Ping Pong Pop-Up Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Dustin Baker | Flickr

Photo credit: Dustin Baker | Flickr

Hip ping-pong clubs (yes, ping-pong clubs) are all the rage in cities like London, Chicago and New York. Imagine a pool hall, but with a table-tennis theme. Enthusiasts get down to house music and sip craft beer and cocktails, while facing off at tables.

Now Vancouver is getting its first taste of the hip pong craze. A ping-pong pop-up called Thing/Pong is making its debut May 1 at East Vancouver’s Wise Hall. The brainchild of a local pong aficionado, the “social club style” event features a full day of laid-back table tennis, coupled with art, music and culture (and booze), in one of the funkiest venues in East Van.  Continue reading:
Ping Pong Pop-Up Coming to Vancouver

“Pop-up Restaurant Incubator” Opens in Vancouver: Next up – An All-Meatball Pop-Up

Photo credit: Josh | Flickr

Photo credit: Josh | Flickr

Local foodies may have already noticed something interesting happening inside an aging brick building on Hasting Street in Vancouver, in the heart of the Downtown Eastside.

In early March, the nondescript venue at 337 E. Hastings St. – sandwiched between a Chinese restaurant and a corner store – hosted a pop-up fried chicken restaurant called Chicken Shack. The four-night pop-up sold out in days, with more than 600 meals served.

Then, later in the month, the popular food truck The Local Omnivore hosted its own pop-up for one-night only in the same space, offering diners their popular cheeseburgers with locally sourced beef and house sauce. An estimated 200 people jammed inside, turning a rundown corner of East Hastings Street near Main – if only briefly – into one of the hottest culinary spots in Vancouver.

It turns out that something bigger is going on.   Continue reading:
“Pop-up Restaurant Incubator” Opens in Vancouver: Next up – An All-Meatball Pop-Up

Pop-Up Fried Chicken Restaurant Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Crystal H. | Yelp

Photo credit: Crystal H. | Yelp

Have a craving for some Southern fried chicken in Vancouver? You’re in luck … at least for a couple of days this March.

Chicken Shack – a pop-up restaurant serving fried chicken and Southern-themed sides – will open its doors on East Vancouver’s Hastings Street for four days only, this March 5-March 8. The pop-up is the creation of the culinary team behind two East Van foodie fixtures: Big Lou’s Butcher Shop (known for its artisan meats) and the now closed but not forgotten Two Chefs and a Table.

This is actually the second pop-up appearance of the Chicken Shack, which had its first go-round back in 2013 (and was sold-out and swamped with finger-lickin’ patrons each night). The menu this time will feature two distinct varieties of fried chicken.

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Pop-Up Fried Chicken Restaurant Coming to Vancouver

Secret outdoor dinner for 1,200 people in downtown Vancouver: Diner en Blanc, Aug. 30

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At approximately 6 p.m. on this Thursday, Aug. 30, Vancouver will be awash in a sea of white.

Some 1,200 diners dressed entirely in white will converge on a secret location, carrying their own tables, chairs and tablecloths for an event called Diner en Blanc.

Originating in France, Diners en Blanc have been staged in 20 different cities over the past 25 years.  Among the most memorable locations was in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, where 15,000 Parisians turned out for a night to remember.

Exclusivity and secrecy are hallmarks of the Diner en Blanc experience.  Continue reading:
Secret outdoor dinner for 1,200 people in downtown Vancouver: Diner en Blanc, Aug. 30

Free Pop-up Potluck Dinners in Vancouver

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Think of it as a pop-up potluck – and the whole city is invited.

Since 2009, a group called Alfresco Tonight has been turning outdoor spaces around the city – seawalls, parks and plazas – into impromptu dining rooms.  They provide the tables and chairs, and you bring an appetizer, entree or dessert to share with your fellow Vancouverites – potluck style.

Past pop-up dinners have been held along the Olympic Village seawall, at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown and in George Wainborn Park on False Creek.  The events have attracted from 45-80 people – strangers who come to share food and stories and make Vancouver a little bit friendlier.

Nor is Alfresco Tonight the only option for random potluck fun.

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Free Pop-up Potluck Dinners in Vancouver