New Craft Beer Festival to take Place at This Year’s PNE

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You may have thought that the summer was winding down as September gets closer and closer, but really – the best part of the summer is coming soon with the Fair at the PNE opening up on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Food, music, a donut dash, and plenty of other returning favourites are good reasons to get yourself to the fair. But, best of all and new this year, is the Craft Beer Fest, which will feature over 20 different local craft brewers and up to 80 unique beers for you to sample.

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New Craft Beer Festival to take Place at This Year’s PNE

Vij’s Meeru Dhalwala showcases Vancouver’s home cooking at the Joy of Feeding

Meeru Dhalwala (second from right) is behind Joy of Feeding. | Image from Joy of Feeding on Facebook

Meeru Dhalwala (second from right) is behind Joy of Feeding. | Image from Joy of Feeding on Facebook

Meeru Dhalwala’s name is synonymous with Indian food in Vancouver. But the chef and co-owner of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants also has a deep appreciation for the city’s multicultural home cooks—and she wants more people to taste what’s coming out of their kitchens.

You can do just that on September 19 at Joy of Feeding, an inter-generational, international food festival that takes place at the University of British Columbia. It brings together 16 cooks from 16 different ethnic backgrounds to sample dishes that they make for their families at home.

The evening is a fundraiser for UBC Farm to support local, sustainable food systems. But it also celebrates how cooking nourishes families and builds bridges to cultural understanding.

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Vij’s Meeru Dhalwala showcases Vancouver’s home cooking at the Joy of Feeding

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at Vancouver’s MARKET by Jean-Georges is a Must-Do

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch

Image courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver and Bruce Law Photography

What are you doing this weekend? We highly recommend you go to your computer right now, and make a reservation at MARKET by Jean-Georges (at the Shangri-La) for their annual Bubbles, Beats & Brunch — it’s a summer must-do for brunch lovers. Continue reading:
Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at Vancouver’s MARKET by Jean-Georges is a Must-Do

Food truck frenzy! Canada’s largest one-day food truck festival takes over Columbia Street, New Westminster

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest | Techno Monkey Media Inc photo

If you’re a fan of food trucks and car-free celebrations, you’ll want to head to New Westminster next Saturday, August 22.

That’s the date of the 3rd Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest, which blocks off busy Columbia Street to traffic and floods the area with pedestrians and picnic tables instead.

With over 70 trucks confirmed, this is the largest one-day food truck event in Canada, according to festival organizers. The music, entertainment, and beer gardens stretch for an extra two blocks this year, so you’d best come hungry to take it all in.

Here’s what’s in store.

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Food truck frenzy! Canada’s largest one-day food truck festival takes over Columbia Street, New Westminster

30 brand-new cocktails featured during Gin-A-Palooza (starts tonight!)

Gin-A-Palooza Cocktail - Chartreuse Milkshake - At UVA_photo credit Issha Marie

Gin up, folks – Gin-A-Palooza kicks off tonight.

For two weeks, participating Vancouver venues are presenting signature gin-inspired cocktails. Cocktail fans will have the opportunity to try at least 30 of these drinks, as well as learn about gin and participate in ongoing digital contests.

Capping the Aug. 12-26 event is The Grand Palooza Finale & People’s Choice Cocktail Competition.

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30 brand-new cocktails featured during Gin-A-Palooza (starts tonight!)