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Smaller Artisan Markets Happening This Weekend In East Van

29 Nov

There are many smaller artisan markets happening around East Vancouver this year. we’ve set out a few lesser known markets. So if you don’t like big crowds when you do your holiday shopping, why not check out some of the smaller markets packed with local talent.

Tugboat Landing Artisan Market – December 2, 2017 11 – 4 

The 2nd Annual Tugboat Landing Artisan Market happens on the Fraser River in SE Vancouver this Saturday, December 2nd. This is a smaller intimate market with 16 vendors within a cozy atmosphere. Admission is free, event runs from 11:00 am 4:00 pm at 2010 East Kent Avenue at the foot of Victoria Drive.  Some of the items on hand include handmade leather goods, crocheted jewellery made from reclaimed Argentium silver, beautiful handmade blankets, linen pillows, knitted hats and candles to keep you warm this winter, floral creations and ornaments to help decorate your home over the holidays. For the foodie in your life you will find, local honey, artisan chocolates as well as baked goods.  For the animal lover, you will find something for both cat and dog lovers.  As this is a big pet community, they are holding a raffle with gift basket to help raise funds for the Vancouver BC SPCA. To see what else is in store, you can check them out on Eventbrite.

East Side Best Side Holiday Pop Up Market  – December 3, 2017 11 – 5

Dumplings! Need we say more?  Well maybe just a little more. A group of East Vancouver artisans who create soaps, syrups, canned goods, artwork along with some vintage items will be hosting The East Side Best Side Holiday Pop Up Market this Sunday, December 3rd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You are invited to stop by and do a bit of shopping, have a boozy holiday drink or snack on some dumplings.  Admission is $2 with proceeds to benefit the Take A Hike Youth At Risk Foundation.

Art Sale & Tasting – DiOliva Tasting Bar 12 – 4 

This Sunday, a great little spot in Hastings Sunrise, Di Oliva Tasting Bar, 2632 East Hastings Street (at Slocan) is hosting an Art Sale with tastings of some of their delectable offerings which include fresh olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  You are invited to pop by and check out some art by makers living and working in the Hastings Sunrise community. Event happens 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Photos: Threaded Needle Design, DIG Leather & First Growth Reclaimed

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Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Coming To The East Village March 11

25 Feb

TastingPlatesEastVillageRichard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is bringing his next Tasting Plates event to the East Village.  What is Tasting Plates?  It is basically a culinary roving tour that takes place at different food and/or beverage establishments.  You register for the event at the designated spot in this case, Pallet Coffee Roasters, 323 Semlin Drive, one block East of Victoria Drive just North of East Hastings Street.  You show your printed or digital tickets that you purchased online and in turn receive your Tasting Plate Cards.  Thereafter, you wander whether by bike, foot, car or transit to the various venues and nibble away to your hearts content. Each location will have specific menu items on offer for the Tasting Plates.

Now the East Village is an area we enjoy hanging out in. So many great places on this stretch of road near Nanaimo and East Hastings. As it happens, Richard will be featuring some of our favourites in his upcoming Tasting Plates. On March 11th, he will start the event at Pallet Coffee Roasters where you will obtain your Tasting Plates Cards.  Pallet Coffee Roasters is a great little spot to check out for coffee and/or lunch whether as part of the Tastings Plates or next time you are in the area. Next up on his list is Windsor Meats, 2276 E. Hastings Street. This is a great meat shop and oh, last time we checked in, I believe they boasted some handsome butchers.  So you may get a sense of humour along with your visit.   We are thrilled to see Di Oliva Tasting Bar participating in this event. This new olive oil & balsamic vinegar tasting bar is a must try.  Next up on the tour is Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive which has been serving up some delicious brunch items. Then there is Platform 7 Coffee which spot is designed after a railway station and if you are lucky and the weather is nice, check out the garden tucked in the back.  We see Richard will be making a stop at our favourite distillery, Odd Society Distillery, at 1725 Powell Street, the makers of East Van Vodka, Crème de Cassis and Wallflower Gin to name just a few of the spirits they make. Oh and they make some seriously good cocktails!   There’s a lot to love on this foodie tour.  We are sure you won’t be disappointed.  Tickets for this event are $45 and available online at Eventbrite. The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and goes till 10:00 pm.

New In Town: DiOliva Tasting Bar In The East Village

26 Jan

DiOliva2We would like to introduce you to a new business in town, one that all food lovers should make a detour to.  It’s called Di Oliva Tasting Bar located at 2632 on East Hastings Street in the East Village.  Di Oliva Tasting Bar is brought to you by owner,  Lisa Funaro.  Lisa brings you an amazing selection of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from various parts of the world including Australia, Peru, Chile, Southern France and Italy to name a few.  All the olive oils are cold pressed for high quality and freshness. The balsamic vinegars are from Modena, Italy and aged up to 25 years. The olive oils and balsamic vinegars are all organic and infused with 100% natural ingredients meaning no artificial flavours, colours or additives. And yes, tasting is encouraged and made very easy with their set up.  You will find very different types of olive oils including the more grassy flavours, as well as the mild tasting ones great for baking or those with very robust peppery flavours.  As for the balsamic vinegars, we can only say wow!   Some of our favourites include Blueberry Balsamic, Honey Ginger Balsamic and the Espresso Balsamic was hands down our favourite.  There are descriptions on the face of each which sets out the flavours/notes of each much like a wine.  Generally, oils and vinegars are $12 for a 200 ml bottle, $20 for a 375 ml and $32 for a 750 ml bottle. There are some exceptions for a couple of specialty items like the Toasted Sesame Oil for $15 for 200 ml, $22 for 375 ml and $37 for a 750 ml.  This is one of the bottles that made a return trip home with us.  Amazing flavor.  There are also sample bottles for $5.00 and sets of 4 for $20 which make a perfect gift.

Outside of the oils and vinegars, you will also find some delectable sauces like the one that founds its way home with us which was a tomato, olive & ouzo sauce.   Lisa will soon be offering free tasting events in the evenings for groups of 8 to 10 people at which time all attendees also get 10% off their purchases. Di Oliva provides the appies, you provide the people.   They are also working on a Recipe Board and have a host of ideas for how to use the oils and vinegars in cooking, baking and beyond.  We encourage to check out this great new addition to East Vancouver.  Di Oliva Tasting Bar is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and closed Mondays.

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