Heli Wine Tours come to Vancouver

Sommelier of the sky Alana Burns takes folks to Vista D'Oro Winery.

Sommelier of the sky Alana Burns takes folks to Vista D’Oro Winery.

Have you ever planned an afternoon of wine touring and had to flip a coin to decide who would be the DD (designated driver)? When you’re wine touring with only one other person say a partner, best friend or your favourite wine-loving auntie, this system kind of stinks.

Enter wine and events consultants Fork and Grape and Sky Helicopters. Sommelier Alana Burns has thought a lot about the logistics of Fraser Valley wine touring.

If they do heli wine touring in Napa and Bordeux, why not Vancouver? Why not help people have an afternoon of airtime adventure and wine sipping by flying guests from winery to winery via helicopter, Burns thought. After all, who needs a DD when you can hire a DP (designated pilot)?

This fall, Sky Helicopters and Burns’ company Fork and grape started shuttling lucky duos to some of the Lower Mainland’s best wineries via helicopter. Continue reading:
Heli Wine Tours come to Vancouver

Seeds, Tea and Caesars rule at this year’s Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

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It’s kind of like a stadium-sized potluck.

No where else can you eat cereal made with dandelion and hemp seeds, a blue corn taco with B.C. spot prawns and avocado cream or a summer treat invented by husband/wife doctors. Not to mention learn to make the perfect caesar or receive a cooking lesson from an Iron Chef. Welcome to Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival taking place at B.C. Place Stadium May 30-June 1.

As we mentioned earlier this month, Eat! has a packed agenda, including their ever-awesome 250 plus exhibitors.

Though there are plenty of global flavours at this year’s Eat! there is an emphasis on sustainable, healthy and BC-sourced or produced food. Below you’ll find my recommendations on must-visit exhibitors at this year’s Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival.  Continue reading:
Seeds, Tea and Caesars rule at this year’s Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

A mid-afternoon wine tasting: Now there’s an idea whose time has come.

Advance tickets for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 24-March 2, are now on sale, and the 36th annual instalment is offering up some intriguing new twists.

Each year, the festival draws more than 20,000 wine lovers to Vancouver for a solid week of gala wine tastings, wine-paired dinners, seminars, lunches and even boozy brunches. This year’s fest will feature no fewer than 178 wineries from 14 countries, pouring 1,750 different wines at 54 events.

Of course, the highlight as always is the International Festival Tasting Room, Feb. 27-March 1.  All 178 wineries pile into the Vancouver Convention Centre for the mother of all wine tastings.   Continue reading:
Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

All-Star Concert with Sarah McLachlan: Rick Hansen Celebration 25, May 22

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Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen made his way around the world: in a wheelchair.

Left paralyzed below the waist after a childhood car accident, Hansen set out from Vancouver in 1987.  He logged more than 40,000 kilometers in 34 countries in his epic two-year odyssey, raising $26 million for spinal cord research in the process.

This year, Hansen – a dedicated activist who has since raised more than $250 million – has been busy commemorating the 25th anniversary of his original tour with trips around the world.

Now, he’s about to return to Vancouver for an all-star concert.  Continue reading:
All-Star Concert with Sarah McLachlan: Rick Hansen Celebration 25, May 22

Glam Rock Revisited: Broadway hit Rock of Ages coming to Vancouver, May 8-13

Remember rockin’ out to Don’t Stop Believin’?  How about The Final Countdown?  Or the classic Every Rose has its Thorn?  If you’re old enough to remember the ‘80s, chances are you know the words to some of those songs by heart.

Those classics and 24 other ‘80s glam-rock hits are featured in the hit jukebox musical Rock of Ages, coming to the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts May 8-13.

First premiering on Broadway in 2009, Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker in Los Angeles’ hottest rock club.  Sparks fly and they fall in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s.

So which hair metal classics can you expect to hear?

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Glam Rock Revisited: Broadway hit Rock of Ages coming to Vancouver, May 8-13