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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – March 29thish +

Events in and Around Vancouver

WHAT? It’s almost April, and this is our Vancouver weather? Well, at least Vancouver is a city that knows how to function in the rain and whether it’s pouring or sunny, we’ve always got a ton to do to distract us. What to do this week? Here’s just a few suggestions.

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March 30 Dining Out For Life


On Thursday, March 30, 2017, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, our fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge, including:

  • An average 100,000 meals per year delivered by volunteers to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • Easter Sundays where chefs donate their time to cook for a group of 50-60 people
  • Family Pantry Program where families receive fruits, vegetables, and other pantry essentials.
  • Snack Packs all clients receive: fresh fruit, yogurt, bread, juice, milk and more.


Vancouver International Burlesque Festival  March 31 and April 1

The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival  is Canada’s most prestigious and longest running burlesque festival. Showcasing the finest local and international talent since 2006, the VIBF brings global talent and local superstars to downtown Vancouver every spring.

Our City has a rich history of burlesque and cabaret dating back to the Golden Age of Burlesque.  Vancouver has honoured this colourful history by becoming an incubator of cabaret talent and innovation.  The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival was founded in 2006 with an aim to showcase this talent and expose the wonderful people of Vancouver to the intricate art of burlesque. Over the last 10 years this project has grown into a world class cabaret experience. Each year we produce two showcase events highlighting many of the world’s most sought after burlesque performers alongside International Legends from the Golden Age of Burlesque and the best of Vancouver’s Glitteratti. Information.

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Angels of America Until April 23

Hailed as one of the most important works of 20th-century theatre, Angels in America is a timeless tale of companionship and abandonment that takes place when the personal became political. Set in New York City at the height of the Reagan era and the beginning of the AIDS crisis, Tony Kushner’s modern masterpiece contrasts the lives of five individuals struggling with identity issues alongside the crippling effects of stereotypes and an incurable diagnosis. Through spectacular staging, their stories intersect and crescendo in an exhilarating conclusion that will leave you breathless.


Sakura & Sake Menu

Market by Jean-Georges is celebrating the changing of the seasons with a sakura-inspired tasting menu, available from 1 to 30 April 2017. Created by executive chef Ken Nakano, the Sakura tasting menu pays homage to his Japanese heritage, and is inspired by his mother. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online or by calling 604 695 1115.

Sake-Based Cocktails

As an aperitif to the Sakura menu, guests are encouraged to try the sake-infused cocktails, such as the Sakura Sour made with Junmai Nama Nigori Sake, sakura-infused brandy, lychee, Japanese plum wine, and Strawberry Mah Kwan bitters.  Each cocktail uses award-winning Osake sake from Artisan SakeMaker, handcrafted on Granville Island by sakemaker Masa Shiroki. Osake is Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium

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Burdock & Co’s Harvest lunchtime pop-up Wednesday, March 29 – 31 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3E8.  Burdock & Co is bringing the spring harvest to Mount Pleasant. Stop by and grab a bowl of hot ramen, crafted by Chef Gabriella Meyer of Harvest Community Foods using fresh local produce and sustainably sourced meats. Noodle bowls include classic ramen creations and vegetarian options. Menu includes: Burdock & Co’s famous Fried Chicken and Duck Tonkotsu Ramen with Onsen Egg and Bacon Tsukemen with Dipping Noodles and Harvest Pork Ramen with Candied Bacon and a Vegetarian option Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis

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Shaken and Stirred – USA takes on Canada

The ultimate Battle of the Chefs unfolds as The Fairmont Newport Beach’s Executive Chef, Chad Blunston challenges The Fairmont Empress’ Executive Sous Chef Ken Nakano in an international rival. Each skilled chef will be challenged to create five decadent courses, paired with five masterful classic cocktails.  Chefs Blunston and Nakano will be judged on gastronomic flair including appearance, taste and complementary classic cocktail pairing. The  event promises to electrify Victoria with pure culinary entertainment and fierce rivalry coupled with James Bond – 007 sophistication and glamour. Victoria’s sparkling Crystal Ballroom at The Fairmont Empress will serve as a backdrop to the friendly battle on February 24, 2011 at 7:00pm. 

“We are absolutely delighted to showcase our culinary talent at Fairmont,” adds Martin Leclerc, General Manager, The Fairmont Empress.  “To have the opportunity to pair the meal with cocktails and challenge a peer adds to the mystique of the event”, he adds. “Undeniably The Fairmont Empress’ has a competitive advantage on home turf,” notes Paul Ohm, General Manager, Fairmont Newport Beach. “Our culinary brigade is poised for a heated competition.” Each Chef will be critiqued by a panel of Victoria-based foodies including Kathy Kay, Keira-Anne Mellis, Shelora Sheldan and Treve Ring. Ultimately, the winning Fairmont Chef will brandish bragging-rights as the winner of Shaken and Stirred.

Tickets for this event are C$160 per person exclusive of taxes and gratuities, or $128 for Friends of the Empress. Reservations and information at (250) 389-2727 or www.fairmont.com.  For more information on becoming a Friend of the Empress, visit www.friendsoftheempress.ca. Graciously sponsored by Finlandia Vodka.

Guests are invited to “take the elevator home” at The Fairmont Empress from C$99 and invited to join the after party in The Bengal Lounge to celebrate the victorious Chef.

The Fairmont Empress majestically rises over Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This luxury hotel showcases the spirit and energy of Vancouver Island in grand style. With turn-of-the-century beauty, The Fairmont Empress resort regally captures the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era, while the facilities and services meet the needs of today’s traveler. Whether it is world renowned Afternoon Tea, the newly renovated Fairmont Gold, 18-holes of world-class golf or a soothing treatment in the award winning Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress, this luxury castle on the coast in Victoria offers the perfect escape from the stresses of a hectic lifestyle. From exhilarating ocean-bound whale watching safaris, epicurean-rich local cuisine to picturesque garden and vineyard tours, you will be awestruck by the countless experiences The Fairmont Empress, Victoria and Vancouver Island has to offer! For more information or reservations, please call 1-250-384-8111 or visit www.fairmont.com/empress.

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