Shake Off the Winter Blues at Taste BC

Sip your way across B.C. (courtesy TasteBC.com).

What better excuse to crawl out of winter hibernation than a wine, beer, spirits and tapas tasting party whose proceeds are donated to a charitable cause? On January 11, Taste BC returns to the Pan Pacific Hotel for a palate-pleasing evening that brings together people and flavours from across the province, all in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Continue reading:
Shake Off the Winter Blues at Taste BC

22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Two words: pace yourself.

With 22 distilleries pouring samples of gin, vodka, and other spirits, this is one event you’ll want to arrive and depart by transit.

B.C. Distilled, which returns this year on April 18, is a great opportunity to have a wee taste of what’s in those big bottles before making a commitment. It brings together 22 of the province’s leading makers of locally crafted spirits, along with a handful of artisanal beverage and food purveyors.

Here’s what will be pouring.

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22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Two festivals, one day: Spot Prawn Festival and BC Distilled happen this weekend

Photo Credit: BC Distilled (photo provided) and Spot Prawn Festival (photo by Karen Hamilton)

Photo Credit: BC Distilled (photo provided) and Spot Prawn Festival (photo by Karen Hamilton)

Some days are built for festival hopping. Lovers of sustainable seafood and small batch spirits are in luck this weekend. This Saturday two festivals cater to these two culinary crushes: the Spot Prawn Festival at Granville Island and the BC Distilled festival at the CBC Vancouver studios.

Each May, seafood-lovers seek out our province’s most delectable crustacean – the spotted prawn – in restaurants or on local fishing docks. In fact, spotted prawns are so beloved here they are feted each year during the annual Spot Prawn Festival. The day-long fest happens happens at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf near Granville Island this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Continue reading:
Two festivals, one day: Spot Prawn Festival and BC Distilled happen this weekend

Got Spirits? Craft Distillery Crawling in Vancouver

Photo credit: Raelene G | Flickr

Photo credit: Raelene G | Flickr

Craft beer is so 2012.

The latest wave of Vancouver’s craft revolution is spirits.  Nearly half a dozen craft distilleries are now operating or will soon be opening around the city, offering local gin, vodka and more.

Here are a few places to sip on a unique craft distillery crawl of Vancouver:

Odd Society Spirits: Just opened in East Vancouver, Odd Society specializes in its truly homegrown East Van Vodka.  Made with 100-percent B.C. barley, it’s described as a “sipping vodka,” with more flavour than the mass-produced stuff.  The off-beat tasting room seats 20 and sits on the edge of the industrial waterfront.  1725 Powell St.  

Long Table Distillery: The first of Vancouver’s new wave of craft distilleries, Long Table is located downtown on Hornby Street, not far from the Burrard Bridge.  Behind the tasting room counter is a massive, 300-litre copper pot still, used to make their London Dry Gin (with notes of coriander and citrus) and Texada Vodka (infused with lemongrass).  1451 Hornby St.  

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Got Spirits? Craft Distillery Crawling in Vancouver