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What’s Good This Week June 20 Edition

What To Do In And Around Vancouver This Week

It’s the first day of summer and I’m feeling rather out of sorts for some reason. It’s actually the kind of weather I like today, so that can’t be it, although I know a lot of my friends would be happier with a little more sunshine. However, I’ll soldier through and maybe I just need a night at home or a hug or something. As for my recommendations, there’s lots this week. I’ll be heading off to Chase to a Bison Ranch and catching up with what’s new in Kamloops this weekend, so stay tuned on social for reports on my journey.

pop up art show june 25

Art in The Vines June 25

Did you know my talented mother is an artist? She and many others are presenting Art In The Vines on June 25 from 12- 5  at Impressions Art Show on 925 Crawford Rd. at Deb Martin’s Vineyard.  Have a glass of wine and find some amazing original art priced at ‘event’ options.


Cibo Chianti Dinner – June 21

The famed wines of Tuscany take centre stage on the longest day of the year when General Manager and Wine Director Mark Taylor plays host to a four-course Chianti Dinner at Cibo Trattoria on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will pair a rustic four-course Italian-inspired feast from Chef de Cuisine, Josh Gonneau, with an array of Chianti and an overview of the region and its wines courtesy of Taylor.

Pesce Marinato e Fagioli Bianchi
cured halibut on cannellini beans with charcuterie stuffed olives, dressed rucola
Le Rote Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2012
Pappardelle al Ragú di Cinghiale e Funghi
wild boar and mushroom ragu, preserved tomato
Fattoria di Rodáno Chianti Classico ‘Vigna Viacosta’ 2010
Fattoria di Luiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Agnello Due Volte
grilled peace country lamb loin, Tuscan spice braised lamb belly, potato purée, cipollini agro dolce
Rocca delle Macìe ‘Riserva di Fizzano’ Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Budino di Panna Biologica
organic crème fraîche panna cotta, fruit preserve, almond biscotti
Vin Santo del Chianti, 2008, Rocca delle Macie

 $89 per person plus taxes and gratuity. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 604-602-9570.


Deep South Meets Down Under at Mamie Taylor’s – June 20

Mamie Taylor’s Restaurant is teaming up with Australia’s Alpha Box & Dice winery for a Deep South Meets Down Under Winemakers Dinner on Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm.

The intimate evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Dylan and Justin Fairweather, whose laid-back Aussie attitudes and love for the unusual led to the founding of Alpha Box & Dice. The brothers’ winery won internationally acclaim for its “The Alphabet of Wine” — the construction a different wine style to represent each letter of the alphabet. (In case you’re wondering, they’ve just put the finishing touches on number 17.)


Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest – June 24

Here’s where I am headed (sadly solo). Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest with Chef Chris Whittaker, Forage Restaurant & Timber Vancouver, and his colleagues Alex Chen of Boulevard, and Robert Belcham of Campagnolo, who will be delivering a bison BBQ experience like no other. Local chef Jared Summers, from Jack Sams, Quaaout Lodge, will also share his creations. Celebrate the best flavours the Shuswap has to offer.

Located in beautiful Turtle Valley, just 6km east of the Trans Canada Highway at Squilax, we are a short 25 minute drive to Salmon Arm, and one hour drive to Kamloops. To learn more visit www.turtlevalleybison.ca, or call  1.780.231.5007 Tickets HERE! 


Strathcona Street Party June 24 – 11am to 6pm

Strathcona and Vancouver Mural Festival join forces for a vibrant street party to kick-off the summer season. Nine massive murals will come to life on Cordova as you can enjoy local food, the beer garden, live music, family friendly activities, and your favourite Strathcona businesses.

Live Mural Painting & Graffiti Jam
Beer Garden by Vancouver Craft Beer Week
All Ages Hip Hop Jam w/ Ninth Wave Radio
Chapel Sound DJS
A Giant Full-Building Wrap-Around Mural @ CBR
Longboarding Demos & Sprint Bike Challenge
Food Trucks

FREE + All Ages + Good Times More Info


Joy of Feeding – UBC June 24

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Joy of Feeding: a unique inter-generational, international food festival and fundraiser for the UBC Farm – where we celebrate home-cooked dishes from around the world. Joy of Feeding is a roaming feast where you can sample from 13 cooks from 13 countries in the fields of the UBC Farm. Chefs from Vij’sCacao, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services have brought together home cooks of different cultural backgrounds – from Cameroon to Colombia, Indonesia to Iran and beyond – to offer a taste of their favourite recipes.   What will you do at Joy of Feeding? Roam from cook-to-cook, and back again. Learn about the home cooks’ cultures. Connect with your local, sustainable food community. Kick up your heels to live music. Take a guided tour of the UBC Farm. Buy fresh, organic UBC Farm produce. Enjoy local craft beer and wine, available for purchase (must be 19 or older). Check out interactive booths featuring children’s activities and local culinary culture – kids welcome! All the recipes will be available here on our website, so you can recreate your favourites at home.

Meeru Dhalwala, Vij's Rangoli

Joy of Feeding 2015

4th annual Joy of Feeding event at UBC Farm Top chefs, home cooks and community come together for annual Joy of Feeding event

Sixteen home cooks of different cultural backgrounds – from Peru to Iran to Rwanda – will offer a taste of their favourite recipes at the fourth annual Joy of Feeding event on September 19, 2015. This celebration of whole foods, culture and cooking will take place from 5pm-8pm at the UBC Farm.

“Joy of Feeding is an international food celebration of the importance of carrying on the cooking traditions of all cultures,” says Meeru Dhalwala, Cookbook Author & Chef/Co-owner, Vij’s and Rangoli Restaurants and Chair, Joy of Feeding. Cooking is the gateway to caring about where our food comes from, taking care of our families, and taking care of our health.”

Joy of Feeding is an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and to have fun at UBC Farm while discovering where our food comes from. The outdoor, family-friendly event features children’s activities, multi-cultural beats and dishes from countries such as Peru, Iran, Greece, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Rwanda and more. Tickets are $50 and include a recipe book with each cook’s story and family recipe. Children 12 and under are free with their parent or guardian’s ticket purchase. Event proceeds support the learning, research, and community programs at UBC Farm.

Tickets and more information are available at joyoffeeding.com. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC
Directions: Visit joyoffeeding.com

About the UBC Farm: The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), located at UBC Farm, is a unique research centre that aims to understand and fundamentally transform local and global food systems towards a more sustainable, food secure future. The centre is a living laboratory, committed to finding solutions to both the local and global challenges facing food systems sustainability and translating solutions to improve personal, community, and environmental health.

21st Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields Returns to UBC Farm

This is an event we look forward to every year. Catch up with local breweries, wineries, restaurants and artisans.

FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) is proud to announce that the 21st Annual Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields will be returning to the beautiful UBC Farm on Sunday September 13, 2015. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Feast of Fields

Now in it’s 21st year, the Metro Vancouver Feast of Fields is B.C.’s longest standing local food celebration. The event is described as a wandering gourmet harvest festival which highlights the connections between local farmers and chefs, field and table, and between farm folks and city folks. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, guests will stroll across the farm at UBC, traveling from tent to tent, listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from B.C. top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers.

Feast of Fields

UBC Farm provides a unique setting to help highlight the connection between farm and city. Along with this beautiful venue, FarmFolk CityFolk is thrilled to have the support of Whole Foods Market as the event’s Gold Plate sponsor, Vancity and Bernardin Home Canning as the Silver Spoon(s) and long time supporter, Organic Grocer coming in as the Bronze Charger.

Event tickets are $95 and for an additional $10, the Feast Bus will whisk you to the farm and back. Tickets are now available online at http://www.feastoffields.com/metro-vancouver/ or at www.eventbrite.ca and in-store at any Whole Foods Market in Vancouver.

For more information about the event please visit: www.feastoffields.com

About FarmFolk CityFolk

FarmFolk CityFolk is a not for profit society that works to cultivate a local, sustainable food systems.
Their projects provide access to and protection of foodlands; support local growers and producers; and engage
communities in the celebration of local food. Feast of Fields is FarmFolk CityFolk’s largest annual
fundraiser. Funds raised from these events support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to cultivate a local, sustainable
food system in British Columbia.

Wet Hot American Cook-Out

american cook-out

On Friday, August 21st, Sensory Cinema goes to the great outdoors with Upstairs at Campagnolo and UBC Farm for The Wet Hot American Cook-Out.

Wet Hot American Summer will be paired with a fun-filled night of food, drinks and camp fun. With a summer camp cook-out by ‘Upstairs’ at Campagnolo, Chef Jesse McMillan will be dishing out a very special menu of playful cook-out favourites using ingredients harvested fresh from the UBC Farm. Dessert and drinks will be served with the sunset as the movie begins.

Lizzy Karp and Ken Tsui are celebrating their favourite cult comedy of all time, Wet Hot American Summer by bringing together a fun-filled night of food, drinks and camp fun. With a summer camp cook-out by “Upstairs” at Campagnolo, dessert and drinks are paired with the sunset as the outdoor screen flickers on for a showing of the comedy classic under the stars. Chef Jesse McMillan of “Upstairs” at Campagnolo is dishing out a very special menu of playful cook-out favourites using ingredients harvested fresh from the UBC Farm.

Here There is Lizzy Karp (Rain City Chronicles) and Ken Tsui (The Golden Dumpling Cook Off), a duo dedicated to hosting creative, new experiences in Vancouver. Together, they’re teaming up with chef Jesse McMillan and “Upstairs” at Campagnolo, best known for their signature “Dirty Burger”.

With the added dimension of taste, touch and smell, the movie comes alive in an immersive cinematic experience. Regardless of whether you’ve seen the film once or not at all, Sensory Outdoor Cinema is this summer’s most essential experience.


Sensory Cinema: Wet Hot American Cook-Out
Featuring “Upstairs” at Campagnolo
Friday, August 21st
UBC Farm

Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival

Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival is committed to giving craft beer lovers a high quality experience, centering around a beautiful venue, great breweries, and fantastic beers. What makes Farmhouse Saison & Wild Ale Festival special? Well, let’s start with the experience.

Saturday June 27 12-6 pm UBC Farm

Drinking a great beer is an intense sensory event. Look at how the colour of the beer catches the sun’s rays. Listen to the faint pop of the slowly dissipating head. Stick your nose in the glass and breathe deeply. Faint hops? A bit of fruit? Maybe some acid? Then take a sip, close your eyes and enjoy the cool breeze blowing over you. At UBC Farm, surroundings include forest, hop bines and an apple orchard.

Let’s Talk About Beer – List updated HERE

Food – TBD food vendors cooking up style focused pairings (not included in ticket – available for purchase)

1 token per 4oz serving size, poured into a beautiful custom glass. Tokens are 6 for $10.


More Information: www.farmhousefest.com

Designated drivers receive special wrist bands and a selection of free non-alcoholic drinks provided by the festival. There will also be non-alcoholic beverages for purchase through our food vendors. We urge you to plan ahead, drink responsibly and arrange a safe ride home. Please DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. The event is an outdoor function and will proceed rain or shine.

This event is 19+ only – no minors allowed. Two pieces of ID will be required for entry. Serving it Right Rules apply. Any person appearing intoxicated will not be allowed entry to the festival. We reserve the right to have security remove unruly or intoxicated persons from the festival at our discretion.


UBC Apple Festival

applesOctober 18-19, 2014 11am-4pm $4 entry – cash only (Children 12 years and under free)
Please note – no dogs are permitted on the festival grounds, with the exception of working service animals.

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it!

Apples and Apple Tree Cultivars for Sale

  • This year, around 54,000 lbs (24,400 kilos) of apples are sold to thousands of apple lovers.
  • More than 70 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically.
  • Heritage apples ‘Grimes Golden’ ‘Bramley’s Seedling’, ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ and many others will be on sale; also new varieties like the very popular ‘Ambrosia’ which was hybridized in Cawston, British Columbia, and Salish which was introduced in 2012.
  • 100 or more varieties of Apple trees grafted onto dwarfing root stock, perfect for the home garden or patio, will be available.
  • Pears and Quince will also be available in limited amounts.


Apple Tasting Tent – One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is our apple tasting tent located on the Main Lawn.


  • 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia.
  • Friends of the Garden “published in-house” Apple Booklet, available for purchase at the event listing the history, propagation needs and features of more than 100 varieties.
  • Tasting sessions from 11:00am to 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Tickets $5.00 available outside the tasting tent
  • Please note that not all the apples in the tasting tent will be available for sale due to very limited availability of some heritage varieties.

BC Fruit Testers Association hosts a physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia.

UBC Farmade

farmadeWe are pleased to announce the return of the 12th annual UBC FarmAde on Friday Sept. 12!

FarmAde brings together UBC community members of all ages to celebrate community, local food and local Vancouver talent. The event also brings together organizations and movements that support sustainability, local food, and raise awareness about food security issues.

Admission is free!

Events include:

  • Family-friendly local bands; featuring:
  • Vegan, vegetarian and low-impact beef burgers
  • Farm-fresh corn and organic UBC Farm veggies
  • A beverage garden featuring a local brewery
  • A children’s area with face painting, bubble wands and more!
  • Free tours of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
  • Lots of bike parking

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the online sign-up form.
If you’re community organization that would like to have a booth at UBC Farmade, click here.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing celebration of food, music and community at the UBC Farm! Entry into the event is free; tickets for food and refreshments will be sold on-site (cash-only). Valid government-issued photo ID is required for alcohol purchases. A secure bike valet will be available, and guests are encouraged to utilize public transit or cycling, as parking at the Farm site is limited.

Mayan Cooking Class at UBC Farm

Maya-Garden-300x200Members of the Maya in Exile Garden at the UBC Farm invite you to a traditional cooking workshop. Help prepare (and eat!) four dishes: Bledo con frijol (beans with amaranth leaf), tortillas de maiz (corn tortillas), ensalada tradicional(traditional salad), kelite frito con queso envuelto en tortilla (lambs quarters cooked with cheese wrapped in tortillas) and café tradicional (Mayan coffee).

Date: Saturday July 19th, 2014

Place: UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive, VancouverTime: 2:00-4:00PM

Cost: $30 (All proceeds to benefit the Maya in Exile Garden)

What to bring: Curiosity and your hungry belly

To register: e-mail Caroline at Pendleton.caroline@Gmail.com


UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival

apple festivalAn apple a day as they say!  GLV

Date: Saturday & Sunday Oct 19th, 20th, 2013
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: UBC Farm

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it!

Apple and Apple Tree Cultivars for Sale

Every year, around 44,000 lbs (20,000 kilos) of apples are sold to thousands of hungry attendees. More than 70 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically. These include the heritage apples ‘Grimes Golden’ ‘Bramley’s Seedling’, ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ and many others and also new varieties like the very popular ‘Ambrosia’ which was hybridized in Cawston, British Columbia, will be available. The Apple Festival will have limited quantities of the newly registered Okana apple.

Also for sale will be many varieties of apple trees grafted onto dwarfing root stock, perfect for the home garden or patio.

2013 List of Apple Cultivars for Sale
2013 List of Apple Tree Cultivars for Sale (Coming Soon)

Apple Tasting Tent

One of the most popular activities at the Apple Festival is our apple tasting tent. For only $5.00, curious event goers can taste up to 60 varieties of new and heritage apples grown in British Columbia. For those looking to learn more, the history and specific features of those varieties can be found in the Friends of the Garden’s “published in-house” Apple Booklet, available for purchase at the event.

2013 List of Apple Cultivars Available at Tasting Tent

Displays and Demonstrations

Also at the event is The Vancouver Island-based BC Fruit Testers Association who host a physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia. Members of the association are also on-hand to give demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing. Try to stump them with apple varieties from your garden, as they are experts at identifying apples (hint: bring along six apples from your unidentified tree).

Nearby, Master Gardeners discuss apple-related diseases and pest management for those seeking problem-solving advice. At any time of the year, don’t forget you can visit UBC Botanical Garden’s online Fruit Trees discussion forum for more help!

Entertainment & Children’s Area

Another feature at Apple Fest is our Children’s Area, with activity stations ranging from face painting and games to storytelling and puppet shows. This is a great place to spend some fun time with your children (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times).

There will also be a variety of talented entertainers to keep the family amused including family-friendly shows on the Main stage. Look for signs up around the festival with the entertainment schedule posted or check it out ahead of time below.

2013 Entertainment Schedule
2013 Entertainer Biographies

Attractions at the Garden

Be sure to spend some time exploring our beautiful Botanical Garden or taking a “walk on the wild side” on our treetop Canopy Walkway. And don’t forget to take a break to enjoy some of the festival’s selection of tasty edibles such as apple pie and hot apple cider available for purchase at The Food Fair located on the main lawn near the Apple Tasting Tent.

While the Food Fair showcases tasty treats, the Shop in the Garden features an exciting array not only of apple-related merchandise but also tools, books and gifts. Our Garden Centre has a variety of fruit trees and hundreds of plants for your garden. Craft vendors, UBC Herbarium merchandise and UBC Farm produce are also available throughout the garden.

Rates & Event Information

Admission is $4 for adults and children over 12 years, and includes FREE ENTRY TO THE GARDEN!

This event is brought to you by the Friends of the UBC Botanical Garden. All proceeds from this event support the educational, research and community programs in the Garden – your support helps the Garden to Grow.

A Bike Valet will be available at the main entrance and there is a FREE shuttle bus from the UBC Campus West Parkade.

For more information, call 604-822-4529. Please be advised that dogs are not permitted in UBC Botanical Garden. Hope to see you there!

Want to learn more about apples? Extensive information from the NSDL Scout Report for Life Sciences.

– See more at: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/apple-festival#sthash.MbrMqjmZ.dpuf

October 19th UBC Farm Heritage Orchard Tours

Date: Saturday Oct 19th, 2013
Time: 10am, noon, 2pm
Location: UBC Farm
Find more details here
Cost: Free!

On Saturday, October 19, 2013 the UBC Farm is excited to be joining the UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival.  In addition to a booth on-site at the festival, we will be offering tours of the UBC Farm Heritage Orchard on Saturday October 19 at 10am, noon and 2pm.

Meet Your Maker UBC

getlocalWednesday, September 25, 2013 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


UBC Point Grey Campus

Description:Look before you eat!
Meet the people behind the food, FREE samples and tasting.


DATE: September 25, Wednesday
TIME: 11am to 1:30pm
LOCATION: outside Triple-O’s patio

Chef Demo by Chef Steve Golob. 11:30am – 1:00pm
Information booths from Ethical Bean, Starbucks Coffee, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, Engineers without Borders, Social Conscience Sport Balls, Happy Planet, Steaz, Green Century Paper Products, Yerba Mate, and UBC Farm.

Encourage our community to look at where their food and other goods come from. Whether it is a kitchen, farm, factory, or fair trade, we continually make consumer choices that can show our support for sustainable and ethical business practices.

Help connect campus food consumers to campus providers and BC food producers

For information and recipes visit:

www.food.ubc.ca / www.events.ubc.caCost: FREE