Gastown BBQ and Chili Fest returns!

2012 Gastown BBQ, outside the Irish Heather.

2012 Gastown BBQ, outside the Irish Heather.

If you like barbecue, chili, live music and outdoor fun in an urban setting, you’ll want to trek over to Gastown Aug. 30 & 31 for the third annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival. Over 12 area restaurants and bars will participate in an outdoor cookout during the weekend event, which includes celebrity judges, live music and even a beer stand.

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Gastown BBQ and Chili Fest returns!

Lots of Meat and Lots of Beer: Brewery and the Beast Festival Returns to Vancouver

Photo sourced from Brewery and the Beast

Photo sourced from Brewery and the Beast

Calling all carnivores: Vancouver’s festival of meat is back.

Brewery and the Beast returns to False Creek, July 27.  The outdoor beef-and-beer themed festival is the mother of all summer barbecues.  Chefs from 35 restaurants from throughout the Lower Mainland will be grilling, roasting, basting and baking for hundreds of hungry carnivores.  Meanwhile, local beer, wine and even cider will be available to wash it all down.

At $89, the event is a serious splurge for meat lovers.  Then again, it’s no ordinary barbecue. Continue reading:
Lots of Meat and Lots of Beer: Brewery and the Beast Festival Returns to Vancouver

Win tickets to Vancouver Dine Out Fest’s wildest party – Dinner at the Birdcage, Jan 31

Combine great food and cocktails, a New Orleans-style supper club and Vancouver’s most fabulous drag queens and what do you get?

Quite possibly one of the can’t-miss events of the 2013 Dine Out Vancouver Festival (For details on how you can win free tickets, read on).

On Jan. 31 the Vancouver FanClub hosts Dinner at the Birdcage, a culinary drag spectacular starring the city’s celebrity drag queens.  Over a three-course dinner and cocktails, soak up the sights and sounds of 11 outrageous performance numbers on FanClub’s stage from the likes of drag legends Joan-E, Carlotta Gurl, Coco and others.

Haven’t been to FanClub yet?  The brand new venue on Granville Street brings together live music on one of the city’s best stages with a southern-style barbecue menu and great drinks.  French colonial doors, wood floors and a second-floor balcony looking down on the action all lend a New Orleans music hall feel.  It’s a fantastic (and still relatively undiscovered) place to grab a drink and a bite to eat and see some great live blues and jazz shows.

FanClub is serving a deluxe barbecue menu for Dine Out, the citywide restaurant festival running Jan. 18-Feb. 3 that features hundreds of discount menus, plus dozens of creative culinary events.   Continue reading:
Win tickets to Vancouver Dine Out Fest’s wildest party – Dinner at the Birdcage, Jan 31

Vancouver’s Best Yakiniku Japanese BBQ Restaurant? You make the call

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Vancouver is justly famous for its sushi, with hundreds (if not thousands) of restaurants around the city.  We’ve also got plenty of izakayas, the Japanese-style pubs that became popular in the late 1990s.  And we’re no slouch when it comes to ramen restaurants, which serve exclusively the popular Japanese noodle soup.

But I was surprised to discover another Japanese import in the city last week: a yakiniku barbecue. In yakiniku-style restaurants, diners cook up raw, bite-sized chunks of marinated meats and veggies over a grill built right into their tables.  It’s an interactive, hands-on form of dining, quite similar in many respects to Korean barbecue (a controversy rages to this day about whether the practice originated in Korea or Japan).

Considering how fun the experience is (and how tasty the results are), I was surprised I hadn’t tried a yakiniku restaurant in Vancouver before.  I know there must be a bunch out there, but they don’t get much attention.

Do you enjoy Japanese yakiniku barbecue?  Do you have a favourite yakiniku restaurant in Vancouver?  Let us know below.

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Vancouver’s Best Yakiniku Japanese BBQ Restaurant? You make the call

New Street Food Options: Pulled Pork at Re-Up

Photo: Remy Scalza

Thanks to a loosening of municipal restrictions, Vancouver’s street food scene is suddenly blossoming.  Among the new players on the scene is Re-Up BBQ, a food cart serving pulled pork sandwiches that’s stationed in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.  Re-Up opened earlier this month and was greeted with rave reviews by diners and Vancouver Sun food critic Shelley Fralic.  I decided to check it out on a sunny afternoon earlier this week.

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New Street Food Options: Pulled Pork at Re-Up