Bollywood Coming to Vancouver: Times of India Film Awards Details Announced

Photo credit: Times of India Film Awards

Photo credit: Times of India Film Awards

Bollywood is coming to Vancouver.

The city is set to host the Times of India Film Awards this April 4-April 6.  More than 30,000 film fans are expected to pour into Vancouver for a three-day celebration of Hindi films slated to draw some of Bollywood’s biggest stars.

This is the inaugural instalment of the awards, which are based on global fan voting on  the year’s top Bollywood hits.  Vancouver won the rights to the event after the province agreed to spend a total of $11 million on hosting and related expenses, with an eye toward strengthening ties between British Columbia and India.

(The Times of India Awards are not to be confused with the International Indian Film Academy Awards – the Indian equivalent of the Oscars.  British Columbia initially bid to host this event but was rejected.)

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Bollywood Coming to Vancouver: Times of India Film Awards Details Announced

New Street Cart: Indian Food from Vikram Vij

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One name in Vancouver is synonymous with mouthwatering Indian cuisine: Vikram Vij.

Vij’s, the eatery he opened off Granville Street in 1994, has consistently been named the city’s best Indian restaurant by Vancouver Magazine, justly famous for such delicacies as lamb popsicles in cream curry and spot prawns in coconut masala.

Now – to the delight of street food enthusiasts – Vij has branched out into the food truck business.

Vij’s Railway Express opened earlier this month in the heart of downtown, on West Georgia Street, between Thurlow and Burrard Streets.  While some of the menu items are similar to what’s in the restaurant, the theme is a bit different.  The focus is on the diverse cuisine you’d find at railway stations across India – dishes from Delhi to Bombay and Calcutta that go way beyond the typical tikka masalas.

Each menu item is intended to represent a different “station” on a rail journey across the country.  Offerings change all the time: day to day and week to week.   So just what kind of dishes are we talking about?  Even by Vancouver’s lofty street food standards, they’re something special (Warning: Stop reading now if you’re hungry.).

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New Street Cart: Indian Food from Vikram Vij