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Did You Miss Vancouver Craft Beer Week? Nicole Alivojvodic Runs Down What You Missed

12 Jun

 

Kicking off on the last weekend of May every year, Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is a 10-day celebration of craft beer, culminating at the historic PNE fairgrounds for a massive festival. Now celebrating its 10th year, VCBW festival saw thousands of craft beer and cider enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland and beyond this past weekend. This is a huge leap from the first festival, which started at a small venue hosting about 100 beer aficionados and 15 breweries. Over the past 9 years, it has evolved from Canada’s first-ever craft beer week into a multi award-winning cultural engine that showcases music, food, art, and craft beer at events across the city.

Not a beer drinker? You might want to consider becoming one. With brews like Fuggles & Warlock’s “The Last Mango Witbier” and the “Wide Mouth Watermelon Wheat Ale” courtesy of Foamers’ Folly (my two personal favourites) you might as well be drinking boozy fruit juice while lounging on the grass listening to live music. Beer connoisseur? Choose from more than 300 brews from 100+ breweries and cideries. With so much choice, you’re sure to find something new. And let’s not forget about the food. There were more than 15 food trucks throughout the festival grounds ready to satisfy any craving, be it mac n’ cheese, Triple O’s, or traditional pierogies. I have to say I was nearly as excited about getting a Bandidas burrito as I was to taste the beers.

If you haven’t yet attended the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival, mark you calendars for next year because this is the perfect way to kick off summer in Vancouver.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

10th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival June 8 & 9, 2019

5 Jun

BeerLove craft beer? If the answer is yes, you might want to make your way to the 10th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Festival happening this Saturday and Sunday at the PNE Fairgrounds.  This event which started in 2010 hosting just 100 beer lovers and 15 craft breweries has grown exponentially. This weekend you can expect over 300 beers and ciders for tasting. In case you missed that, if you are not a beer lover, there will also be 10 cideries on hand to mix things up. There will be local offerings of craft beer and cider as well as a number from across the border as well as 10 independent craft berries from the BC Ale Trail. If you get hungry, there will be a good selection of food trucks on hand for the festival.  The Craft Beer Week Festival runs this Saturday, June 8th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 9th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Tickets are $39 for one day, or you can purchase a weekend pass for $65. Tickets are available through Ticketleader.  Note: You must be 19+ to attend the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival and 2 pieces of ID are required for entry.

Terminal City Tabletop Convention At The Croatian Cultural Centre March 30 & 31, 2019

25 Mar

BoardGame1The 6th Annual Terminal City Tabletop Convention happens at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, this weekend. The event features some 350 games set up in almost 13,000 square feet of gaming space.  If you are unfamiliar with a game, there are Game Stewards on hand to explain the concepts.  If you get hungry, food trucks will be on hand both days including Urban Wood Fired Pizza and Chickpea on Saturday and Kafka’s Coffee & Tea and Bandidas Taqueria on Sunday.  Event happens Saturday from 9:00 am to midnight and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. It does appear spots are selling quickly. Costs is $25 – $60 and kids under 10 are free. There is also a Kids Corner available with a selection of games aimed for kids aged 4-8 years of age.  Note, you must be 18+ to play and a Canadian citizen to compete in this convention.

Maker Market At The Ellis Building Launches Friday October 26th

24 Oct

MakerMarketAtTheEllisSo in case you missed the news, The Eastside Flea, which was until recently located at 1024 Main Street in the Ellis Building, has moved to the Eastside Studios at 550 Malkin Avenue in Strathcona.  Which we might add is a great cool space. This though left the window open for someone to organize and takeover the space at now vacant Ellis Building and that they’ve done. This Friday, October 26th is the launch of the Maker Market At The Ellis which features you guessed it local makers, food trucks and more.  We see our friends at Sriracha Revolver will be on hand with their amazing spicy sauces AND one of their sauces we hear will be added to a spicy drink collaboration at the bar. Yes there’s a bar, cash only.  This new Makers Market happens from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  If you can’t make this one, two more are lined up Friday, November 23rd and Friday, December 14th. If you are a local maker looking for a cool new spot, they are taking applications for their upcoming markets.  To learn more, visit them on Instagram @makermarketattheellis.

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

18 Apr

MakeIt!This weekend one of the biggest shows featuring handmade goods happens at the PNE Forum.  Make It! Vancouver will be featuring 180 makers including a number of new 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. Whether you are looking for something for yourself, your kids, the house or your 4 legged friend, there is an amazing selection of items. Purchasing items at Make It! means you are supporting entrepreneurs who are building their own micro economy. All this goes a long way to supporting our local economy.   If that isn’t enough, there will be a beer garden along with food trucks.  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 you can buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Bits & Bites During The Eastside Culture Crawl

15 Nov

foodimageIf you are checking out this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl taking place this weekend, you are going to need sustenance for this event. So whether it’s a stop for brunch before heading out on the weekend, or a coffee during or a drink and a bite after. One thing we can say, there’s a bit of walking involved in The Crawl, so you build up a thirst and an appetite. We have a some set out some suggestions by area where to stop to refuel.

 

Hastings Sunrise

In Hastings Sunrise, there is no lack of choices along the stretch of East Hastings. Some great options include Roundel Café, Jackalope’s Dive, and Red Wagon Café for brunch for starters. For coffee, we’d hit Platform 7 Coffee on East Hastings near Nanaimo. Of course, for lunch Tacofino Commissary is a no brainer anytime, but Mr. Red Café or The Brighton are good bets. If you have a hankering for something sweet, Black Rook Bakehouse, East Village Bakery and Sweet & Savoury Pie Company are all great options.

Grandview Woodlands

If you are wandering in the Grandview Woodlands area, breakfast or lunch at Scandillious at 25 Victoria Drive is a great start. Think Scandavian waffles, sweet or savoury and great coffee.   Looking for coffee and a nibble? We’d hit Pallet Roasters at East Hastings St. at Semlin Drive.  If it’s a stop for beer or a cocktail, check out Parallel 49 Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Storm Brewing or Odd Society Spirits. Note, Parallel 49 also now has great eats in their Street Kitchen. From all the reviews we’ve heard, good food in a fun space.  Looking for something sweet, well the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street at Victoria has amazing pies, sweet and savoury add to that delish coffee. If you are looking for dinner after the Crawl, Bistro Wagon Rogue that has casual French fare and it’s located right next to the Pie Shoppe on Powell Street.

Commercial Drive

On Commercial Drive you have a plethora of options whether it’s coffee, cocktails or a bite.  We couldn’t even begin to name them all, but a few that come to mind include Moja’s Coffee, Continental Coffee, The Drive Coffee Bar, Turks and JJ Bean at 6th Avenue with legendary muffins big enough to share (or not). Looking to do brunch, Havana Restaurant, Cabrito Tapas and Biercraft all provide delish options.  For the perfect sandwich on the go, our fav spot is La Grotta del Fromaggio, most sandwiches are big enough to share. If it’s burgers you are after, Cannibal Café is your spot. For something sweet, Fratelli Bakery is a must stop.  Of course just a quick walk from The Drive down Venables is Uprising Breads for a great coffee and snack spot. Love licorice?  Be sure to stop in at the Licorice Parlour to stock up. If you are looking for pizza on The Drive, there are a few options Famoso, Lombardo’s, Marcello’s and just off The Drive and on Victoria Drive is a personal favourite Via Tevere Pizzeria.

Strathcona/Railtown

Well there are some delish stops in this general area including the Settlement Building in Railtown which is a great spot for brunch before you start or a glass of beer or wine during or after.  If you are looking for dinner post Crawl that’s close by Ask for Luigi is in the area as is the MacKenzie Room directly across from Oppenheimer Park and The Heatley not far down the street or travel a little further West for Cuchillo’s.  If you wish to make a stop for coffee, the Wilder Snail in the heart of Strathcona is a quaint option in the heart of many great studios.

Clark Drive

Lots of things happening on this stretch of road. Yolks Breakfast at Clark and East Hastings has breakfast all day to fuel you for the day. If it’s a bite and coffee, Creme de la Crumb Bakeshop at Williams Street is a delish spot. If it’s beer you are after, Strange Fellows Brewing is located on Clark Drive near Charles Street or Callister Brewing just off Clark on Franklin Street is a collaborative brewery which gives you lots of options for beer. For coffee, check out Agro Roasters at Frances Avenue on Clark Drive. For sushi and something quick, Fujiya at the corner of Clark and Venables.

Whichever way you slice it, The Crawl is something to experience. See it, do it!

Knit City At The PNE Forum October 1- 2

27 Sep

PurpleYarnThe 5th Annual Knit City takes place at the PNE Forum this weekend.  If you love to knit or want to learn, this is the event for you.  There will be a variety of workshops, demonstrations, book signings, tips and a host of vendors on hand with everything you need to knit. If you are interested in the workshops, the deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 28th.  The event runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 1st and 2nd. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass, children under 12 are free (admission is cash only).   If you get hungry, some delish food trucks will be on hand including C’est Si Bon, NamaChickpea, Vainicey Pakoras, Melt City, Culver City Salads and Serious Sausage. So whether you are looking for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, meat or coffee, they’ve got you covered.  Added bonus is the Girl Guides of Canada will be on hand, so if you are craving their chocolate mint cookies, you will find them at the PNE Forum this weekend. For a full rundown of vendors and workshops, we invite you to check out Knit City 2016.  If you are unable to attend this weekend’s event, but want to learn how to knit, we invite you to check out Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store on 2667 East Hastings Street.  They have a variety of workshops for all ages and levels of experience.

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