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Tugboat Landing Artisan Market In SE Vancouver December 7 & 8, 2019

28 Nov

BulldogwithHatHave you made your way down to the walking trails along the Fraser River in SE Vancouver?  If you have, you will come across an area called Tugboat Landing at the foot of Victoria Drive at East Kent Avenue South.  If you aren’t familiar with this area, it once housed tugboats at this landing on the Fraser River hence the name. It was redeveloped into a community of condos and townhomes that enjoy river front living.  The area is located on a public walkway and cycle path just steps away from Gladstone Park and less than a mile West of the new River District development.

The 4th Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market will be happening in this still not that well known area at 2010 East Kent Avenue. The artisan market is a small curated market with about 20 vendors per day offering a wide range of items perfect for gift giving this holiday season.  Some of what you can expect to find include handmade artisan chocolates by Ladner Artisan Chocolates, custom dog wear from ScouterWear, jewellery by Ebb & Flo Designs, Cord & Stone and Sole Tibi Studio.  Il Fioraio Florist will be on hand with fun whimsical floral holiday décor. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make homemade preserves, Mary Anne Dragan will be on hand with her cookbook and tips.  If you want keepsake holiday décor and ornaments, stop by and see Rakia.   If it’s eats you have in mind, Stepping Stones Bakery will be on hand with a wide variety of baked goods. Be prepared for a line up though.  Also on hand will be Bill’s Jams & Chutney and Toon’s Hot Sauce which is a newly created hot sauce by a local chef.  If you are looking for gifts for the wee ones, Guava Jelly will be on hand with hand painted onesies and adorable toques. ILiveInEastVan will be on site with a selection of totes, t-shirts & toques. Lastly, Second Nature Home will be on hand hosting a Pop Up Shop with a wide array of items from their store.

The fireplace will be on, so will the coffee, tea and hot cocoa along with sweets for nibbling while you shop. These items available by donation with all proceeds going to the Vancouver BC SPCA and SAINTS Rescue. Hours are 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is free.  Stop by and support your local makers and artisans.

Aurora Winter Festival At Hastings Park/PNE November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020

19 Nov

Looking for something fun and seasonal to do?  Canada’s largest winter festival comes to Hastings Park and the PNE with the Aurora Winter Festival.  The festival will have a wide array of events to keep the whole family entertained.  There will be both indoor and outdoor activities. You can wander the Luminous Gardens, Whimsical Forest, Polar Passage and the Land of Giants.  Or stop by and meet Santa Claus at the North Pole which will have a crafty section for kids.  While there you can write a letter to Santa which we hear gets delivered to the North Pole.  There will also be an outdoor skating rink as well as amazing light display. For shopping, expect to find a Christmas Market. If you get hungry, there will be food gardens. For fun, there will also be a tube park along with other amusement rides.  Tickets for the event are available from TicketLeader. Tickets are purchased by the hour you arrive ie. 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 3:00 – 4:00 pm and most ticket prices are approximately $20 adults, $15 for children and a family pass for $62, but note if you wish to get their earlier in the day, there is a $2 discount per ticket for those that wish to get an early start on the experience.

UPDATE ON HOURS: For those wishing to attend the Aurora Winter Festival during the week, organizers have advised they are realigning their hours and will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the following dates: December 3, 4, 10 and 11).

Photo Credit: Aurora Winter Festival

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van

14 Nov


Summer weather may have left us, but farmer markets continue which help support our local growers and makers.  In East Van, you have 2 options to choose from depending on your location, or the day that works best for you.

Riley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market is now a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.  This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Every Sunday From  Nov. 3 – April 26, 2020

The Hastings Park Farmers Market runs every Sunday now until April 26th in the New Year.  The market is located on the Centre Grounds of the PNE.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local growers and makers.

PNE Pumpkin Promenade November 1 At Hastings Park: Food Waste Diversion Project

29 Oct

PNEPumpkinPromenadeWhat do you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? There is of course composting, a very good option, but there is another option this year. The PNE is doing something very cool that reduces waste, does something positive for the environment and animals and is fun. On Friday, November 1st between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm you are invited to bring your pumpkin(s) to a FREE PNE PUMPKIN PROMENADE at the Hastings Park Sports Court. All the pumpkins will be lit up and put on display. After the event, volunteers for Pumpkins For Pigs will round up all the pumpkins which will be delivered to local farms and made into treats for animals as part of a Food Waste Diversion Project. Tim Horton’s Kaslo will have hot chocolate and snacks on hand, but you are asked to bring your own cup.

NOTE: Pumpkins should not have black markings. If they do, you are asked to remove it with rubbing alcohol. All candles and dripped waxed must be removed prior to the event. Organizers will provide flameless candles.

Day Of The Dead Tequila + Mezcal Tasting At Everything Wine October 31st

16 Oct

DayOfTheDeadIf you are looking for something very adult to do this Halloween we’ve got one idea for you. Everything Wine Vancouver, located in the new River District Town Centre in SE Vancouver, is hosting a Day of The Dead Tequila and Mezcal Tasting on Thursday, October 31st.  This is your chance to learn about the history of these two spirits and the process of these iconic spirits and traditions from Mexico. If you didn’t already know mezcal is made from the heart of the agave plant. We hear it’s been pretty much made the same way for the last 200 years.  We expect his to be another fun informative class in a great space in store.  Cost for the tasting class is $35 and it begins at 6:30 pm.  To grab your ticket(s), visit Everything Wine Vancouver.

Lakehouse Foods Calling It Quits … For Now

30 Sep

For those that don’t know, Lakehouse Foods has been creating amazing organic whole grain sourdough bread that has been available at a number of Neighbourhood Drop locations.  Four of those locations are in East Van at Plenty + Spare, Second Nature Home, Coco et Olive and Luppolo Brewing.  To us, nothing is as sweet as freshly baked bread.  Lakehouse Foods has been growing their business for the last 5 years, but have now decided to take a break and will cease production at the end of October.  We understand that they have hit some limitations with working out of a commissary kitchen and the next step for them would be a big one. They are hitting pause on their business so they can step back and figure out what is the right fit for them.  In the meantime, there amazing bread is still available until the end of October and you can also find them at the following Vancouver Farmer Markets:

October 6th – Kitsilano Farmers Market

October 12th – Trout Lake Farmers Market

October 19th – Riley Park Farmers Market 

What’s On East Van: September 20th Edition

20 Sep


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

Kiwassa Community Food Market – Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – September 20

Kiwassa Neighbourhood Food Market is back this Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. If you are looking for fresh, low cost produce, stop by.  There will also be some local artisan on hand. We see Perching Clay Jewelllery is back and Cambridge Bees will be on hand.  There will also be a free climate change film along with a children’s concert. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Taste Vancouver Food Tour – Commercial Drive – September 21

Did you know every Saturday that Taste Vancouver Food Tours hosts tours for those that wish to experience the food and some history of The Drive?  Tours run from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Cost is $79 per person.  For more information, visit Taste Vancouver Food Tours.

World Clean Up Day – Anywhere In East Van – September 21

This Saturday is World Clean Up Day. What can you do? Anything really.  Pick up garbage on your street or in your laneway at a nearby bus stop.  Clean a storm drain of garbage/debris near your home. Pick up those cigarette butts you see under a park bench, or other garbage left behind in your local park.  Use the City’s Van Connect app to report blocked storm drains or illegally dumped items.  15 Minutes. Can you take out 15 minutes of your day on World Clean Up Day. If you did? Send us a pic or tell us about it. We’d love to know.

Free Screening ‘Plant This Movie’ – VPL Kensington Branch- September 21

If you are interested in urban farming, the VPL Kensington Branch is show a free screening of “Plant This Movie”. It’s an exploration of urban agriculture across the globe and in large US cities. It looks at the connection of urban agriculture to community, politics and sustainability.  Movie begins at 10:30 am. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

21st Century Flea Market – Croatian Cultural Centre – September 22

If you love 50s kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia, you will want to stop by the Croatian Cultural Centre this Sunday to check out the 185 tables of items at the 21st Century Flea Market from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

10 Things I Blank About You – Havana Theatre – September 22

What happened when Harry met Sally? What is that something about Mary? And why are so many people okay with reading poor Bridget Jones’ diary?! We may be clueless now, but on September 22nd, you just might find out. This Sunday at Havana Theatre you are invited to check out the improvised romantic comedy presented by Instant Theatre 10 Things I Blank About You.  Show gets under way at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $12 and available through Showpass.

Fall Equinox Coffee House – Britannia Community Centre – September 22

Britannia Community Centre plays host to a Fall Equinox Coffee House this Sunday from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.  Come participate in Typewriter Tales, a community story writing project.  The evening is free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday Night Movie Series – Bells & Whistles – September 22

Bells & Whistles, 3296 Fraser Street, is hosting another Sunday night movie. This week they are showing The Blues Brothers on their big screen at 9 pm. They will also have some good deals on eats and drinks.

Tacofino & Strange Fellows Brewing – All Weekend

Have a craving for beer and tacos?  Tacofino will be hanging out at Strange Fellows Brewing this weekend, Friday and Saturday 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

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