Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island for Dine Out Vancouver has now passed. I attended, along with a guest. It was a wonderful night; missing the rain the day before, and what was yet to come. Granville Island is an easy walk from one end to the other. This evening we tried food to eat, wine/sake/spirits to sip, and art to devour with our eyes. At the end of the event, all your senses were satisfied. Below are a few pictures I took during the event along with a few of my comments.
The Signature Chili Squid was a great way to start the event at Dockside Restaurant. The squid was nice and soft; not chewy. The spice was not too hot, so everyone could enjoy it.
If you like spicy tacos, Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro has one made with slow cooked chorizo and yam. I like spicy food and this rated 6.5 on my scale. Other people marked it much higher. If spice is not your thing, how about nice? Their carrot cake with cream cheese icing was not too sweet, but full of flavour.
Have you ever tried sake? Did you know we have a sake maker in Vancouver, that grows their own rice in the Fraser Valley that they use to make their sake? Artisan Sake Maker should be proud of what they do. Their Junmai Nama sake is very tasty. If you like a restrained Sauvignon Blanc, you will like their sake.
There were more distilled spirits. Liberty Distillery were offering their Endeavour Gin, Railspur No. 1 White unaged whiskey, and their Basford cocktail sampler. The cocktail was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the aromatics of the Endeavour Gin.
Moving on to wine Liberty Wine Merchants was offering a Cellier de Monterail GSM red blend from the south of France and a white Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet. I in particular loved the ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins of the GSM.
A change of pace gave us beer, another taco, and milk chocolate salted caramel. The beer, a Hey Day Hefeweizen and an Infamous IPA were from Granville Island Brewing, along with their Flank Steak taco. The milk chocolate salted caramel came from ChocolaTas. I am an IPA fan, and it really made a nice pairing with the milk chocolate salted caramel. Give it a try!
On the art side, we have New Leaf Cerative Solutions, who were showing a printing technique (it looked like copper plate, using glass instead), Barbara Arnold, a painter who made some mixed media paintings that showed off Vancouver, Studio 13 Fine Art run by 3 artists that each has their own style to create paintings that grab your attention, and Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects that creates wooden sculptures. I did not take any photos of these artists work, so you need to go to Granville Island to see them for yourself. Barbara Arnold did have The Lemon Square company at her studio offering us their bright citrusy squares to sample. Bon Macaron had a selection of Macarons inside of New Leaf Creative Solutions also for sampling. Both very tasty.