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What’s Good This Week – It’s February

What To Do This Week – Just In Case There’s Room in Your Calendar

I can’t believe we’ve gone through a whole month of 2017 already! How’s your year been? I’ve got lots of plans and hopes for the year ahead and I’m finding the biggest issue for me is trying to do too much and then feeling disappointed in myself up for not getting through the 300 things I feel I should do every day. I’m working on some ways to stop this cycle, but the struggle is still VERY REAL! Well then, on that note, we do have some suggestions for this week just in case your calendar isn’t quite full!van wine fest 034 original web

Book Now! – Vancouver International Wine Festival

So many wines, so many events, so much to learn. I’ll be at as many events I can manage as this is the year Canada is showcased at the Festival and it’s a great opportunity to get to know our local wines better, as well . A couple things:


Lunch at Bauhaus

Head to Gastown for their daily lunch feature for $22, or on a Friday the famous #TGIF Friday special Schnitzel and authentic Früh Kölsch Beer for  $22.

Among the selections for the  lunch menu, handcrafted by chef Stefan Hartmann, are creative takes on German classic dishes, including Meatballs (with rice  / caper sauce / peas / carrots / celery), Wiener Schnitzel (with seared potatoes/cucumber salad), Geschnetzeltes (with veal  / spätzle / mushrooms) and John Dory (with artichoke / spring onions / parmesan / black salsify).


Explore BC Wine Brunch at Boulevard – Feb. 4

The menu and wines are stellar at this mingler, where you can sample many of BC’s best wines  during the Explore BC Wine Brunch held as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In this stand up grazing event, savour a variety of seafood focused canapés, while sipping wines from seven of the province’s premier wineries. TICKETS


Arrowleaf Cellars
Haywire Winery
Church and State Wines
Howling Bluff Winery
St. Hubertus &  Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Tantalus Vineyards

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Unsung Heroes at Blue Water Cafe

Love seafood? Don’t miss the Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s menu during the Unsung Heroes Festival. This menu showcases unique and sustainable seafood throughout the month of February.

Stellar dishes such as stir-fried jellyfish, red sea urchin trifle, sturgeon liver pate, and poached periwinkles have graced Chef Frank’s impressive Unsung Heroes menu during the last 12 years. British Columbia’s giant red sea cucumber – which has just been listed as sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program – will take pride of place on Chef Frank’s 2017 menu.  Blue Water Cafe.


Farmer’s Apprentice’s Fresh Look

Newly renovated Farmer’s Apprentice is open at 5:30 p.m. seven nights a week, offering both ‘Herbivore’ or ‘Omnivore’ menu options, both for $55 per person with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $38. A four-course menu with both herbivore and omnivore options is also available all night long for $40 per person, with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $25.

On weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer’s Apprentice is offering an ever-changing brunch menu where guests can choose from à-la-carte options or a prix-fixe experience, which offers a unique 5-course family-style brunch for $25 per person. Check out South Granville’s favourite neighbourhood spot.

Weekly Goods – Sparkle Gala, Duck, Bingo and Pig


Welcome to the dreary days of November folks. Sorry to report that there will be rain for a while now. If you are lucky you are booking a sunny escape, or perhaps you’re more of a snow fan and thinking about Christmas in November at the Fairmont in Jasper, where I’ll be next week. In the meantime stay dry and head inside to one of these “you’ve got the blues”-busting events.

November 5 – Sparkle Gala Fundraiser for Starlight Children’s Charity

This year’s event will feature local chefs partnered with local Starlight children and teens to create a culinary spin on their favourite dishes. Guests at Sparkle will be able to taste these one-of-a-kind creations and meet the chefs behind the creation.  Featured Chefs donating their time and talents to Sparkle. Tickets

provence wild mushroom ravioli with prawns

This week – Duck into fall at Provence Marinaside

Chef Matt Ward and the Chef’s Top Ten 3-course dinner menu ($45) is Duck Rillette, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and your choice of Dessert. Click for details


November 6 – JOEY BINGO & BUBBLES SUNDAYS | 3 pm – 6 pm | $10 per ticket 

Post-brunch shenanigans? Look no further.
Head to  hosting a game of bingo every hour starting at 3 pm. There’s prizes, happy hour special and more!


Sadly Point Grey’s Provence Mediterranean Grill will close its doors on November 27th. To celebrate 19 years a weekly changing ‘Memories Menus’  will run at the dealio of a price of $45 for three courses . This week’s menu until Nov.6
Mamie Suzanne’s Fish Soup  or Grilled Squid with roasted vegetables and pesto
Rack of Lamb or Sautéed Wild Prawns Provençal
Crème Caramel (Jean-Francis’ favourite dessert)


November 6 – Pig and Pinot Family Dinner at Boulevard

Chef Alex Chen and team will offer guests an all-inclusive, ‘nose-to-tail’ menu served with a variety of sides, accompaniments and dessert. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Local Butternut Squash Bisque
Brown Butter, Spice Crème
Crispy Pork Belly Porchetta
Fennel Seeds, Smoked Paprika, Thyme
Confit and Glazed Pig’s Head
Sherry Gastrique  
Pig’s Tail
Chipotle Spice
Mikey’s Crunchy Pig’s Ear
Heirloom Apples, Onion Salad, Ginger Vinegar Dressing, Fresno Chilies
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Celeriac and Potato Purée
Charred Brussels Sprouts

– Dessert –
Tarte Tatin
Caramelized Apple, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce
Tickets are $52 per person, plus tax and gratuity (or $82 with wine pairings), based on a minimum of 2 guests. Please note, seating is communal.

2016 Umbrella Day Campaign

“We’ve got you covered!”

Umbrella Day – Street Sales
November 9, 2016 | 7:30am – 10:00am

Vancouver Firefighters will be selling $15 umbrellas and handing out Clif Bars (by donation) at major intersections in the business district of downtown Vancouver. All proceeds go to the Snacks for Kids program. Each Umbrella sale provides 45 snacks to Vancouver’s vulnerable children!

Vancouver Firefighter Charities’ volunteers can be found in the following locations on that day:

  • Main Tent: Granville & Georgia Streets (in front of London Drugs)
  • Granville Station (Dunsmuir and Granville)
  • Waterfront Station (W Cordova between Seymour and Granville)
  • Yaletown Roundhouse (Davie and Mainland)

Umbrella Day Gala – The Flying Pig Gastown
November 9, 2016 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The team at The Flying Pig in Gastown will host an additional event to support the Umbrella Campaign and Snacks for Kids on the evening of November 9. Guests will enjoy plenty of entertainment, refreshments and the delectable hors d’oeuvres The Flying Pig is famous for.

What’s Good This Week July 27

What’s Good This Week in and around Vancouver

It’s a little too hot for me these days in Vancouver and I’ve got the fan blasting in my ear in an attempt to remain coolish. This week you might be catching the fireworks, watching some Improv (I’m actually on stage – yikes), eating some Canadian Food or catching up with BC’s beer scene. Don’t forget to celebrate PRIDE and sample some tasty pride-themed treats!

Food Day Canada


Food Day Canada

What are you doing on July 30, 2016? We know you always choose a ton of Canadian food products when shopping and dining out, but on this day it’s a must as it’s the official Food Day Canada. This special day is a chance for Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate our farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks, and for us that means local pork will be on the menu.

On West Coast there are many restaurants that you can head to for a special Food Day Canada Menu. Restaurants in Vancouver include Burdock, Campagnolo, Bishops, The Fish Counter, West, L’Abattoir, Forage, Royal Dinette, Timber, Cafe Medina, Juniper, Boulevard and more.

Since I’m the BC and Alberta Pork Ambassador, I’ve sussed out some of the menus where you can sample local pork.

Fable Kitchen – Pork and Scallop – Seared corn chowder, clams and truffle oil

West – Duo of Fraser Valley Porkbraised pork cheek, crispy pork belly, Swiss chard, bone broth

Araxi BC Surf and Turf – Fraser Valley Pork Belly with Island octopus, heirloom tomatoes and basil pistou

Cafe Medina – Food Day Canada Frittata – Skillet frittata of spicy smoked pork sausage with locally-grown leeks, potatoes, red spring onions, sweet corn and brie cheese.

Boulevard – Smoked Paradise Valley Pork Shoulder, Creamy Polenta, Zuchini, Pea Tip Salad, Chicharrones


Firecracker July 28

On July 28 I am the guest! Yikes! Come see me make a fool of myself (as usual). Special Guest Cassandra Anderton – Good Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Our all-female show featuring some of the best improvisers in Canada. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable, uproarious and sure to spark your funny bone.

Watch out Vancouver as we light a fuse to Vancouver’s comedy scene – shattering stereotypes and sparking a lot of laughs. Firecracker! features an all-star cast of female improvisers. It’s a different improv experience from mixed-gender casts – women take more risks and play on the edge more when they play with only other women. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious. As in all VTSL productions, audience suggestions play a huge role in determining and driving the improvised action.


Coquitlam Kinsmen Craft Beer Festival July 30/31

July 30th, 2016 Town Centre Park, South Field, Coquitlam

Welcome to the 1st. Annual Coquitlam Kinsmen International Craft Beer Festival 2 Days – July 30th & 31st, 2016 (BC Day Long Weekend) at the Coquitlam Town Centre Park – South Field This festival is brought to you by the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam as part of the official Coquitlam 125th Anniversary Celebrations, and looks to become one of the West Coasts must see yearly events on the ever growing craft beer circuit. Tickets

Pride Weekend Treats – Get Out and Sample Some! lucky's layers of pride doughnut 2 (photo credit lucky's doughnuts)

Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride’ doughnut

Lucky’s Doughnuts has partnered with local charity A Loving Spoonful for their second-annual pride-inspired doughnut. All proceeds from the sale of these beautifully crafted, vanilla bean-glazed rainbow treats will help ALS offer healthy meal programs to men women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Lower mainland. You can get your hands on one (or two, or three!) of these between 11am and 2pm at the BMO on Denman Street on Pride Day (July 31) while supplies last.

            What: Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride doughnut
            When: Sunday, July 31 from 11am-2pm (while supplies last)
            Where: BMO Denman St. branch (958 Denman St.)
            Cost: minimum $5 donation

chambar la diversité pride cocktail (photo credit chambar)

Chambar’s “La Diversité”

Vancouver’s favourite Crosstown haunt has specially crafted a refreshingly bubbly cocktail to accompany the numerous Pride celebrations on July 31. An effervescent blend of gin, Fernet Branca and house-made herbal rhubarb grapefruit soda, La Diversité is a little sweet, a little bitter and a whole lot of fun.

            What: Chambar’s “La Diversité” Pride-themed cocktail
            When: Available during Pride weekend (July 30 – August 1)
            Where: Chambar Restaurant (568 Beatty St.) Cost: $14

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Pride Week Rainbow Cocktails

Boulevard’s Beverage Director J.S. Dupuis will be featuring a festive  “rainbow of cocktails” for Pride Week. Their pride cocktail menu has a drink in every colour:

  • Cosmopolitan (red) – Absolut Citron, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime. $12.
  • The Seeker (orange) – Lemon Hart Blackpool Navy Spiced, pineapple juice, cinnamon syrup, lime, Angostura bitters. $12
  • Sidecar (yellow) – Hennessy VS, Cointreau, lemon juice. $14
  • Last Word (green) – Gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, lime. $14
  • Blue Hawaiian (blue) – Vodka, Blue Curaçao, pineapple. $12
  • Aviation (purple) – Gin, Maraschino, Violette liqueur, lemon juice. $14

            What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s rainbow cocktails
            When: Available during Pride Week
            Where: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (845 Burrard St.)
            Cost: $12-$14

basil pasta bar naughty penne (photo credit jer baum)
Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne”

All Pride Week, Basil Pasta Bar’s Davie Street location will be serving up – wait for it – phallic-shaped pasta. The penne dish is made with Alfredo sauce, veggies and your choice of protein. As for the garnish? Pieces of penis-shaped pasta. $1 from each “Naughty Penne” dish will go to Vancouver Pride Society.

What: Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne” Pride pasta
When: July 24 – 31
Where: Basil Pasta Bar (636 Davie St.)
Cost: $9.69

beach bay café pride collins

Beach Bay Café ‘Pride Collins’ Cocktail

Beach Bay Cafe & Patio’s award-winning Bar Manager Adrian Lindner is introducing a new Pride-themed cocktail that they’ll be mixing up during the festivities on July 31. The aptly named Pride Collins is a summer-forward sipper made with rhubarb, lemon shrub, gin and soda – best enjoyed al fresco overlooking the water on Beach Bay’s bustling patio.

            What: Beach Bay Café’s “Pride Collins” cocktail
            When: Sunday, July 31
            Where: Beach Bay Café (1193 Denman St.)

Canadian Culinary Championships

The 2016 Canadian Culinary Championships presented is taking place in Kelowna, BC February 5-6, 2016.

We’ll be  up in Kelowna for this (wouldn’t miss it) and are interviewing the chefs prior and will share post coverage on BC Living Magazine. We’ve just been told there are very limited tickets left. Pictures are from the BC Competition held in Victoria

From the release:

Chefs compete in three events over two days, challenging their skills, endurance and ability to think quickly with the goal of being crowned champion.Tickets for events can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com or by calling 647-328-0149.

Attendees at each event have the opportunity to enjoy the dishes created by each competitor along with their wine pairings. Guests attending the Grand Finale will enjoy live music from Barney Bentall (Legendary Hearts) and John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly and Matthew Harder from Spirit of the West, have the opportunity to bid on incredible live auction items exclusive to the Canadian Culinary Championships and cheer on all competitors as we witness who makes it to the podium in 2016.

Tickets are available for two key events including:
Friday, February 5, 2016
Mystery Wine Pairing
Chefs are given a mystery bottle of wine and must create a dish with local ingredients that best complements the mysterious vintage, in a set amount of time and with a set budget. Guests will have the pleasure of sampling these creations on the opening night of the competition in a stand up cocktail reception format. During the event, guests will taste the mystery wine and play ‘judge’ as they vote on the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the best wine and food pairing. A silent auction of rare wines and other experiences will also be featured. Food and wine included. Cost: $145 plus tax

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Grand Finale Competition
On the final night of competition, anything goes. Chefs create their best dish for guests to sample, paired with a great wine from their regional winery partner. By evening’s end, Canada’s Champion Chef of 2016 will be crowned and a victory celebration will be staged including live music by Canadian music icons Barney Bentall (Legendary Hearts) and John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly and Matthew Harder from Spirit of the West. Food and wine included. Cost: $275 plus tax

“We are entering our 6th year hosting the Gold Medal Plates Grand Finale – the Canadian Culinary Championships. It is very gratifying to see how the community has embraced this event,” comments Judy Burns, Event Chair, Canadian Culinary Championships. “The Championships are one of the most significant culinary competitions held in Canada, attracting many of our top culinary talents. We are proud to have the opportunity to showcase to all of our guests locally and from abroad, the bounty Kelowna and the Okanagan has to share.”

Chef judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge and includes the following participating Gold Medal Chefs:

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REPRESENTING BRITISH COLUMBIA – Alex Chen – Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver
REPRESENTING CALGARY- Matthew Batey – The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar
REPRESENTING EDMONTON- Jan Trittenbach – Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
REPRESENTING REGINA – Jonathan Thauberger – Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
REPRESENTING SASKATOON – Darren Craddock – Riverside Country Club
REPRESENTING WINNIPEG- Norm Pastorin – The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant
REPRESENTING TORONTO – Stuart Cameron – Byblos
REPRESENTING OTTAWA – Marc Lepine – Atelier
REPRESENTING MONTREAL – Guillaume Cantin – Les 400 Coups REPRESENTING ST. JOHN’S – Roger Andrews – Relish Gourmet Burgers REPRESENTING HALIFAX – Martin Ruiz Salvador – Fleur de Sel, Lunenberg

Event information:
Official Website: www.goldmedalplates.com
Official Twitter: @GoldMedalPlates
Official Hashtag: #CCC2016

About Canadian Culinary Championships
The Canadian Culinary Championships is the finale of Gold Medal Plates – the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, entertainment and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada in 2015, Gold Medal Plates featured superb wines and the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team in each city, and subsequently nation- wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Founded in 2003, the goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, this event has received tremendous support and accolades all across Canada, and generated a combined net total of nearly $11 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes! For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website www.goldmedlaplates.com

The Canadian Olympic Foundation – Beneficiary of the Events Net proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support athletes through high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To learn more about the foundation and the programs it funds, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca

Interview with Alex Chen Boulevard Restaurant Gold Medal Plates Competitor

Chefs from across British Columbia will meet in Victoria on November 19, 2015 to compete in the Gold Medal Plates for the BC spot in the Canadian Culinary Championships held in Kelowna in February.  We’re heading over to check out the event and as a prequil have interviewed the chefs. Here’s the scoop on Alex Chen from Boulevard.

Tell us a little bit about your restaurant and/or style of cooking.

At Boulevard, I draw upon my personal experiences, my childhood memories of cooking with my family, and of course my training with some amazing chefs throughout the Pacific Rim and West Coast. These experiences all influenced my cooking style, my love of seafood and my desire to always use fresh, local ingredients. I also like to use a very balanced flavour profile, which is something I picked up from cooking with my Mom.

Where do you eat in your city?

I like to eat in Richmond (where I live) because it’s convenient to take the whole family, and there are a wide variety of cuisines available.le crocodile

What would be your ideal food day? 

For breakfast, I would start with the double-baked almond croissant from Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie. It’s one of my favourite things to have when I’m craving a treat. For lunch, I recommend dim sum at Fisherman’s Terrace in Richmond. And for dinner, there’s nothing like Le Crocodile, which is one of my family’s favourite spots for traditional French fare. Chef Michel Jacob is one of the city’s most respected chefs and he consistently serves dishes that I love and admire.


What ingredient do you always have on hand?

Shallots. They add flavour and texture and I put them in everything from sauce reductions to foundations for stocks and soups.

What’s your go-to recipe when you’re eating at home? 

Depending on the requests that I receive from my wife and kids, there are a number of comfort-food specialties I enjoy cooking at home. My favourites range from a slab of meat slow-cooked to tender perfection on my Big Green Egg (a Hamada-style ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker), to roasted chicken with all the fixings, to meatballs and spaghetti to Hainanese chicken and rice and various styles of traditional Chinese-style soups.

With the holidays coming up, could you give us something easy to prepare that would impress? Recipe below.

Butternut Squash Velouté with Apple Cider, Allspice and Crème Chantilly, served as part our Sunday Pig Roast Series which runs each Sunday until the end of November.

I also surveyed our facebook followers as to what questions they would like answered by chefs when interviewed and here are some of these answers.

Who is your favourite supplier, and why?

My favourite supplier is Joe Salvo, president and founder of Ponderosa Mushroom. We buy all of our mushrooms — wild, cultivated or dry — from him and they are extremely organized, reliable and passionate about their work.

What’s your favourite dish, at home or out?

Bouillabaisse. I love classic French cooking, and the Bouillabaisse perfectly exemplifies what we like to do at Boulevard, which is to take a classic dish and make it as authentic as possible using local ingredients.

What inspired you to get into this industry?

My love of food was developed early on, when I learned from the aunts on my mother’s side of the family who would all cook for big family gatherings such as Chinese New Year celebrations. Everyone would get together once every few months at the home of my grandma, who was a great cook as well. An integral part of the Chinese culture is looking forward to getting everyone together and sharing meals.

Butternut Squash Velouté with Apple Cider, Allspice and Crème Chantilly

1 medium size butternut squash
4 Tbsp butter, unsalted
1/2 large white onion, julienne
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 fennel, julienne
1 small leek, thinly sliced
1 small carrot, peeled and small dice
1 stalk celery, small dice
1/2 tsp all spice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup apple cider
2 cups cream
8 sage leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme
salt and black pepper
juice of  ¼ lemon
2 Tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Peat oven to 350 F
  2. Cut butternut squash in half and scoop out seeds
  3. Season squash with salt and pepper
  4. Spread 2 Tbsp of butter on squash
  5. Sprinkle all spice and cinnamon on squash
  6. Add thyme and garlic
  7. Wrap squash with tin foil and roast in oven for 30 minutes, or until very tender
  8. Remove from oven and let sit in room temp for 20 minutes
  9. Open tin foil and scoop out flesh away from butternut squash skin, discard sage and thyme
  10. Heat pot over medium-high heat, add oil and 2 Tbsp of butter
  11. Add onions, fennel, leeks, carrots and celery.
  12. Sweat mirepoix for 3 minutes
  13. Add squash, chicken stock and apple cider, let simmer for 20 minutes
  14. Add cream and simmer for another 20 minutes
  15. Season to taste and puree into squash soup until smooth


Vancouver Hosts Canada’s Premier Citywide Gin Celebration

From AUG  12th– 26th 

Do you love gin? YVR hosts the summer edition of Gin-A-Palooza – Canada’s first-ever, citywide Gincentric Celebration!

For two weeks, Vancouverites have the opportunity to navigate the city’s streets visiting participating venues. Please your palates with 30 signature ginspired cocktails; learn fact from fiction about this classic spirit; and, participate in ongoing digital contests.

gin a palooza cocktail chartreuse milkshake at uva photo credit issha marie

They’ve paired 10 of YVR’s most sought-after Gin brands with the city’s most popular venues, and shaken up 30 signature, never-before-tasted, Gin cocktails that were crafted by some of Vancouver’s top, award-winning Bartenders!

10 of YVR’s Most Popular Cocktail Venues

gin a palooza cocktail the butchart fizz cocktail at the keefer bar

Wednesday, August 12th – Wednesday, August 25th 2015

The GRAND PALOOZA finale will be held August26th at Blacktail Restaurant + Lounge 

 FREE to participate.  Price of cocktails vary.

All you have to do is pick-up your FREE G-PASS at any participating venue and start the tour.

Just follow our HOW-TO-PALOOZA instructions to enjoy an experience that’s truly Ginspirational!


There will be ongoing Prize giveaways, including Gin-A-Palooza’s Grand Prize for a VIP Distillery Experience for Two at Dubh Glas Distillery!

Guests attending The Grand Palooza finale also the opportunity to participate in the ‘People’s Choice’ awards competition for YVR’s Best Gin-A-Palooza Bartender; Meet & Greet key industry contacts from within the world of Gin; Sample exclusively created Gin cocktails; and, Win more prizes!