Berry season in Vancouver

Berries and yogurt dessert Photo credit: Raincity Grill

Berries and yogurt dessert at Raincity Grill. Photo credit: Miranda Post

Fingers stained red and violet. Lips stained blue. Juicy goodness on your salad, ice cream or in your drink. Berry season is here.

From June to mid-September each year, greater Vancouver literally bursts with the flavourful, anti-oxidizing orbs, thimbles and caps. Berry fans congregate to celebrate, bake, drink and pick strawberries, blueberries and others throughout the summer months. In fact, on July 17th, the Main Street Farmers’ Market is hosting a Berry Festival. Continue reading:
Berry season in Vancouver

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend – June 14-16, 2013

things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Wild boar, beer braised cabbage, chocolate bacon at Brewery & The Beast Festival.

Need plans this weekend? Browse our list of things to do in Vancouver Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16.

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend – June 14-16, 2013

Friday, June 14

National Garden Day at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 10am-6pm
To celebrate garden culture and green practices, the garden presents a day of events for visitors of all ages including special horticultural tours, eco-crafts, the koi fish feeding ritual and more (578 Carrall Street).

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend, all weekend
Friday marks the start of the weekend-long BC Family Fishing event. In honour of Father’s Day, the entire weekend is licence free (no cost to fish) so grab your gear and head to your favourites local body of water.

Talk: How to Increase Cycling and Walking—Lessons from Cities Across the Globe, 7pm
Professor John Pucher discusses ways in which the cities can increase cycling and walking. This is a free public lecture at SFU’s downtown campus (515 Hastings Street).

Video-Game Orgy, 6pm
Head to VIVO Media Arts (1965 Main Street) to try your hand at vintage video-game systems and games. You’ll also get a glimpse of game-changing media art based on video-game culture and early computer-graphic systems. Tix are $20 at the door/15 in advance. Continue reading:
Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend – June 14-16, 2013

Main Street Station Farmers Market and Granville Island Farmers Market Open This Week

Photo credit: hanspetermeyer.ca

Photo credit: hanspetermeyer.ca

It’s Vancouver farmers market season. Whatever you’re looking for, I guarantee one of the seven markets–each with its own personality– has it. The first round of neighbourhood farmers markets (Trout Lake, Kitsilano) opened in May. The West End Farmers Market kicked off last Saturday, June 1. Then the fancy-pants Shangri-La Farmers Market launched in Coal Harbour.

This week, the Main Street Station Farmers Market opens Wednesday, June 5 bringing farm-fresh produce and specialty prepared foods to the 1100 block of Station Street along Thornton Park near the Main Street Skytrain Station. Stop by on your way home from work between 3pm and 7pm to grab some goodies for dinner. With today’s sunshine, a False Creek picnic is another appealing option. You have this option every Wednesday through October 2.

Tomorrow, June 6, Granville Island Farmers Market opens. Since the 1970s, the Public Market on Granville Island has been Canada’s most iconic food market. When the sun shines, the market featuring Fraser Valley-grown plants and produce spills outside to Triangle Square creating one of the city’s largest farmers markets. Continue reading:
Main Street Station Farmers Market and Granville Island Farmers Market Open This Week

Vancouver Farmers’ Market season opens May 11

Photo source: Eatlocal.org

Photo source: Eatlocal.org

Like a Whitecaps Southsider at the beginning of the Major League Soccer season, I count down the days until the summer Vancouver Farmers Markets open. While soccer friends herald the return of the Mattocks, DeWit or Camilo each March, I cheer for the return of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Empire Valley Beef  and Cropthorne Farms each May.

My ‘season’ starts with Trout Lake and Kitsilano Markets opening on May 11 and 12 respectively. Later, in June the West End (June 1), Main Street Station (June 5), and Kerrisdale (June 15) markets all commence to provide Vancouverites and visitors alike with delicious local eats, live music and handcrafted goodies like ceramics and jewelry.

Breakfast lovers, coffee devotees and food truck followers all have a place at the farmers markets, too. Besides the regulars like La Boheme Creperie, The Bean Buggy and Vij’s Railway Express, new mobile eateries will be added to the repertoire this year.

Between my missions for creamy goat brie and crinkly heirloom tomatoes this summer, I’ll be checking out the various market events. Not only will the summer farmers markets contribute to our community’s pantry but also to our community itself with family, gardening and foodie-focused happenings.

What’s up at your neighborhood farmers market this season? Take a sneak peak after the jump.

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Vancouver Farmers’ Market season opens May 11

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

May in Vancouver is full of decadent food and drink events, fine entertainment, and multicultural festivals. From the annual BC Spot Prawn Festival to sudsy Vancouver Craft Beer Week, titillating Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and the launch of the revitalized Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, we’ve got your must-attend May events below.

Don’t forget, all this sunshine cues the launch of annual Vancouver outdoor summer traditions, including opening day for the outdoor swimming pools at Kitsilano and Second Beach, as well as the start of the Vancouver Farmers Markets. And now for the list:

15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

1) Lounge on one of Vancouver’s best new patios
The sun is in town for a little while. Help launch patio season 2013 by hanging out at the  the best new patios including The Fish Shack on Granville, the roof at Black + Blue, Cactus Club in Coal Harbour, and Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village–the roof is for wine buffs, ground level is for craft beer lovers. Both have a sea view.

2) Try out lululemon’s new, free Om Finder app for iOS
Think of it as a PA who will find the best yoga and fitness classes for your schedule/needs. You can also use it to invite friends. Continue reading:
15 Cool Things To Do in Vancouver in May 2013

February Food Truck Fest – Double the Food Trucks at Vancouver Farmers Markets All February

Photo credit: Yolk’s Breakfast Food Truck

Attention Vancouver eaters. Although Street Food City II has just ended, Vancouver’s food trucks just keep on trucking – collaborating on more exciting opportunities for diners in search of food cart pods.

Vancouver Farmers Markets is hosting its first ever February Food Truck Fest. All February, you’ll find double the usual number of food trucks at the Winter Farmers Market, held Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Buttermilk pancakes and maple whipped cream from Yolk’s Breakfast. Panko-breaded fish and Kennebec chips from Feastro. Fig and chickpea tagine from Ze Bite. Comforting congee from JJ’s. Try them all and weigh in.

February Food Truck Fest is a food truck audition. Vancouver Farmers Market shoppers are invited to vote on their favourite food trucks and the most popular will be invited to join the roster as regulars at the busy summer markets. There are two categories to vote on: “Best Market Menu Item” and “Best of the New Recruits.”

Get the full list of participating food trucks after the jump. Continue reading:
February Food Truck Fest – Double the Food Trucks at Vancouver Farmers Markets All February

5 Free Things to Do This January

Photo credit: T. Jerven

It’s January. The holidays are over and there’s a general air of restrained spending, resolution-inspired fitness, and more kale than chocolate. We’re on our best behaviour, but we all still need to have a little fun. And the less we have to spend to find it, the better.

Here are five January events and activities that are free!

5 Free Things to Do This January

1) Ice Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink, through February 28
Location-wise, it doesn’t get much better. The Robson Square Ice Rink is in the heart of downtown Vancouver – ideal for visiting a temporary food cart pod or the Vancouver Art Gallery before taking a few slick laps with friends and family. Bring your own skates and it’s free to use. Or pay a mere $4 to rent.

2) Street Food City II, January 23-27
Before or after free ice skating at Robson Square, head over to the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery to visit a temporary, Portland-style food cart pod – one of the top events of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2013. Entry is free! Yes, there will be heated, tented seating and live music. Of course you will have to compensate the clever chef-entrepreneurs for their goods – think wood-fired personal pizzas, Japanese-fusion pulled pork sandwiches, perogies, fish tacos, grilled cheese and more. Continue reading:
5 Free Things to Do This January