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Vancouver Greek SummerFest July 6 – 16, 2017

5 Jul


GreekFestival2017The Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 31st  consecutive year. The festival kicks off Thursday, July 6th and runs until Sunday, July 16th.  This is a fun community event with great Greek food including BBQ Lamb, Loukoumade, souvalaki, gyros and more. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the dancing, there will be lots of it, belly dancing, folk dancing, Serbian dancing and of course those attending will be encouraged to dance.  Organizers also have a great music line up including performances by bands Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and Golden Thread Orchestra, Jim Byrnes as well as Steve “Elvis” Elliot tribute artist.  When there are not live performances, a DJ will be spinning tunes.   The event takes place in the parking lot behind the Greek Orthodox Community Church of East Vancouver at 4641 Boundary Road which is located on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the intersection is 29th Avenue. If you are coming from Burnaby, it is Moscrop.  The event is free to attend. Note, as there is food and lots of moving bodies, pets are not permitted and in the summer heat, they’ll be happier at home. During the week, Monday to Wednesday, activities take place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from Thursday to Sunday, things go from Noon to 11:00 pm. To learn more about the event, what’s available for food or which musician is playing on which date, check out Greek SummerFest. Opa! Live and eat like a Greek for a day.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Returns July 5, 2017

26 Jun

DSCF8778_cropThe Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 5th. If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you truly are missing out.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center at 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. If it rains, concerts go indoors to the Grandview Room. We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts on a nice summer evening and we have to say, it is a pretty perfect way to spend an evening. Bring a blanket, your friends, or the dog or both and a picnic and you are set. There are a few new additions this year including a BBQ and the Carousel Café to grab some food while there.  For parents with young children, there will also be a kids art station as well as the great playground near the concert stage.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  By the way, dancing is encouraged, so don’t be shy. Others certainly aren’t. If you are lucky, you will see a few couples showing off their exceptional dancing skills which we witnessed one year which certainly added to our evening.  We encourage you to check out this popular free family friendly event.

July 5
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

July 12
Travel back in time to the early jazz era of the 1920’s & 30’s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles.

July 19
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 26
A blend of their traditional tunes will be a big hit with all-ages audiences.

August 2

August 9
Original music of songs and poetry in a magical combination of Latin, Reggae & Rhumba.

August 16
A musical adventure that explores China and beyond. Silk Road Music delivers virtuosity and imagination.

August 23

August 30




Photo Credit: Deanna Knight



Fire & Feast – Beer & BBQ At Dogwood Brewing December 10th

1 Dec

firefeastdogwoodYou are invited to a special event by our friends at Dogwood Brewing which in case you don’t know are the City’s only organic brewer.  They will be hosting a delish night of beer & BBQ with Fire & Feast on Saturday, December 10th.  The event will feature an indoor fire pit where you can get cozy with your friends or make some new friends and nosh on delish BBQ while enjoying some locally made beverages.  The BBQ will be catered by Memphis Blues BBQ House with the option of BBQ chicken, ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork or double-smoked farmer sausage. We hear veggie options will be available.  For refreshments, they will have a limited release of a S’more Stout befitting the occasion as well as mulled wine and cider.  Tickets for this event are a very reasonable $28 which includes your meal and two drink tickets. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite 

The Whip Hosts 9th Annual Show & Shine May 29th

23 May

WhipShow&Shine2016The Whip Restaurant, 209 E. 6th Avenue, is hosting the East Van Vintage Car and Bike Show on Sunday, May 29th.  The event now in its 9th year will show case pre 1989 cars, trucks and bikes. If you wish to register, stop by with your vehicle from 9:30 am onwards.  For the event, The Whip will be putting on a BBQ plus there will be live music by the Hells Gate Blues Band. So good food, good tunes, some car history, we are sure it will draw a good crowd.  The event kicks off at 11:00 am and runs till 4:00 pm.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series July 8 – August 26, 2015

22 Jun

TroutLakeConcertSeriesThe Trout Lake Community Center, 3360 Victoria Drive, begins their weekly free outdoor Summer Concert Series Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. with the Brock House Band. This is a 17 piece big band with a vocalist style from the 1940-1970s and includes a dance performance by Dez Dancer during their break. The following week, July 15th you will find Silk Road performing. Up next on July 22nd the Soda Crackers hits this stage with vintage country, jazz and roots music.

July 29th brings Group Truva to the stage with a combination of traditional Turkish and international influences. On August 5th, Caracus will explode on stage with Ska beats, jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms along with tons of Latin mojo for what is expected to be a lively show. On August 12th, the Rio Samaya Band brings you original songs and poetry that combine Latin, reggae and rhumba.  Deanna Knight & The Hot Club of Mars will travel back in time on August 19th and bring you sounds from the early jazz era of the 1920s and 1930s. Lastly, on August 26th Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group brings you a mix of many sounds including reggae, Calypso, gospel, modern funk, jazz, blues, salsa and more.

All performances will be held on the East side of Trout Lake Community Centre. There will again be a BBQ and a kids art station.  You are invited to bring a blanket, bring the family, your friends and come enjoy the music. Dancing is encouraged. Note, any rained out concerts will be held in the Grandview Room.

East Van Vintage Car & Bike Show At The Whip Restaurant May 24

22 May

VintageShowThe Whip Restaurant, 209 E. 6th Avenue, is hosting the East Van Vintage Car and Bike Show this Sunday, May 24th, 2015.  The event now in its 8th year and will show case pre 1989 cars, trucks and bikes. The Whip will also be putting on a BBQ with an extended licensed patio. There will be live music by none other than Cousin Harley. So good food, good tunes, some car history, we are sure it will draw a good crowd.  The event kicks off at 11:00 am and runs till 4:00 pm.

Gourmet Warehouse Cooking Classes Heading Into BBQ Season

4 May

GourmetWarehouseLogoThe Gourmet Warehouse has a great line up of cooking classes leading up to the summer months including the very popular Flavours of Vietnam. This cooking class sold out in a heart beat when first offered earlier this year. So if you missed it then, now’s your chance to sign up.  Some of the other classes coming up include a Sushi Workshop, Thai Summer and Summer Grilling.  Attending one of these classes, is certainly a fun way to spend an afternoon. Of course, there is always shopping after the cooking class as 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. We have set out a sampling of some of the delicious classes they have lined up:

Sushi Workshop – Saturday, June 6th 11:00 am ($69)

Chef Cindy Low will take you through this hands on workshop and teach you how to make the vinegared sushi rice, mix wasabi, prepare a variety of fillings. You will also learn how to master sushi rolls, cones and other styles and shapes. Cindy will also pass on some tips on a hosting a do-it-yourself sushi party.  The items that Cindy will be making include:

•           California rolls (crab, avocado, cucumber, rolled “inside out”)
•           Futomaki (thick roll with vegetables, omelet, pickled vegetables)
•           Hoso maki (thin rolls with various fillings)
•           Inari sushi (stuffed tofu pouches)
•           Temaki (cones with various fillings)
•           Onigiri (rice triangles)
•           Miso soup with tofu

Summer Grilling & Fresh Summer Salads – Sunday, June 28th ($59)

Now for something on the wild side, we hear that wild meat and game is the fastest growing segment of protein in the supermarkets in North America. For this cooking class, national cooking show host, Chef Garry Steel, of “Wild for the Weekend,” will introduce you to some wild meat and game dishes. Some of the dishes that Chef Garry Steel will be introducing you to include:

•        Wild Boar Chops – make your own grilling rub and seasoning for  grilling
•        Ostrich Burgers – stuffed with stone fruit chutney
•        Alligator Tagine – give your BBQ a special zing with a Moroccan flavor
•        Watermelon Pepper Salad – a savoury spicy fresh summer salad
•        Coconut Tomato Pepper Salad

Flavours of Vietnam – Saturday, July 11th 11:00 am ($59)

Chef Cindy Low will introduce you to Vietnamese cuisine which is one of Southeast Asia’s best kept secrets. The emphasis will be on fresh Asian herbs and vegetables as well as bright seasonings that translate into refreshing, healthy and light cuisine. The dishes she will be making include:

•    Vietnamese salad rolls with prawns, served with a spicy mango dipping sauce
•    Shaking beef with arugula, served banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) style
•    Chicken pho
•    Stir-fried seasonal Asian greens
•    Homemade Vietnamese carrot and daikon pickles
•    Vietnamese coffee ice cream

Thai Summer –  Saturday, July 18th 11:00 am ($59)

Love Thai food? Well Chef Cindy Low will introduce you to the perfect Thai summer menu. You will learn why Thai cookery is one of Asia’s most diverse and complex cuisines. Some of the Thai dishes she will help you add to your repertoire this summer include:

•      Thai salad with tree-ripened papaya, organic greens, toasted coconut, cashews, chili-lime dressing
•      Thai pork sliders – Thai-seasoned mini-burgers with sweet chili aioli
•      Chiang Mai noodles, prawns and Asian greens in a light coconut broth
•      Stir-fried chicken with Thai basil, bell peppers, chili
•      Thai red cargo rice
•      Lychee ice cream

If you are interested in any of the cooking classes, be sure to register early to avoid disappointment, classes do sell out. Bon Appetit!

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