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Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc Day on 5 May

Raise a  Glass of Sauvignon Blanc This Friday

One of my favourite grapes in Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps because it goes so well with my favourite food, oysters! This year International Sauvignon Blanc Day takes place on 5 May 2017. We’ve partnered with the New Zealand Winegrowers  to assist with a social media campaign to raise awareness of the day and encourage consumers to celebrate the country’s flagship wine.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a $1.3 billion dollar export earner, massively contributing to the success of New Zealand wine overseas! This Friday you can choose to purchase a bottle and sip at home or join one of the restaurants participating in a special promo for Sauvignon Blanc.



Celebrate Int’l Sauv Blanc Day this Friday May 5th with Wildtale in Yaletown at 1079 Mainland! They are offering 1 doz oysters and a bottle of Invivo Sauvignon Blanc at half price – $35.00 All Day!!

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The Flying Pig

Head to Yaletown, Olympic Village or Gastown where The Flying Pig will be offering our Two Tracks Sauv Blanc for Happy Hour at $7 per glass on Friday from 3 – 6pm on May 5.

Follow the activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtags #SauvBlanc and #nzwine.

  • Sauv Blanc accounts for around 85% of wine exported from New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Sauv Blanc exports are worth over $1.3 billion annually.
  • New Zealand wine exports have reached a record high and now stand at $1.61 billion up 3% for the year end February 2017.
  • New Zealand wine is exported to more than 90 countries, and is New Zealand’s 5th largest export good.
  • The industry is working towards a goal of $2 billion of exports in 2020.

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 2 Edition

What to do in and around Vancouver?

We just had the most perfect wedding and are up in Kelowna on our honeymoon, installed at the Manteo Resort and about to do get up to some  more fun this afternoon! There’s a lot going on in  here and in Vancouver and and so we’re suggesting you might like to do a bit of both! We’re back Friday so may get to some Cinco de Mayo events, but I am doing the half marathon and the snout to tail dinner for sure!

NZ Wine Tiki Tour May 4

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Annual New Zealand Wine Fair
Audience: Public
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM
Venue: Terminal City Club
Street: 837 West Hastings St.
Town/City: Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6, Canada

Kiwis love setting off on a Tiki Tour. It’s a trip where you take the scenic route, sidetrack a little, linger and experience new things. We invite you to join us on the Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour. An evening of meandering, digressing, indulging and awakening the senses. Who knows where, what or whom you’ll discover! What we do know is there will be amazing New Zealand wines, fascinating people and memorable photo opportunities.

Pinot Noir Counter – Let us take you on a journey of taste, and experience how terrior and
winemaking results in the many unique styles of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

It’s time to escape and explore! Charity: Friends of We Care

Snout to Tail Dinner With Third Street Foods Vancouver

There’s been a shortage of pork events in Vancouver, but thankfully Third Street Foods is remedying this with their Snout to Tail Dinner On May 7th, complete with beer pairings from Strange Fellows Brewing! 

May 7th at 433 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

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Tickets $65
Menu whole animal; Snout to Tail.
7 courses with beer pairings
Menu developed by Chef Kai Leitner
Event hosted by Jesse Leitner and beer pairings picked by him as well.
6-8pm Sunday May 7th





Patio Launch at the Table at Codfathers – Kelowna May 3

Guess who catered our wedding? Chef Ross Derrick from The Table at Codfathers! Luckily we are still in town for this one! Patio Party Time!  Wednesday May 3rd! 5 pm – 9pmish

Buck a Shuck Oyster Bar
$ 10 Fish n Chips
$ 10 Seafood Steamers
$ 10 1/2 Pints of Prawns
$ 4 Fries and aioli
$ 3 beers
$ 5 Caesars
$ 5 Wines

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Camino’s

El Camino’s is opening early on Friday, May 5th to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy Cazadores Tequila tasting from 3 pm; food specials; Cazadores cocktails; and live music starting at 8:30 pm. No cover. No reservations.VCC646_KG_8790_4c300-lpr

May 4-6, 2017 The Health & Sports Expo

The Health & Sports Expo is a free three-day event to kick off marathon week! I’m not going to miss this one, AND I’m also running the half marathon. Head down to checkout all the latest health and sports products, May 4-6, at Vancouver Convention Centre West – you can win amazing prizes including Whitecaps tickets from BMO, Seahawks Training Camp VIP passes, Saucony Shoes, Air France flights to Paris and more! There will be tons of giveaways and free samples from over 120 brands. It’s free, fun and where you want to be!

You don’t have to be a runner to attend. This event is free and open to the general public. Race participants will also pick-up their race bib, timing chip and tech shirt here.

Be sure to leave plenty of time to check out this free event that features new prize giveaways daily!

  • Thursday, May 4, 5pm-8pm
  • Friday, May 5, 11am-8pm
  • Saturday, May 6, 10am-6pm
LOCATION click here

Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3, Canada


tft double vancouverFor the second year in a row, Mealshare is inviting guests to paint the town orange and dine out for a cause during its ‘Tonight for Tomorrow’ initiative on Wednesday, May 10, to help the Vancouver-based non-profit social enterprise raise some much-needed funds for its mission to end youth hunger.

During the exclusive, one-night-only event, 15 participating restaurants and counting will partner with Mealshare. For every one dollar a patron spends on food at one of these participating restaurants that evening, one dollar will be donated to Mealshare. To mark the occasion, a number of major Vancouver landmarks like BC Place, City Hall, TELUS World of Science and more will be illuminated orange to show support for the second-annual event.

Participating restaurants to date include:

  • Anatoli Souvlaki
  • Bauhaus
  • The Bayside Lounge
  • Brix & Mortar
  • The Emerald
  • Fable (lunch only)
  • The Greek by Anatoli
  • Jamjar Commercial
  • Jamjar South Granville
  • The Mackenzie Room
  • The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
  • Pidgin
  • The Portside Pub
  • Sai Woo
  • Tuc Craft Kitchen

Mealshare regularly partners with hundreds of restaurants in eight cities across Canada that support the charity’s ‘buy-one, give-one’ model, allowing guests who order a Mealshare-branded item on the menu to provide a complimentary meal to youth in need at no extra cost to them. For each featured meal sold, participating restaurants contribute financially to Mealshare, which forwards the funds to its network of partner charities to purchase the groceries and ingredients needed for a meal. The result: buy one, give one — a meal for a meal.

With the help of 14 Vancouver partner restaurants, Mealshare marked the end of its milestone ‘Road to One Million’ meals campaign last November, which counted down to the one-millionth meal the charity has helped serve to youth in need across Canada since its inception in 2013. The non-profit is planning a major expansion this June, by adding over 20 new Vancouver establishments to the Mealshare family of restaurants, including Jamjar South Granville, The Dirty Apron and Bao Down.

For more information about Mealshare, visit www.mealshare.com, become a fan of /MealshareTeam on Facebook and follow @MealshareYVR or @MealshareTeam on Twitter and @mealshare on Instagram.

New Zealand Wine Tasting May 14, 2015

In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery.

Join a variety of premium New Zealand wineries with over 90 wines at our exclusive annual tasting. Meet the representatives, taste their exceptional wines, and make our discoveries your own.

Food Stations offering small samplings will be provided to enhance your New Zealand tasting experience.

New Zealand in a Glass

Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:00 PM -9:30 PM $65
Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel – Vistas 360, Vancouver BC

Regional Varietal Counters

Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris
Enjoy the contrast in styles of Pinot Gris refreshingly elegant or richly complex. Discover the distinctive terroir driven styles of Pinot Noir with old world structure and new world fruit driven intensity.

Participating Wineries
Auntsfield Estate
Forrest Wines
Hunter’s Wines
Invivo Wines
Kim Crawford
Loveblock Vintners
Marisco Vineyards
Matua Wines
Mud House Wines
Oyster Bay Wines
Rockburn Wines
Saint Clair Family Estate
Stoneleigh Vineyards
te Pa Family Vineyards
Villa Maria Estate
Waimea Estates
Whitehaven Wine Company

Foodie Fridays NEWS1130 April 19, 2013

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It’s all about wines this spring in Vancouver – listen here foodie friday 4.19

On Monday 29 April 2013 at the Roundhouse Community Centre wines from New Zealand are coming to town. Find out more about this country’s wines; there’s far more coming from this amazing country than just Sauvignon Blanc.

Try a sampling of fine foods and cheeses from New Zealand and get to know New Zealand Pinot Noirs, Merlots, Pinot Gris, Rieslings and more

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Go to my site, goodlifevancouver.com for a chance to win 2 tickets to this event and for more information


On April 24 Sake lovers rejoice as Tengumai Sake Maker’s comes to one of Vancouver’s best sushi spots,  Zest at West 16th and macdonald.

Shata Shuzo Sake is launching TENGUMAI sake in Canada and the  Chefs at Zest will prepare exquisite 6 course meal to go along with this beautiful sake. This is not the cheap hot sake, but instead finely crafted and served cold to showcase the unique flavours. Price is $108 including taxes and gratuity.


This evening Australian Wines are showcased at the Stanley Park Pavilion, brought to us by house wine.

Entitled THE Next Chapter  the ozzzies  have brought new vintages of beloved and iconic classics from downunder. Tickets are $55



The Naramata Bench Wineries are on the road for their spring release on Friday, April 26, at The Four Seasons Hotel. WINE FOR WAVES is presented in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium in support of its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™. Enjoy the best of the Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings with partners such as YEW restaurant + bar; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro, Misconduct Wine Co’s The Kitchen, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery.  Proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise™.

Tickets: $95. Info and Tickets go to www.vanaqua.org/wineforwaves

Tickets now on sale for this year’s Passions at the Dr. Peter Centre

This year’s Passions is the biggest yet, with 24 of Vancouver’s top restaurants, a caterer and a food cart all coming together for one unforgettable event!

Over the past eight years, Passions, the annual fundraising gala at the Dr. Peter Centre, has rightfully earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s top events for lovers of great food and wine, as the city’s top chefs come together to support a worthy cause.

This year, Passions will be bigger and better than ever, with more restaurants (just when you thought they couldn’t squeeze in any more), a cocktail and canapé pairing station, a food cart and a caterer!

24 restaurants will betaking part in this year’s event. Returning restaurants include Cibo, Cin Cin, Chambar, Coast, Crave on Main, Diva at the Met, El Barrio, Fraiche, the Kambolis Group, LeGavroche, La Terrazza, Market at the Shangri La, MIX the Bakery, O’Doul’s, The Observatory, Oru at the Pacific Rim, Provence and Tojo’s. Newcomers to the event include The Apron at the Wall Centre Westin, Ensemble, Hapa Umi, Hawksworth, Maenam and West. To reflect the changing landscape of Vancouver’s culinary scene, a street-side food cart will be greeting guests as they arrive, courtesy of Fresh Local Wild.

The event will once again feature wines courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers and a new additionthis year will be a cocktail and canapé pairing station courtesy of Kale & Nori and The Keefer Bar.

Another first for thisyear will be a pre-event champagne reception where guests can sip bubbly asthey preview auction items, mix and mingle with event hosts and Dr. Peter’s friends and family, and enjoy scrumptious canapés from The Lazy Gourmet. Only 50 tickets will be available for the reception.

This year’s event will be hosted by Global TV’s Sophie Lui and Jay Janower, and CBC Radio’s fabulous Fred Lee will return as auctioneer. Music for the evening will be provided by Sangre Moreno and Passions’ guests will once again be wowed by the high-flying acrobatics of Circus Aerials.

Passions – A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Date: Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Time: Champagne Reception, 5 pm to 6 pm

Main Event, 6 pm to 9 pm

Where: Dr. Peter Centre

Address: 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver BC

Tickets: $300 – general admission & champagne reception (only 50 available)

$200 – general admission

Available at www.drpeter.org or by calling 604-331-5086.

About the Dr. PeterAIDS Foundation

Since 1992, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has continued the legacy of Dr. Peter Jepson-Young. The Dr.Peter Centre opened its doors in 1997 and cares for people living with HIV/AIDS. Operating a day health program and a 24-hour residence with palliative care and respite care services, it is the only program of its kind in Canada and is recognized as a leader in HIV/AIDS care. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Dr. Peter Centre, and Passions, please visit www.drpeter.org.

About Passions

The history of Passions traces back to 2003, to a small charity cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later in 2004, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and christened “Passions.” Organized by Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events. The 2010 event featured 21 chefs, 300 attendees and raised over $100,000. In total, Passions has raised over $600,000 since 2004.