First Annual Iced Tea Festival July 19 in Vancouver

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Iced tea, that almost-perfect summer libation (sorry, sangria takes the win!), finally gets its own festival this Sunday. On July 19, Tea Sparrow presents Vancouver’s First Annual Iced Tea Festival at Heritage Hall.

Attendees will have the chance to sample top-rated teas from featured tea blenders from around the world, on ice. The samples are from 16 different iced loose leaf teas from Germany, Canada, and the U.S.

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First Annual Iced Tea Festival July 19 in Vancouver

Crab feast! Dig into 2 summer seafood boils in Vancouver

Photo courtesy of Pier 7 Restaurant

Photo courtesy of Pier 7 Restaurant

It’s summertime and the living is easy. Everything is more casual this time of year, including seafood suppers.

Sure, you could catch and cook your own crab. But you can also let somebody else do it for you, and have them pour out the ready-to-eat feast straight onto the table.

At least two Vancouver restaurants are offering special seafood boils over these hot summer months.

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Crab feast! Dig into 2 summer seafood boils in Vancouver

Brain freeze! New tour dives into Vancouver ice cream shops

Photo credit m01229 | Flickr

Photo credit m01229 | Flickr

Baby, it’s hot outside.

It’s barely July and Vancouver has already experienced over a month of fantastic summer weather. The sunshine shows no signs of letting up, and that means it’s time to get serious about ice cream.

Off the Eaten Track, a local company that offers food tours around Vancouver, has just launched a new tour focused on all that’s cold and creamy. The Gourmet Ice Cream Tour starts July 8 and runs every Wednesday evening through September.

The tour lasts one hour and visits four local shops in the downtown area for samples. Here’s what to expect.

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Brain freeze! New tour dives into Vancouver ice cream shops

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

mez8Hot on the heels of Vancouver’s Tequila Expo comes this month’s coolest spirit to have in your glass: Mezcal, the smokey-tasting cousin of Tequila made from the heart of the agave plant. Whether you’re a Mezcal aficionado or brand-new to the trend, here are seven delicious sippers for you to try… and fall in love with.

Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar

Winner of the recent Pelóton Mezcal cocktail contest at the Vancouver International Tequila Expo, Uva’s Katie Ingram romped home with the prize with an innovative creation inspired by the battles of Mexico’s Zapatista rebels. Ask Katie to tell you the epic revolutionary tale which takes in fires, fights and fermenting pineapples to create a pineapple-Mezcal shrub cocktail with a mesquite wood-toasted syrup to round out the flavours. Viva la Piña de la Muerte! Viva Katie! Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

5 Outrageous New Foods at Vancouver’s 2015 PNE Fair

Photo from the PNE blog

Photo from the PNE blog

Adventurous eaters have always found plenty to munch on at the PNE, Vancouver’s annual country fair and agricultural exhibit. From two-foot-long hotdogs to decadently battered mini donuts, the PNE is justifiably famous for its high-calorie, artery-busting offerings.

But 2015 promises to take the concept of indulgent fair fare to a whole new level. Though the PNE (Aug. 22-Sept 7) is still more than a month away, organizers have already unveiled on the official PNE blog some of the new menu options this year. Here are five outrageous foods debuting at this year’s fair:

Jalapeno Poutine Mini Donuts: This off-kilter take on poutine takes a second to get your head around. First, instead of fries, start with a bucketful of mini donuts. To that, add your cheese curds and gravy. Finally, top with a healthy helping of jalapeno pepper slices. Just when you thought poutine couldn’t get any more decadent … Offered by Cin City Mini Donuts, located in the PNE MarketPlace. 

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