Cider Wise

CiderWISE – A Cider and Gluten Free Beer Tasting Event

CAMRA Vancouver is pleased to present the 2nd annual

CiderWISE – A Cider and Gluten Free Beer Tasting Event
Where: The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
When: Sat, March 21, 2015
Time: 1-5pm


Tickets $25 ($20 for CAMRA, Vanbrewers and WISE Members)
Includes 3 tokens and 10oz tasting glassware (yours to take home!)
Each additional drink token is $2 for 5oz. Do note that the tasting glass is 10oz and requires 2 tokens for a full pour.

Tickets on sale NOW!

More and more people are finding themselves gluten-intolerant and that can make enjoying craft beer difficult, however more and more gluten-free options exist, such as most ciders and the increasing number of gluten-reduced and gluten-free craft beers. Join us at CiderWISE to try some of these unique and delicious alternatives. We’ll be showcasing ciders and gluten free beers made locally and from the US.


Txotx Basque Imports
Merridale Cider
Sea Cider
Left Field Cider Co
Howling Moon Craft Cider
and more!

Food truck info TBA

While you’re there be sure to check out our education stage, where you can learn all about the process of making cider and gluten free beer and more!

Cash only, 19+ event, ID required to enter, SIR apply. Do not drink and drive.


Urban Tea Merchant

Chinese New Year Tea Service The Urban Tea Merchant

3 more days only! Experience the Year of the Goat with an elegant Asian inspired three-tiered platter of tea infused delights.  Offered until February 28th.

This may just be our favourite one yet!

Urban Tea Merchant

Chinese New Year Tea Service $48 per person


TWG Tea* from our extensive tea list
Veuve Clicquot Champagne add $30 LaMarca Prosecco add $12

Urban Tea Merchant

SAVOURIES 1837 Black Tea Crusted Ahi Tuna, Wasabi Mayonnaise Jade of Africa Scented Pork Belly, Eau Noir Crisp, Fennel Slaw, Apple Lobster Torchon, Tokyo Singapore Scallop Mousse Seared Sakura! Sakura! Tea Duck Breast, Marinated Cherries Weekend in Singapore Tea Stained Quails Egg, Soba Noodles, Lap Chong Sausage, Beef Broth

Urban Tea Merchant

SWEETS 1837 Black Tea Cake, White Chocolate Fruit Tart, lemon curd Magic Moment Tea Chocolate Mousse Cake Tuxedo Strawberries


Joe Fortes’ Brunch $9.95

LAST WEEKEND! Back by popular demand! Joe Fortes’ BRUNCH BONANZA is on until March 1, 2015 . Available Saturday and Sunday from 11AM – 4PM.

Enjoy Joe’s Chorizo Bowl, Egg any style or Classic Eggs Benedict for $9.95 each. Reservations available: 604-669-1940 /


Joe’s Chorizo Bowl: 2 poached eggs. House Made Chorizo. Red Peppers and Onions. Potato Rosti. Chipotle Bechamel


Eggs any style: 2 Eggs any style, 4 Pieces of Bacon, Multigrain Toast, Hash and garnished with Fruit.


Classic Eggs Benedict: Eggs Benny with Hash and Fruit

We stopped in last weekend and also sampled the prawn cocktail, some local oysters and the brunch special. Don’t forget to have a mimosa or two and of course their Caesars! Always great service and a great place for people watching.

The Chicken Shack

The Chicken Shack is coming back for another Southern food session

Southern and Soul Food favourites to be served in new location in East Van

During it’s first go-around the Chicken Shack pop-up fried chicken joint satisfied many Southern and Soul food cravings and, after two long years of waiting, it’s coming back on for four more days of great eats. The next version of Chicken Shack will be held from March 5th-8th at 337 East Hastings and will feature two fried chicken options and authentic sides along with adult drinks to quench big thirsts.

The Chicken Shack will serve up Original and Korean BBQ fried chicken made with unmedicated, locally-sourced birds which are brined for at least 12 hours then skillet fried; the way it’s supposed to be done.

Chicken Shack Fried Chicken

Photo courtesy of Sean Neild. More on his fried chicken and more adventures here.

The original buttermilk fried chicken recipe gained fame and fans at Two Chefs and a Table where the Roscoe’s-inspired Chicken and Waffles were eaten and loved by Vancouver diners. The Korean BBQ is a variation on Big Lou’s Butcher Shop’s popular Bulgogi marinade, adding some of the Asian BBQ flavours which now inspire modern Southern cuisine to the pop-up menu.

The Chicken Shack will be offering dinner service each evening with a simple plan of chicken, side and drinks on offer. Wash it down with beer, wine or a Southern Spiked Sweet Tea then come back the next time for more.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by emailing Guests are asked to bring old-fashioned money along with their appetite as sales will be cash only for this special four day pop up.

Matt Grippo headshot

Game of Thrones” Pop Up Cocktail Bar from San Francisco Invades Gastown

Lounge Like A Lannister, Sip Like A Snow

“Game of Thrones” Pop Up Cocktail Bar from San Francisco Invades Gastown on Tuesday, March 10

In honour of the fifth season of HBO’s runaway hit series Game of Thrones*, Bambudda is hosting “Winter Is Coming,” a themed, pop-up cocktail bar, on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm.

Leading the charge is Matt Grippo, head bartender at San Francisco’s iconic Blackbird Bar. The Whisky Warrior is heading due North for his first-ever Canadian stop, thanks to an alliance with Bambudda’s bar manager, Tarquin Melnyk.

Grippo’s arsenal of inventive libations includes the soothing and sultry Milk of the Poppy, the alcohol-forward Mad King, the flaming Mother of Dragons and the deadly delicious Red WeddingCocktails are $11 each or three for $30. 

Chef Curtis Luk will be serving “All Men Must Dine,” an à la carte snack menu to complement Grippo’s gripping cocktails.

Get into the spirit of the evening: Prizes, including The Duke Bourbon and restaurant gift certificates will be awarded to fans who don their best Game Of Thrones costumes.

Red Wedding

Reservations for “Winter Is Coming” are strongly suggested and can be made either by crow or by telephone at 604-428-0301.

*Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres April 12, 2015.

About Bambudda Located at the crossroads of Gastown and Chinatown, Bambudda offers a modern take on traditional Cantonese cuisine, a varied vegetarian menu and a solid, intriguing cocktail selection. Open 5:30 pm to Late, Tuesday-Sunday.

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bc wine chat


Join Marquis Wine Cellar for the 3rd annual #BCWineChat live tweet up! There will be great BC wines and some surprises too! This is your chance to meet in person the people you only see every Wednesday night on twitter. It’s always a fun and relaxing evening. Park your pretentious ways at the door and join us for a great evening of wine, cheese, and #BCWineChat!

Click here to purchase a ticket.Wineries attending will include:

– 8th Generation – Stephanie Schales, Proprietor
– Black Cloud – Bradley Cooper, Proprietor & Winemaker
– Haywire – not yet known
– Summerhill – Eric von Krosigk, Winemaker & Viticulturalist
– Time Winery – Jeannette Montgomery
– Tinhorn Creek – Sandra Oldfield, President/CEO & #BCWineChat creator

Where: Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 6.30pm-9pm
Cost: $29.95 (buy a ticket here)

Artisanal cheeses from Benton Brothers and gourmet meats from Oyama will be provided!

Vancouver Wine Festival


The wine world has already began to arrive for the 37th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 20 to March 1. Headlined by a 55-winery contingent from theme country, Australia, the festival features 170 wineries from 14 countries participating in 53 events across the city.

Each year, the festival offers an incredible opportunity for wine lovers to immerse themselves in the world of wine, discover new wines, wineries and wine-producing regions, and learn more about what’s happening globally through educational tastings and seminars. The spotlight is on Australia, with the festival offering the most comprehensive exploration of Australian wine undertaken in North America since 2007.

Tickets are going fast, but there are still several events available that will take wine lovers on an epicurean journey across Australia.

The Savour Australia Lounge Party (Tuesday, February 24, 8:30-10:30 p.m. at 130 West, $65) is a great way to get a first taste of what today’s Australian wines are all about. Each of the 20 participating wineries will be pouring two wines – one sultry Shiraz and one sophisticated white. Add a mouth-watering selection of small bites prepared by Dirty Apron Catering (including Kangaroo Sliders and Mini Truffle Meat Pies), swinging lounge tunes, and some of the most personable wine producers in the world for a tantalizing Aussie evening.

Geological Gems (Friday, February 27, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at Vancouver Convention Centre West, $55) digs deep into how geology affects Australian wines. Mark Davidson leads a panel of top vine stars on an exploration of the effects of intense Terra Rossa soils, ancient sand deposits and prehistoric beds of slate and limestone.

Mod Oz (Saturday, February 28, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at VCC West, $45) is the perfect seminar for those wanting to expand their wine horizons and experience the adventurous spirit of Australian wines. Discover alternative and Mediterranean varietals (Gruner Veltliner, Sangiovese, Touriga); contemporary examples of traditional varieties (Tasmanian Pinot Noir); and unusual and innovative winemaking techniques emerging in Australia today.

Looking to learn more about one of Australia’s iconic wine regions? McLaren Vale Scarce Earth (Saturday, February 28, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at VCC West, $55) examines single vineyard Shiraz from different geologies, soils, elevations and sustainable viticultural practices. Rhys Pender MW leads an exploration of the diversity of McLaren Vale, one of the most geologically complex wine regions in the world.

The Savour Australia section of the Acura International Festival Tasting Room is a great place to discover wines from 14 Australian regions. In addition to the 55 Australian wineries (35% of which are new to the festival), there will be a central tasting station, where festivalgoers can take a Shiraz journey through South Australia; linger at tasting stations themed around cool-climate wines, modern Australia, and the Chardonnay revolution; and try their hand at identifying aromas and faults in wine with the Australian Wine Research Institute. The Saturday evening International Festival Tasting is sold out, but there are still tickets remaining for the sessions on Thursday, February 26, 7-10 p.m., Friday, February 27, 7-10 p.m., and Saturday, February 28, 3-5 p.m.

The festival coincides with #ShirazWeek, February 21-March 1, which is a perfect pairing with the global focus on Syrah+Shiraz. The Acura Tasting Room will be one of the best places in the world to try the full range of Australian Shiraz (as well as examples from other countries) on Global Shiraz Day, Friday, February 27. #iloveshiraz.

For full program details, visit and click on the interactive Festival at a Glance to learn more about each event or download the brochure. Net proceeds support VanWineFest’s charitable partner, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

How to Purchase Tickets
By phone: 604-837-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121
In person: Box office: 305–456 West Broadway, Vancouver
Box office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stay in Touch:
Facebook: /VanWineFest
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF / #SavourAustralia.

Canada’s premier wine show marks its 37th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 20 to March 1, 2015, featuring Australia as the theme country and Syrah+Shiraz as the global focus. The festival will showcase 170 wineries from 14 countries (including 55 wineries from Australia) pouring 1,750+ wines at 53 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Acura Tasting Room features all 170 participating wineries, pouring 770+ wines over six sessions, February 26-28. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Friday, February 20 at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This year’s Gala raffle prize is a spectacular two-week trip to Savour Australia. The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since 1979, the festival has raised $8.3 million for the performing arts. Major partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. For more information go to

Celebrating its 26th season in 2015, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and several special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2014, festival attendance exceeded 100,000 and more than a million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. The Festival’s 2015 dates are June 4 to September 26. The 2015 lineup features King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost and the world premiere of C.C. Humphreys’ Shakespeare’s Rebel.


Fraser Valley Wedding Festival


Attendees can take an evening off from wedding planning and be inspired and delighted by the 10th Annual Fraser Valley Wedding Festival, happening Monday March 2nd, 2015, from 4-8pm at the Cascades Casino Resort in Langley, B.C.

Visitors can bring their friends, enjoy the many free samples of cake, food, and wine, and the get the inspiration needed to make sure their wedding day is extraordinary in every way. To celebrate the 10th year of the Fraser Valley Wedding Festival, all brides are entered to win a FREE wedding, and all attendees also receive a FREE swag bag upon entry.

From the smallest ceremony to the grandest event, everything needed for a perfect day is featured under one roof. Whether visitors are looking for Fraser Valley-based vendors for their wedding, or simply interested in inspiration for that special day, they will leave the show feeling inspired and amazed by the variety of options available.

If attendees are searching for that exquisite cake to top off a reception, Sugar Patisserie is a world-class bakery by a local pastry chef who has also competed in pastry competitions on the international stage. To best document the beginning of a journey together, visitors can get the opinions of experienced wedding photographers such as Stanton’s Photography, who has been in the business for over 20 years. And to learn about the countless breathtaking floral arrangements available for ceremonies and receptions, Celebrate the Moment will be on hand sharing their 25 years of experience in decorating and planning weddings.

Celebrate the Moment 

The 10th Fraser Valley Wedding Festival ( is happening on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 from 4-8pm at the Cascades Casino Resort located at 20393 Fraser Highway in Langley B.C. General Admission is $10 or FREE for brides, and can be purchased at the door. One dollar from every ticket sale is donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Twitter @FVWeddingFest


Piper-Heidsieck Named Exclusive Champagne of the Oscars

What will be in your glass this Sunday?  We’ll be sipping bubbles from the French Champagne House PIPER-HEIDSIECK, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars®! This year marks a three-year partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Founded in 1785, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses and has been a long-time supporter of cinema.


From the early 1930s, the house has long supported the grand cinema with boldness and grandeur. In 1964, PIPER-HEIDSIECK created a tailor-made 48-liter bottle to celebrate Rex’s Harrison’s Oscar for his role in MY FAIR LADY. PIPER-HEIDSIECK works with the French Cinémathèque and the American Cinematheque and has also been the official champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than 20 years. 


Created in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck who aimed to create a wine worthy of a Queen, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses. With a grand history, the House has been synonymous with excellence, boldness, and grandeur for 230 years. One of the world’s most awarded Champagnes, PIPER-HEIDSIECK benefits from the expertise of celebrated winemaker, Régis Camus, who has been named “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” eight times over the past ten years. 


#PiperEmotion #PiperHeidsieck #GrandeSoitLaVie #LetLifeBeGrand

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