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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – May 11 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? Lots! We are back in town and settling back in from our honeymoon and have plans to hit the Spot Prawn Festival on Saturday for our 2 week anniversary celebration (joking). There’s a ton of Mother’s Day Celebrations and I did an entire post here, and have some gift suggestions and a GIVEAWAY for a Philips Airfryer here, you can join Daniel Sedin and Canuck Place for a Blanket Fort or try out some new menu items at Lift.

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Spot Prawn Pop Up at Vancouver Aquarium

Ocean Wise® Executive Chef Ned Bell and Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter are kicking off spot prawn season with this first-ever collaborative dinner at Vancouver Aquarium’s Pop-Up café.

Join these top Vancouver chefs for a decadent five-course dinner with wine pairings as they put the spotlight on sustainable spot prawns.


Chilled Marinated Spot Prawns
Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa, Spicy Crema
Chef Robert Clark
Sea Star Vineyards – Stella Maris, North Pender Island BC

Spot Prawn and Razor Clam Soup
Brown Butter, Lime, Smoked Vancouver Island Sea Salt
Chef Ned Bell
Road 13 – Chenin Blanc, Oliver BC

Spot Prawn Ravioli
Cowichan Pasta Co, Peas, Asparagus, Ricotta
Shaved Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil
Chef Ned Bell
Sumac Ridge – Un-oaked Chardonnay, Summerland BC

Sake Poached Spot Prawns
Roasted Northern Coho, Spring Radish, Black and White Sauce
Chef Robert Clark
Tantalus – Juveniles Pinot Noir, Kelowna BC

‘Sugar Kelp’ Chocolate Mousse
Blood Orange Marmalade
Chef Ned Bell

Spot Prawn Festival Vancouver

Spot Prawn Festival

11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival organized by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.

Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 3 pm at  Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8

  • 11:00 am the Spot Prawn Boil service begins
  • 11:00 am demonstration cooking stage opens
  • 12:00 am Spot Prawn boats arrive to the wharf


Lift Has a New Menu

Executive Chef Soojin Park has just released a new menu at Lift, one of the most scenic restaurants in the city and highlights include:

Ahi Tuna – with mascarpone stuffed piquillo, summer vegetables and fennel marmalade
Mahi Mahi – with Hawaiian salsa, beurre blanc, carrot puree, roasted fingerling potato and vegetables
Pork Ribeye – with plum vinaigrette, onion velute, mashed potato, red wine jus

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Canuck Place to host Vancouver’s largest blanket fort at their “Best Day Ever” event 

On Saturday, May 13, Canuck Place will transform the corner of Seymour and Georgia with the construction of Vancouver’s biggest blanket fort that will span almost 2,000 square feet. Event attendees will enjoy interactive musical performances, childhood culinary delights (like Earnest Ice Cream and Mom’s Grilled Cheese), and family-friendly games and activities. There will also be special appearances by Daniel Sedin and beloved Fin. Ever celebrates the favourite ways that Canuck Place families spend time together, from quieter moments spent in the Canuck Place Hospice gardens to exciting adventures on recreation therapy outings. Join us on Saturday to reflect on and share how you would spend your best day ever.

Event:                   Best Day Ever Blanket Fort
Date:                     Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time:                    11:00am to 3:00pm

Location:             Outside TELUS Garden at 510 West Georgia Street (corner of Seymour and Georgia) in Vancouver, BC

Hashtags:          #BestDayEver #CanuckPlace
Daniel Sedin will be on-site at the fort and available for photos between 11:00am- 12:00pm to launch the event:

  • 11:00am – 11:05am: Ribbon cutting with Canuck Place child Charlie-Anne
  • 11:10am – 11:20am: Candid photos inside the blanket fort
  • 11:20am – 12:00pm: Photos and autographs with fort attendees

Fin will be there from 12:00-1:00pm and available for photos.

May 13 – EAT GRAIN pop up shop at MAIN STREET BREWING 12-6pm


Join EAT GRAIN for a FLOUR SHOP pop-up! Freshly milled flour has been available to orrder for select restaurants around the city, and now it’s available to you at the launch of Vancouver’s first micro flour mill with a pop-up shop!

There will be selection of freshly milled flours, along with sourdough bread and baked goods made exclusively with EAT GRAIN flour.

What’s Good This Week May 10

Events in Vancouver

This is one busy week for those who love great food and wine. The sun is out and patio’s will be hopping, if you have a favourite let us know in the comments as we are putting together a list of our favs. So many events in Vancouver, but don’t miss those spot prawns this week, as although there will be plenty of time to enjoy them in the coming weeks, the gala and festival will be amazing.

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2016 SPRING PATIO WINE TASTING at Dockside – May 12

Speaking of patios, Coal Harbour Liquor Store presents a unique patio wine tasting event for Spring. Celebrate Dockside Restaurant’s sixth consecutive “Best Patio” win in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards with this al fresco tasting event.

The 2016 Pelican Bay Spring Tasting will feature roughly 100 wines from all over the world in a spectacular waterfront patio setting along with carefully selected local craft beers and spirits.

The 2015 Pelican Bay Wine Tasting event is being held on Thursday, May 12th from 5-8PM. Why not make a night of it with dinner at Dockside, your event ticket entitles you to 10% off your food bill on the event day. Buy Tickets


Spot Prawn Gala

Spot Prawn Gala -May 13

Hosted by chef Robert Clark with six chefs making their own take on Spot Prawns.  The Spot Prawn Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a GALA to benefit Oceanwise. 6:30 pm at the Vancouver Club. Gala tickets

Moët & Chandon Champagne Reception with Canapés by Chris Whittaker – Forage, Vancouver BC

1st course – Sean Cousins – Vancouver Club, Vancouver BC
2nd course – Bill Jones – Deerholme Farm, Duncan BC
3rd course – Matthias Fong – River Café, Calgary AB
4th course – Anthony Walsh – Oliver Bonacini, Toronto ON
5th course – Ned Bell – YEW seafood + bar, Vancouver BC
6th course – Angus An – Maenam, Vancouver BC
Palate Cleanser – Bella Gelateria
Dessert – Christine Beard, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts


Spot Prawn Festival Fisherman’s Wharf – May 15

Chefs from the Lower Mainland gather to serve you fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns. Tickets to the Spot Prawn Festival Boil are $17.50 each. All proceeds will support the Chefs’ Table Society of British ColumbiaTickets get sold out days before the event so please don’t wait!

Spot Prawn Boil Single Admission (all ages – nonrefundable): $17.50 + GST and service fee and include a plate of three succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of sides dishes and bread from Terra Breads and access to the drink tent (19+ of age only) for free samples from our sponsors: R&B Brewing, and our wine sponsor, Evolve Cellars. TICKETS

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White Spot Donates to the Red Cross – May 11

On Wednesday, May 11, White Spot will donate $2 from the sale of every burger platter or combo to the Canadian Red Cross. All 63 restaurants throughout B.C. and Alberta will be participating, including the BC Ferries vessels who offer White Spot on board.

The fundraiser is using the social media hashtags #ABfire and #YMMfire.


Vancouver TheatreSports Alberta Fires Appeal, May 11

May 11 will be dedicated to raising funds for the Canadian Red Cross’ Alberta Fires Appeal. Net proceeds from the ticket sales of TheatreSports and Off Leash that night will be donated to the fund. In addition, the cast will pass the hat at all 11 performances during the week (May 11 – 15) to raise additional cash. All funds generated will go to The Canadian Red Cross.

Tickets for the May 11th VTSL shows (at The Improv Centre on Granville Island) are available online at vtsl.com.

Sakura Tea

Urban Tea Merchant Sakura Tea Set – offered until May 31st

Celebrate spring with Sakura cherry blossom inspired afternoon tea service. Presented on a beautiful glass platter, this afternoon tea includes delightful Japanese inspired tea-infused savouries and sweets. A beautiful high tea service to be paired with our Sakura! Sakura! Tea.

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Noble Ridge Wines at Feast Winery May 15th

Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery heads to West Vancouver on May 15th, for a 5 course meal thoughtfully crafted by the talented Feast culinary team, each perfectly paired with a fantastic wine. Check out the full menu here! Cost is $125 per person (taxes & gratuity not included)


Swallow Tail Hemingway themed Secret Supper on May 14

“A Moveable Feast” created by star Chef Jacob Deacon Evans (Wildebeest/West) at the supper club in the garden if it’s nice out. Fabulous multi-course dinner inspired by the life and travels of Ernest Hemingway at Swallow Tail’s long table.
Book a Seat
Menu teasers…
Oysters with sancerre gelee (1920s Paris)
Venetian style lobster risotto (1950s Gritti palace in Venice)
Oxtail stew (1925ish Pamplona)
Rum custard creams (1960’s Cuba) and much more

YEW dessert

Sample YEW’s  latest line up of desserts 

New desserts fresh from the YEW Kitchen  from new arrival Chef Mark Burton include an Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake, Seasonal Fruit Pies, and composed desserts featuring Hazelnut and Lemon, Honey and Key Lime. Frozen dessert lovers will have their pick of home made ice creams and sorbets including an Affogato and over-the-top Sundae Funday dessert. This power sundae pairs vanilla soft-serve with favourite toppings including Amarena Cherries, Honey Comb Candy, Chocolate Covered Almonds, Brownie, Toffee and Beer Caramel.

Chefs’ Table Society – Spot Prawn Festival – May 17


The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, in partnership with the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, and Fisherman’s Wharf, present the 9th annual Spot Prawn Festival May 17. The FREE celebration includes live entertainment, fun activities for children, and free cooking demos by top local chefs.

When the boats come in, live, local prawns are for sale at the dock, or buy tickets to the Prawn Boil or for local beer and wine, all while enjoying the dockside atmosphere and live entertainment.


For the Love of Prawns – Powell River

Spot Prawn Festival Powell River

Westview Wharf – June 16, 2012 FREE admission. Fun for the whole family. Come and GET TRAPPED at the Prawn Festival!
FREE admission – Westview Wharf. Llots of activities for families. A colouring raffle contest will be distributed through local schools. MORE prawns to eat MORE ways! Chef demonstrations and the much loved ‘Black Box’ competition with celebrity guest chef to be announced! A sea-life display of local critters right here in our own pristine waters. Learn from prawners why this area produces some of the very best prawns in the whole world! Understand how prawning is not only sustainable but a solid part of the local food movement.There will be lots of local entertainment on the stage through out the day with a GREAT all female band “Femme Fatale” from Nanaimo. Townsite Brew will have a variety of tasty cold beer in the BEER GARDEN from 3-11pm.

Artisan, local farmers and food vendors please message (or call 604-483-2228) Amy Sharp about being a part of this grand event!


Brought to you by:

Powell River Tourism Vancouver Aquarium

World Oceans Day Local food, local music, community involvement - Powell River, Sunshine Coast

Spot Prawn Festival

6th Annual BC Spot Prawn Festival Saturday, May 5th – 11 am to 3 pm False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island) Tickets spotprawnfestival.com


On May 5th the city’s top chefs prepare a spot prawn boil at False Creek’s Fishermen’s Wharf benefiting The Chefs Table Society. Meet local chefs and fishermen at this 6th annual prawn boil featuring demonstrations from Vancouver’s top chefs including Vikram Vij, Tojo,  Ned Bell, Executive Chef of The Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver and The Pear Tree’s Scott Jaeger as well as a BC wine tasting, live music and autographed cookbooks. Vancouver Aquarium provides kids exploration of fabulous fish and other cool creatures through hands-on activities, their mobile habitat and other family friendly events and “Ocean Wise” will be giving away 150 children’s pass to the Vancouver Aquarium.

This is a free family event with cooking demo’s and kids activities. Tickets for the prawn boil are available at $12, which includes fresh, off-the-boat Spot Prawns, salad side dish and Terra Breads to mop it all up with! Also included is a BC wine sample tasting and samples of Mogiana coffee. Please note: parking for the day is OFF site.  

Canada’s largest Spot Prawn Festival and Prawn Boil makes fresh, right off the boat, local spot prawns available for hundreds to taste so after you’ve been inspired by the demo’s, grab your own bagful off the fishing boats ($12 per lb) and recreate the chef inspired dishes at home.

The festival kicks off the spot prawn season, which continues on for six to eight weeks allowing the public an opportunity to buy live, locally sourced and sustainable prawns directly off the dock daily from 1 pm at Fisherman’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island). From here over 50 of Vancouver’s top restaurants will serve up these fresh delicacies in recipes and special dishes, including a prawn boil at Chef Rob Belcham’s Campagnolo.

Tickets are available on line and advance tickets are recommended as this 11am – 3pm event sells out, last year by 1:30 pm. For further event details and tickets visit http://www.spotprawnfestival.com


5th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

Saturday, May 7th – 11am -3pm False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island)

On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, the city’s top chefs will prepare Canada’s largest Spot Prawn boil at False Creek’s Fishermen’s Wharf, benefiting The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.

The festival kicks off the BC Spot Prawn season, which continues on for 6-8 weeks. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to buy live, locally sourced, and sustainable prawns as the festival makes fresh, right off the boat, local sustainable Spot Prawns available for hundreds to taste. On May 7th get inspired by chef cooking demos and grab your own bagful right off the fishing boats ($12 per lb) to recreate these dishes at home.

Participating chefs

Meet local chefs and fishermen at this fifth annual Spot Prawn boil and watch demonstrations from Vancouver’s top chefs. Dozens of Vancouver’s top chefs, such as James Walt, Araxi Restaurant + Bar; Rob Clark and Lee Humphries, C Restaurant;  Rob  Belcham,  Campagnolo and refuel, Chef Anne Kirsebom; Quang Dang, Diva at the Met; Chris Whittaker, O’Doul’s at the Listel; Julian Bond, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and Mary Mackay, Terra Breads cook up prawns fresh for your plate, while others demo spot prawn dishes for you to try at home.

Fishermen’s Wharf Stage – May 7th on the ½ hour from 11:30 am until 2pm

  • Ned Bell – Rosewood Hotel Georgia
  • Andrea Carlson – Bishop’s
  • Scott Jaeger – The Pear Tree
  • Hidekazu Tojo – Tojo’s
  • Alessandra Quaglia – Provence Mediterranean Grill
  • Wayne Martin – Crave on Main

Granville Island Market Stage – May 7th and 8th at 12, 1:30 and 3 pm

Hosted by Chef Stephen Wong with

  • John Bishop – Bishop’s
  • Tina Fineza – Flying Tiger, Les Faux Bourgeois, La Taqueria, Commune Cafe
  • Brandon Thordarson – 100 Days at the Opus Hotel
  • Neil Wyles – Hamilton Street Grill
  • Todd Bright – Wild Rice
  • Brendan Robson – Grouse Mountain

Fun for the whole family

This is a free family event with cooking demos and kids’ activities – There is no cost to come on site.

The Vancouver Aquarium provides kids with an exploration of fabulous fish and other cool creatures through hands-on activities and other family friendly events. Chefs demonstrate prawn recipes and sign cookbooks (look for the chefs in bright orange hats, collect the most signatures and win prizes!). Raffle tickets include stays at the newly refurbished Rosewood Hotel Georgia, a day out on a boat prawn fishing, dinner at C Restaurant and lunch at Hawksworth Restaurant.

What’s included?

Tickets for the Spot Prawn Boil are $10 each. This gets you:

  • Entrance into the food, wine, and beer tent
  • One plate of fresh-off-the-boat BC Spot Prawns, accompanied by sides, sauces and Terra Breads baked goods to mop it all up!
  • Sampling of Neck of the Woods Winery and Backyard Vineyards wines
  • Sampling of R & B Brewing craft beers
  • Sampling of  farm-direct and family traded Mogiana coffee

Venue / logistics

Parking: Please note on May 7th only PARKING IS OFF-SITE with a drop off zone at the bottom of 1st Avenue and Creekside Drive. (map)

Get your tickets now!

Skip the line-up and buy your tickets in advance now: http://bit.ly/spotprawn

Wild BC Spot Prawns Spawn around BC

Wild BC Spot Prawn Festivals have been proven to be a crowd favourite with the success of the Chefs’ Table Society’s Annual Spot Prawn Festival. This year, the Pacific Prawn Fisherman’s Association, in conjunction with the Chefs’ Table Society, will host Wild BC Spot Prawn Festivals in Kelowna, Saturday June 4th from 1 – 4pm at the Manteo Resort, 3762 Lakeshore Road and Sunday, June 5th at the Watermark Beach Resort, 15 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC, again from 1 – 4pm. Entrance to the Festivals is free; there will be a small fee for tickets to purchase samples. The original Spot Prawn Festival, now in its 5th year, takes place at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf in Vancouver on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The Okanagan festivals are community driven and will feature chefs preparing Wild BC Spot Prawns samples to taste. The Kelowna Festival will feature Junior Chefs vying for the best prawn recipe, voted on by media, guest chefs and consumers alike. Ocean Wise from the Vancouver Aquarium will be on hand to educate Festival participants about the sustainability of this delectable seafood. Live Wild BC Spot Prawns will be available on site for sale from Codfather’s, and recipe cards from some of Canada’s top chefs will guide consumers through preparation of the prawns.

About Wild BC Spot Prawns

Wild BC Spot Prawns are a delicacy known around the world for their sweet, delicate flavour and firm texture. They are most recognizable for their reddish brown colour, which turns bright pink when cooked, defining white spots on their tail and white horizontal bars on the carapace. Spot prawns are the largest of the seven commercial species of shrimp found on the west coast of Canada. Wild BC Spot Prawns are available live during the short harvest season, which usually starts in May and lasts anywhere from six to eight weeks. Prawn fishermen spread baited traps along the rocky ocean floor at depths ranging from 40 to 100 metres. This method has minimal impact on ocean habitat and very low levels of bycatch of other species.

About The Chefs’ Table Society of BC

The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is a chef-administered, province-wide collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals. They support innovative and sustainable programs that will inspire, educate and nurture chefs, producers and local food industry, all the while promoting standards of excellence with the aim of enhancing the reputation of BC regional cuisine.

Chefs’ Table Society Announces the Fourth Annual Spot Prawn Festival

The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Lasting for the duration of the season, the six to eight week Spot Prawn Festival will kick off on Saturday May 8th from 12pm – 3pm with a community and family-friendly event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.

This rain or shine launch will feature delicious spot prawn dishes, spot prawn specials at the award-winning Go Fish, a gathering of Vancouver’s chef and restaurant community, and the arrival of the season’s first spot prawns as local fishermen return to the wharf with their catch.

The annual Spot Prawn Festival will provide another local, fresh, and sustainable ingredient for our restaurant chefs and home cooks to enjoy. Those who take pride in serving the bounty of British Columbia can use this annual six-to-eight week window of opportunity to purchase live, locally sourced and sustainable spot prawns directly from our local fishermen at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf and at participating restaurants serving local spot prawns. At $12 per pound for the public ($10 for Chefs’ Table members), they are an excellent and affordable alternative to the farmed tiger prawns served in most Vancouver restaurants.

This year the Spot Prawn Festival is also proud to feature wine samples from Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, a kids play area from the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program, a special guest speaker from the David Suzuki Foundation, and entertainment from local blues-rock band Terminal Station. As the Chefs’ Table Society is continuing to spread awareness for it’s latest cookbook Vancouver Cooks 2, festival goers can purchase books at the festival and have them signed by their favourite Vancouver chefs.

The festival creates a virtual ‘spot prawn frenzy’, as the event is growing bigger and better each year! Bringing energy and excitement down to the docks, attendees will flock to local fishermen at the wharf generating long line-ups for spot prawns bought fresh off the boats.

Local. Sustainable. Delicious. Join us for the 4th Annual Local Spot Prawn Festival!

Launch date: Saturday May 8th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Duration: The Spot Prawn Festival will run for eight weeks
Buying times: After 1pm daily
Location: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf
(1505 West 1st Avenue, North-West of Granville Island, between the Burrard Street Bridge and the Granville Street Bridge – http://www.falsecreek.com/p_map.htm)

For further event information please visit http://www.chefstablesociety.com/

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