5 Can’t-Miss Events at Eat! Vancouver 2015, April 26-May 3

Photo: Julianna M. Jankowiak

Photo: Julianna M. Jankowiak

You’ve never experienced an Eat! Vancouver quite like this.

The largest food festival of its kind in Canada, Eat! Vancouver is best know for its super-sized food expo, held this year in BC Place, May 1-May 3. Hundreds of exhibitors, chefs, brewers and more come together to show off artisan foods and drinks, offer cooking demos and sell the latest kitchen gizmos.

But this year, Eat! Vancouver is much more than that. During the week leading up to the big expo, the city will be filled with hands-on cooking classes, special dinners prepared by top chefs from across Canada and more. Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Eat! Vancouver festival.

Indulge your sweet tooth at a pastry tastingVancouver’s top pastry chefs come together for this unique panel discussion – and tasting – on all things sweet and flaky. Get the inside scoop from Thomas Haas of Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, Christophe Bonzon of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie and Adam Chandler of Beta 5 Chocolates, then sample each chef’s signature pastry. April 29; Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel; $45. 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Eat! Vancouver 2015, April 26-May 3

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Photo sourced from Chutzpah Festival 2015

Chutzpah is a Yiddish word which means, literally, cheekiness or audacity. In popular usage, however, “having chutzpah” means having guts, passion and courage – all things needed to make great art.

Plenty of which will be on offer at the 2015 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the city’s annual celebration of Jewish arts and culture. From Feb. 19-March 15, dozens of events at venues across the city will showcase incredible musicians, comedians, dancers, actors and more from Vancouver and around the globe.

Here are 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Chutzpah!:

Get down with Zvuloon Dub SystemStraight from Israel comes one of the world’s hottest reggae bands. Blending Ethiopian jazz, ’70s funk, soul and traditional music, the eight-piece group turns out highly danceable hits in both English and Ethiopia’s Amharic language. Feb. 20 at The Imperial; $30. 

 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Chutzpah! 2015 – Vancouver’s Jewish Arts and Culture Fest

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

It’s the last weekend before Christmas!  Looking for ideas?  Check out our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

2012_StreetFoodCity1As the weather turns colder in Vancouver, the days get shorter and snow blankets the North Shore Mountains, thoughts naturally turn to … the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Each winter, 100,000 foodies descend on the city’s restaurants as part of Canada’s largest annual dining celebration. Bargain-priced prix-fix menus, plus a bevy of special food-themed events turn Vancouver into Canada’s culinary capital for more than two weeks each year.

The 2015 festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 1, is still more than a month away.  But tickets for special events, which tend to sell out fast, go on sale Dec. 1. To whet your appetite, here’s a quick preview of the culinary thrills planned for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

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2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Preview

Passes on Sale for 2014 Vancouver International Film Fest: Sneak Peek

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Charlie’s Country

The best of world cinema is coming to Vancouver, again.

The 33rd instalment of the Vancouver International Film Festival is just around the corner, Sept. 25-Oct. 10.  The two-week-plus fest highlights more than 300 edgy, thought-provoking, award-winning films from more than 70 countries.  An estimated 130,000 cinema buffs are expected to turn out to see the films at seven theatres across the city, from intimate Cinematheque on Howe Street to the cavernous Centre for the Performing Arts on Homer Street.

All those moviegoers means one thing: You better get your tickets fast.  Festival passes and ticket packs are officially on sale as of Aug. 18 on the Vancouver International Film Festival website.  The full festival program isn’t available until Sept. 4 (when the advance box office opens for individual ticket sales), but organizers have already revealed a selection of Cannes award winners and highlights that will be shown in Vancouver.  Here are a few early can’t-miss picks: Continue reading:
Passes on Sale for 2014 Vancouver International Film Fest: Sneak Peek