What Does Canada Taste Like? Edible Canada on Granville Island

Edible Canada

Ask many people what Canadian cuisine is and they’ll mumble something about poutine and maple syrup.  But anyone who lives in Vancouver knows that local food culture goes a lot deeper than that.

And finally there’s a one-stop shop where you can take the skeptics to show just how rich and varied Canadian cuisine can be: Edible Canada on Granville Island.  This is the brainchild of the Edible BC people, who run those in-depth chef-guided tours of the Public Market and who used to have a tiny little shop inside selling all kinds of Canadian goodies.  They’ve traded that space for a massive 4,000-square-foot bistro, bar and food shop next door (Does anyone remember what used to be there?  As far as I recall, it used to be a parking garage!)

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What Does Canada Taste Like? Edible Canada on Granville Island

Gourmet Dinners After-Hours on Granville Island

Do you a) love to eat, b) love to cook and/or c) love Granville Island?  Then the Market Dinner series may be just the thing for you.  Held several times a month after-hours inside the Granville Island Public Market, Market Dinners offer a rare opportunity to watch some of Vancouver’s best chefs prepare a gourmet meal – and then eat the results.

The setting is pretty incredible.  The Public Market is, after all, a foodie’s paradise.  By day, hundreds of vendors sell the freshest local meats and produce from around the province.  Thousands of shoppers from Vancouver and beyond crowd the aisles in search of artisan sausages and cheeses, fresh-baked pies and home-made soups and rare and exotic ingredients.

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Gourmet Dinners After-Hours on Granville Island

Edible BC’s “Cooking With BC’s Best Dinner Series”

Foodies rejoice!  The always popular Cooking with BC’s Best Dinner Series 2011 Schedule has just been announced on the Edible BC website.

This is the fourth year that Edible BC has run this program and every year they come up with something bigger and better. New this year is the Apprenticeship Dinner which will highlight the talent of one of BC’s top culinary students

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Edible BC’s “Cooking With BC’s Best Dinner Series”

Top 5 Granville Island Secrets

Think you know Granville Island ?  Think you’ve seen it all – the market, the artisans, the quaint cobbled streets?  Think the whole thing’s a bit too touristy, a bit too mainstream, a bit too ’90s for you?

Think again.

Dig deeper – push beyond the tourist throngs and the buskers – and Granville Island  proves fascinating, complex and even mysterious.  Try this bit of trivia for starters:  10-12 million people visit each year.  That’s more than twice as many visitors as the Coliseum in Rome gets.

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Top 5 Granville Island Secrets