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Summer Farmer Markets In East Van

30 Mar

Vancouver Farmers Market kicked off its summer season with the popular Trout Lake Farmers Market at John Hendry Park. This market happens every Saturday from April 1st to October 28th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Riley Park Farmers Market also officially kicked off its summer season on Saturday, April 1st at 50 E 30th Ave & Ontario Street. Riley Park Farmers Market runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. As of Sunday, May 27th, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market kicks off and will run every Sunday at Dude Chilling Park at 8th Avenue and Guelph Street from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until October 29, 2023. All the markets feature awesome local vendors with fruits, vegetables, flowers, beverages, bread, condiments and a selection of food trucks and so much more. Be sure to stop by and support your local producers. To see a full listing of all markets hosted by Vancouver Farmer Markets, visit eatlocal.org.

Gourmet Warehouse Announces Delish Spring Cooking Classes

16 Feb

Gourmet Warehouse has some great new cooking classes lined up this Spring. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. If you have participated, you know it’s a great way to pick up some knowledge and some great tips in the kitchen. Added bonus is after each cooking class all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Pleats & Eats: Dicky’s Dumpling Workshop – April 5, 2023

You are invited to join Pearl and Dickson, the creators of Dicky’s Dumps, as they show you how to effortlessly make your new favourite dumplings. You will learn various different dumpling folds and pinches to create beautiful and authentic treats that are perfect for sharing. This class will focus on three unique fillings and different cooking styles to expand your dumpling mastery. The menu for this class hasn’t been announced yet, but we’re pretty sure that it will be delicious! We also hear each class participant will be leaving the evening with a gift.

Date Night – Dreaming Of Amalfi Coast – April 20, 2023

If you have never been to the Amalfi Coast, we recommend putting it on your Bucket List. If you have been, you know how magical this part of Italy is. We encourage you to treat yourself and that special someone in your life with “Dreams of the Amalfi Coast” and discover the beautiful fresh flavours of one of the most famous coastlines in the world. Amalfi cuisine is encapsulated by fresh seafood, sparkling lemon, and perfectly ripened vegetables to fill your stomach and your soul. The menu for this class is set out below. Note: tickets for this class are being sold in pairs.

MENU

• Huacatay Vinaigrette Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, Roasted Pepper, and Rocota Chili
• Verduras Causa – Whipped Beetroot and Potato, Lima Bean Puree, Aji Salsa, Pickled Beet, Huacatay, and Yam Chips
• Nikkei Ceviche – Wild Sockeye Salmon, Ginger, Avocado with Passion Fruit Ponzu, Wasabi Aioli, and Nori
• Lomo Saltado – Skirt Steak with Onion, Tomatoes, and Peppers with Kennebec Fries

Pasta Like A Pro – Spring In The South – April 27, 2023

Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu invites to join him to explore the regions of Southern Italy dish-by-dish, making each course yourself with expert guidance from our chefs. Roasted vegetables, classical pasta shapes, and delectable sauces will take you along the Mediterranean coastline of one of Italy’s historic regional cuisines. The menu for this class is set out below.

MENU

• Roasted Local Asparagus with Vin Cotto, Mortadella and Pecorino Romano, Fine Olive Oil
• Hand Shaped Orecchiette with Fresh Herbs, Olive Oil, Zucchini and Bottarga
• Maccheroni al Ferretto with Fennel Sausage Ragu, Spring Peas and Sheep’s Cheese
• Lemon Cream with Preserved Berries

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van From November 5, 2022 to April 30, 2023

2 Nov

Vancouver Farmers Markets hosts two winter markets in East Vancouver.  First up is the Hastings Park Farmers Market which returns for another year and happens every Sunday from November 6, 2022 to April 30, 2023. The market is located on the PNE Centregrounds and is always a popular market.  Second up, is the Riley Park Farmers Market which carries on in the same location as the summer market at 50 East 30th & Ontario Street every Saturday from November 5, 2022 to March 25, 2023.  Both markets run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and as always are jam packed with lots of great local goods. Be sure to stop by and support our local growers and makers. If you wish to learn more about what vendors will be on site at each market, be sure to visit www.eatlocal.org.

Hastings Park Farmers Market
Hastings Park Centregrounds
Sundays
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market
50 East 30th & Ontario Street
Saturdays
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Photo Credit: Ella Olsson

Greek Summerfest on Boundary July 7-10 and July 14-17, 2022

7 Jun

Greek Summerfest on Boundary is back for its 36th year.   If you haven’t checked this event out, it is a true culinary experience you don’t want to miss.   Along with great food, there is lots of great entertainment by local performers.  Food includes souvlaki, BBQ lamb, spanakopita the ever delicious Greek donuts (loukoumades) one must try.   Greek Summerfest on Boundary takes place at 4541 Boundary Road at 29th Avenue, close to Moscrop Avenue on the Burnaby side.   This year we hear there is also a To Go option for food. To learn more, visit them online at Vancouver Greek Summerfest.

Photo Credit: Greek Summerfest on Boundary

Vancouver Farmers Markets Summer Season

5 May

VFMChardVancouver Farmers Markets is back for the summer season which means the return of the ever popular Trout Lake Farmers Market. This market which takes place in John Hendry Park is now under way every Saturday until October 29th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Riley Park Farmers Market continues every Saturday near Nat Bailey Stadium until October 29th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Another favourite is the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which opens Sunday May 22nd and continues every Sunday until October 30th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We’ve set out below the markets taking place in East Van. To see a full listing of Vancouver Farmer Markets, visit eatlocal.org.


Trout Lake Famers Market
13th Ave & Lakewood Drive
Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
April 23, 2022 – October 29, 2022 

Riley Park Farmers Market
50 East 30th Avenue & Ontario Street
Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
April 23, 2022 – October 29, 2022  

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
8th Avenue & Guelph Street
Sundays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 22, 2022 – October 30, 2022

Main Street Farmers Market
Still Closed For Construction

New Year New You? We’ve Got Something Better

6 Jan

We have never been one for making resolutions going into the New Year. Self-improvement is a year round activity in our minds. The phrase New Year New You has been touted around, but after a turbulent 2 years instead of focusing on you, how about doing something to help others this year?  

Heading into the New Year, we thought we’d highlight a few places where, if you have some time on your hand, you can help out. It could be volunteering on an ongoing basis, or as your time permits.  We are going to start with an easy one, Vancouver Food Runners. This is a Vancouver non-profit that was launched in March of 2020. Since its inception they have redistributed over 800,000 pounds of food which would otherwise have gone to waste.   To make things really easy to volunteer, Vancouver Food Runners has a simple app. All you need to do is download the app, sign up and you will receive alerts in your area about food that needs to be delivered to a community partner, usually only a short distance from your location.   You can sign up by the time of day that’s best for you ie. days, afternoons, evenings, weekdays or evenings. It’s that easy. Their app allows you to sign up for regular weekly pick ups or, as you have time.

Vancouver Food Runners is currently operating in the Vancouver only at this time, but they hope to expand to other areas soon. In order to do that, they need more community partners to donate food and available volunteers to rescue/pick up food and deliver it. Want to learn more?  Visit Vancouver Food Runners, download the app, or give them a follow on Facebook.

Odd Society Spirits End Of Summer BBQ September 2nd

19 Aug

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a delish event. The good folks at Odd Society Spirits are hosting the ultimate end of summer BBQ with some of their friends, specifically Hand Taste Ferments and Diner Desserts.

Todd Graham of Hand Taste Ferments will be preparing a Taco BBQ Plate of slow cooked pork in a banana leaf, fresh tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, salsa, avocado and elote (Mexican street-corn roasted corn with spice and lime). We hear a delish veg option of pulled mushrooms will also be available. Also on offer is a delectable snack of two prawns in red sauce with cilantro and pineapple with bread. To finish things off, Sam Shem of Diner Desserts will be providing as you might have guessed dessert. For the event, some special “BarBQ” cocktails will be on hand that pair nicely with the delish eats. No tickets necessary for this event as everything will be à la carte, but you are welcome to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot for the evening with Odd Society Spirits on Tock. Stop by support local and celebrate the tastes of summer.

Cooking Classes Are Back At Gourmet Warehouse

15 Aug

If you are looking to get back into some in person activities, the Gourmet Warehouse has just announced that in store cooking classes are coming back. If you haven’t already experienced one of their classes, it is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with some like-minded food lovers. Personally, we also like shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set a few of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Sourdough Pizza – October 7, 2021

You are invited to participate in this hands on 3 hour class in which you learn how to make sourdough pizza at home. The evening’s menu includes:

• ANTIPASTO – Marinated tomato & burrata salad
• Margarita Pizza
• Pizza Rosso: Fennel Sausage, roasted peppers and onions, smoked mozzarella
• Pizza Bianca: Black kale, ricotta, and wild mushrooms
• DOLCE: Chocolate & pistachio pizzelle cannoli

Introduction to Pastry – September 25, 2021

This 2 1/2 hour will be hosted by none other than Chef Andrei Godoroja, winner of ‘Great Canadian Baking Show’. This is another hands on pastry class in which you will learn a number of techniques which will result in a galette pastry you will be able to take home with you at the end of the evening. The menu for this class includes:

• Leek, Potato and Goat Cheese Galette
• Autumn Fruit Galette
• Delicate Puff Pastry filled with Seasonal Ingredients
• Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Ganache and Pastry Cream

Mediterranean Spanish Dinner – October 28, 2021

This 3 hour class will be led by Caren McSherry and delve into the making of paella. She will teach you the secret techniques to create the perfect Spanish paella along with a few other delish eats as set out below.

• Stuffed mini artichokes
• Salad with radicchio, endive, smoked gouda, & pear
• Stunningly beautiful and delicious Spanish paella
• Southern Spain lemon & pistachio tart

To see all the classes being offered and or to register, we invite you to visit GourmetWarehouse.ca.

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Noche Flamenca Comes To Havana Theatre

28 Jun

If you have not experienced flamenco dance, you are truly missing out on an amazing experience. The music, the raw emotion, the dance, the storytelling, it’s like being transported to another world. If you wish to check it out, you are in luck as you don’t have to travel far. This July you can catch Noche Flamenca at Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive. The show will feature the most established Flamenco artists in the city who are continuing the legacy of Vancouver’s Flamenco scene that began at the legendary Kino almost 30 years ago. You are invited to come experience the rhythm, passion and power of this Spanish music and dance tradition. There are several upcoming shows with the first one kicking things off on July 2nd. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve your table and tickets, visit Havana Theatre.

Pandora Park Summer Market June 30

20 Jun

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and Vines Art Festival invite you to the Pandora Park Summer Market happening Wednesday, June 30th. You can find fresh produce, local art as well as some creative workshops. The market happens in the southeast corner of Pandora Park, 2325 Franklin Street, between 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

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