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Garagiste North Wine Festival

Garagiste North Wine Festival Announces 2017 Tour Dates: Vancouver/ Parksville/ Penticton

If you’ve ever felt that you don’t get to try the smaller wine producers from around BC, this is the chance for you to sample these hard to find wines. Founders of the Garagiste North Wine Festival, Jennifer Schell and Terry Meyer-Stone, started this unique gathering to celebrate the artisan winemakers that are often too small to join the big festivals. The inaugural festival in 2014 held in Okanagan Falls captured the hearts of the wine-loving crowd who were delighted to taste these exclusive wines and have the opportunity to talk directly to the winemaker. The Garagiste Guild Members together make for one heck of a wine party!

GARAGISTE – (gar-ah-jeest) noun, Fr. : The garagiste originally refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing “vins de garage” or “garage wine”. They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades, individualists, mavericks, driven by passion.

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DATES for this year

VANCOUVER: Saturday April 22nd 4-6:30 pm
Art Works Gallery – 225 Smithe Street
Wine tasting+ live music + Tacofino taco truck + Marquis Wine Cellars pop up shop selling Garagiste wines on site = coolest wine festival ever!
TRADE invited from 2-3:30pm pm click to RSVP HERE
(*2 guests per organization please)

PARKSVILLE: Saturday, July 29th 4-6:30 pm
Parksville Museum – 1245 East Island Hwy+ pop up wine shop selling Garagiste wines on site= coolest wine festival ever!
Wine tasting+live music+yummy food
Trade/Media please contact for complimentary pass

PENTICTON: Sunday, August 27th 3-5:30 pm
Canadian Tire Garden Centre – 960 Railway Street
Wine tasting+live music+yummy food+Fairview Liquor Store pop up shop selling Garagiste wines on site = coolest wine festival ever!
Trade/Media please contact for complimentary pass

Partial proceeds from the Festivals will benefit our Garagiste North Wine Study Scholarship at Okanagan College, helping people in our community get involved in this industry! 

For more information please contact co-founder/co-organizer: Jennifer Schell 250-469-4549 or email garagistenorth@gmail.com

What’s Good This Week April 12

It’s another busy week ahead! What’s Good In This Week in Vancouver?


Garagiste North – April 17, 2016

First and foremost, wine lovers need to set this Sunday aside, well at least a few hours of it, to explore the smaller producers of our province. Held at the Wise Hall in East Vancouver, this once a year experience will walk you through the up and comers, and those who just don’t want to go big. Chat with the winemakers and owners and sample some bites for Chicha Vancouver, a wonderful Peruvian spot! TICKETS!

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Sakura & Sake at Shangri-La’s Market until April 30

We’ve welcomed Spring with open arms, and a Sakura-inspired tasting menu available now until April 30.

Guests can anticipate dishes such as Side Stripe Shrimp, with Eggplant Salad, Green Beans, Grated Daikon Momiji, and Sake Vinaigrette; or a savoury Sablefish, marinated in Sake Lees, Crispy Rice, and Edamame Purée.

Guests have the option to add on wine pairings, or sake pairings from Granville Island Artisan Sakemaker, Masa Shiroki. View the Sakura tasting menu. Reserve online, or by calling 604 695 1115.


Sample Bella Gelateria’s Gelato di Bufala 

Vancouver’s maestro gelatiere James Coleridge from the internationally award-winning Bella Gelateria has worked his scrumptious magic again with his latest frozen culinary creation, Gelato di Bufala or water buffalo milk gelato.
Bella Gelateria’s Gelato di Bufala offers a healthier alternative with more calcium, protein, iron, less cholesterol and sodium than cow’s milk. Its silky, velvety satin, creamy texture and buttery taste is similar to the famous bufala mozzarella Italian cheese renowned in Italy.
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Sample Rhubarb Treats at Beaucoup Bakery – Until June 20, 2016

Spring’s favourite vegetable makes a sweet arrival this season as Beaucoup Bakery & Café brings rhubarb to life in three limited, new pastries and one special iced tea. From April 11, 2016 until June 20, 2016, customers can enjoy an Olive Oil Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Rhubarb Nest, Strawberry Rhubarb Croissant, and Rhubarb Hibiscus Iced Tea.

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Blossom Barge – April 16, 2016

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF), presented by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, brings spring to the blue ways of Vancouver this April to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the annual celebration of the city’s beautiful blooms.
Blossom Barge, presented by Tymac Launch Service, is an innovative floating installation of 36 flowering cherry blossom trees on a barge, showcasing a beautiful pink and white canopy of Shirotae, Shirofugen and Kwanzan cherry trees in full bloom.
Join in the fun on Saturday, April 16 when the Blossom Barge will parade Vancouver’s waterways before mooring at Dock 7 by Granville Island Market at lunchtime. Celebrate spring with a mini festival of free performances on the barge by Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Tetsu Taiko & Tzo’kam cross-cultural collaboration, Langley Ukulele Ensemble, Kutapira, Chibi Taiko, and the international yoyo superstar, Harrison Lee.
On its inaugural journey from Crab Park to Granville Island on April 16, the Blossom Barge will give a sail-by salute as it passes the Pier at Canada Place, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island and sails along False Creek to Science World, before returning to moor at Dock 7 at Granville Island Market.

What’s Good In April

What to do in April in and around Vancouver

We’ve been busy focusing on the positive in Vancouver with the #VancouverIstay project (you’ve checked it out right?) and looking ahead to April there’s even more reason to love what Vancouver has to offer.

Garagiste North – April 17, 2016

First and foremost, wine lovers need to set this Sunday aside, well at least a few hours of it, to explore the smaller producers of our province. Held at the Wise Hall in East Vancouver, this once a year experience will walk you through the up and comers, and those who just don’t want to go big. Chat with the winemakers and owners and sample some bites for Chicha Vancouver, a wonderful Peruvian spot! TICKETS!


World Malbec Day Tastings April 16, 2016

This year’s Malbec Word Day falls on Sunday, April 17th, but British Columbia will get a jump on the celebrations with free Argentinean wine tastings at 5 private stores on Saturday, April 16 2016.  In addition, select BCLDB stores throughout the province will offer free tastings of Argentinean wines in April.

In BC, the following private stores will host complimentary consumer tastings on Saturday, April 16.  Each store will pour at least 3 different wines, including Malbecs and Malbec blends, paired with samples of authentic Argentinean cuisine.

Everything Wine – North Vancouver, South Surrey & Langford locations – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Legacy Liquor Store – 1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver – PLUS a DJ will provide music at this lively event – 2:00 to 5:00pm
BC Liquor Stores across the province will host over 50 Malbec World Day tastings.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 20-24

For the fifth year in a row I am heading up to Osoyoos for their annual oyster festival and it’s Michael’s third year! We’re huge fans of bivalves and when they are paired with oyster friendly wines, beers and libations, we love them even more. The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable. More info

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Latest Edition of Ongoing Dinner Series Unites Like-minded Chefs To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

The fifth in an ongoing series that transforms the “ugly ducklings” of the kitchen — also known as commonly discarded scraps, off-cuts, stems and stalks — into gourmet menus with an ecological message, the latest Ugly Duckling Dinner unites a pair of like-minded chefs who share the same culinary principles of featuring fresh-daily ingredients sourced from local farms, pastures and seas.

Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

As Royal Dinette prides itself on placing a premium on the availability and seasonality of all ingredients, the Ugly Duckling Dinner menu is subject to slight changes. Substitutions are politely declined.


Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge Until April 30

Restaurants from all over the city entered ball dishes into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their meatball creation on their menu from April 6-30, 2016. More info.

In this meatball challenge the meatballs cover various cuisines including Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian.


Chicha Launches New Cocktail Menu – April 14, 2016

Dale Styner of MoneyChalks has not only chalked Chicha’s entire wall with his art; Peruvian Nazca line themed, but also created their new cocktail list.
Party starts at 8.30pm

All Dale’s new cocktails will be $6 (2oz)
All pints on tap will be $5
Tightrope Dry Reisling $6
Anteres Carmenere $6
…and of course Jameson shots for $3


Abbotsford Tulip Festival…Until May 1, 2016

This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival–the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests will experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1000 vehicles.

The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall.

Dates:               March 25 – May 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week
Location:          36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC
Admission:      Only $5.00 per person and complimentary parking

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Gourmet Warehouse Chocolate Challenge – April 7, 2016

$ 75.00

At 6:30pm – an evening of food, wine, and chocolate, to help us feed the children. The Chocolate Challenge pits 8 of Vancouver’s best chocolatiers against each other in a competition to create the best original chocolate. As our guest, you will sample and vote on your favourite creation.

In addition to chocolate, your ticket includes tastings from Tartine Tarts, Tacomio, Sebastian & Co, Terra Breads, Sundance Seafood, Earnest Ice Cream, Dry Soda and Stumptown Coffee.

100% of ticket sales, silent and live auction proceeds will be to the Strathcona Backpack Program and Project Chef.

Taste and vote on your favourite creations by:

Bearfoot Bistro, Chez Christophe, Chocolate Arts,  French Made Baking,  Gem Chocolates, Purdy’s Chocolates, Temper Chocolate & Pastry, and Thomas Haas. Tickets

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The Hatch Wines at Chewies – April 13, 2016

5 Courses – 5 Wines $68 Per Person  – A fun, unpretentious wine event hosted by Jesse Harnden of The Hatch, one of BC’s best new wineries & Chewie’s Exectutive Chef, Michael Knowlson. If you haven’t tried these wines then you absolutely have to, and if you haven’t heard Jesse talk about what he loves, then you are missing out! andrew@chewies.ca (604) 620-7634 More info

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Grape Juice for Big Sisters – April 21, 2016

Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver
1770 Burrard Street 5:30 – 8:30 PM TICKETS
$100 Featuring canapés by Chill Winston

a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket


BjornBar Bakery Opening – April 7, 2016

Pastry Chef Tamera Clark has returned to North Vancouver from Montreal to open the BjornBar Bakery located in the Edgemont Village. BjornBar opens this Thursday, April 7th at 3053 Edgemont Boulevard. Details

Gargistes North – The Small Guys Wine Festival Okanagan Falls

garagJourney to Okanagan Falls and get familiar with small lot wineries of the Okanagan Valley.

GARAGISTE – (gar-uh-jist-uh) noun, Fr. : The garagiste refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing “Vins de garage” or “Garage wine”. They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. Characterized as “winemaker’s wine whose attributes reflect a disregard for the traditional handling of its particular terroir”.  Their movement went on to achieve cult status with their wines achieving greatness on the world wine stage.

When:             September 14, 2014

Where:            Behind the garage at Meyer Family Vineyards, Okanagan Falls

Time:               1-4 PM

Cost:               $40.  Tickets

Food Truck service will be on site offering gourmet bites with live music on the vineyard to sip along to.

Garagiste North
website: http://garagistenorth.com
Contact:  garagistenorth@gmail.com