Craft beer lovers unite at two new restaurants, including Western Canada’s largest

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

Tap & Barrel Shipyards | Image sourced from Facebook

It’s easy to find great craft beer in Vancouver these days–and it’s not just at brewery tasting rooms. Restaurants around the city are taking as much pride in their beer lists as their wine lists and offering some of British Columbia’s finest on tap.

Two new restaurants have just opened that put craft beer front and centre.

On July 28, Tap & Barrel Shipyards made its debut on Lower Lonsdale. The North Vancouver location is the third in the Tap & Barrel chain–and this one’s a biggie.

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Craft beer lovers unite at two new restaurants, including Western Canada’s largest

Limited Edition Lululemon Beer Only Available this Summer

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Vancouver-based brand Lululemon may be better known for its yoga pants, but this summer the company has announced that it will be teaming up with Stanley Park Brewing to release a new, limited-edition craft beer!

The beer, named Curiosity Lager, will give partial proceeds from all sales to benefit the Stanley Park Ecology Society. There will only be 88,000 cans of the new Lululemon beer made, so it could become a collector’s item pretty quickly.

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Limited Edition Lululemon Beer Only Available this Summer

Get Ready to Rumble! Golden Dumpling Cook Off Comes Back to Vancouver August 8th

Golden Dumpling Cook Off | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Pitting dumpling chef against dumpling chef, the popular Golden Dumpling Cook Off is returning to Vancouver on Sunday, August 9th to celebrate the delicious dumpling with a cook-off, eating contest and more!

Chefs from local Chinese restaurants will be on hand to cook up classic dumplings, but some of Vancouver’s hippest hotspots will also be serving up fresh takes on the filling-and-wrapper format. It’ll all be going down at the Food Cart Festival under the Cambie Street Bridge (so you can stuff your face with dumplings as an appetizer, then eat from a bunch of food carts for the main course!)

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Get Ready to Rumble! Golden Dumpling Cook Off Comes Back to Vancouver August 8th

Ahoy! Adult Pirate Pak Day 2015 Coming to White Spot, Aug 12

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

It’s your chance to be a kid again … complete with burger, fries and chocolate coin.

On Wednesday, August 12, Vancouver’s home-grown burger chain White Spot is holding its annual adult Pirate Pak Day. Normally just for the kids, the special meals packed with fast-food goodness will be available to everyone, for one day only.

If you haven’t tried one, a Pirate Pak is basically a kids meal, laid out inside a paper boat with a paper sail supported by a straw. The deck of the boat has a spot for a burger, fries, coleslaw and a soft drink. A scoop of ice cream goes into the prow and, of course, there’s the pirate treasure: a chocolate coin wrapped in gold foil. Continue reading:
Ahoy! Adult Pirate Pak Day 2015 Coming to White Spot, Aug 12

Japanese food alert: 5 dishes to try at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival 2015

Salmon dinner (left) and Spam musubi |Photo credit Owen Cameron

Salmon dinner (left) and Spam musubi |Photo credit Owen Cameron

If you like Japanese food and want to try something new, here’s a great opportunity.

Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival takes place on August 1 and 2 downtown, in the historic Japanese Canadian area surrounding Powell Street. It’s Canada’s largest festival of Japanese arts and culture–and there’s plenty of delicious home-style cooking.

This year, the festival features 17 food vendors serving over 50 menu items. Most of the food booths are staffed by volunteers, and there are more vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Perennial favourites include the salmon barbecue, takoyaki (octopus fritters), and kakigori (shaved ice).

Like many people who never miss the festival, I have my favourite dishes. I lived in Japan for several years so at the festival I make a beeline for some of the comfort food that I don’t find as much at Vancouver restaurants.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to eating.

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Japanese food alert: 5 dishes to try at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival 2015