Brigade Days Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Aug. 1-3

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The annual Brigade Days festival at Fort Langley National Historic Site, on Aug 1-3, 2015 brings period re-enactors from all over British Columbia and Washington state for three days of 1800s living and live music.

Throughout the long weekend, re-enactors pack the site with their tents and gear bringing history to life inside the palisade walls. Visit with re-enactors and watch demonstrations of sewing, trapping, cooking and historic weapons.

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Brigade Days Coming to Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Aug. 1-3

Tropical Rhythms, Eats and Costumes: Caribbean Days Fest 2015 Takes over Vancouver, July 25-26

Image courtesy of TTCS of BC | Flickr

Image courtesy of TTCS of BC | Flickr

If you can’t hop on a plane to the Caribbean, this might just be the next best thing, mon.

The Caribbean Days Festival is returning to the city for a full weekend of music and food straight from the islands, July 25-July 26. Tens of thousands of people are set to converge on North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park – just next to the Lonsdale Quay – for the largest event of its kind in the province.

The free festival, which runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, highlights the best of tropical rhythms, cuisine and culture. The party kicks off with a Carnival-style parade on Saturday, July 25 (starting at 10 a.m.). Costumed performers – many in feathers and sequined outfits – strut their stuff down Lonsdale Avenue, grooving to Caribbean beats before turning onto Esplanade and making their way to Waterfront Park. Continue reading:
Tropical Rhythms, Eats and Costumes: Caribbean Days Fest 2015 Takes over Vancouver, July 25-26

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

Vancouver Aquarium Named One of the World’s Best Aquariums

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Last week the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre was named a winner of TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, earning the title of one of the world’s best aquariums by the travel website’s reviewers. The Vancouver Aquarium earned the same recognition in 2014.

More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since it opened in beautiful Stanley Park in 1956. Today, more than 1,500 staff and volunteers work to effect aquatic conservation by engaging visitors and supporters year-round.

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7th annual Deighton Cup this weekend at Hastings Racecourse!

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The Deighton Cup is about more than just horse racing. Jonny Picture photo.

In Gastown, you can see a statue of him – John “Gassy Jack” Deighton. The legendary Vancouver saloon owner also lends his name (posthumously speaking, of course) to The Deighton Cup – the annual fashion-and-cocktail event that brings even the non-horsey set to Hastings Racecourse.

This year, the event celebrates its seventh anniversary – Lucky Number Seven as it’s called – on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s a little of what you can expect.

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7th annual Deighton Cup this weekend at Hastings Racecourse!