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What’s Good This Week – July 4 Edition

What’s There To Do Around Vancouver This Week?

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Pig Roast at Library Square – Saturday July 8th

Library Square is keeping summer rolling on Saturday with the “Juluau”— a pig roast and Tiki drink party which kicks off on their patio at 3pm. Tickets to the event are $25 and include:

  • Pig Roast and all the fixings
  • A Parallel 49 Filthy Dirty IPA
  • Fun in the sun, with South Pacific décor

A menu of delicious Tiki cocktails will be offered for just $9 each including Mai-Tais, Ricky Ricardos, and Daiquiris. Tickets are available here.

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Fets Pig Roast, Catfish and Whisky Dinner

Beam Suntory Canada’s Bourbon Whiskey Ambassador Matt Jones will be hosting our first Jim Beam pig roast. Matt will be bringing 7 American whiskies and Chef Thien will be serving up a whole roasted pig and a mess of catfish. Matt will be bringing along some new releases as well as a few time honoured classics. How about we add some warm bacon & corn potato salad, collard greens, sweet potato mash and corn bread, then finish of with apple pie topped with bourbon ice cream.

It’s summer, it’s a pig roast and there’s gonna be loads of whiskey. What could possibly go wrong, ehm I mean how great does this sound.There are only 25 tickets available and I can assure you they sell out fast. $77 including GST fees and is open to only 25 people!

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Indian Summer Festival

For fans of the Jazz Fest who still want more– come to see Jazz virtuoso, saxophonist Ernie Watts at the Orpheum concertthis Saturday July 8! He will be joined by ‘God of Indian violin’ – L.Subramaniam!

For those looking to combine arts, culture…and sun-bathing! – This Sunday, acclaimed indigenous artist Bhajju Shyamwill set up his easel & carpet (he works seated on the floor) at Spanish Banks! He paints on top of iconic Vancouver cityscapes – infusing them with the forests and supernatural beings from his own storytelling tradition

For those looking for a bargain (…aka all Vancouverites!) – Get2 for 1 events for $35 – entrance to the world-renowned 5×15 speaker seriesand star-studded musical finale Constellations, with a lineup including rock star Bif Naked and legendary Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh!

 

What’s Good This Week

What’s Good This Week – Events in and around Vancouver

We’re back from the Okanagan and had about the best trip ever there. Scouted out our wedding location, had some amazing meals at home and out, visited new breweries, cideries and wineries and got some good family time in with not even one argument. Now it’s time to unpack, prep for Deighton Cup, and get back to it in Vancouver.

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July 16 Deighton Cup

Outfit planning has commenced and now I just need jewelry and a hat. Thank god for Jeweliette and Hive Mind Millinery (and there’s still time for you too!).

This year, The Deighton Cup is excited to open up the entire Marquee and Concourse as one complete VIP experience. Attendees will be given full inclusive access to traditional areas hosted by The Deighton Cup in years past including the Mile’s End Motors Field of Dreams, picnic area, cigar lounge & Veuve Clicquot champagne stage. Tickets!

New for 2016, we’re excited to announce an increased amount of space for derby-goers, festival activations and interactive attendee areas. Additionally, the entire festival grounds will be exclusive to Deighton Cup ticket holders only as well as an increased number of food tents throughout the entire venue.

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Until September 24 Merry Wives of Windsor

This is one of the best shows we have seen in a very long time. Who knew you could laugh so hard at Shakespeare. It’s 1968 in Windsor, Ontario and 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.

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Saturdays – Beta5 Ice cream Socials
Eat Ice cream and win a $25 gift card

Eating sundaes just got a little sweeter with our weekly social media sundae photo contest!

Come by the Saturday ice cream social, and snap a photo of our feature ice cream social sundae. then, post it on your instagram, facebook, or twitter feeds with the #beta5icecreamsocial hashtag by sunday at 6pm, and you’ll be entered into our weekly contest for a $25 gift card to the shop. ICE CREAM SOCIALS ARE HELD EVERY SATURDAY FROM 1-5PM, ALL SUMMER LONG

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July 16 MARQUIS WINE CELLARS & BLASTED CHURCH ARE GOING TO THE CHAPEL TO CELEBRATE GAY MARRIAGE

A match made in heaven, Marquis Wine Cellars and Blasted Church are proud to team up to promote not only new wines, but also gay marriage. On Saturday July 16, 2016, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. they will do just that with a miniature chapel set up outside the Marquis Wine Cellars’ Davie Street address. The chapel will invite bystanders to partake in their very own mock wedding ceremony officiated by a Blasted “Minister”. Guests that take a “wedding” photo and post to select social media channels using hashtags specified on the event date, will be entered to win many great prizes. Additionally, each participant will be given a “marriage” certificate which will entitle them to a day-of discount of 10% off participating wines from Blasted Church.

For more information on the event, please visit marquis.nationbuilder.com.

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July 14 – Celebrate Bastille Day At The French Table

Herve Martin, your host and owner of The French Table has assembled a special dinner this Thursday, July 14th in honour of Bastille Day. Come join us for a festive celebration to liberté.

APPETIZER Vichyssoise Or Salad of duck giblet confit with lardons
MAIN COURSE Pan seared flank steak with caramelized shallots , baby green and pommes frites Or Pan seared Coho salmon with a walnut and herbs sauce , spicy lemon risotto
DESSERT Selection of cheese Or Rhubarb tart

$45 per person, plus tax and gratuities.

Call 604-689-3237 or use the contact form here to reserve your table.

July 7-16, 2016

Dinner By Starlight with Vikram Vij

Dinner-by-Starlight_People_Food_Nick-Siu_ISF2013_-33-in-post1VIKRAM VIJ, WITH GUESTS OF HONOUR: THE DABBAWALAS OF MUMBAI

WHEN: Saturday July 12 @ 7pm
WHERE: Secret location (revealed to ticket holders only two days in advance of the event)
TICKETS: $350 seat / $2500 table of 8

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Dinner by Starlight has quickly become one of the most sought after events in Vancouver. Every year, Vancouver’s culinary magician Vikram Vij, prepares a one-time-only meal in honour of a special guest at the Indian Summer Festival.

Past dinners have included a five course ‘Nawabi’ banquet in honour of Bollywood legend Sharmila Tagore, and a BC-India fusion meal designed by Vikram Vij and India’s biggest celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor. This year, the guests of honour are the legendary Dabbawalas of Mumbai, as immortalized in the film ‘Lunchbox’. Every day, 5000 Dabbawalas deliver 350,000 lunches on time, error-free in the exploding megapolis of Mumbai. Richard Branson has ridden with them on Mumbai’s crowded trains to see their magic up close, and the Dabbawalas were the only guests from India (apart from the Prime Minister) to be invited to Prince Charles’ wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles.

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On their first visit to Vancouver, they share some of their funniest stories with dinner guests, and Vikram Vij cooks a Dabba (lunchbox) inspired meal in their honour. This is food from the heart of India, in the presence of the incredible human spirit that makes India tick. What could be better?

Only 150 special guests will experience this evening at a secret location, to be revealed only to ticket holders. Please note – tickets to this event are highly sought after and sell out quickly!

Tickets include an enchanting evening of entertainment, inclusive of drinks and a 4-course meal prepared by Vikram Vij and his team. When purchasing tickets, please advise is you have any dietary requirements (vegetarian/vegan) or allergies.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Please feel free to contact us – but be advised we will not reveal the secret location.

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About Vikram Vij
Vikram Vij is quite possibly the best known chef in Canada. His legendary Vij’s restaurant, that famously takes no reservations (Pierre Trudeau and Harrison Ford have been asked to wait their turn) is a local hotspot and a destination for anyone visiting Vancouver. Now, with several more restaurants in Vancouver, South Surrey and Seattle, a frozen foods business, and appearances on Chopped, Top Chef, Dragon’s Den and Recipes to Riches, Vikram is truly a national celebrity. The heart of his success though, remains his devotion to the art of cuisine. Masterfully fusing traditional recipes with innovative contemporary twists, Vikram has created a unique space for himself, gaining the respect of fellow chefs worldwide.

Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala – Culinary Tour With Vikram Vij

Aopening-gala2014-in-post1 CULINARY TOUR OF ASIA CURATED BY VIKRAM VIJ, WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

WHEN: Thursday, July 3 @ 7:30 pm
WHERE: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St. Vancouver
TICKETS: $85*

Mingle with special guests, imbibe fine sips and nibbles, and experience Indian Summer magic as you explore one of the city’s most exquisite gardens.

Vancouver’s gastronomic guru Vikram Vij curates a foodie tour of Asia, presenting culinary delights from India to China to Japan, all created by the city’s top restaurants (Blue Water Cafe, Bob Likes Thai Food, Bao Bei, Atithi, Cafe Kathmandu and Vij’s), paired with fine beverages including award-winning wines and signature cocktails.

Emceeing the meteorological phenomenon that is Indian Summer will be CBC News Vancouver meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

Look out for impromptu live performances by a cast of internationally acclaimed writers, poets and musicians, as they give you a taste of what the rest of festival holds. Whether it is the sounds of the Barbat (Persian lute) in the garden’s ‘Colourful and Cloudy Pavilion’ or a recital of Rumi’s poetry in the ‘Scholar’s Courtyard’, or the strains of the sitar in ‘Hall of One Hundred Rivers’, a delight awaits in every corner.

Don’t forget to don your finest east meets west couture. This is an enchanting evening not to be missed!

*ticket includes food and one complimentary beverage

Indian Festival Opening Gala, with Vikram Vij

vijA culinary tour of South Asian cuisine curated by Vikram Vij

Thursday, July 4 @ 7:30pm

WHERE Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden • 578 Carrall St, Vancouver

Celebrate the first day of Indian Summer with festival artists, patrons and special guests. Vancouver’s gastronomic guru Vikram Vij curates a culinary tour of South Asia featuring multiple food stations by well-known Vancouver-based South Asian restaurants, offering dosas, momos and other rare-to-find delicacies, all paired with fine beverages including award-winning wines from Volcanic Hills and Kalala.

CBC News Vancouver’s meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe will be broadcasting her segment live from the gardens that night. Plus live performances by internationally acclaimed band Rajasthan Josh, and percussionist/DJ/beat-boxer Rup Sidhu.

Eat, sip and wander through the jewel that is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, all the while mingling with Vancouver’s best and brightest. This is an enchanted evening not to be missed!

Opening Gala Indian Summer Festival

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 A CULINARY TOUR OF SOUTH ASIA, CURATED BY VIKRAM VIJ

WHEN Thursday, July 4 @ 7:30pm

WHERE Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden • 578 Carrall St, Vancouver

TICKETS $75 BUY NOW VIJ’S RESTAURANT Vikram Vij talks about his restaurant, inspirations, ideas.

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Celebrate the first day of Indian Summer with festival artists, patrons and special guests. Vancouver’s gastronomic guru Vikram Vij curates a culinary tour of South Asia featuring multiple food stations by well-known Vancouver-based South Asian restaurants, offering dosas, mo

mos and other rare-to-find delicacies, all paired with fine beverages including award-winning wines from Volcanic Hills.

Listen to live performances by internationally acclaimed band Rajasthan Josh, and percussionist/DJ/beat-boxer Rup Loops.

All this while wandering through the jewel that is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and mingling with Vancouver’s best and brightest.

This is an evening not to be missed!

ABOUT VIKRAM VIJ

Vikram Vij is a familiar face at the Indian Summer Festival; he is one of our founding leaders and his culinary creations have delighted festival guests since our inception. His restaurant Vij’s has been honoured with many national and international awards, including ‘Best Restaurant in Canada’ and his cooking has been featured on televisions shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. Vij’s cooking combines traditional flavours and techniques with local ingredients and a hybridity of style.

Dinner By Starlight, With Vij and special guest Sanjeev Kapoor

vijDate: Friday, July 12 at 7:00pm

Where: Secret Location (revealed to ticket holders only)

Cost: $350/person
http://indiansummerfestival.ca/events/dinner_by_starlight/

Vancouver’s own celebrity chef Vikram Vij will conjure up a one-time-only four course meal for guest of honour Sanjeev Kapoor. Sanjeev Kapoor is the much beloved and award-winning chef responsible forKhana Khazana, the longest running cookery show in India, broadcast in over 120 countries. He is credited with transporting Indian cuisine into the limelight, highlighting the artistry and nutrition that goes into the preparation of each dish. No stranger to Canadian gourmets, Vikram Vij is best known for his acclaimed Vij’s restaurant – recently nominated as No. 1 in Canada (across all cusine types). Masterfully fusing traditional recipes with innovative contemporary twists, Vikram has created a unique space for himself, gaining the respect of fellow chefs such as Anthony Bourdain.

For a week before Dinner by Starlight, Vikram Vij will take Sanjeev Kapoor on a culinary road-trip across British Columbia, showing him the efforts and achievements of the Indo-Canadian community in BC, from the blueberry farms of the Fraser Valley, to the vineyards of the Okanagan. The menu for the dinner will pay tribute to the fruits of the community’s labour, and the magical combination of India and British Columbia.

Only 120 guests will experience this evening, featuring two of the best-regarded food magicians that India has produced.

Expect the finest South Asian-inspired food and drink at a spectacular (and secret) venue with inspired performances and Q&A between celebrity chefs Vikram Vij and Sanjeev Kapoor.

The secret location will to be revealed to ticket holders only a few days in advance.

Please note – tickets to this event are highly sought after and sell out quickly.

ABOUT SANJEEV KAPOOR

Sanjeev Kapoor is the much beloved and award winning chef responsible for Khana Khazana, the longest running cookery show in India, broadcast in over 120 countries. He is considered an important figure in transporting Indian cuisine into the limelight, highlighting the artistry and nutrition that goes into the preparation of each dish.

ABOUT VIKRAM VIJ

Vikram Vij is a familiar face at the Indian Summer Festival; he is one of our founding leaders and his culinary creations have delighted festival guests since our inception. His restaurant Vij’s has been honoured with many national and international awards, including ‘Best Restaurant in Canada’ and his cooking has been featured on televisions shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. Vij’s cooking combines traditional flavours and techniques with local ingredients and a hybridity of style.

Indian Summer Opening Gala: A Culinary Tour of India with Vikram Vij & Friends

DATE & TIME: Thursday July 5 @ 7pm

LOCATION: W2′s Indian Summer Lounge (aka W2 Media Cafe), 111 W Hastings St. (@ Abbott St.)

$60

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Celebrate the first day of Indian Summer with festival artists and special guests. Vancouver’s own Vikram Vij, widely recognized as one of the world’s top Indian cuisine chefs, will curate a culinary tour of India. Multiple food stations will feature various regional cuisines put together by some of Vancouver’s favourite Indian eateries, all paired with fine beverages. Add live music, dance and a gathering of Vancouver’s best and brightest, and you have an evening not to be missed!

Dinner by Starlight, With Vikram Vij

LOCATION: To be revealed to ticket holders only 2 weeks in advance of the event
TICKETS: $350/seat or $2500/table

On the occasion of the Indian Summer Festival, Vikram Vij invites you to an exclusive dinner reception at a secret location with the icon of Indian cinema, Sharmila Tagore, as the guest of honour.

No stranger to Vancouver gourmets, celebrity chef Vikram Vij is best known for his acclaimed Vij’s restaurant – recently nominated as the No. 1 restaurant (across all cuisines) in Canada. Masterfully fusing traditional recipes with innovative contemporary twists, Vikram Vij has created a menu that incorporates a salute to Sharmila Tagore’s Nawabi family history. The evening will feature a brief in-conversation session with Sharmila Tagore, a cooking performance by Vikram, and a four-course meal paired with fine beverages.

Individual tickets and tables of 8 are now on sale and can be purchased online here by credit card. PleaseContact us with any inquiries or if payment by cheque is preferred. Seats are limited – and this event will sell out.

Literary Tea Service by The Urban Tea Merchant

Join Shrabani Basu and other writers for high tea following Shrabani Basu’s reading. Spend an hour in conversation with fellow bibliophiles while enjoying an immaculate Indian-themed afternoon tea service by The Urban Tea Merchant. The Urban Tea Merchant’s Tea Sommelier, Reza Nasooti, will do a small presentation on tea. He will explore some of the finest Indian teas and blends included in the afternoon tea service for tasting.

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The tea menu includes four fine Indian teas: Tiger Hill (Nilgiris), Royal Darjeeling (First Flush Darjeeling), Maharajah Darjeeling (Blend of First & Second Flush Darjeeling with sweet spices) and Indian Night (black tea with piquant spices). Accompanied by finger sandwiches, petits fours and macarons.

Partners: The Urban Tea Merchant

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