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What’s Good This Week – June 15 Edition

A Few Events We Recommend In and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Well it’s been a busy couple months for us and I finally feel I am getting somewhat caught up after the wedding, but then I find a whole lot of other things I want to do! I’ve been trying to stay home more, and get our home together as it’s a bit of a disaster lately. It’s never dirty, but there’s lots of stuff around that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Good news is that there’s a Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Garage Sale coming up in September, so that should help me  declutter! In any case, here’s a couple things we recommend in our What’s Good weekly post, a few of which we’ll be at. There will also be another one for Father’s Day suggestions shortly.

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Food, Fun and Your Favourite Cookbook Authors – June 17 12-3 pm

Join Dames Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books who’ll dish on their best culinary tips and treats. Get your cookbook signed, enjoy featured recipes and cooking demonstrations by the authors, plus receive an Inspired to Taste Canada cookbook of choice with a $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event. Enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card AND the event is free! RSVP today Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada

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Cooking Class – A Taste of South India – June 17 3-5:30 pm

Feed Life presents an authentic Taste of South India with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class in which you’ll get you comfortable with spices, curries and some delicious dishes.

  • Discover the power of spices, their health benefits and understand how to use them in your own pantry
  • Learn how to make delicious vegan protein rich dishes that will satisfy even the meat lover in your family
  • Get an overview of foundational knife skills and cooking techniques
  • Leave with a full belly and lunch for the next day

Get $30 off your seat if you use code loveindian at checkout. Register Now

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Bard On The Beach – Much Ado About Nothing June 1 – September 23

We’re off to this tonight for the opening. Will have to dress very warm, so much for our weather! I’m reading ahead and they’ll be no wine for me before this as I always get lost in the plots if I don’t have my wits about me. Always tricky stuff and I’m easily confused! The plot? It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll. Excited to see this one!

project empty bowlProject Empty Bowl Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. It began when John Harton, a teacher in Bloomfield, MT, asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff. For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Tickets.

Night at The Aquarium – June 15

This will be one fantastic event. Ticket are $350 and there are a very few left! The festivities begin with the Taittinger Champagne Reception and delectable canapés amidst the stunning backdrop of aquatic creatures followed by a collaborative Ocean Wise four-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs, paired with premier wines and spirits.

Once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auctions will inspire you to support ocean conservation efforts while music and entertainment will transport you into the mysterious depths of our aquatic world. Online registration is now closed. Please contact us to inquire about tickets:
604.659.3473 | nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org

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Chef Chris Whittaker at Edible Canada on June 19

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver will be joining Edible Canada – June 19 in their 2017 Canadian Table Dinner Series. The evening, titled Celebrate: Foraged, will offer up five courses devoted to regional and sustainable foraged ingredients, paired with wines from Mooncurser Vineyards and cocktails from Wayward Distillery. The evening will run from 7 p.m. until late and will be hosted in Edible Canada’s glass enclosed demo kitchen, where guests can interact with the chef first hand.Chef Whittaker has made a name for himself in Vancouver by truly embodying his philosophies on sustainable cuisine. Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. With this event, guests are invited to ‘taste the wild’.”Foraging is an important part of Canadian cuisine but many Canadians wouldn’t know where to start” shares Edible Canada President, Eric Pateman. “Our goal with this dinner is to educate our guests about foraging locally while being able to taste and experience the products that result.”

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subject to changed based on availability of foraged products

Duck Egg Weed Tart Alpindon cheese, Saskatoon Berry Dressing
Potato and Sunchoke Wild salmon roe, nettle vinaigrette, sea asparagus, caramelized onion crema
BC Spot Prawn Dandelion ash cavatelli, crispy legs, prawn head hollandaise, crispy shallot
Turtle Valley Bison Butcher Board cat tails, burdock root, morel mushroom soil
Elderflower and Fromage Frais Cheese Puff ice cream, cordial, Whittaker honey compressed strawberries

What’s Good This Week August 11

What’s good this week in and around Vancouver

Tonight’ (August 10th) the night for our Les Dames d’Escoffier Summerdine dinner, which we’ve been going wild about so I am sure you all already know. Our group raises funds for women’s education as well as Project Chef and Growing Chef, two amazing programs that teach children about food in their classrooms. I’ll be live tonight from Pacific Yacht Charters so stay tuned for some magical food pics and insights (well at least attempts at the pics, but the food will be magical).

What else are we recommending this week? Well Champagne for one.

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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio Champagne Menu til Sept. 21

In celebration of its one-year anniversary Ancora has created a menu curated by the restaurant’s acclaimed sommelier team all based around Champagne.  The exclusive menu highlights five distinct styles of Champagnes available by-the-glass or bottle, and showcases France’s finest sparkling wines produced by top family growers and prestigious estates. Selected to cover a range of styles from leaner to fuller, guests can also try a flight of three, 3-ounce glasses from the Champagne houses of Thiénot, Moutard and Mandois ($43).

To complement the Champagne celebrations, Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde has added a new selection of dishes to the menu to reflect the summer season.

To try the exciting new dishes or enjoy the feature summer Champagne menu (served now until September 21), visit ancoradining.com or call 604.681.1164 to book now.  Ancora is also up for Enroute best new restaurant of the year.  http://eatandvote.com/en/

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Lululemon Seawheeze Sunset Festival – August 13

Guess who’s doing the Seawheeze again this year? Slowly, but surely I shall get this done! Although the half marathon may be sold out, this year’s Sunset Festival still has tickets! Get ready for an evening of outdoor yoga, music, tasty food and a brew (or two).
What’s happening at the Sunset Festival?
– you and your buddies dancing the night away to live performances by Chromeo, Dear Rouge and YoungBlood
– a sunset yoga practice led by Global Yoga Ambassador, Stephanie Snyder with thousands of your new friends
– a licensed venue and gourmet grab-and-go food for purchase
– stellar sunset views overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park
For more details please see SeaWheeze.com

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Bard on the Beach Merry Wives of Windsor – til Sept. 24

I just sent my parents to this and they were blown away with the humour and talent in this show.  Set in 1968 in Windsor, Ontario where English ex-pat Sir John Falstaff is hunting for a solution to his money troubles. He sends an identical love letter to two wealthy housewives, hoping to seduce them – and enjoy their fortunes – with no clue that they are best friends! When they discover his scheme, these merry wives set Falstaff up for some hilariously sweet revenge. Don’t miss this one! Tickets

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Berries at Joe Fortes

Get your fill of BC Berries at Joe Fortes with their famous Pavlova topped with beautiful local blueberries, strawberries & raspberries. Or try othe August feature, a Blueberry Frangipane prepared by the pastry team available until  August 22nd.

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Tacos at Tacofino in Yaletown

Tacofino brings its celebrated brand of California-inspired cuisine with a new counter-service restaurant, bar and patio in the heart of the Yaletown district at 1025 Mainland Street.

Tacofino in Yaletown serves up its trademark lineup of fresh, eclectic tacos and burritos and an array of housemade cocktails and local craft and import beer selections in a refurbished space that features Eighties-inspired, SoCal surf-punk décor. Get your taco on.

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Fried Chicken at Juke

Fried Chicken, Chicken Strips, Pork Ribs, plenty of sides and more at 182 Keefer Street at the newly opened Juke Restaurant Bar and take out spot. The dishes look amazing and I’ll be there asap!

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Lobster at The Keg

Go old-school and hit the patio at the Keg on Alberni and you won’t regret it. LOBSTER GRATINÉE with Oven-baked lobster with garlic, herbs and melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses or BACON WRAPPED LOBSTER – Succulent Atlantic lobster wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon served with a zesty martini cocktail sauce. Don’t miss CRISPY LOBSTER TACOS Tossed in crispy rice, golden fried lobster on warm tortillas with cabbage slaw and cilantro.

Vancouver International Wine Festival Update Last Call For Tickets

The Vancouver International Wine Festival Update! Almost sold out!

Wine stars from around the world will travel to Vancouver for the 38th Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 20 to 28 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues in Metro Vancouver. Here’s the Vancouver International Wine Festival Update.

Each of the 155 wineries from the 14 participating countries will send a high-level representative (owner, winemaker, senior executive) to the festival to present their wines. They’ll participate in educational seminars, team up with Vancouver’s best restaurants for exclusive dinners and pour tastes of some of their top drops in the Acura Tasting Room. This year the theme country is Italy, which promises a week of spectacular wines and sophisticated vine stars. For details on the 54 festival events, check out the interactive Festival at a Glance at VanWineFest.ca, updated constantly with sales status.

THEME COUNTRY VINE STARS: ITALY
All 60 participating wineries from Italy will have a principal in attendance in the ITALIA! section of the Acura Tasting Room and at the sumptuous Saturday lunch, Taste ITALIA!

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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS
ACURA TASTING ROOM
Tickets
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
Thursday, February 25, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2:30-5 p.m. – extra half hour!

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SPUMANTE & CO. Tuesday, February 23
Inform Interiors, 97 Water Street, 8-10 p.m., $69
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Like brilliant bubbly, remarkable rosato and wonderful white wines? Chic surroundings? Terrific food from Dirty Apron Catering? All for a bargain price? Then Spumante & Co. is for you. Pop the cork on the 2016 festival in the stylish surroundings of Inform Interiors and sip and savour 22 wines – including a fine selection of the ever-popular Prosecco – from Italy. It’s la dolce vita!

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A ROCCATO RETROSPECTIVE
Tuesday, February 23
Glowbal 590 West Georgia Street 4-5:30 p.m. $90
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Tuscany’s tradition meets innovation. Roccato represents the encounter between the roots of Sangiovese, the modernity of Cabernet, and the barriques used for its aging. Sergio Zingarelli, President of Rocca delle Macìe, will lead an eight-vintage vertical tasting of Roccato, sharing his passion for the Tuscan land, and his family’s determination to produce exceptional quality wines.

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TUSCAN TRAILBLAZERS
Wednesday, February 24
VCC West, meeting room 121 1055 Canada Place 4-5:30 p.m.$125
Tickets
The legendary Antinori Family has been making premium wines for over six centuries. These wines are of the highest quality, expressing the true appellation and varietal distinctiveness that only Antinori can deliver. Join us in a conversation and journey, through a vertical tasting of Tignanello and Guado Al Tasso, two first class Super Tuscans.

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TASTE ITALIA!
Saturday, February 27
VCC West, Level 3 1055 Canada Place 12-2 p.m. $115
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Theme country Italy brings 60 wineries to the festival and every one of them is pouring two wines at this epicurean lunchtime trip through Italy. Sip and savour as you feast your way through a buffet that offers 19 dishes, including wild prawns, beef short rib Brasato lasagne, Zuppa di pesce “Cacciuncco”, fennel sausage/chicken, butternut squash agnolotti and wild mushroom risotto, to name a few. Click to see all the featured wines.

VANWINEFEST CELEBRATES THE HISTORY, EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION OF AUSTRALIAN WINES

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 VanWineFest.ca 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
Online: VanWineFest.ca
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.

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
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 VanWineFest.ca.

ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
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.

 

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 6

Vancouver Wine FestivalIt’s time to start thinking about which events you will attend for this year’s Wine Festival.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 6 at 9:30 a.m. for all public events at the 37th annual Vancouver international Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun. Forty-three events are available for wine lovers, including dinners with international vine stars at top Vancouver restaurants, wine seminars, minglers, lunches, the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, and four International Festival Tastings, where the wine world will gather.

Tickets may be purchased online at VanWineFest.ca, in person at 305-456 West Broadway, or by phoning the box office at 604-873-3311 or toll-free at 1-877-321-3121. Tickets for 10 events in the Trade Days Conference, the wine business portion of the festival, go on sale to those in the food and beverage and hospitality industries on January 27.

Canada’s premier wine festival runs from February 20 to March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues across the city. The spotlight is on Savour Australia as the 2015 theme country, with a global focus on Syrah (aka Shiraz). The festival will feature 170 wineries from 14 countries, attracting 25,000 participants to 53 events over eight days.

For full program details, visit VanWineFest.ca 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.

SAVOUR AUSTRALIA
This year’s theme country offers a dynamic look at the history, evolution and revolution of Australia through 55 award-winning wineries in the Acura Tasting Room. Attendees will sip and savour their way through regional zones, Shiraz intensives and an interactive tasting station themed around cool-climate, modern Australia, the Chardonnay revolution and the Epicurean Way. Winery dinners, wine seminars with iconic flights, the Savour Australia “Lounge Party”, a gourmet Restaurant Australia grazing lunch, and trade events will take festival-goers on an epicurean journey across Australia.

DON’T MISS THESE THEME COUNTRY EVENTS:

Savour Australia
Engage your senses at the Savour Australia Lounge Party. Indulge in sultry Shiraz and sophisticated white wines; delight in artisanal late-night bites provided by Dirty Apron; chill to the DJ’s beats and bask in the moody lounge setting.

Geological Gems
Deep dive into Australia’s soil and rock beds. Savour their influence on the wines to discover Australian regionality through the lens of its geological landscape. Explore effects of intense Terra Rossa soils, ancient sand deposits and prehistoric beds of slate and limestone.

Restaurant Australia
You’re invited to Restaurant Australia, where you’ll experience how Australia is serving up the best food and wine experiences in remarkable locations every day. Meander through market stalls, relax and lounge, sip and savour your way through this unique culinary adventure.

Mod Oz
Embody the adventurous spirit of Australia through the wines of ‘Mod Oz’. You will come to ‘expect the unexpected’ after exploring Australia’s winemaking evolution and revolution. Discover alternative and Mediterranean varietals; contemporary examples of traditional varieties; and unusual and innovative winemaking techniques emerging in Australia today.

SYRAH+SHIRAZ

All About Syrah
Found throughout the wine world, from the Rhône Valley to the Barossa Valley to the Okanagan Valley, Syrah (aka Shiraz) is popular as a varietal, in a blend, or even co-fermented with some Viognier. Festival sommelier Terry Threlfall will take you through the many facets of Syrah and Shiraz, with representation from wine regions around the world.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS
The Acura International Festival Tasting Room offers a unique opportunity to taste rare bottles and discover new treasures, as well as the chance to meet vine stars from around the globe. Every winery in the room will have a senior winery executive behind the table, identified by a royal blue lanyard, there to answer your questions about their wines. Nowhere else in the world will you find such an amazing gathering of talented women and men pouring wine and answering questions. Take this opportunity to learn about your favourite wine from the experts. Both the Saturday matinee and Thursday evening tastings will have a guaranteed 30% lower attendance, leaving more room to move and more opportunities to chat with international vine stars.

BACCHANALIA GALA DINNER + AUCTION
Kicking off the festival this year on the Friday night before festival week is the highly anticipated Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction on February 20 – 36 years to the day of the very first festival – at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. A sparkling wine reception is followed by an elegant dinner of five courses paired with nine wines. During the reception guests are invited to place their bids on tantalizing silent auction items: unforgettable culinary experiences, one-of-a-kind excursions and highly prized collector’s items. Single tickets to the Gala are $395 or a table for eight is $3160. Raffle tickets to win a trip for two to Australia valued at nearly $12,000 are also available. For further information about the Gala, call 604-637-3098 or email gala@vanwinefest.ca

Featured 2015 Gala dinner wineries and wines:
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Premium Cuvée NV – Tasmania, Australia
McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged “Elizabeth” Semillon 2007 – Hunter Valley, Australia
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Reserve 2012 – Napa Valley, California
Yering Station Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 – Yarra Valley, Australia
Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Dijon Clone 667 Pinot Noir 2012 – Russian River Valley, California
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2012 – Barossa Valley, Australia
Gérard Bertrand La Forge 2011 – Corbières Boutenac, France
Hess Collection Mount Veeder 19 Block Cuvée 2011 – Napa Valley, California
Serafino Sharktooth Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2013 – McLaren Vale, Australia
Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port 1995 – Oporto, Portugal

DON’T WINE + DRIVE!
Sip, save and stay safe! Festival partner beVancouver.com has a terrific deal for wine lovers. Book a room at one of 35 participating downtown hotels, and you’ll get ONE FREE TICKET to your choice of four International Festival Tastings. Quantities are limited and last year’s program was very popular, so book early. Bookings must be made by February 10 for a stay by March 5.

How to Purchase Tickets
Online: VanWineFest.ca
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.

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
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. Festival partner beVancouver.com offers a free International Festival Tasting ticket to festivalgoers who book a downtown hotel (while supplies last). Don’t Wine and Drive! 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 VanWineFest.ca.

RICHARD III” JOINS 2011 BARD STUDIO STAGE SEASON

In Short…Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 22nd season under the tents in Vanier Park with Richard III. Directed by Kathryn Shaw, Richard III joins the Douglas Campbell Studio Stage programming on July 13. The play runs Tuesdays to Sundays, July 13 to September 23, 2011, under the tents in Vanier Park. Tickets $21 to $40. 604-739-0559 or www.bardonthebeach.org.

In Full…Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 22nd season and concludes its three-year History Cycle with Richard III. Directed by Kathryn Shaw, Richard III completes a two-play lineup in the intimate 240-seat Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent and plays Tuesdays through Sundays July 13 through September 23, 2011 in Vanier Park.

Shakespeare’s popular Richard III delivers the closing chapter in the epic struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster for the ultimate prize – the English throne. Physically deformed and transparently amoral, Richard, Duke of Gloucester is one of the world’s most sinister yet seductive villains. He murders his way to the throne while manipulating not only the court around him but the audience itself. Relative or friend, man, woman or child – no one is safe from Richard’s ruthless intent until the long-exiled Henry Tudor arrives to claim his right to rule.

The bloody civil war between the Yorkists and Lancastrians is over and the Yorkist Edward IV (Joel Wirkkunen) sits on England’s throne. Not content with this time of peace, Edward’s youngest brother, Richard (Bob Frazer), Duke of Gloucester plots a determined course to become King. First, he quietly creates enmity between King Edward and their middle brother Clarence (Craig Erickson), who is taken to prison. Richard strengthens his position by marrying Lady Anne (Melissa Dionisio), who had been married to Lancastrian Edward, the Prince of Wales. Richard secretly hires two murderers (Josue Laboucane, Kyle Rideout) to kill Clarence in prison, knowing everyone will believe King Edward was responsible. When the ailing King hears the news of Clarence’s death, he dies as well, leaving behind young Prince Edward (Hayden Davies) as his heir as well as considerable strife at court. On one side of the dispute is his widow, Queen Elizabeth (Jillian Fargey) and her mother-in-law the Duchess of York (Nicola Lipman). On the other are Richard and his followers, resentful of the Queen’s ambitious relatives who have profited from Elizabeth’s influence with King Edward. Adding tension to the dueling sides is Queen Margaret (Linda Quibell), widow of Henry VI, and Lord Stanley (Gerry Mackay). Richard is named Lord Protector of King Edward’s sons, Prince Edward and Young York (Dante Zago), and he decides that they should lodge in the Tower of London until the Prince’s coronation. With the help of the Duke of Buckingham (Scott Bellis), he begins to plant doubts about the legitimacy of Edward and Elizabeth’s children, and even of the legitimacy of Edward himself. When Lord Hastings (Allan Morgan) makes clear his loyalty to Prince Edward, Richard pretends to discover a plot, accuses Hastings of participating in it and has him quickly executed. Along the way he also has Elizabeth’s brother, Lord Rivers (Mike Stack) and her son from her first marriage, Lord Grey (Dustin Freeland) arrested and executed. Marquis Dorset (Benjamin Elliott), fearing for his life, flees to France and joins Richmond. Buckingham continues to help Richard gain strength, convincing the Lord Mayor of London and the citizens that Richard should be king, while Richard feigns pious reluctance. Richard and Anne are crowned King and Queen; however Richard is not content. When he suggests to Buckingham that he wants the young Princes dead, the latter hesitates. Richard then turns his back on Buckingham and hires Tyrell to arrange the boys’ murder. Richard must raise an army to defend his crown. On the eve of the battle, the ghosts of Richard’s victims visit Richard in his tent to curse him. In the battle the following day, Richmond and his forces prevail and Richard is killed. With the intended marriage of Richmond and Princess Elizabeth, the houses of Lancaster and York are united and the Tudor era begins with the reign of Richmond, known as Henry VII (the father of Henry VIII).

Under the direction of Kathryn Shaw, Studio Stage Set Designer Pam Johnson revisits the thrust stage designs of past History Cycle productions and uses imagery to highlight Richard’s bloody rise to power. Sound Designer Owen Belton’s original sounds explore ominous themes and atmospheres. Costume Designer Sheila White brings a naturalistic, modern-medieval haute couture look to the sinister world of Richard. Lighting Designer Adrian Muir contributes to the sinister atmosphere and Fight Director Nicholas Harrison steers the tension, with added movement by Choreographer Treena Stubel. Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith is assisted by Samara Van Nostrand (Assistant Stage Manager) and Rebecca Mulvihill (Apprentice Stage Manager).

Performance details for Richard III are as follows:

  • OPENS: July 16PREVIEWS: July 13, 14, 15.
  • Runs Tuesdays through Sundays from July 13 to September 23 – Douglas Campbell Studio Stage in Vanier Park.
  • Plays in repertory with Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses which begins June 30.
  • Bard Explored: Lecture & Discussion Series June 25, July 16 & 23, August 6, 13 & 27, September 3 & 17

Play ticket prices include reserved seating, HST and are $40 (evenings) and $21 to $33 (previews & matinees) with a new $30 Youth Rate (25 years and under) for evening performances only. Order on-site, by phone at 604-739-0559 or online at www.bardonthebeach.org.

“HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES” OPENS 2011 BARD STUDIO STAGE SEASON

In Short…Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 22nd season under the tents in Vanier Park with Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses. This exciting adaptation of Henry VI, Parts I, II & II, directed by Christopher Weddell, launches the Douglas Campbell Studio Stage programming on June 30. The play runs Tuesdays to Sundays, June 30 to September 21, 2011, under the tents in Vanier Park. Tickets $21 to $40. Box office: 604-739-0559 or www.bardonthebeach.org.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 22nd season and concludes its History Cycle with Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses. This thrilling new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Parts I, II & III launches the programming in the intimate 240-seat Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent. Directed by veteran Bard Artistic Associate Christopher Weddell, Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses plays Tuesdays through Sundays June 30 through September 21 in Vanier Park.

After King Henry V’s sudden death, England is shattered by a vicious struggle between the rival houses of York and Lancaster, represented by the white and the red rose. Naïve and godly, King Henry VI struggles to pacify a nation in turmoil as rabble-rousers and ambitious relatives take turns trying to overthrow the ineffectual King. In this original Bard adaptation, Christopher Weddell distills the trilogy into a single thrilling narrative filled with dirty politics, illicit romance, family violence – and witchcraft.

England’s great warrior king, Henry V, has died unexpectedly, leaving his son, the very young Henry VI (Josue Laboucane), on the throne. The powerful men around the young King are at odds with one another, jockeying for power and influence. In the midst of this domestic strife, England struggles to maintain control in France. Little by little, all the territory that Henry V had won is lost, a casualty of the miraculous leadership of France’s Joan La Pucelle (Melissa Dionisio). Although a young woman from a humble background, Joan claims guidance from God, inspires the French armies including the Duke of Burgundy and leads them to spectacular victories before she is captured and sentenced to be burned at the stake. Meantime, Henry VI sends the Earl of Suffolk (Craig Erickson) to France, where he meets Margaret of Anjou (Linda Quibell) and falls in love with her. Already married, Suffolk cannot marry Margaret himself, so he decides she should be King Henry VI’s queen – but also his lover. Together, Queen Margaret and Suffolk plot to overthrow the powerful Gloucester and Winchester. A different type of trouble then begins to brew, as the Duke of York (Scott Bellis) explains to the powerful Earl of Warwick (Mike Stack) that he has a more valid claim to the throne than the current King. In order to test his claim with the people, York convinces a commoner to claim the crown through descent from Mortimer. York and his sons including Rutland (Dustin Freeland) backed by Warwick, openly challenge the King’s authority. Civil war ensues, with many deaths. York’s sons prevail, and the oldest, Edward, becomes King Edward IV (Joel Wirkkunen). Warwick begins to make arrangements for King Edward’s politically strategic marriage to the French King’s sister, but Edward suddenly decides to marry Lady Elizabeth Grey (Jillian Fargey), a beautiful English widow with a large family. Dishonoured and disenfranchised, Warwick returns to Queen Margaret and the Lancastrian side (Nicola Lipman, Gerry Mackay, Allan Morgan, Kyle Rideout) and the civil war resumes. At the battle of Barnet, Warwick is killed. Then at the battle of Tewkesbury, Queen Margaret’s forces are defeated and captured. Edward IV’s brother, Richard (Bob Frazer), kills the Queen’s young son, Edward (Michael Wilkinson) and then leaves to murder the ousted King Henry in prison. King Edward IV returns to the throne with his queen, Elizabeth, and they celebrate the birth of their son. However, his brother Richard is already plotting his downfall…

Under the direction of Christopher Weddell, Studio Stage Set Designer Pam Johnson revisits the thrust stage designs of past History Cycle productions and adds contemporary elements of corrugated metal and concrete. Sound Designer Patrick Pennefather’s original score draws on historical research blended with modern and medieval anthems. Costume Designer Sheila White brings a fresh approach with a naturalistic, modern-medieval haute couture look. Lighting Designer Adrian Muir distinguishes the many locations as Fight Director Nicholas Harrison guides the extensive battles with added movement by Choreographer Treena Stubel. Stage Manager Joanne P.B. Smith is assisted by Samara Van Nostrand (Assistant Stage Manager) and Rebecca Mulvihill (Apprentice Stage Manager).

Performance details for Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses, are as follows:

  • OPENS: July 6PREVIEWS: June 30, July 1, 2, 3, and 5.
  • Runs Tuesdays through Sundays from June 30 to September 21 – Douglas Campbell Studio Stage in Vanier Park.
  • Plays in repertory with Richard III which begins July 13 in previews.
  • Bard Explored: Lecture & Discussion Series June 25, July 16 & 23, August 6, 13 & 27, September 3 & 17

Play ticket prices include reserved seating, HST and are $40 (evenings) and $21 to $33 (previews & matinees) with a new $30 Youth Rate (25 years and under) for evening performances only. Order on-site, by phone at 604-739-0559 or on-line at www.bardonthebeach.org.