2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival wraps up this weekend!

2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival Acura Tasting Room. Photo: Shawn Conner.

2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival Acura Tasting Room. Photo: Shawn Conner.

If you’ve had a chance to enjoy one of the many special events or the International Tasting Room in the last week, then you’re among the lucky thousands who bought tickets in time. Just about all the tastings and dinners that are left this weekend, the last two days of the festival, are sold out; however, there are tickets left for one event – the Acura Tasting Room session this afternoon (March 1).

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2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival wraps up this weekend!

Dine On Eight Unique Curries at the First-Ever Curry Cup

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If you’ve got a craving for curry, then look no further. The Chefs’ Table Society of B.C. presents the Curry Cup on Tuesday, March 4th. Eight chefs will compete with their own unique curry dish to win the inaugural curry competition. For those who’ve never tried it, curry is a dish with roots in cultures across the world, including Indian, Thai, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisine. Though it can refer to many dishes, in general, curry is a dish with meat and/or vegetables cooked in a richly spiced sauce. Curry is usually eaten with rice and a flatbread such as naan or roti. For many chefs, curry is the ultimate family-style staff meal and the proud product of their cultural heritage.

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Dine On Eight Unique Curries at the First-Ever Curry Cup

Drink Up! Giant Wine Fest Coming to Vancouver, Feb 24-March 2

Photo credit: Al404 | Flickr

Photo credit: Al404 | Flickr

For wine drinkers, it’s the event of the season.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival rolls into town Feb. 24-March 2, bringing 178 wineries from 14 countries.  Over the course of the weeklong festival, 54 separate events are held at venues around the city.  And, in case you’re curious, a total of 1,750 different wines will be poured.

The theme country for this year’s festival is France, which means that an enormous variety of French wines will be flowing. In total, 52 French wineries are represented, from regions as diverse as Alsace, Bordeaux, Rhone and Champagne.

On the subject of Champagne, the “global focus” for the festival this time around is bubbly.  Sparkling wine fans will find plenty of Champagne, as well as Cavas, Proseccos and other sparklers from around the world.

So how do you get in on the fun? Bad news first: The overwhelming majority of the wine fest’s 54 events are already sold out.  But there are tickets remaining for a handful of events, including some of the festival’s highlights.  At the time of writing, here’s what’s still available: Continue reading:
Drink Up! Giant Wine Fest Coming to Vancouver, Feb 24-March 2

Swanky Blast from the Past: Roof Bar at Hotel Vancouver Reopens

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Photo credit: vancityhotshots | Flickr

Even after 75 years, it’s still one of the best views in Vancouver.

The Roof bar and restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which goes back to 1939 but has been closed since the 1980s, is officially open for business once again. Situated on the upper floors of the hotel, beneath the iconic green copper roof, the revamped venue opened its doors on Valentine’s Day.

Inside, visitors have a chance to step back into Vancouver’s swanky – and steamy – past. Originally dubbed the Panorama Roof, the bar and restaurant was once the hottest spot in town for getting down with big-band music and seriously boozy cocktails. Legendary Vancouver band leader Dal Richards got his start there back in 1940 and helmed the house band for the next 25 straight years.

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Swanky Blast from the Past: Roof Bar at Hotel Vancouver Reopens

Animal lovers unite! Eat cupcakes to support the BC SPCA’s National Cupcake Day

Walter the American bulldog cross practices restraint Photo Credit: BC SPCA

Walter the American bulldog cross practices restraint Photo Credit: BC SPCA

Do you love cupcakes? Does your pooch love pupcakes? Then get baking because February 24 is National Cupcake Day.

The SPCA and Humane Societies across Canada cooked up an ingenious plan to raise funds for the protection, care and advocacy for critters in need. During Canada’s first-ever National Cupcake Day, the BC SPCA is encouraging folks to raise funds to support dogs, cats, guinea pigs, horses and all other animals in need by hosting an old-fashioned cupcake bake sale.

If you’re not a great baker or just don’t have time to whip up some iced, cakey goodness not to worry. You can support the SPCA by buying cupcakes or cupcakes from a number of different Vancouver shops and restaurants to show your love.

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Animal lovers unite! Eat cupcakes to support the BC SPCA’s National Cupcake Day