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Brews, Tunes & Tech At The 9th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival

5 Jun

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The ninth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival (VCBW) at the PNE Fairgrounds attracted thousands of craft beer and cider enthusiasts this past weekend. The two day beer fest capped off a 10-day citywide celebration of craft beer culture and community. But it’s about so much more than beer! VCBW is outdoor entertainment at it’s finest – live music, games, food trucks and over 100 craft breweries and cideries. Nine years in and VCBW has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week to become the most anticipated craft beer and cider festival in Western Canada.

For those who have attended a beer festival in the past, you’ll know that it’s difficult to keep track of which brews you’ve tasted, which you liked and which you didn’t – and the more you drink, the more challenging it gets. With more than 300 beers and ciders to try, VCBW offered festival goers an easy way to keep track on their website! On the participating breweries page, each brewery is listed, showing its location on the festival map, the 2-4 brews being poured, as well as giving users the ability to “favourite” a brewery. This meant that you could go through beforehand, choose all the ones you wanted to try and systematically work your way through the festival. If you’re like me and prefer a more spontaneous experience, you could have the webpage open on your phone, “favourite” as you go, and check back later to see which 6-packs you’ll be picking up for your next summer BBQ.

The festival had something for everyone, with extra beer tokens available for purchase and plenty of grassy areas to lounge with your crew, you could kick back with your kombucha infused blonde ale, lime and agave cider, sublime pineapple hefeweizen or beet juice pale ale and revel in the beginning of summer in Vancouver. And not to miss was the “crafts with Craft” tent where you could string pretzels on a string to wear as a necklace – providing endless snackage all while keeping your hands free to hold your beer.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

What’s On East Van: April 20, 2018 Edition

20 Apr

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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.

Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit – Eat Van Craft Breweries – April 22nd 

Love tasting beer and meeting other beer loves? You may wish to check out Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit happening this Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  East Van craft breweries and distilleries are hosting an open house.  Stop by and sample beer, get a tour of what happens behind the scenes. Food trucks will be dotted throughout East Vancouver at the various breweries/distilleries.   Our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tour have aptly called it the “Super Bowl of craft beer events”.  Expect line ups, especially if the weather is good.  

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum – April 20 to 22, 2018

Make It! Vancouver is at the PNE Forum this weekend with 180 makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. There will be food trucks and a beer garden to help sustain you while you wander and shop. Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Parade & Festival – The Drive/Grandview Park – April 21st

8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival take place this Saturday, April 21st.  Parade starts at 1:00 pm at Commercial & Broadway and makes its way to Grandview Park.  The festival begins in Grandview Park at 1:45 pm and goes till 3:00 pm. Lots of family friendly activities.

Park Earth Day Celebration – Everett Crowley – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2nd Annual Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds going to RAVEN Trust.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust.

Documentary ‘Directly Affected’ – Rio Theatre – April 22nd

A compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Movie kicks off at 4:15 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

In case you hadn’t heard, Havana Restaurant is back up and running which also means the theatre in the back is as well which means late night comedy and much more. To see what’s on, check out Havana Events.  Love words and language, Verses Festival of Words is on now at various venues until April 29th. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s market at Nat Bailey Stadium being the last of the season. Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market continues this weekend and next from 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

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Walk Strathcona Summer Series June 23 to July 16, 2017

19 Jun

 

 

MadeInStrathcona2017The Strathcona Business Improvement Association (BIA) has created some new events for their Walk Strathcona Summer Series which aim is to encourage a vibrant pedestrian destination.  The Strathcona BIA geographic covers the area from Clark Drive in the East to Gore Avenue in the West, and from Railway Street in the North to Venables Street in the South. There is quite an array of businesses situated within this neighbourhood which is one of the older established neighbourhoods in Vancouver. This year, the Strathcona BIA is hosting a few events which help you get familiar with what this area has to offer. First up is the Strathcona Street Party happening June 24th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  They’ve invited the Vancouver Mural Fest to join the party. You will have the opportunity to watch 9 large scale murals go live on Cordova Street along with live music, craft beer and pizza. To learn more about the event, visit the Facebook page for Strathcona Street Party.   On Saturday, June 24th, they will be hosting walking tours at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.  You will get a sense of some of the history of this hear, the diverse business community and uncover some gems. The tour will take you to a Pop Up Shop where you can learn more about their Most Walkable Street initiative and their upcoming events which continue to July 16th. All the events are free to attend. We’ve participated in Made in Strathcona tours in the past and we have say, this is a vibrant community with much to offer.  If you haven’t checked it out recently, you may wish to go for a wander. Some favourites we love in this area include les amis du Fromage, Homestead Junction, The Heatley and newcomer Stratchona Beer.

Hop Circuit 2017 – East Van Craft Breweries Open House

26 Apr

HopCurcuitApril30thIf you like beer and want to drink beer, talk about beer or learn more about how it’s made, Hop Circuit is the place to be this Sunday, April 30th. East Van breweries and distilleries open their doors for the afternoon and allow you behind the scences access to their breweries. After last year’s smashing success, the event is back for its second year.  You can partake in this event by doing your own self-guided walking or cycling tour, or you can sign up with Vancouver Brewery Tours who will drive you to the various breweries. There are some 14 breweries participating which are located in the Strathcona, Hastings Sunrise and Grandview Woodland areas.  The day would not be complete without food trucks which will be scattered around the area in full force for the day, so fear not food will always be close at hand.  We’ve learnt that The Reef’s Food Truck will be located at Strange Fellows Brewing on Clark Drive, Aussie Pie Guy at Callister Brewing and the Community Pizzeria at Storm Brewing, but you will find many more around this area which is now affectionately known as “Yeast Van”.  The event runs from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We’ve included the Hop Circuit map which sets out the breweries and distilleries participating and their location. Stop by and see what’s happening in Yeast Van. Cheers!

5th Annual East Side Beer Fest At The Wise Hall on March 15, 2017

3 Mar

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Liberty Merchant Company presents the 5th Annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event on Wednesday, March 15th at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. The event will feature craft beers from all over the world as well as bits of food from food purveyors on Commercial Drive. This event is also a fundraiser for the Great Vancouver Food Bank Society which helps provides some 25,000 people in need each week. All ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the Great Vancouver Food Bank Society.  Tickets are $24.99 each and available at all Liberty Wine Merchant locations. In East Vancouver, visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 pm and goes till 9:00 pm.

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For The Love Of Craft Beer Tour is Back For Valentine’s Day

3 Feb

fortheloveofcraftbeerDo you love beer? Have a partner that loves beer? Not yet made plans for Valentine’s Day? The good folks  at Vancouver Brewery Tours have a fun event for you. Their popular For The Love of Craft Beer Tour is back for Valentine’s Day which in case you missed it falls on a weekday this year, Tuesday, February 14th. One of their knowledgeable guides will tour you to 3 breweries starting with Brassneck Brewery. Next up you will head over to Storm Brewing where we hear they have some special Valentine’s Day-themed brainstorm beers.  After that, your guide will take you to Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery for beer tasting and dinner. The tour guides are filled with fun facts about the Vancouver beer scene, so bring any questions and your thirst.  This tour runs from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost is $89.99 per person. If you are not a beer lover, or don’t drink alcohol, but wish to go with someone that does, ticket cost for you is $70.00.  To book your spot, visit Vancouver Brewery Tours. There is limited seating so book quick if you want to share a fun experience on Valentine’s Day.

Giving Local Gifts For The Foodie In Your Life

6 Dec

theeastvanfoodiebookHere at ILiveInEastVan.com, we love food. Whether it’s making it, eating it, or some variation thereof.  In the last few months alone we’ve taken a Pie Making Workshop at The Pie Shoppe, an Appetizer Cooking Class with Caren McSherry at Gourmet Warehouse and most recently a Chocolate Making Workshop at The Soap Dispensary.  We have found a lot more friends and family favouring edible items as gifts whether food, spirits or accessories that compliment cooking, baking or creating delish refreshments at home.  With that in mind, we have set out some gift suggestions for the foodie in your life:

Cookbook – East Van Foodie

We’ve recently had the pleasure of putting our hands on a copy of The East Van Foodie just released mere weeks ago. This beautiful hard cover book is the work of Brad Hill and Chris Dagenais and is part cookbook, but at the same time features great stories about many of the amazing foodie spots in East Van. You will find smoking tips from the folks at The Acorn, the recipe for Pulled Pork Pancakes from The Red Wagon Café and the recipe for Vegan Tinga Tacos from Sal Y Limon. Did you know that Fets Whiskey Kitchen has the largest whiskey collection in Canada and the world’s largest collection of Scotch Malt Whiskey?  This is just one of many interesting tidbits you will find in this book.  We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the stunning photography that accompanies each foodie spot featured. We think this is a great gift for the foodie in your life. The book retails for $44.95 and is available at Chapters Indigo as well as long list of East Van spots including Havana Restaurant, Earnest Ice Cream, Cabrito’s Tapas, Odd Society Spirts, Bomber Brewing, Biercraft, Red Wagon Café, The Cascade Room, Pizza Farina, The Union, ChiCha Restaurant to name but a few.  To see the full list of where it’s available, visit The East Van Foodie online.

Craft Beer

No way we could just skip over craft beer as a gift for the beer lover. So many great breweries to choose from each with their own unique offering, but pretty much all offer growlers, many gift packs with glasses such as our friends at Dogwood Brewing which includes a growler fill in the cost of the gift pack. If you prefer to give the gift of a brewery tour, our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tours have that covered.

French Made Baking

Do you have someone with a sweet tooth in your life?  We wouldn’t pass up an amazing box of French macarons from French Made Baking. Located in Mount Pleasant, French Made Baking has 13 to 18 flavours on hand every day which now include some holiday flavours such  as peppermint dark chocolate, eggnog cream, orange gingerbread and black forest.  They offer beautiful gift boxes in two sizes, one with 6 macarons for $11.00 or a box of 12 macarons for $24.00.  These make a perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer or thank you.

Gourmet Warehouse

Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers for the cook or baker in your life, or for someone that just loves to eat food, you have lots to choose from at Gourmet Warehouse. The choices can in fact be overwhelming if you don’t know what you have in mind.  If that’s you, Gourmet Warehouse has great gift baskets that they will make and send for you. Prices range from $50 – $175 and can be ordered online and delivered right to the person’s home. We have personally sent The Crates featured in the wooden boxes to rave reviews.

Odd Society Spirits

If you are looking for local spirits to give, we are pretty fond of Odd Society Spirits which has a great selection with their East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, Cassis, Bittersweet Vermouth and Oaken Wallflower Gin. During the holidays, we love to serve the cassis with prosecco, an easy cocktail when entertaining.

Sips Cocktail Emporium

Do you have someone that is into the art of making cocktails?  Then you may wish to pop into Sips Cocktail Emporium in Mount Pleasant. They have everything on hand for making the perfect cocktail save for the alcohol. Whether it’s tumblers, glasses, bitters, syrups, cocktail shakers, books with recipes, they have you covered. You can visit them in person at 339 East Broadway, but you can also visit them online at GoodSips.ca.

Japanese Knives

So we’ve learnt quite by accident that when it comes to quality knives in the kitchen, there is great demand and a culture around this art form. This is evidenced by the arrival of two great stores in East Van offering high quality knives. One being, KnifeWear at 4215 Main Street and Ai & Om Knives at 129 East Pender Street in Chinatown.  If you are buying a gift for someone that loves to cook, either of these spots will help you find that perfect knife that will last a lifetime.

Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar

Now if you have a chocolate lover in your life, you may wish to check out Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar at 1007 Main Street. We hear they have some amazing hot chocolates with flavours such as Salted Caramel, Peppermint, Chai, Dark & Mayan Elixir. We are these would make the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift. We’d be happy with any one of these flavours.

Earnest Ice Cream

So if you are looking for cool stocking stuffers, what about artisan ice cream. Yes we know ice cream melts, but thankfully Earnest Ice Cream has gift cards in $5 and $25 denominations.  Something we’d love to find in our stocking. Just pop into either one of their two locations whether Fraser Street or Quebec Street. christmastreevector

These are just a few suggestions, there are of course so many more.  If you wish to give the gift of experience as it relates to food, we invite you to check out our recent feature ‘Giving The Gift of Experience’ which features foodie tours and much more. 

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