators behind this concept, check out this cool feature on Novus TV.

Giving The Gift Of Experience This Holiday Season – 2017

20 Dec

JustForYouGiftsIt’s that time of year when gift giving is front of mind for the holiday season.  We love to receive thoughtful gifts over the holiday season, but with more people downsizing and living in condos, space becomes an issue.  Thus, over the years we have been fans of  giving the gift of experience. Not only is it fun, but you are also creating memories, not just for the few minutes you are opening your gift, but for the many hours while the recipient enjoys the gifted experience. In East Vancouver, there are some great options for gifting an experience. We have set out below a sampling of ideas that speak to us.

Vancouver Brewery Tours

Founded in 2013, Vancouver Brewery Tours offers behind the scences excursions to craft breweries.. Vancouver Brewery Tours offers walking tours as well as ones in their comfortable vans that take you to various breweries for some VIP treatment.  From first hand experience, we can attest that tour guides are knowledgeable about beer, the brewing process and the collaborative community behind the making of beer.  They offer a variety of tours on different days of the weekend and/or weekends. To see what’s offered, visit Vancouver Brewery Tours.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing? Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up including nights featuring ABBA music, 80s and R&B.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes in 2018. They have some delicious classes lined up for the New Year.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Have a foodie in your life that loves cooking? Or someone that wishes to kick up their cooking skills a notch to impress that special someone? The Gourmet Warehouse offers some delicious and fun cooking classes. In the New Year they are offering the art of cheesemaking and these ones tend to sell out. Most classes are demonstration vs. hands on, but certainly informative.  

The Cultch – Live Theatre

This is a favourite spot of ours. The Cultch has an amazing array of talent that graces their stages whether drama, comedy, musical, historical, they cover all the bases. In the New Year, first on our list is Hot Honey Brown, but there are many other great productions already lined up.

Off The Eaten Track Walking Tours

The ladies behind Off The Eaten Track Walking Tours provide some delicious walking tours in which you get to taste your way around the City. Every tour offers something a little different, but always tasty.  It’s a fun way to spend some time with friends. To see what tours are offered, visit Off The Eaten Track Tours.

The gift of experience is a gift that keeps on giving, the memories will stay with them for many years to come.  Add to that, it’s eco-friendly and supports local. Win win all around as we see it.

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