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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

Workshop: Preserving The Summer Bounty August 8, 2018

25 Jul

PreservingSummerBountyAugust8Our friends at The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, have a workshop lined up this August that will help preserve some of your summer bounty. On August 8th, Valentine Kitamura owner of Tartine Maple will lead a class at The Uncommon Café. If you don’t know this space already, it is great little café and commissary located across the street from Oppenheimer Park. In this summer workshop, Valentine will show you how to make some delish preserves while also teaching you some basic preserving techniques. Some of what you’d be making in this upcoming class include Apple & Jalapeno Jelly, Vodka Drunken Cherries, Salsa and Canned Peaches. Did we mention these folks know how to do workshops? While learning about preserving, sip on a glass of wine during the class along with a snack or two. You will go home a 4 oz jar size of each item made and printed recipe cards. The cost of this class is also $65 per person. You can book your spot online via Eventbrite. If you haven’t already checked out their classes, we encourage to pop down and give them a try.

The 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival August 4 & 5, 2018

24 Jul

PowellStreetFestival42Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese Canadian arts & culture will be held on August 4th and 5th in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. The 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival takes place in Oppenheimer Park as well as the surrounding areas including the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver Buddhist Temple and the Vancouver Japanese Language School. There is a long line up of events including Sumo Wrestling, Japanese Food, Martial Arts, Dance, Taiko Drumming, Walking Tours, Anime, Film, Literary Events, Live Music and much more.  Festival highlights include a performance by virtuoso percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and the Nakatani Gong Orchestra as well as Sadgrrrl rocker Emma Lee Toyoda. Also on hand for this festival is an exhibit by international artists Chiharu Mizukawa & Nao Uda.  This barely scratches the surface. There’s much more happening. For a full rundown on all the events, visit 42nd Annual Powell Street Festival. They have a great map prepared that sets out all the events and their locations. The fun happens from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 pm on August 4th and 5th.

What’s On East Van: July 6th Edition

6 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.

Vancouver’s Greek Summerfest – Boundary & 29th Ave – July 5-15

Great food, live entertainment and dancing for 11 days at this summer festival. The Greek Summerfest is back at Boundary and 29th Avenue. Jim Byrnes and Gotta Be George Michael will be two of the performers over the course of the festival. This is an all ages event and admission is free. For more information, visit Greek Summerfest.

Plant Club With Wine – Figaro’s Garden – July 6th

The first Friday of the month, Figaro’s Garden Centre on Victoria Drive is hosting Plant Club. Stop by for a glass of wine and as they say ‘geek out on plants together’. To chat about all things plants, get some tips, stop by between 3:30 – 5:30 pm this Friday.

Adult Nights – Playland – July 6th

Playland Nights continues this Friday Night for the 3rd of 6 evening events for the 19+ crowd.  There will be beverages, alcoholic and non, midway games, rides, DJs spinning tunes with a definite party theme. New this year is also a burlesque show and the opportunity to test your lumber Jack/Jill skills with axe-throwing which we understand there’s an extra charge to participate in.   Tickets are $31 in advance or $34 at the gate.

Bakery Pop Up – les amis du fromage – July 7th

Les amis du fromage is hosting another Bakery Pop Up Shop this Saturday, July 7th. Ritchie’s Bakery will be on site at their East Van location at 843 East Hastings Street from Noon – 5:00 pm this Saturday or until they sell out. Ritchie’s Bakery specializes in artisanal breads and pastries.

Compost Workshop – Riley Park Community Garden – July 7th

You are invited to stop by and learn about composting by Master Composter Angela Hoy this Saturday at Riley Park Community Garden.  They will be building new compost bins for the season.  Workshop happens from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Riley Park Community Garden at 30th & Ontario Street.

Sweet Peanut Sample Sale – Little Mountain Shop – July 7th & 8th 

Local kids clothing company, Sweet Peanut, is hosting a warehouse sale at Little Mountain Pop Shop at 4386 Main Street this weekend. All pieces $10. Sizes are newborn to 12.  Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday & Saturday.

Mini Car Free Day – Commercial Street Village – July 8th

The local businesses that comprise the 3400 – 3500 block Commercial Street are hosting a Mini Car Free Day this Sunday from Noon to 4:30 pm. There will be chainsaw carving,  live music, kids t-shirt giveaway, giant Genga game, street art, rummage sale, chocolate tasting, bike repair as well as an electric bike demo and a whole lot more.

Car Free Day – Commercial Drive – July 8th

Vancouver’s original Car Free Day kicks off at Noon this Sunday and will run for 15 blocks along Commercial Drive.  There will be live entertainment, local artisans and  activities for all ages and of course great food.  If you are travelling by bike and wish to store it while you wander, BEST Bike Valet will be on hand. Event runs till 7:00 pm.

Pre-Launch Narcoleap – Rio Theatre – July 9th

You are invited to an exclusive pre-launch screening of NarcoLeap at the Rio Theatre Monday, July 9th.  They will be screening all 8 episodes of this Sci-Fi Thriller Web Series. Doors open at 6:00 pm as does the bar. Screening gets under way at 7:00 pm. It’s free, but of course the bar Is not.  Q & A follows the screening.

Street Photography Exhibit – Meet Me At The Lamp(p)ost  Until July 10th

Massy Books located at 229 East Georgia Street in Chinatown has a sweet gallery upstairs. It’s currently hosting two self-taught lens based artists. They are Irish-born, Canadian residents Laura Noonan and Tara Mary Paget, through place-specific street photography, Meet me at the Lamp(p)ost. The exhibit promotes contentment in self and place. Laura and Tara founded Meet me at the Lamp(p)ost in 2016. You can view their exhibit until July 10, 2018 during regular hours, being 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Wednesday and 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Thursday to Sunday.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

If you are looking for comedy, East Van Improv League hangs out at Havana Theatre Sunday nights at 8:00 pm.  If you need a laugh once your week gets started, Graham Clark hangs out at Havana Theatre Monday nights with his Laugh Gallery which kicks off at 9:00 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 at Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

New In Town: Nada Grocery Vancouver’s First Zero Waste Grocery Store Is Now Open

4 Jul

IMG_2596 (2)We recently stopped in to check out the new Nada Grocery located at 675 East Broadway at Fraser Street. This is a bright open space that’s still getting stocked up, but they are up and running and although a new store, the creators have been running pop up stores around town for some time garnering support and testing their vision.

The store is well laid out and you won’t find plastic, unless you bring it to re-use which is encouraged. So you can bring your own containers or bags to use or re-use, but if you forget and want to pop in, they have a chest full of free containers such as empty yogurt tubs available for you to use.  As well, you can find new jars available for purchase as well as cloth bags, all which of course you can re-use on future visits and just refill which of course is the aim of the store.

There are, as you might expect lots of items available to buy bulk including teas, spices, herbs, crackers, candies, rice, legumes to name a few items.  There is also lots of fresh produce and bread on hand as well as eggs. Everything is well marked, but staff are always around to assist and answer any questions. They have some favourite local producers already on the shelf including Avalon Dairy and Earnest Ice Cream. The deli section is in the process of getting set up, so more additions are coming. There are of course personal hygiene items such as soaps, bulk cleaning liquids for the home. If you are on the hunt for stainless steel straws, they have a stash on hand as well as the cleaners for them. Nada Grocery has a great tap and weigh and tap and pay systems set up for returning customers. Ask in store for them to give you the rundown, or visit How It Works on their website.

As one that recently cut back on the use of soft plastics and diligently recycled what packaging collected over the course of one month, you’d be surprised how much you can accumulate. We certainly were. That’s one household, so if take even 100 people doing the same thing, it’s a big impact on our local environment.  So we are 100% behind this concept store and encourage everyone to stop by and check it out and support this space.

 

Fresh Roots Growing Food Growing Communities

20 Jun

 

If you don’t know about Fresh Roots, it’s a great initiative happening in our community.  It’s actually hard to summarize everything they do in our community, as really it’s quite a bit.  Generally speaking they facilitate outdoor learning for youth in schoolyard gardens.  As part of this initiative they also mentor youth, help build confidence as well as leadership and employment skills. At the same they are teaching youth about healthy food and healthy living.  At the heart of what they do is grow food and that is something you can and should support in a variety of ways. They include:

BUY THEIR PRODUCE

You can buy their produce directly at Vancouver Farmer Markets, specifically Main Street Farmers Market on now until October which happens Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can also find them at Trout Lake Farmers Market in July and August from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  We expect you’ll also find them at the upcoming Italian Outdoor Markets happening July 13th and August 17th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

ORDER VEGGIE BOX

Fresh Roots offers a Veggie Box Program and we hear there are still some spots available for 2018.  For $20/week you receive a week’s worth of leafy greens, root vegetables and herbs. Their veggies are great for salads, cooked meals and smoothies. You will also receive a weekly e-newsletter containing recipes and updates about their programming.  They offer a variety of options for boxes, some short term, some longer. To learn more about the various offerings, visit their Food Shop.

DONATE GARDEN SUPPLIES

Are you down sizing from a home to an apartment and no longer need all your gardening supplies? If so, Fresh Roots welcomes new and gently used donations of a variety of items including farm tools and supplies. Maybe you have extra canning supplies lying about you no longer use, they are happy to make use of that as well.  They have a long list of items they are happy to take off your hands.  To see what items they need, visit their Wish List. 

ATTEND SCHOOLYARD HARVEST DINNER

On July 5th, Fresh Roots will be hosting a fundraiser, their second annual Schoolyard Harvest Dinner at David Thompson Secondary School.   You are invited to come and enjoy an inspired multi-course meal along with an open bar.  Vancouver Chef Karima Chellouf and Chef Kym Nguyen will create a feast from this season’s harvest.  The dinner will be paired with wine from the Hatch and beer from 33 Acres. Ticket prices range from $62.50 – $125 and are available through Eventbrite.

However you choose to support Fresh Roots, we think this is a great initiative worthy of our support.

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