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Buy Local Week

It’s on! Buy Local Week (Dec 2-8) is on in the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia! Buy Local Week is a celebration of local retailers, products, entrepreneurs and communities during the holiday season. Visit LOCO’s member’s page and find great local businesses near you. Why Buy Local this holiday season? find unique gifts, triple the impact of your charitable giving, create local jobs, reduce your environmental footprint, support your community, meet your neighbours and and most of all…have fun!

How Can You Participate?

Social Media

Write a holiday card to your favourite local business to win over $5000 in prizes including weekend getaways to Tofino and Whistler. Brought to you by The Tyee and Vancity. Enter to win here.

Recognize your local impact. Did you know a 1% increase in consumer local shopping creates 3100 jobs and $94 million in wages for BC workers? Check out these facts and more by downloading LOCO’s Buy Local Infographic.



Attend Buy Local events happening across the Province

  • Mob the Drive  Join us for food, entertainment, activities and prizes while you shop The Drive on Saturday, Dec. 7. Hosted by Vancity and the Commercial Drive Business Society
  • Light Up the Heights The Burnaby Heights Merchants Association invites community members and friends to celebrate with us at our sidewalk festival on Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Visit local craft fairs and farmer’s markets. You can find a list of these events on LOCO’s event calendar

Support local businesses

Find out about unique Local Businesses in our feature section in the Province Newspaper on Dec 1st.

Good Things to Do February 7 +

BigNight2014_300x250It may be chilly out there but don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself this weekend.  Much to sip and savour in this week before Valentines Day!

February 7 tonight Big Night A CELEBRATION OF FOOD & WINE  

Join us as the top chefs in the city serve dishes specially created to match award-winning wines from the 2014 International Wine Competition.

Participating CHEFS & MENUS:

David Hawksworth (Hawksworth) Sunchoke soup, Northern Divine caviar, brioche, meyer lemon paired with Best of Show: CHAMPAGNE LE MESNIL BLANC de BLANCS NV

Rob Feenie (Cactus Club Cafe) Oxtail agnolotti with foie gras, caramelized onions, duck liver, Vacca Rosa parmes

paired with Best Rich Red: THORN-CLARKE SHOTFIRE QUARTAGE 2010  an 

Pino Posteraro (Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca) Cannelloni of natural beef with chorizo  paired with Best Medium Red:  TENUTA SETTE PONTI CROGNOLO TOSCANA 2010

Chris Whittaker (Forage) Pacific Provider Spring Salmon tataki with celeriac remoulade and Northern Divine Caviar   paired with Best Rosé: POPLAR GROVE BLANC DE NOIRS ROSÉ 2012

Angus An (Maenam) Geng gati of mussels (Southern style curry of tumeric and mussels with kaffir lime leaf and young coconut) paired with Best Light White:  DR. PAULY BERGWEILER RIESLING 2012

Thomas Haas (Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie) Smoked vanilla-caramel cream puffs with Hawaiian sea salt  paired with Best Fortified:GONZALES BYASS NUTTY SOLERA OLOROSO SHERRY

Frank Pabst (Blue Water Cafe + raw bar) Seafood paella with squid, prawns, mussels, chorizo, rice and paella foam  paired with Best Rich White: DEVIL’S LIAR MARGARET RIVER CHARDONNAY 2011

Alain Raye (La Régalade) Duck confit croquette and brussel sprout salad with kumquet and mustard seed dressing 

paired with Best Medium White: LAURENZ V und SOPHIE GRUNER VELTLINER 2011

Wesley You

ng (Wildebeest) Lamb tartare, heritage onions, mustard seed gastrique, Shallot crumb  paired with Best Light Red:


Adam Pegg (La Quercia) Ricotta stuffed cannoli, cherry, pistachio   paired with Best Dessert: INNOCENT BYSTANDER MOSCATO 2012

Hosted at the Jewel Ballroom (on 8th Ave off Granville)

Vancouver Theatre

Granville Island Improv

VTSL’s signature festival, now in its 26th year, pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a tournament for comedic supremacy, with the audience deciding who will advance forward. This year’s contestants include teams from Toronto, Austin, Portland, Slovenia and the returning champions from Edmonton.

“The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival offers an opportunity for members of the global improv community to come together in a lively and entertaining format,” says Jay Ono, Executive Director at VTSL. “We are incredibly proud to host the festival and look forward to welcoming both local and international teams to The Improv Centre.”

Early in the tournament, Vancouver’s finest improv teams will outwit each other in the TheatreSports™ format. As the action heats up leading to Valentine’s Day weekend, favourite teams from past years and hot new groups will descend on Vancouver to claim the title of TheatreSports™ champions.

Massacre shows will take place at VTSL’s The Improv Centre on Granville Island starting January 22; the international players enter the tournament on February 11. The final showdown will take place on Sunday, February 16.

The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival 
January 22 – February 16 (times vary)
The Improv Centre on Granville Island
Tickets: Online at vtsl.com.

Hot chocolate fest cup 3


New participants for 2014 include: East Van Roasters (Gastown), Last Crumb Bakery & Cafe (Main St.), Koko Monk Chocolates (Kitsilano) and Uva Wine Bar (Downtown)as well as four new franchise owners from Blenz Coffee.

Cool factor …This year for the first time, vendors Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France and Uva Wine Bar will be offering the option of cold, hot chocolates. Plus the flavour in the cups of hot chocolate at Bella Gelateria will be inserted via gelato master James Coleridge’s new ‘gBARs’ (frozen gelato on a stick).

Mixologist Lauren Mote (Uva Wine Bar) will be breaking our former rule of ‘no alcohol’ with four cocktails inspired by traditional hot chocolate. Two without alcohol (one hot, one cold) will be available all day, while those of the boozier sort (crafted with Mote’s own Bittered Sling extracts) may only be sipped in the p.m.

Walk it off … Along with bold and whimsical new logo graphics by artist Stephanie Gilmour, this year we will also be providing a walking map to the neighbourhoods where our vendors are located.  Visit the website for a downloadable PDF, or a list where the large format printed versions may be picked up.

List of Vendors: http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/coming-soon-

Map: http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/your-walking-map


February 8th @ 12:00PM – 4:00PM

More and more people are finding themselves gluten-intolerant and that can make enjoying craft beer difficult, however more and more gluten-free options exist, such as most ciders and the increasing number of Gluten-reduced and Gluten-free craft beers. Join us at CiderWISE to try some of these unique and delicious alternatives. We’ll be showcasing ciders and gluten free beers made locally and from the US.

$25 ($20 CAMRA members) includes 3 tokens and a take home taster glass. Tickets on sale now!


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Extended Dine Out! Check out Dianne Chow of Fabulously Frugal’s List of Extended Dine Out Menus around town.


Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers Markets Winter Market – February 8 

Head to Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street at 30th from 10-2 pm


February 8, 2014 The Hawkers Lineup 2.8.14 Hawkers Market

33 Acres Brewing Beers on Draught
maQ Local Soju Cocktail Bar
Fat Duck Mobile Eatery
FlipTop Truck
Reel Mac and Cheese
The Candymeister
Living Lotus (Vegan) (raw)
6 Legs Good Apiaries
Sincerely Pasta (Gluten Free)
The Wonton Girl
Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream
Oollo Tea
Kombucha by O5 Tea (Mini Workshops)
Bumble and Oak Chocolates
Gems in Our Hands (Vegan)
Sweet Petite Confectioner
Yaya’s Kitchen
Ceiba Gourmet




February 7 and 8, 2014 Before winter is over be sure to head up to Grouse Mountain. This weekend they’re really celebrating with DJ’s, dining, snow shoeing, movies and more!  

Celebrate on the slopes from sundown to sunrise

While our athletes battle it out at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, we’ll once again open our doors for 24 consecutive hours of winter fun at the Peak of Vancouver! Dance the night away under starry skies as DJ Flipout and Zak Santiago spin your favourite tracks. Glide down The Cut while taking in a spectacular Vancouver sunrise or take in one of the many family friendly activities.

For your convenience, a complimentary shuttle will be running late Saturday/early morning Sunday between Grouse Mountain and key North Shore locations (see schedule below).

Be part of the excitement during Grouse Mountain’s annual 24 Hours of Winter celebration!

Special Events

After-Dark Party (8pm to 4am, Saturday night) DJ Flipout and Zak Santiago, aka Los Hermanos Libres, and Sailor Gerry spin the night away under starry skies at Altitudes Bistro.

Torch Parade (9pm Saturday) The city’s favourite playground will be aglow with enthusiastic skiers carving their way down the mountain. Best views from the Peak Flats and Lower Peak.

Park Jam (11pm Saturday to 1am Sunday) Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, guy or girl, young or old, come on out to win loads of prizing and have a good time!

Junior Pond Hockey Tournament (Saturday/Sunday) Cheer on these young local hockey dynamos as they represent the countries competing at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Non-Stop Activities

Skiing/ Snowboarding (9am Saturday to 10pm Sunday) Subject to periodic run closures for grooming and maintenance

Terrain Park (9am Saturday to 10pm Sunday)

Mountaintop Ice Skating (11:30am Saturday to 10pm Sunday) Subject to closures for the Junior Pond Hockey Tournament

Snowshoeing (9am to dusk, Saturday and Sunday, plus special night tours) Complimentary guided tours at sunset (5pm Saturday), midnight (11:30pm Saturday) and sunrise (6:30am Sunday). 1.5 hours in duration. Headlamps are required. Conditions permitting. Please meet at the Fireside Hut

Ziplining (10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, plus special night tours every 2 hours between 6pm and 6am, subject to bookings)Please book through Guest Services. Rates apply.

Eye of the Wind (11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm Saturday; 6am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm Sunday) Please book through Guest Services. Rates apply.

Theatre in the Sky (9:30am to midnight Sat, 9:30am to 9pm Sun) 9:30am-7pm Sat & Sun: “Extremely Wild” and “Tyto’s Triumph” every half hour; “Born to Fly” top of every hour.  3pm – 7pm Sat: NHL Hockey, Canucks vs. Leafs.  7pm to midnight Sat:Action sports films by Quiksilver and Red Bull

Outfitters open 9am Saturday to 10pm Sunday. Spirit Galleryopen 10am-10pm on Saturday and Sunday

Dining Schedule

Grouse Grind Coffee Bar (8am Saturday to 10pm Sunday) Alcohol-free zone entire weekend. Short closure 7am-8am Sunday.

Lupins Cafe (11am Saturday to 8pm Sunday) Alcohol-free zone 10pm Saturday to 11am Sunday. Breakfast served 7am to 10am Sunday morning. Short closure between 10am to 11am Sunday.

Altitudes Bistro (11am Saturday to 10pm Sunday) No minors past 8pm. Limited a la carte menu 10pm to 4am Saturday night. Brunch served 7am to 10am Sunday morning. Short closures between 4am to 7am, and 10am to 11am Sunday morning.

The Observatory (5pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday) Reservations recommended.

Complimentary Night Shuttle

Leaves on the top of the hour from the Lower Terminal (West Ramp) between midnight and 7am late Saturday/early Sunday.

Route: Nancy Greene Way, Capilano Road, Edgemont, Queens, up Lonsdale (to Prospect @ Rockland), down Lonsdale to Lonsdale Quay (Chadwick Court at the end of Chesterfield Place), Esplanade/Forbes/3rd Street/Marine Drive, up Capilano back to Grouse Mountain

Hop-off: Guests can hop off at any point along the route. They must advise driver in advance.

Designated Hop-on Spots: Edgemont Village (in front of Starbucks), Upper Lonsdale (Prospect @ Rockland), Lonsdale Quay (Chadwick Court at the end of Chesterfield Place), Marine Drive & Capilano Road (at the Petro Can parking lot), Capilano Road opposite the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Please note that if there is no one waiting at the above stops, the driver will not stop, and will continue along the route. Route and schedule subject to change.

Above 24 Hours of Winter schedule is subject to change




By Neil Simon

The Classic Comedy of Mismatched Roomies at Midlife
Meet Felix Ungar, the neurotic, neat-freak news writer. Meet Oscar Madison, the slovenly sportswriter.When life changes bring them together as roommates, will these two friends learn to meet in the middle? Or will their irreconcilable differences split them apart? The Odd Couple, the now classic play that earned Neil Simon his first Tony Award, is one of the playwright’s funniest and most affecting works.

By Asha and Ravi Jain – A Why Not Theatre Production – Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
A Heartwarming Tale of Love and Marriage
You think your mother is opinionated? Then say hello to Asha, who is determined to see her son, Ravi, married-even if she has to arrange it-and is not shy about saying why, in the most droll way, of course. In this unusual and unusually funny show, real-life mother and son share the stage and tell their entertaining true story of generational and cultural clash. As Asha declares, “I am Indian. Ravi is Canadian.”


Robson Square Skating Until February 28

It’s FREE skating for those with skates. If you don’t have skates, you can always rent some at the rink. It’s a magical place to enjoy the holidays with your friends, family and loved ones.

Dates and Times:
SUNDAY to THURSDAY: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 More Events HERE:




Vancouver Farmers Market Ripe – Dinner Fundraiser

ripeSave the date! On Sunday October 20th, 2013, the Vancouver Farmers Markets will present our annual dinner fundraiser RIPE, at the Exhibition Hall of the Roundhouse Community Centre. A family style feast of market food, RIPE is a harvest celebration of our farms and producers, and a feature event of the 5th Annual Sustenance Festival.

Delicious appetizers followed by a sit down meal, signature cocktails, a silent auction, and live entertainment are just some of the features of this year’s RIPE event. Starring Burdock & Co., Vij’s Rangoli, and the Glenburn Soda Fountain (more to be announced in the coming weeks), RIPE is an evening not to be missed! Tickets prices are $75 for adults and $15 for children under 12, and will be available in August at all VFM markets and on our website.

Participating Restaurants: Burdock & Co., Campagnolo, Chicha, The Dirty Apron, The Farmer’s Apprentice, Forage, Glenburn Soda Fountain, and Vij’s Rangoli.


MARKET at Shangri-La Hotel Brunch

farmers market shangri-laEvery second Sunday from May 19- September 22nd MARKET BY JEAN-GEORGES at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver hosts a farmers market along with an exceptionally local and farmer-driven brunch featuring ingredients from the market.  At the market you’ll find baked goods, greens, fruit spreads and olive oil, and if you are lucky Erin Ireland’s amazing It’s to Die For banana bread.




The market is held in the plaza area Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver and Urban Fare (the next one is June 30).  Along with the vendors you can catch Chefs Montgomery Lau or Chef Wayne Harris at a cooking demo at noon, where they demo products from the day’s market and create a dish with samples going to the crowd.

The 3-course brunch is $29 per person and is a great way to celebrate local produce and treat yourself right on a sunny Sunday.

We headed to the brunch a few Sunday’s back and then perused the market leaving with a few goodies.



Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet Marmalade and Toasted Crushed Pistachios *Goat Cheese Royale by Happy Days Dairy


 Fresh Angel Hair with Asparagus, Morels and Shitake Mushrooms *Mushrooms from Ponderosa Mushrooms


Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar, Salted Caramel Ice Cream *All natural peanut butter by Monkey Butter


Gorgeous Salmon Slivers


Slowly Cooked Pacific Cod, Sweet Garlic-Lemon Broth and Sautéed Spinach



Chocolate Banana Pudding

Heading down to the market we checked out the producers and grabbed a few goodies to go.


Andrew Peller – Sample of Sandhill Estate Winery and Red Rooster wines


Cocolico – Caramels, chocolates and dessert sauces

Domenica Fiore – Organic olive oil

Eat It Up – Fruit spread and agave nectar

Glutenull – Gluten free baked goods

It’s About Pearls – Pearl jewellery


Happy Days Dairy – Goat cheeses, milk and yogurt


Hearts and Greens Produce Inc. – Microgreens

Jules + Kent Food Group – West Coast Artisan Foods

Lusso Verde – Italian fine foods and flower arrangements


Monkey Butter – All natural peanut butters


Nelson the Seagull – Artisan breads and baked goods

Péché Mignon – Artisan gourmet shortbread cookies

Ponderosa Mushrooms – Fresh and dry mushrooms

Sweet Thea – Baked Goods

The Jam Ladies – Jams, marmalade, hot pepper jelly

Vancouver Winter Farmers Market


The Vancouver Winter Farmers Market is on until April 27 at the Nat Bailey Stadium and there are lots of products that are just beginning to show up for spring as well as the all season and winter items that are still in stock.





The food trucks are out in full force, so grabbing lunch is always part of the adventure.  I had a PLT from Pig on the Street. A tasty double smoked bacon, greens, vine-ripened tomato, avocado, farmhouse cheddar, and bacon mayo wrap.  VERY delicious and super filling.



While I waited (this is slow food folks and can take up to 20 minutes, but it’s worth it!), I  slurped back a few oysters from Sawmill Bay; both the Reed Island Gems and Sawmill Bay Gems.  Quite different from each other, the Reed Island being a bit creamier and sweeter. I suggest getting both and then shuck, suck and compare. By the way…have you joined The Good Life Vancouver Oyster Club yet?  So far we’ve  just on Facebook, but more on this soon.



Stinging Nettles are out in full force (pictured above from Hannah Brook Farms) but I’ve got a ton of kale right now that I’m working on so I had to pas.  I love these in Pesto and while looking for a recipe for this I found www.thekitchn.com and more recipes for nettles:

1. Garlicky Nettle Pesto from Hogwash – Terrific tossed with a bowl of spaghetti or rubbed into spring lamb.

2. Spinach and Nettle Crustless Spanakopita from Stitch n’ Boots – A strata of nettles and spinach made rich with eggs and feta. (Gluten-free!)

3. Spring Lasagna with Asparagus, Peas, and Stinging Nettles from The Bitten Word – All the best flavors of spring in this one.

4. Nettle Gnudi from Salty Seattle – These are a cousin of gnocchi made with ricotta and wilted nettles.

5. Nettle-Mushroom Pie with Pine Nuts from Voodoo & Sauce – An easy savory pie for dinner, lunch, or brunch.

6. Nettle Aloo from Just Cook It – A hearty Indian stew with nettles, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas.

7. Stinging Nettle Ravioli with Butter and Sage from La Travola Marche – Little pillows of nettle-stuffed goodness.

8. Nettle Pizza with Fontina, Taleggio, and Pancetta from Serious Eats: Slice– Actually a review of a pizza from Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty restaurant, take this one as inspiration to make your own seasonal pizza.


There are daffodils out and the supplier had three different kinds, these I couldn’t resist but I wish I bought more and filled up a few vases.


As a kiwi myself, I had to try the new Petkov Kiwi Fruit, out of Abbotsford, so grabbed two and designated them for Monday when they ripen a bit more.


There’s lots of squash, kale kale kale, herbs, honey and much more.  The full list is below.



At the Market this Month:

Produce: Apples, Arugula, Beans (dried), Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Carrots, Chicory, Garlic, Green Onions, Hazelnuts, Fresh Herbs, Honey, Kale, Kiwifruit, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Rutabagas, Salad Greens, Shallots, Sprouts, Sunchokes, Tomatoes (preserved), Turnips, Winter Squash

Meat and Dairy: Eggs, Goat & Cow’s Milk Cheese, Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Halibut, Pork, Sablefish, Salmon, Shrimp, Cod, Tuna, Clams, Oysters, Mussels


Foodie Fridays on News 1130

In honour of my first harvest of the first 2 tomatoes from my community garden at City Hall Vancouver, I bring you Tomatoes.

Community Gardens

Taste at Fairmont Vancouver Airport Globe – Caprese Salad – Heirloom Tomatoes, Boccocini, Balsamic

Taste at Kits Daily Kitchen – Stony Paradise Heriloom Tomato Salad – White Balsamic Vinegar – Salt Spring Goat Cheese

Provence Marinaside – Tomato Tart – Boullaibasse

Tomato Festival – Trout Lake Farmers Market – 9-2 pm

Did you know the tomato was once considered to be poisonous?  And did you know that tomatoes are related to roses?  Amazing but true facts like this can be learned at our annual Tomato Festival being held at the Trout Lake Farmers Market on September 10th.  Check out the impressive display of heirloom tomatoes grown in BC and taste a few while you’re at it!  Take home some recipes to make your own delicious meals featuring tomatoes. There will also be activities for the little tomato-lovers in the family – something for everyone to enjoy!

More than a dozen vendors will be selling tomatoes on festival day – the best selection you’ll find anywhere.

Fall Festivals

Cowichan Bay Wine & Culinary Festival 

Nectar, Nourishment & Knowledge – Expanded 2011 Festival Line Up

The 7th Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival invites wine and culinary aficionados to wineries, farms and restaurants doorsteps from Wed., Sept. 14th through Sun., Sept. 18th.

The 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival is presenting five NEW major festival events in addition to our traditional weekend celebration. Designed as a self-explore experience, visitors are encouraged to pick up or download a festival map before sipping and tasting their way through the Cowichan. All 26 festival participants will have something special going on over five days, and most daytime activities are free of charge. Visitors can also choose to purchase tickets to the festival participants’ events on Thursday through Sunday. Ticketed events range from $25 to $225 per person and in size from dinners for 24 to parties of up to 200. Reservations required and tickets are limited.

“Our community has rallied around our vintners, farmers, food producers and chefs who have created tasting or tour activities and events showcasing the best of Cowichan,” commented  Mike Hanson, Festival Director 2011 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival. “Together we are offering a truly memorable cultural destination experience.”

The festival begins Wed., Sept. 14th at 1:30 p.m. in beautiful Downtown Duncan with a community Grape Stomp at City Square Stage. After the Grape Stomp visit Bistro 161 for tasting flights of local wine by the glass and their Tapas Menu or step into elCentro Cafe for fabulous Jazz and their West Coast Latin Menu. Then at 7 p.m. join us for the Cowichan Wine Tasting in the Comeakin Room at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre.

On Thur., Sept. 15th at 6 p.m., Cowichan Chef’s Table and invited BC chefs are hosting a culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada’s Urban Peasant. This fundraiser for Providence Farm will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider. They will also be officially launching the James Barber Wood Burning Oven project, the chefs gift to Providence Farm.

A weekend day spent at the festival will take you on a journey through the scenic and meandering country roads of Cowichan, where visitors will find themselves alternating between ocean, mountain, field and rainforest views. The festival offers an assortment of the region’s best wines and ciders, tours and tastings, unique farm-fresh epicurean delights from organic farms and food producers, live entertainment, green Earth seminars, hand-blown glassware, and your favourite bottles of wine over lunch. To further enhance your experience take in a weekend session at the 1st Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival Wine Symposium presented by Vancouver Island University at its new Cowichan Campus.

Then at 7 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 18th, you are invited to join the closing celebrations at our ticketed Wrap up Party hosted by terrain regional kitchen and the oceanfront suites in Cowichan Bay.

Join us for fine food, fine wine and fine friends in the beautiful and bountiful Cowichan.

Grape Stomp 
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 1:30 to 4:30pm
Downtown Duncan at City Square Stage
Sponsored by: DBIA
Premier event tickets available for purchase

CW&CF Wine Tasting
Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 7pm
Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre
in the Comeakin Room
Presented by: Couverdon
Music by Dave Hart ~ solo instrumentalist
Premier event tickets available for purchase

CW&CF Wine Symposium
Saturday, Sept.17 & Sunday, Sept. 18
Series of 4 weekend day sessions
How To Taste Wine – 10am
Varietals of Cowichan – 11am
Wine and Food Pairing – 1pm
Terroir of Cowichan – 2pm

Salt Spring Sip and Savour

Salt Spring Island Wines and regional wines of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island join forces September 23-24

Salt Spring Island makes up part of the Wine Islands region of British Columbia; a region that includes Southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Being part of the warmest growing region in Canada, the island wineries are reputed for their aromatic west coast scents and fruity tastes.

The Salt Spring Island terroir is well suited for growing cool-climate grapes. Our young vineyards enjoy warm temperate days of long sunshine intermittent with the cool shifts in weather, producing aromatic wines of higher acidity.

The Festival brings together chefs, growers and food providers from Salt Spring Island and the surrounding area with vinters showcasing wines from all of the wine growing regions of British Columbia.  Experience the unique thrill of discovery as winemakers, chefs and growers group together as trios to create a mini-menu with each other’s product.
Enjoy both the Friday gala dinner and the Saturday grazing event, for a very special price of $199.00 per ticket!

For more information call 250-537-8320

Evening Gala

This event will be held at the oceanfront Hastings House Country House Hotel under a tent in their fabulous gardens!

On Friday evening we have invited our very talented local chefs and winemakers to create a seven-course dinner to be held at the oceanfront Hastings House Country House Hotel in their fabulous gardens under a giant marquee. The finest fresh ingredients from the gardens, farms and waters of Salt Spring Island will be featured.

There will only be 128 tickets sold for this gala winemakers’ dinner at $160.00 per person (wine and food, taxes and gratuity included).

Live entertainment will be provided featuring Salt Spring’s own Simone and the Soul Intentions!

Grazing Event

In a completely new concept in the area of outdoor wine-tasting events, vintners, chefs, and growers will be grouped together to create a tasting experience using locally-grown produce and ingredients, paired with local and regional wines.

On Saturday afternoon, from 1 – 4 pm, the oceanview orchard adjacent to the Harbour House Hotel will be transformed into a fabulous “grazing experience” as visitors will sip fine wines from BC and savour samples of delicious local and regional foods selected to pair with the wines, and prepared by local chefs.  These tickets will be available at $49.00 per person.

The unique and compelling idea behind this event is that it will create an opportunity for vintners, chefs, and growers to group together to create a tasting experience using locally-grown produce and ingredients, paired with local and regional wines. This means that on a table-by-table basis, visitors will see the fresh produce, be able to talk to the grower directly, ask the chef how they prepared the ingredients and discuss with the vintner how the wines complement the resulting dish !

This is a completely new concept in the area of outdoor wine-tasting events. This is truly the Salt Spring fall experience and Islanders look forward to sharing this bounty with one another and with visitors from near and far.

Live entertainment will be priveded – stay tuned for details!

Enjoy both the Friday gala dinner AND the Saturday grazing event, for the very special inclusive price of $199.00 per ticket !




Thursday, September 22nd

DARREN SIGESMUND QUINTET – 8:00 pm Artspring Theatre

Toronto Trombonist and recipient of the 2010 Galaxy Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Darren was also nominated for a Juno Award in 2010 for his CD “Strands II” 8:00 – 10:00 at ArtSpring Theatrewww.artspring.ca Adult tickets are $23, Youth $5. Call 250-537-2102 for ticket information.



Saturday, September 24th

EVENING ON THE WATER – 6:00 pm Moby’s Oyster Bar and Marine Grill

Visit Moby’s for a 4 course dinner on Saturday night as Richard Verhagen turns over his kitchen to a surprise chef, with wine pairings provided by Fort Berens Estate Winery. $69 per person with a cash bar. This is a Moby’s event in concert with the festival, and tickets can be purchased directly at Moby’s Oyster Bar and Marine Grill at Harbour’s End in Ganges. 250-537-5559. www.mobys.ca

Sunday, September 25th

BUBBLES & BRUCH WITH BRUCE WOOD – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Salt Spring Vineyards

Sunday Bruch at Salt Spring Vineyard with Salt Spring’s own Bruce Wood 250.653.4963  www.saltspringvineyards.com

Fall fruit salad with vanilla bean sirop & poppyseed yoghurt

Chocolate & dried cherry brioche, scones & pumpkin bread with apple butter

Brunch served on the table family style ~

Strata of fall vegetables and salt spring chevre

Quiche with crab, fresh basil & roast tomatoes

Rosemary roasted potatoes & broiled tomatoes

Salad of Sally’s greens withpear vinaigrette

Apple tart with cinnamon crème anglaise

$45 per person + HST, gratuity not included

Matched with Salt Spring Vineyard wines

Please join us in the Vineyard for a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting

Space is limited to 18 people

For more details and to reserve call Bruce’s Kitchen (250) 931-3399

This event is proudly presented by the members of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce!  www.saltspringchamber.com

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Tomato Festival

September 10, Trout Lake Farmers Market

Did you know the tomato was once considered to be poisonous?  And did you know that tomatoes are related to roses?  Amazing but true facts like this can be learned at our annual Tomato Festival being held at the Trout Lake Farmers Market on September 10th.  Check out the impressive display of heirloom tomatoes grown in BC and taste a few while you’re at it!  Take home some recipes to make your own delicious meals featuring tomatoes. There will also be activities for the little tomato-lovers in the family – something for everyone to enjoy!
More than a dozen vendors will be selling tomatoes on festival day – the best selection you’ll find anywhere!

The Tomato Festival is a much-loved tradition and usually our busiest day of the year so be sure to come early to get the pick of the crop!

Foodie Fridays on News 1130

Tune into News 1130 AM every Friday at 11:05 am for Foodie Fridays, or listen here –  August 12 ff 8.5

Food pick – Cherries!  

Cherry season came a bit later this year, due to our lagging summer, so there are still plenty available at the Farmers Markets throughout BC as well as in quality grocers such as Whole Foods. If you are heading out for a meal, there are plenty of places that have the fruit on their menu.

Raudz – If you are in the Okanagan, don’t miss this Kelowna gem.  Chef Rod Butters has pickles cherries and serves them with his Duck Confit with scalloped potatoes, pickled Cherries and salad greens.

At the bar, Gerry Jobe, mixes up cherries in “The Longview” (Okanagan Winefest Mixology Competition Judges Choice+People’s Choice winner)

1oz Spirit Bear Gin
1.5 oz Cherry/Rhubarb Reduction
1.5 oz Lavender/ “Brainy Bee” Wildflower Honey Reduction
1oz The View Winery’s “Distraction Frizzante”

Shake Gin, and both reductions over ice in a Boston shaker, strain into coupe glass, finish with an ounce of The View Frizzante

Go Fish  makes their own cherry ice cream.

Steveston’s Tapenade– serves up a cherry and thyme compote with duck pate with their house made charcuterie platter

Restaurant – Tapenade – While Steveston may be known for it’s fish and chips, there is a fine dining scene worth the journey.  Tapenade’s Chef Alex Tung makes a killer brunch with items such as Duck Confit Poutine, made with Kennebec frites, free range eggs, duck confit, Gruyere, grape tomato, duck jus and truffled hollandaise, along with a variety of egg benedict, frittatas and crepes.  Lunch and dinner are equally tasty, there’s lots of fresh fish (all oceanwise), pastas and dishes for meat lovers such as the steak frites, and Fraser Valley duck breast.

Tapenade has patio for sunny days and a bright interior when the weather doesn’t cooperate.  Great service and a descent wine and drink list complete the experience.

Drink – Rustic Roots Cherry 

Made with a blend of 3 Varieties of Cherries.  This delicate cherry wine, imitates a light pinot noir with a hint of Almond, and Peppery Red Fruit.  It has beautiful aromas of butterscotch and sweet cherry, with a dry almond and earthy finish.

Pairs wonderfully with a Spinach Salad and Goat Cheese,  Roasted Duck or a Venison Loin.

Health Benefits of Cherries

Memory Booster
Anthocyanin is also good for the brain and has been shown to improve memory.

Cherries have gained fame as one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories, which means they’re beneficial for many different conditions. This is due to the anthocyanins in cherries that researchers have found prevent free radical damage and inhibit cyclooxygenase enzymes better than many anti-inflammatory drugs.

Arthritis Benefits
According to the Arthritis Foundation, drinking tart cherry juice mixed with water three times a day may be beneficial for people with arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Heart Health
A study at the University of Michigan found that a diet that includes a lot of cherries lowers all the overall risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation, body fat, and cholesterol.

Cancer Protection
Researchers have found sweet cherries to be cancer fighters thanks to their high level of an antioxidant called cyanidin. Cyanidin is an important free radical scavenger and may also promote cellular differentiation, an important process in the body’s fight against cancerous cells.

High in Beta Carotene

Cherries are high in beta carotene, containing 19 times more than blueberries or strawberries.

Sleep Aid
Cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s sleep cycles.

How to choose cherries (tips from Whole Foods)

    • Check the stems—fresh cherries have green stems
    • Give them a feel—cherries should be firm, no soft spots or bruising
    • Look for good color—ideally deep, bright red to mahogany
    • Give them the once over—fruit should be free of insect damage and pitting (little indentations caused by dehydration)
    • Give them a taste—be sure the amount of sugar in the fruit is high (also called the Brix Test)

Cherry Muffins with Crunchy Tops (BC Tree Fruits – lots more cherry recipes here)

Fresh cherries add colour and tangy flavour to these yummy muffins. Pack them along on summer road trips or picnics!

Makes 12 Muffins

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (60 mL) white sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
1 egg
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup (125 mL) melted butter
1 cup (250 mL) B.C. Brand cherries, pitted, chopped
2 tbsp (30 mL) white sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) all purpose flour
1/2 tbsp (7.5 mL) butter

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Spray muffin tin with cooking oil spray.
  • In bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt.
  • In separate bowl, mix egg, bananas and melted butter until well blended.
  • Carefully add dry ingredients to banana mixture, stirring just to combine. Lightly fold in cherries.
  • Place approx 1/4 cup of mixture into each of 12 muffin cups.
  • Sprinkle muffins with topping made by combining 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp flour and 1/2 tbsp butter.
  • Bake for 22–24 minutes until golden.

Campagnolo at the Market

Wednesdays at Main St. Station Farmer’s Market

It’s Summer time and living just got a little easier with the return of the Main Street Farmer’s Market and Market Wednesday’s with Campagnolo Restaurant. Just steps from Campagnolo, the Main St. Station Farmer’s Market sets up at Thornton Park from 3pm – 7pm, every Wednesday, until October 5, 2011. Campagnolo is represented at the market with their own table, where shoppers can purchase fresh, house-made pastas.

Pastas are priced as follows:

$4.00 / 180 gram portions (serves 2)

Campagnolo Tagliatelle: long, thin noodle pasta

Campagnolo Freestyle: ever-changing shapes.

Diners who appreciate the fresh, seasonal fare the market has to offer but would rather have someone else do the cooking, can head on over to Campagnolo Restaurant for Wednesday-night market features. Inspired by the abundance of produce from the nearby Thornton Park farmers’ market, every Wednesday, Campagnolo prepares a market fresh menu. Diners can look forward to local ingredients like rhubarb, peas, asparagus, tomatoes, stinging nettles, corn & strawberries, to name a few. Every Wednesday the chef shops at the market, selects ingredients that inspire and returns to the Italian eatery to craft the evening’s unique menu items.

About Campagnolo Restaurant:

Campagnolo buzzes with activity and laughter. Though spacious and open, the atmosphere is warm and intimate in the 65-seat open dining room and beautiful, 25-seat wine bar. Campagnolo serves affordable, casual Italian dining in a warm and welcoming space. In their 1st year Campagnolo was named Best New Restaurant at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and also named one of the top 50 hottest new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. More recently, at the 2011 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Campagnolo was acknowledged with 3 runners-ups in the categories of Best Casual Italian, Best Informal and Restaurant of the Year. Campagnolo is open for lunch seven days a week from 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner nightly from 5pm. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis, and reservations are available for parties of eight or more. For more information please call 604.484.6018 or visit: www.campagnolorestaurant.ca

About the Market:

Main Street Station Farmers Market at Thornton Park showcases the diversity and character of the Main Street neighbourhood. Open this season until October 5, it runs every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm. Thornton Park is located across from the VIA Rail Station and near the Main Street Skytrain Station. For more information please visit: www.eatlocal.org

Granville Island Farmers Market Gears Up For Another Sweet Season Beginning June 2

Mark-et Your Calendar!

Summer is just around the corner and Granville Island is buzzing. Beginning June 2, green-thumb enthusiasts, health-conscious consumers and savvy shoppers will enjoy the fresh offerings of one of the city’s top open-air markets.

A cornucopia of home-grown plants and flowers will kick off the market finds in June. Discover the rich history and culture of the Island, next to scenic False Creek, and get inspired to create your own backyard paradise. If that isn’t enough to jump start your green thumb, behold an array of beautiful hanging baskets, a great way to decorate your outdoor space just in time for summer entertaining. From sweet strawberries and luscious red raspberries to crisp cucumbers and oversized summer squash, Farmers Market items go from farmhouse to your house in hours.

The Farmers Market on Granville Island is located at Triangle Square, from 9 am to 3 pm every Thursday, June to October. Monthly highlights include:

June: flowers, ornamental trees, hanging baskets
July: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, greens of every kind
August: peaches, plums, apricots, corn on the cob, even more greens!
September: apples, squash, pumpkins, still more greens!

Also, be sure to stop by the Public Market Table and check out our very own portable raised-bed vegetable garden, the Go-Gro-Garden. Vegetables grown will include radishes, carrots, beets, peas, beans, corn, tomatoes and peppers. The seeds were sown April 30 and the first sprouts are now showing. We anticipate radishes being ready for the first Farmers Market, June 2. As items mature we will sample them in the Farmers Market and use them to enhance our monthly prize baskets.

Feel good about supporting independent growers while taking in the sights and sounds of bustling Granville Island. After perusing the Farmers Market, grab lunch at the Public Market and wander down Railspur Alley to see local artists painting, weaving, and sculpting their creations. Stop to enjoy one of the many street entertainers, or toast the season at Granville Island Brewery – one of BC’s top microbreweries. Take the day to experience all that the Island has to offer, and in the evening discover a thriving nightlife with several acclaimed theatre companies that call Granville Island home.

Granville Island Public Market and The Net Loft are open until 7 pm, seven days a week. For more information about the Farmers Market, merchants and special events, visit granvilleisland.com.