Get a Taste of Summerland in Vancouver at the Bottleneck Drive Wine in the Garden Party

Photo Credit: Lionel Trudel

Photo Credit: Lionel Trudel

Wineries from the Okanagan’s Summerland region are heading to Vancouver to raise funds for the VanDeusen Botanical Garden on May 28th when the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association hosts their Wine in the Garden party. More than 75 wines will be poured at the event, alongside food pairings from Truffles Fine Foods, music from Summerlander, Ari Neufeld, and a silent auction with goodies from local companies including the Summerland Waterfront Spa & Resort and True Grain Bread up for grabs.

Tickets for the annual event (now in its second year) are $46 and can be purchased online, with proceeds benefiting VanDusen Botanical Garden‘s Education Program. We spoke with the Bottleneck Drive’s president Julian Scholefield, to find out more.

What can people expect from the event this year?

The Bottleneck Drive is sending 15 members down including one cidery and some of our associate members, so people can have an authentic Summerland experience right here in Vancouver. Continue reading:
Get a Taste of Summerland in Vancouver at the Bottleneck Drive Wine in the Garden Party

Get ready for Araxi longtable dinners 2015 in Vancouver & Pemberton

Araxi's longtable at Pemberton's North Arm Farm | Photo credit Toshi Kawano

Araxi’s longtable at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm | Photo credit Toshi Kawano

They’re back…and the tables are longer than ever.

Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar has announced the dates for its 2015 Longtable Dinner Series. The popular events are notable for both their strikingly beautiful outside locations and their visual appeal.

Then, of course, there’s the four-course meal of farm-to-table fare, designed by executive chef James Walt.

Every year, the Whistler fine-dining establishment organizes some of the region’s most sophisticated picnics. A very long table–think 250 people seated from end to end–is set with white linens and wine glasses.

Then, strangers quickly become friends over an al-fresco meal served family-style.

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Get ready for Araxi longtable dinners 2015 in Vancouver & Pemberton

Raise Your Glass: Vancouver International Tequila Expo is Back

teq4In the past, Tequila may have suffered from a ‘shots and hangovers’ reputation, but those days are numbered and that’s in part thanks to the education of events like the Vancouver International Tequila Expo which rolls into town this month. It’s Western Canada’s largest festival dedicated to Tequila and Mezcal, and between May 25-30 it’s Agave Week in the city with tequila seminars, master classes and pairing dinners on offer at venues around Vancouver. This ends on Saturday May 30 with a Grand Tasting at the Hyatt Regency with 25 Tequila and Mezcal brands pouring 100% agave spirits, along with bites from Joe Fortes, La Mezcaleria, Sysco Vancouver and Mosaic Grill. We spoke to event organiser, Eric Lorenz to find out more.

What is the number one thing that people need to know about Tequila?

The thing to know is when you look at a bottle and all it says on the label is ‘Tequila‘  then it has 51% agave and the other 49% are industrial sugars and so on – and that is what is giving you the hangover. Look out for 100% agave Tequila which is a completely different drink.  The irony of tequila is that when someone drinks the 51% stuff, and they think they are drinking tequila, they get a hangover, but if you stick to 100% agave you’ll likely wake up and feel fineContinue reading:
Raise Your Glass: Vancouver International Tequila Expo is Back

Deaf-Dining Comes to Vancouver: New Concept Restaurant Uses Sign Language and Deaf Servers

Photo sourced from Deafined.ca

Photo sourced from Deafined.ca

Vancouver has lots of Mediterranean restaurants. But only one allows you to order your hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh in sign language.

A new concept restaurant in Kitsilano is staffed entirely by deaf servers and encourages guests to communicate in a combination of American Sign Language and written notes. Called Deafined, the restaurant on West 4th Avenue is only the third in North America to focus on hiring deaf or hard-of-hearing staff.

Deafined is the creation of local restaurateur Moe Alameddine, already known for his unique blind-dining eatery Dark Table. Opened in 2012, Dark Table employs blind or visually impaired staff, and patrons eat their meals in complete darkness. With Deafined, he’s set his sights on “promoting American Sign Language and offering employment opportunities fore the deaf and hard of hearing,” while also serving up “exquisite fusion fare in a warm, welcoming environment.”

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Deaf-Dining Comes to Vancouver: New Concept Restaurant Uses Sign Language and Deaf Servers

Calling all Carnivores: Brewery and The Beast 2015 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

brewery and the beast vancouver 2015

Image sourced from Brewery & The Beast

If the thought of spending an afternoon in the sun eating freshly cooked meat and drinking freshly brewed local beer makes you simultaneously drool and grin, we’ve got great news for you. The incredibly popular Brewery & the Beast Festival will be coming back to Vancouver on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

You can expect an afternoon of sun (hopefully!), delicious meat samples, and refreshing local beer to wash it all down. Tickets for the 3rd annual festival of meat & beer went on sale yesterday, and if you’re hoping to check out the one-of-a-kind culinary experience, it’s probably a good idea to purchase a ticket soon – this event is known to sell out fast!

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Calling all Carnivores: Brewery and The Beast 2015 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!