East Van Garden Tour Returns June 18, 2023

1 May

If you love gardening and are looking to get inspired by checking out the creative projects gardeners have undertaken in East Van, you will want to grab your ticket(s) for the upcoming East Van Garden Tour. This is a self-guided tour that happens Sunday, June 18th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This is a great way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

The East Van Garden Tour is a fundraiser for the volunteer group Britannia Neighbours. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards maintaining the Napier Square Greenway at Napier & Commercial Drive. Once you’ve secured your spot for the garden tour, show up on June 18th at Figaro’s Garden Centre the morning of the event and obtain your map. After that you head off to tour the gardens map in hand at your leisure until 4:00 pm. Stop for coffee before, during or after and go at your own pace.

To purchase tickets, you have 3 options:

  1. Online through Eventbrite;
  2. Drop in at Figaro’s Garden Centre, 1896 Victoria Drive (at 3rd Avenue) cash only purchase;
  3. Call Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street, in person or by phone 604-718-5800.

Tickets are $20 each.  Note: People who attend the tour will also get a one-time discount 15% discount at at Figaro’s Garden Centre starting on the day of the tour until July 1st. This is a very walkable tour, but it is not wheelchair accessible and pets are not allowed. This event does sell out thus if interested, we do recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

Gourmet Warehouse Lines Up More Delish Cooking Classes

21 Apr

Gourmet Warehouse has added more delish cooking classes heading into the Summer season. 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.

Pasta Like A Pro: Summery Southern Pasta – June 1, 2023

If you love fresh pasta and would like to learn how to make it from scratch, this is your class. Chef Deniz is back to teach you how to mix, roll, shape, and cook fresh pasta. In particular, this class will focus on the southern Italian style of pasta dough and how you can recreate it at home. You’ll also learn how to expertly make hand-shaped orcchiette and the perfect ragu companion as well as fresh maccheroni for those hot summer days. We’ve set out the delish menu below.


• Summer Salad of BC Sungold Tomatoes, Burrata, UBC Farm’s Arugula, Pickled Onions and Fine Balsamic, Olive Oil
• Hand Shaped Orecchiette with Light Sausage Ragu and Roasted Rapini, Parmesan Reggiano
• Fresh Maccheroni with Zucchini Trifolati, Bottarga, Lemon, Dill and Fine Olive Oil
• Vanilla Gelato with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Maldon Salt

Date Night: Steakhouse Classics – June 7, 2023

Chef Deniz returns to educate you on the ins and outs of cooking steak. He will also discuss the ins and outs of buying, preparing, and cooking steak in its various forms. From Tartare to Cote de Boeuf (rib steak) this class will show you some of the most traditional ways to enjoy this choice ingredient and build your confidence for the next time you are at the butcher counter. We’ve set out the menu below. Note: Seats for this class are sold in pairs only.


• Classic Salad with Roquefort Ranch Dressing, Crispy Bacon, Marinated Tomatoes, Seasonal Herbs.
• Belgian Toast Cannibal, Steak Tartare with Pickled Shallots, Mustard, Sundried Tomatoes, Grainy Mustard, Sourdough.
• Pan Roasted Prime Cote de Boeuf, Pomme Puree with Preserved Black Truffles, Creamed Summer Greens,
Pan Sauce with Green Peppercorn and Parsley.
• Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Gelato.

Chef’s Table: Istanbul Tavern Classics –
June 8, 2023

Chef Deniz invites you to a world class dining experience like no other. With 15 years of experience at some of the city’s most notable restaurants, like Cafe Medina, Chambar, and more, chef Deniz will artfully guide you through a 5 course tasting menu as he reveals the tips and tricks you will need in your kitchen to advance your skills to the next level and get you ready to wow your guests at your next dinner party. Having grown up in Turkey, Deniz will show you authentic preparation with expertly balanced spices and flavours right from his childhood backyard with Istanbul Tavern Classics.We’ve set out the delish menu below.


• Traditional Mezze Platter, Babaganoush, Red Lentil Falafel with Endive, Charred Pepper Salad with Sherry and Gremolata,
Tzatiki, Sourdough.
• Eggplant Zaalouk, Caramelized Eggplant Salad with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Cilanto and Crispy Onions.
• Pacanga Boregi, Crispy Pastry with Beef Cured in Pastrami Spices, Young Kasseri Cheese,
Charred Tomato Salsa with Pomegranate Molasses.
• Hunkar Begendi, Local Lamb Stew alla Turca with Cheesy Eggplant Sauce and Stewed Bulgur
with Herbs and Harissa.
• Dondurmali Irmik Helvasi, Semolina Pudding with Sweet Spices, PineNuts, Vanilla Gelato

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

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

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Got Craft Spring Market At The Croatian Cultural Centre May 6& 7

15 Apr

Got Craft celebrates its 16th year in Vancouver as one of BC’s largest curated markets. Their Spring Market will take place on May 6th & 7th at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The event will feature over 95 makers, designers, creative entrepreneurs along side some kidpreneuers under the age of 16 years.  You can expect to find a variety of goods including clothing, jewellery, art, homewares, greeting cards, ceramics and much more.  There will also be a selection of food trucks on hand including NaMi Vietnamese and The Brownie Bakers.   For those early birds, the first 50 people through the door each day will receive one of their legendary swag bags.  Tickets for the event are $5 and available online, kids 12 and under are free. This is a perfect weekend to pick up something special just in time for Mother’s Day.

Eastside Flea Hosts Vintage Pop Up This Weekend

13 Apr

Eastside Flea is back hosting a vintage pop up this weekend at 1739 Venables Street (at Commercial Street).  If you are looking for that one-of-a-kind vintage piece or collectible, this is the place to be. Lots of great local vintage vendors on hand as well as a few food trucks. Event happens this Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Strathcona Street Art and Mural Tours Starting April 29, 2023

4 Apr

Are you looking to take in some of the beautiful murals and street art in Vancouver?  If yes, you may wish to check out the Strathcona Street Art And Mural Tours that start April 29th. This is a 90 minute walking tour of the East End of Vancouver that features local art work along with some history and great stories.  Vancouver DeTours is hosting the tours that start at 812 Cordova Street at 11:00 am. The tour is free to book, but payment is based on tipping with a suggested amount being $25. The request is that you pay what you feel the tour was worth.   If you can’t make the tour April 29th, not to worry, they will be running the tours monthly throughout the summer.   To book a tour, visit Eventbrite.

Firehall Arts Centre and Savage Society Present ‘White Noise’ April 15 – May 7, 2023

3 Apr

The Firehall Arts Centre and Savage Society present the remount of Taran Kootenhayoo’s White Noise from Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, May 7, 2023 as part of The Firehall’s 40th anniversary season.

This is a comedy about two families who have dinner together for the first time during Truth and Reconciliation week. White Noise explores what it means to live in Canada from two different paradigms and asks us to consider: How do we deal with internalized racism? Do we keep pushing it away and pretend to live safely in our day-to-day?

“It is so exciting to be bringing White Noise back to The Firehall stage after our close to sold out run last April,” says Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer. “Audiences were so moved by the play and its connection to here and now. White Noise has many comedic moments, is powerful and thought-provoking, and makes us think about our role in reconciliation and our responsibility to gain a greater understanding of the Indigenous people and their history here on Turtle Island and in Canada.”

Tickets are available online at Firehall Arts Centre. Here’s what people are saying about White Noise.

“White Noise is completely frickin’ original. It has vision. And it comes with the slap of urgency.”
– Colin Thomas

“Taran Kootenhayoo left us with this beautiful offering. We are lucky that he shared with us the beauty that so clearly lived inside him.”
– Eden Fineday, IndigiNews

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.

Stupid F*ing Bird At The Cultch April 12-23

26 Mar

The Cultch and The Search Party YVR (Vancouver) bring a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, STUPID F*ING BIRD to the stage April 12 – 23. This is a whip smart comedic tragedy about unrequited love, missed connections, lost dreams and the pursuit of happiness. The production features original songs, live music and multi-generational tales that reveal the danger in our own desires and the elusive pursuit of happiness. Tickets are now on sale and start at $25. To purchase tickets online, visit The Cultch.

Jill Barber At The York Theatre April 15th

21 Mar

The much loved Vancouver based singer/songwriter, Jill Barber, invites you to an evening of live music at The York Theatre Saturday, April 15th.   Jill will be featuring songs from her new album, Homemaker. This album, which she helped co-produce, is very personal and reflects on marriage, motherhood and self-identity.    Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter who has an unforgettable voice once. Her critically acclaimed repertoire includes songs in both French and English. Tickets are $45 and available online at The Cultch.

Spring Floral Centerpiece Workshop At Gourmet Warehouse May 9th

16 Mar

Gourmet Warehouse is a great stop for the cook and baker. Whether you are on the hunt for supplies, ingredients or taking in a great cooking class.   This May Gourmet Warehouse is offering something a little different, a Sumptuous Spring Floral Centerpiece Workshop.  This is an evening hands-on workshop happening Tuesday, May 9th. Florist Pam Meyer of Meyer Floral will be guiding you through this step-by-step workshop on how to create the perfect spring centerpiece to grace your table.  All supplies will be provided from vase to stem with a selection of seasonal greenery and flowers in an array of colours. Add to that, while making your centerpiece, you will be able to enjoy charcuterie and a springtime cocktail when you arrive. And, of course, you will be leaving with your very own seasonal centerpiece. As with all Gourmet Warehouse classes, all the participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering, visit Cooking Classes.

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