2018 VANWINEFEST Discounted Tickets and Gold Pass on Sale Nov 1 to Dec 15

VANCOUVER, BC (October 26, 2017) — A limited number of discounted advance tickets to the 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival go on sale November 1 at 9:30 a.m. The festival runs February 24 to March 4, 2018, welcoming 177 wineries from 15 countries. All wineries and their principals gather in the Tasting Room to showcase their wines at four International Festival Tastings (March 1-3), available in advance for $4-$9 off the regular price until December 15, or while quantities last.

This year, the festival features Wines from Spain and Portugal, with 38 wineries from Spain and 24 wineries from Portugal travelling to Vancouver to share their stories, passion and history. This marks the largest gathering of Iberian Peninsula wineries in festival history, nearly half of them festival first-timers. They’re joined by 115 wineries from 13 other countries, plus wines from South Africa available only at a Regional Tasting Station in the Tasting Room. Overall, one out of three wineries are new to the 2018 festival.

VanWineFest 2018

BUY NOW AND SAVE! ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1
Discounted passes and tickets to select events go on sale at VanWineFest.ca from November 1 until December 15, or while quantities last. “We’re delighted to offer festivalgoers a discount on select Tasting Room-related events that are at the heart of the festival,” said Harry Hertscheg, VIWF executive director. “Tickets make a great holiday gift for the wine lover on your list and you won’t have to battle any Black Friday crowds to get these bargains. And best of all, the ticket price you see is the price you pay. No surprises upon check out!” The advance sale offers savings on International Festival Tasting tickets and associated events. See details below.

ADVANCE SALE OFFERS

International Festival Tastings

Festivalgoers can save $4-$9 off the regular price of International Festival Tasting tickets (Thursday, March 1, Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3). Advance tickets for evening tastings, 7 to 10 p.m., are $80 for Thursday, $90 for Friday and $95 for Saturday. The Saturday matinee tasting from 2:30 to 5 p.m., set against the stunning backdrop of Coal Harbour, is available for the low advance price of $70. Only a limited number of tickets are available at the advance rate for each of the four sessions. Once the advance allotment sells out, tickets may be purchased at regular prices.

Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge

Enjoy an enhanced International Festival Tasting experience with tickets to the exclusive Friday and Saturday evening Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and still save $10 (advance rate $180 for Friday and $185 for Saturday). Located in the Ocean Foyer in VCC West, right next to the Tasting Room, the lounge is open 5:45 to 9 p.m. and offers easy access to the corresponding International Festival Tasting. Enjoy a respite from the Tasting Room with comfortable seating and spectacular views. Select wines, light bites and cheeses are served.

Gold Pass

For those wanting the full tasting experience, Gold Passes go on sale for only $480a $15 savings. Gold Passes include access to six tastings (four public IFTs and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld), the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the exclusive Festival Toast VIP reception. Purchased individually, the Gold Pass events are valued at $721.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS HIGHLIGHTS
See the full list of participating wineries

The Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre is where all 177 participating wineries gather to pour 700+ select wines. Discover exciting new wines, or return to your favourites, sipping from premium wine glasses. The room will also feature four regional tasting stations: Australia: History and Evolution; New Zealand: An Indelible Expression of Place; Wines of South Africa; and Spain is Wine. You can also find wine-friendly food and beverage exhibitors, many of whom offer tasting samples, including Nesters MarketCaffè UmbriaFIJI WaterTerra International FoodsD’Oro Gelato e Caffè and Terra Breads.

Theme Countries: Spain and Portugal
This year, the Tasting Room will feature wines from Iberian Peninsula neighbours Spain and Portugal. Two very distinct nations with their own rich histories and cultures, this festival will provide a fascinating opportunity to see how their winemaking and viniculture have developed in divergent and convergent paths over the centuries.

Vine Stars
What makes VanWineFest unique is the presence of global “vine stars” – winemakers, proprietors, senior executives – who come to Vancouver every year to pour and discuss their wines with festivalgoers. Each winery will be represented in the room by a principal, someone closely involved in the wine-production process.  Seek out the royal blue lanyards at tastings and special events to meet our vine stars face-to-face. More than two dozen owners and winemakers from Portugal and Spain will be in attendance, as well as other top executives representing their wineries and wines.

More Room, Smaller crowds
Both the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon sessions are guaranteed to have a lower capacity than Friday and Saturday evening, offering more room and more time to interact with winery principals.

BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop
Included in the price of each ticket is the opportunity to shop at the on-site BC Liquor Store where wines from all participating wineries will be available for purchase. Purchased wines can be shipped at no cost to your nearest BC Liquor Store for pick-up after the festival. BC Liquor Distribution Branch will also help everybody Get Home Safe by providing a complimentary transit ticket to patrons as they leave the tastings.

Buy the Case – Shop the World
Festival partners BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association (IVSA) have teamed up to allow festivalgoers to order case lots of select wines. Wines available by the case will be identified with a neck tag. Place orders for those must-have wines directly at the participating winery tables and they’ll be delivered to your closest BC Liquor Store within two weeks of the conclusion of the festival.

HOW TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS (Nov. 1-Dec. 15, while quantities last)
Online
VanWineFest.ca
Phone: 604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
In person: 202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)

All ticket prices include wine, food (if a food event), gratuities, taxes and service charge. 

SAVE THE DATES
Free ticket with hotel booking offer
 – goes on sale early January. Festivalgoers get one free International Festival Tasting ticket for booking a downtown hotel via Vancouver Hotel Destination Association. Details will be announced via e-news and social media.

All public events go on sale Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m.
All Trade Days Conference events go on sale Wednesday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Stay in Touch:
For more information, go to VanWineFest.ca

Facebook & Instagram: /VanWineFest
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF.

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Canada’s premier wine show will mark its 40th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 24 to March 4, 2018. The festival features Wines from Spain and Portugal and will showcase 177 wineries from 15 countries (including 38 wineries from Spain and 24 from Portugal) pouring 1,450+ wines at 51 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Saturday, February 24 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Trade Days Conference takes place Wednesday, February 28 to Friday, March 2. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Event in Canada by New York’s BizBash for five years running.

The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $9 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, BC Liquor Stores, and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries’ consulates and embassies.

ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 29th season in 2018, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. Bard on the Beach offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and popular special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2017, attendance was over 100,000 and more than 1.6 million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. Next year’s festival dates are June 6 to September 22, 2018, and the lineup includes As You Like ItMacbethTimon of Athens and a new Bard-commissioned adaptation of the Greek classic Lysistrata.

Bard also offers a range of education programs, including Young Shakespeareans Workshops for 8 to 18 year-olds at its Vanier Park site during the summer, and Riotous Youth for 19 to 24-year-olds. During the school term, Bard also offers workshops for educators and youth in schools and community centres throughout BC’s Lower Mainland, as well as at its administrative home, the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue). Full details and education program information are at bardonthebeach.org.

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Road 13 Vineyards Celebrate Awards, Christmas, and Ned Bell

Road 13 Vineyards has been having a great season, winning awards, preparing their Advent Wine Calendar, and pairing their wines with Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook.  Below is the latest news about these items directly from Road 13 Vineyards.  Enjoy!

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 Road 13 Vineyards saw another busy summer season of wine-loving tourists and locals through their Golden Mile Bench tasting room. With a number of wines in the portfolio currently sold out and a bounty of awards at the British Columbia Wine Awards and Wine Align National Wine Awards – it’s safe to say the Oliver based vineyard has had a successful few months.
Road 13 Vineyards collects a bounty of wine awards at the British Columbia Wine Awards at the Okanagan Wine Festivals:
Gold – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Marsanne
Silver – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Gamay Noir
Road 13 Vineyards 2014 Jackpot Petit Verdot
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Fifth Element
Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Seventy-Four K
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Bronze – Road 13 Vineyards 2012 Fifth Element
Road 13 Vineyards 2015 Roussanne 2016 VRM White Blend
These awards come hot on the heels of  Wine Align’s National Wine Awards of Canada 2017 which awarded Road 13 Vineyards as the Best Winery in BC and #4 in Canada – Road 13 has been named Top 10 Winery nine years in a row. Thirteen medals were awarded in the categories of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Notes from the Harvest:

The vintage started out cool and wet, but quickly changed to hot and dry. These conditions produced tiny berries which result in concentrated fruit flavours and a low yield. The smoke from the forest fires this past summer helped to keep temperatures below 35 degrees Celsius allowing the vines to keep ripening grapes, rather than shutting down to conserve energy. The quality of the grapes coming in from the harvest has been excellent and it is looking like another great vintage.
Holiday Gifting:

Wine Advent Calendar 

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the wine lover on your list. Countdown the 12 days of Christmas with Road 13. The winery has a limited number of wine advent calendars available as of November 20th for $335 plus tax. Packaged in mid-summer to ensure a great selection of bottles, the wine calendar includes 12 bottles with many long sold out.  For an added surprised, there are three different.

*Additional shipping cost of $20 beyond BC and AB
 
The Platinum Pack
For a gift that sparkles, Road 13 is releasing its first ever Platinum six-pack. This is a wonderful gift for the wine collection and is a tribute to the winery’s platinum ranked, award-winning library wines. The Platinum Pack includes one bottle of each of the following and a collectors wooden box: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2011 Syrah Malbec, 2013 Syrah Malbec, 2013 GSM, 2014 Syrah Mourvedre, and 2014 Similikameen Collective GSM. These wines are only available in the Platinum Pack and Road 13 is the only winery to have won enough consecutive Platinum Medals to offer this limited edition collector’s item. The Platinum Pack is available for order starting November 20th for $599 plus tax, shipping is included in BC & Alberta; $20 flat fee to the rest of Canada.
Contact the winery directly to order the advent calendar and Platinum Pack starting November 20th at 1.250.498.8330. Images can be found here
For a gift that keeps on giving, loyal Road 13 Vineyard enthusiasts are invited to join Club 13 – a wine club that sees three shipments of six bottles per year (March, July and November). Wine loving members enjoy extra perks of a 10 percent discount on all wine purchases, events and logo’d merchandise, free shipping on full case orders, complimentary tours with a member of the Luckhurst family, free tastings for up to four people in the Castle tasting room, exclusive access to limited release wines, advanced notice and access to all wines. Click here to join today!
Upcoming Events at Road 13 Vineyards:

Winter in Wine Country – November 24 -26 | 11am – 4pm

Join Road 13 during the Oliver – Osoyoos Tourism Association’s Winter in Wine Country Festival. Events include the annual Oliver community light up and fireworks, plus festival of trees. Visitors to Road 13 will enjoy holiday specials on merchandise – perfect for stocking stuffers, complimentary wine tastings, and a selection of library wines available for sale.

Class in a Glass: paint pARTy – Saturday, November 25 | 1pm to 4pm 

Laura Luckhurst will be teaching a afternoon of painting featuring one of her original art pieces. Tickets to this popular class include all materials, a glass of wine and an apron. This event is a regular sell-out so buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Road 13 Vineyards Wine Paring Recipe from Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook 

With the busy holiday season around the corner – Ned Bell’s roasted scallop recipe from his recently launched Lure Cookbook wows guests and is a party favourite every time. Pair with the award-winning Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Honest John’s White. Aromas of green apple, pears and lime whisks you away from winter outside to a tropical locale – if only for a bite or two. Try it at home.
Roasted Scallops with Grapefruit, Brown Butter and Thyme
Ingredients:
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme or rosemary
1 grapefruit
12 Weathervane scallops
sea salt and pepper
1 bunch watercress, stems removed
Method:
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add thyme. Allow butter to gently simmer for 5 minutes or until milk solids turn golden brown and fall to the bottom of the pan. Meanwhile, cut and peel the grapefruit. Working over a bowl, cut between the membranes to remove the segments and let them fall into the bowl. Squeeze the membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding.
If the abductor muscle (a little flap) is still on the side of the scallops, remove it. Heat skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 tbsp of the brown butter. Pat the scallops dry and add to the pan, making sure not to crowd them. Allow to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes or until browned. Season with salt and pepper, flip the scallops and add remaining brown butter. Add 2 tbsp of grapefruit juice. Allow scallops to sear for an additional 2 minutes, basting them with liquid in the pan.
Serve:
Divide the watercress among four plates. Set the scallops on top and garnish with grapefruit segments. Drizzle with the pan sauce and sprinkle with sea salt.
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About Road 13 Vineyards:
Road 13 Vineyards is a family affair, owned and operated by the passionate Luckhurst family. Located in Canada’s only desert on the Okanagan Valley’s sun baked Golden Mile Bench, a unique sub-region that lies south of Oliver on an east-facing bench backed by gentle mountains.
The winery credits their successes to the unique soil and growing conditions found in the vineyards that allows grapes to thrive. Road 13’s motto – it’s all about the dirt– reflects this tribute. The winery receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red, rosé and sparkling varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. In 2017, Road 13 Vineyards took fourth place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past nine years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic while enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver-Osoyoos Wine Country.

For more information visit road13vineyards.com or visit socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

October Wine Events at BC Liquor Stores

Check out these wine, whisky, and spirits events happening around Vancouver.  Bordeaux release is this month.  Wines of Bodega Garzon in Uruguay should not be missed. Enjoy!

39th & CAMBIE

MAKE YOUR OWN CAESAR WITH TITO’S VODKA
Thursday, October 5
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Create your own Caesar with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Mott’s Clamato! A gift with purchase of Mott’s Clamato will be available for every Tito’s Handmade Vodka purchase.

BRUICHLADDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Friday, October 6
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Walk through the Isles. From the non-peated Laddie to the heavily peated Port Charlotte, Bruichladdich is anything but the typical whisky.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DISCOVER AWARD WINNING WINES FROM URUGUAY
Saturday, October 7
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Discover wines from the world’s most exciting new wine region, Uruguay! Sample the award-winning wines made by internationally renowned consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini at Bodega Garzon.

BORDEAUX 2014 RELEASE
Saturday, October 14
9:30 a.m.

Join us at select BC Liquor Stores across the province for the much-awaited release of the 2014 vintage of Bordeaux! This is the day that wine lovers and avid collectors will line up to secure their purchases of 2014’s most desirable wines. So come and visit BC Liquor Stores to stake your claim on the rarest wines of the year.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Wednesday, October 18
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, October 19
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants each month for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive wines – only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion.

WINES OF SPAIN – A TASTING EXPERIENCE
Saturday, October 21
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Spanish wines are fabulous for any occasion! Try the wide range of grape varieties and the many styles of Spanish wines – Albariño, Verdejo, Garnacha, Mencia and Tempranillo along with delicious rosados, cavas, and even the unique wine of Jerez!

CANCELLED EVENT – DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Friday, October 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.
*Unfortunately, this event is cancelled. If you have purchased a ticket, please go to BC Liquor Stores to get your refund.

CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WITH DIABOLICA
Saturday, October 28
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join Diabolica for some spooky treats paired with a selection of their delicious wines including the new Diabolica Reincarnation. Glow in the dark silicone glasses will be given away with every purchase.

PARK ROYAL

ENJOY A NOTORIOUSLY GOOD COMBINATION: SLEEMAN AND MCSWEENEY’S JERKY
Thursday, October 5
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Taste the perfect pairing of Sleeman Original Draught and McSweeney’s Jerky! This month’s featured jerky flavour is Canadian Maple Pork Jerky.

DISCOVER AWARD WINNING WINES FROM URUGUAY
Friday, October 6
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Discover wines from the world’s most exciting new wine region, Uruguay! Sample the award-winning wines made by internationally renowned consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini at Bodega Garzon.

WINES OF SPAIN – A TASTING EXPERIENCE
Saturday, October 7
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Spanish wines are fabulous for any occasion! Try the wide range of grape varieties and the many styles of Spanish wines – Albariño, Verdejo, Garnacha, Mencia and Tempranillo along with delicious rosados, cavas, and even the unique wine of Jerez!

INTRODUCING 1000 STORIES BOURBON BARREL AGED ZINFANDEL
Thursday, October 12
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Taste the newest and most unique wine, the 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel! Discover their story and find out what makes this wine so special.

BORDEAUX 2014 RELEASE
Saturday, October 14
9:30 a.m.

Join us at select BC Liquor Stores across the province for the much-awaited release of the 2014 vintage of Bordeaux! This is the day that wine lovers and avid collectors will line up to secure their purchases of 2014’s most desirable wines. So come and visit BC Liquor Stores to stake your claim on the rarest wines of the year.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Tuesday, October 17
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES WITH CITY MARKET
Thursday, October 19
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

This Halloween season, wow your guests with a unique selection of products to serve with food pairing ideas from neighbouring City Market. Try a delectable red, a mouth-watering white, an exceptional whisky, and a delightful Prosecco exclusive to BC Liquor Stores. City Market will in store to provide spooky Halloween food ideas you can easily prepare at home.

SOLD OUT EVENT – TAKE A TRIP TO NAPA WITH O’SHAUGHNESSY WINES
Friday, October 20
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Luke Russ, Commercial Director of O’Shaughnessy Winery in Napa Valley is coming to Vancouver. Join him in an exclusive sit down educational tasting featuring a selection of outstanding premium California wines including the O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

HALLOWINE WITH CASILLERO DEL DIABLO
Friday, October 27
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Do you dare taste the wines from the Devil’s Cellar? Celebrate Halloween with Casillero del Diablo and receive a light up devil’s horns headband with every purchase.

CANCELLED EVENT – DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Saturday, October 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.
*Unfortunately, this event is cancelled. If you have purchased a ticket, please go to BC Liquor Stores to get your refund.

ABBOTSFORD

CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING WITH SUMAC RIDGE
Friday, October 6
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a special Sumac Ridge Estate Winery cheese and wine pairing with a special gift with purchase – buy 2 bottles and receive a premium Italian 500ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil – perfect for Thanksgiving!

OTHER STORES

BORDEAUX 2014 RELEASE
Saturday, October 14
9:30 a.m.

Join us at select BC Liquor Stores across the province for the much-awaited release of the 2014 vintage of Bordeaux! This is the day that wine lovers and avid collectors will line up to secure their purchases of 2014’s most desirable wines. So come and visit BC Liquor Stores to stake your claim on the rarest wines of the year.

This event will take place at the following BC Liquor Stores at the time specified above:
39th & Cambie
Alberni & Bute
Park Royal
Brighouse
Dunbar
Westwood Centre
Langley
SOLO
Peninsula Village
Fort Street
Kamloops Columbia Place
Kelowna Orchard Park
Prince George Pine Centre

*Please visit www.bcliquorstores.com for updates regarding 2014 Bordeaux.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
Thursday, October 19

*Time of tasting varies per store. Please check the announcement board at each BC Liquor Store location for the most up to date schedule.
Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants each month for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive wines – only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. This is your chance to talk one-on-one with our Product Consultants to learn about the latest and greatest products that will be the perfect accompaniment to your everyday meals or that special occasion.

This event will be at the following BC Liquor Stores at these times:
8th & Cambie – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
39th & Cambie – 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Abbotsford – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Alberni & Bute – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dunbar – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fleetwood – 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fort Street – 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Highgate Village – 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kamloops Columbia Place – 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Kelowna Mission Park – 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kelowna Orchard Park – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Langley – 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Nicola Station – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Nordel Crossing – 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Northgate – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Park Royal –  5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Peninsula Village – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Penticton Plaza – 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Prince George Pine Centre – 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Richmond Brighouse – 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Richmond Ironwood – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
SOLO – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Vernon – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Victoria Westshore – 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Westwood Centre – 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Save the date…On Saturday, November 4th at 9:30 a.m. the 2017 Premium Spirit Release collection will be available for purchase in 30 stores across the province. Information about the release will be posted on www.bcliquorstores.comsoon.

Get a chance to purchase a bottle of the coveted Pappy Van Winkle bourbon! Click here for more details on how to enter.

A sneak peak of November…

39th & CAMBIE

THE NORTHERN BORDER COLLECTION MASTER CLASS WITH DAVE MITTON
Wednesday, November 1
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join the Global Canadian Whisky Ambassador Dave Mitton, as he talks about the rich history of Canadian Whisky in a special sit down master class. He will take you through the premium Northern Border Collection Rare Range – a limited edition release showcasing the depth and uniqueness of Canadian Whisky. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to learn and taste the best in Canadian Whisky!
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

THE MACALLAN AND HIGHLAND PARK PREVIEW TASTING
Thursday, November 2
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Dan Volway, Scotch Ambassador, in a special stand up preview tasting featuring Macallan’s and Highland Park’s finest releases for the 2017 Premium Spirit Release. Learn about the brand and the unique taste profiles of each of these high end whiskies in a social relaxed environment while engaging in conversations with individuals that share the same interest in scotch whisky.
Note: This event is a standing room reception style tasting.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

PARK ROYAL

THE NORTHERN BORDER COLLECTION MASTER CLASS WITH DAVE MITTON
Friday, November 3
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join the Global Canadian Whisky Ambassador Dave Mitton, as he talks about the rich history of Canadian Whisky in a special sit down master class. He will take you through the premium Northern Border Collection Rare Range – a limited edition release showcasing the depth and uniqueness of Canadian Whisky. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to learn and taste the best in Canadian Whisky!
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

First Annual Art and Wine in the Vines

On July 15 and 16, in the Okanagan will be the First Annual Art and Wines in the Vines.  Here is the press release for this interesting event.  Enjoy!

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Okanagan Falls, B.C. (July 6, 2017): Wine tastings, plein air painting sessions, and a fresh summer brunch menu await guests attending Art & Wine in the Vines, a collaborative affair hosted by Liquidity WinesNoble Ridge Winery and The Federation of Canadian Artists. The weekend-long festival, taking place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, invites the public to explore the relationship between fine art, exquisite wines and local cuisine in the heart of British Columbia’s renowned wine and artisan region, the Okanagan Valley.

Open to guests of all ages, Art & Wine in the Vines

features a colourful roster of events intended to connect people with artists, vintners and culinary purveyors from the Okanagan Valley. The art walk event allows attendees to wander freely between the adjoining Liquidity Wines and Noble Ridge Winery vineyards and participate in festivities occurring at both sites; alternatively, guests can hop aboard a shuttle connecting the vineyards (the shuttle will run at regular intervals throughout the weekend). Along the art walk path, artists will demonstrate plein air painting and lead interactive tutorials (11am to 4pm; times vary by artist) while wine-tasting stations will keep guests refreshed. Tickets cost $15, and include art walk admission as well as wine tastings, a commemorative glass and shuttle access. Tickets can be purchased online at the Liquidity website.
Vancouver based sculptor Marie Khouri will be presenting an exclusive lecture on Saturday the 15. During the lecture, Khouri will share insight into her process, artistic practice and personal history, including the influence of her Egyptian and Lebanese roots. Though at this time the event is fully booked, art aficionados are encouraged to include their names on a wait list by calling 778-515-5500, ext 2, or emailing info@liquiditywines.com.

Before exploring the vineyards, attending seminars and chatting with artists, guests can enjoy Liquidity Winery’s Sunday brunch, hosted in the airy bistro whose stunning view of Vaseux Lake is an art piece unto itself. The dishes at  Liquidity Bistro are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, with brunch features including a flavourful smoked salmon eggs benedict topped with fresh artisan greens; maple custard stuffed multigrain croissant with seasonal fruits, hazelnuts and yoghurt; the Liquidity Burger served in a brioche bun with pinot noir mustard; and other tantalizing selections. Brunch takes place on Sunday, July 16 between 11am and 3pm, and tickets are $25 (including tax and gratuity). Reservations must be made in advance either online or by phone at (778) 515-5500. Guests are advised to mention they are attending the art walk in the reservation notes. For more details on Art & Wine in the Vines and to purchase tickets click here.

Summer is Fun at Road 13 Vineyards

I received this press release from Road 13 Vineyards about their new wine releases and all the fun you can have at their tasting room if you venture to the south Okanagan to see them.  It looks like a lot of fun.  Give it a read and go have some fun this summer.

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Oliver, B.C. With the arrival of those long, hot summer days here at
Road 13 Vineyard it’s an exciting time to celebrate our newly released vintages. The warmer weather brings the season for wine tripping, leisurely al fresco lunches, lakeside picnics and of course, a chilled out glass of fRose™ on Road 13’s sunny patio overlooking the Okanagan Valley.

The team at Road 13 Vineyards is excited to launch new vintages of 2016 Marsanne, 2015 Syrah Malbec and 2015 Syrah. The 2016 Marsanne is  a perfect summer sippers with favours that are complimentary to the wonderful round texture in this white wine. The overall impression of the 2015 Syrah is of a rich, complex wine of distinction, one with excellent structure and a purity of expression that is unmistakably ‘BC Syrah’. Meanwhile the 2015 Syrah Malbec is a strong bold red that is dark and dense in colour and pairs very well with various meats and cheeses.
Bottle shots and tasting notes for the above wines are available here
Road 13’s extreamly popular fRose™ – a pink wine slushie, perfect for hot Okanagan summer days, can be found in the lounge and includes a GoVino wine glass to keep. Joe Luckhurst coined the word fRose™ while pining for an ultra cold glass of Honest John’s Rosè on the patio after a long summer’s day at the winery. The Luckhursts’ perfect recipe came with a bit of trial and error and a few willing friends – needless to say it is now a hit that has hit patios across North America for which Luckhurst owns the registered trademark.

Visitors to Road 13 Vineyards can enjoy tastings in The Castle, a legacy of the winery’s former owners, or the Executive Lounge, a contemporary view-centric space where guests can enjoy a sit-down tasting of the entire Road 13 Vineyards portfolio accompanied by charcuterie boards that includes a selection of meats, cheese, condiments, crackers and bread.

Fans of “breakfast wine” or those guests wanting to beat the summer rush will like Road 13 Vineyards’ ‘Start Your Day‘ tour. The $25 tour begins at 9:30am and includes a tour of the sparkling cave and barrel room followed by a tasting in the lounge with fresh baked pastries.

Looking to add a little sparkle to your day? Guests can visit the ‘Sparkling Cave

with a tour that departs daily at 11am. Learn the traditional method of sparkling winemaking while sipping on Road 13’s ultra popular Sparkling Chenin Blanc. The $40 tour also includes the barrel cellar and an Executive Lounge tasting complete with charcuterie board.
Click here for reservations and full tour information. Tours must be booked in advance.

There’s so much Happening this Summer at Road 13 Vineyards: 

July 1 Afternoon Canada Day BBQ

Canada’s 100th birthday is almost here! Stop in to Road 13 Vineyards for

a glass (or bottle) of Road 13 wine with lamb kofta, veggie pakora and tacos by the Vagabond Kitchen food truck. Drop in to the casual event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Club members and one guest are complimentary.
Class in Glass: paint pARTy
July 6, August 3 & October 2, 2017 | 6:30pm
Join Road 13 for an evening of painting and wine-ing! Laura Luckhurst will be teaching a evening of painting featuring one of her orignal art pieces.  Tickets are $55 each and include all materials and a glass of wine. Class starts promptly at 6:30pm. Additional wine & charcuterie available to purchase.
Culinary Workshop & Dinner
July 20,  August 17 & October 5, 2017 | 4:00pm
Join Road 13 at Backyard Farm for three cooking workshops with Chef Chris Van Hooydonk where guests will help prepare a three-course dinner to be enjoyed later that evening. Each course will be paired with Road 13 wines. Guests can choose from the hands-on culinary workshop or dinner only, seating for both is limited.  Click here to for more information and to book.
$120/workshop & dinner ticket or $85/dinner only
Road 13 Dinner
July 22 &  August 12 | 6:15pm
Join Road 13 Vineyard originals, Pam & Mick Luckhurst for a fun four-course meal at the winery. Backyard Farm’s Chef Chris Van Hooydonk’s summer feast is priced at $135 and includes Road 13 wines deliciously teamed up with each course.  Book here.
Proprietor’s Dinner – Fall Wine Festival
September 30 &  October 6, 2017 | 6:15pm
This early fall event sells out every year so book early to avoid disappointment.  With the can’t lose combination of Luckhurst and Van Hooydonk, Pam and Mick will be serving up new fall vintages with seasonal Okanagan ingredients  prepared by Backyard Farm.  This four-course is $135 and can be booked here, with an optional shuttle add on.
Christmas in July – Road 13 Vineyards Wine Advent: 
Holiday Gift Guide planning is soon to be in full swing. Road 13 is offering a short cut to the wine lover’s heart during the holiday season with an advent calendar featuring a hand-wrapped selection of the Luckhurst family’s favourite treats. Road 13 Vineyard’s “12 Days of Christmas” will begin on December 13 with a dozen days of delight counting down Santa’s arrival. Advent calendars can be ordered online or by calling 250.498.8330 starting in November.
Upgrade your Road 13 Advent Calendar for an additional $75 to include the Road 13 Wine Check – a safe and convenient way to transport up to 12 bottles of wine. Shipping is free to addresses in British Columbia and Alberta or just $20 to other major centres in Canada. Each calendar features a mix of red and white wines.*

About Road 13 Vineyards:

Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC. The winery has a short yet colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red and rosé varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. Accolades continue to pour in for Road 13 Vineyards who claim the success is “All About the Dirt.” In 2016, Road 13 Vineyards took third place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past eight years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic whilst enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver- Osoyoos Wine Country.

For more information visit road13vineyards.com or visit socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Spring Winemaker’s Dinner With Howling Bluff May 15

Do you like BC wine?  Have you ever attended a BC Wine Appreciation Society event, such as this excellent sounding winemaker’s dinner with Howling Bluff?  The menu and wines look fantastic.  Check it out and sign up if you are salivating.

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BCWASThe BCWAS is delighted to announce our 2017 spring dinner! This dinner is all about the awards. Glowbal at Telus Garden has won awards for architecture and design as well as – importantly – the food. We think it will be a great place to host owner Luke Smith of Howling Bluff Estate Winery. Luke has won too many wine awards to mention here: in addition to two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, he’s also garnered several Gold medals in Canadian and international competitions. Join us as we beat the winter blues! (After this winter, the blues will take a lot of beating!)

The Chef at Glowbal Telus Garden has crafted a menu especially for us:

Hamachi Crudo
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted Lamb Loin
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Charred Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast
Spring Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Slow Cooked Beef Tenderloin
Crispy Bone Marrow, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Baby Spinach, Cherry Bordelaise Sauce
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Seared Foie Gras, Dark Chocolate, Rye Cake, Beet Root
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Alternatively, for vegetarians we have something special as well:

Truffled Arancini
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted BC Mushrooms
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

“Peas & Carrots”
Spring Peas, Slow Cooked Baby Carrots, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Creamed Spinach, Crispy Walnuts, Soubise
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Sorbet Trio
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Howling Bluff Estate Winery

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 6:30pm (please arrive earlier to be seated)
Place: Glowbal at Telus Garden, 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $159 Members / $174 Guests via Interac e-transfer to info@bcwas.com
OR $165 Members / $180 Guests via Paypal (below)
​Important things to note:There will be pre-arranged seating at this dinner. When you sign-up, e-mail us at info@bcwas.com and let us know your chosen dinner companions, and we will do our best to fit everyone in.​

Members $165.00 CAD
Non-Members $180.00 CAD

​Alternatively, cheques can be mailed to: BC Wine Appreciation SocietyPO Box 48912 Bentall Station, Vancouver, BC  V7X 1A8 ​  (Note: Receipt of your payment is required to hold your seat – please notify us by e-mail if you are mailing a cheque.)

2017/2018 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2018. Only $40 for more than a year of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Questions? Contact us at membership@bcwas.com

Please note – there are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home: take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

Bici Gusti Returns to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Do you like drinking wine?  Do you like cycling?  If so, the Bici Gusti at Whistler may be for you.  Check out the following press release for the race.  Cheers.

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Second Annual Luxury Culinary Cycling Event Kicks off the Biking Season
May 19 to 21 , 2017

 
Whistler B.C. –  Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler  is partnering with Bici Gusti to offer Whistler’s second annual gourmet ride. Presented by Jaguar Land Rover, Bici Gusti invites guests to follow their senses through a family-friendly long weekend where gourmet feasts, adventurous cycling, luxury and fun awaits. Set for May 19 to 21, 2017, the feel-good ride features a 70 km ride through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys, delicious cuisine sourced within 70 kilometres (44 miles) of Whistler with a wealth of like-minded guests. The self-paced ride invites riders of all levels to enjoy themselves at their own speed.

This year, the event is adding more culinary power houses to this spirited weekend such as Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell, Four Seasons Resort Whistler Executive Chef Eren Guryel and team along with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Executive Chef Weimar Gomez and Four Seasons Resort Westlake Village Executive Chef Jose Fernandez to elevate the experience into an immersive one that delights all the senses.

The Forbes Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Whistler invites guests to escape any city stresses and settle into the alpine sanctuary for three rejuvenating nights of fellowship, fitness and amazing food. Participants are also encouraged to mingle with event special guests – Olympians Evan Dunfee, Nikola Girke and Steve Podborski.
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Relax
  • Bici Gusti begins with a relaxed General Manager reception at Four Seasons Residences Whistler.  Guests are invited to mingle and get a taste of SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Refresh
  • Enjoy a fun day that’s all about enjoying life.  This robust agenda includes an energizing spin class led by Eastwood Cycle, a rejuvenating yoga class and a hands-on cooking class as well as a “Rat Pack-themed” pool party and wine tasting evening.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Ride & Shine
  • Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride guests will cycle through 70 km of spectacular Whistler and Callaghan Valley scenery. The route has been carefully selected to allow all levels of riders to enjoy themselves and socialize. Riders will enjoy a gourmet rest stop complete with charcuterie and Italian essentials half-way through the journey. Post ride, cyclists will be toasted by beer from Red Truck Brewery and a barbeque at Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Guests can enjoy an afternoon rest before glamming up for the closing white-themed gala dinner. Prepared by avid cyclist and Ocean Wise Executive Chef at the Vancouver Aquarium, Chef Ned Bell, the gala dinner will highlight exceptional ingredients sourced from within 70 km.
Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride is the ultimate way to start the biking season and is designed for cyclists of all levels looking for an awe-inspiring gourmet food experience. This family-oriented weekend features kid-friendly events as well as child-minding services available on-site. Guests are also invited to contact the award-winning Spa to add on a relaxing massage, body treatment, yoga or fitness class. Advance reservations highly recommended.
Registration for Bici Gusti can be done online.
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About Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler:
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is one of North America’s top mountain resorts having been named Whistler’s only Forbes Five Star Resort. In addition to world-class skiing, this award winning Four Seasons Mountain Resort offers the ultimate year-round getaway in an enviable location, as well as fine dining, luxurious spa retreats and après ski offerings. With the Resorts’ signature amenities and renowned, personalized service, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is in a class of its own among mountain destinations.
As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 103 properties in 43 countries. For more information on Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler visit www.fourseasons.com/whistler or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About SIDECUT:
Steak with an edge. Named for the curvature on the side of a ski or snowboard, SIDECUT offers a modern take on traditional mountain cuisine. Situated in the Four Seasons Resort at the celebrated alpine location of Whistler, the restaurant’s sleek wood interior offers an inviting setting where diners can cozy up to the open fireplace or dine on our sun soaked patio. At SIDECUT, steak is more than a meal, it’s an experience.
Vancouver Foodster Noodle Mania

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania 2017 Photos To Enjoy

I think most cultures have at least one noodle dish.  Many we are familiar with such as spaghetti from Italy or chow mein from China.   Vancouver Foodster has been offering to us for a few years to try noodle dishes from around the world through his Noodle Mania event.  This year’s event let us try noodles from 6 different restaurants/venues.  Below are the pictures I took from each location and a brief description. Enjoy with your eyes, and if you like, go to visit them and try these dishes in person.

Commodity Juicery

If you want to feel healthy drop by Commodity Juicery.  The zucchini noodle dish was very light and not too filling.  Leaves room for other dishes along the way.

Zucchini noodles paired with bubble tea made with chia pearls at Commodity Juicery

Zucchini noodles paired with bubble tea made with chia pearls at Commodity Juicery

Chutney Villa

Spicy is the operative word here.  I did enjoy this dish.  The squid was soft and not chewy.

Chutney Villa's Sri Lankan style seafood with soft noodles.

Chutney Villa’s Sri Lankan style seafood with soft noodles.

Thailicious

A new restaurant for me.  I do like Thai food.  We had two different types of noodles. I think they made the food so that it was not too spicy for most people.  There was chilies that you could add to your dish.  I really liked the smokiness of the Chicken Pad See-ew noodle dish.  I will come again to try their food at my spice level.

Thailicious Tofu Pad Thai and Chicken Pad See-ew noodles in sweet soy sauce.

Thailicious Tofu Pad Thai and Chicken Pad See-ew noodles in sweet soy sauce.

Yaletown l’Antipasto

Really nice quality food here.  Spaghetti alle Vongole is one of my go-to pasta dishes.  This one was done very well.  The chilies added a little bite without being overpowering.  I also liked the Garganelli with tomato sauce.  I enjoyed the creaminess in the tomato sauce from melted butter.  Not diet food.

Yaletown l'Antipasto Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Yaletown l’Antipasto Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Yaletown l'Antipasto Garganelli with tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano.

Yaletown l’Antipasto Garganelli with tomato sauce and Parmigiano reggiano.

Basil Garden

When I visit a new Vietnamese restaurant, the first thing that I order is a bowl of Pho, which is what I did at Basil Garden.  The pho is done well, and you can add Sriracha sauce for extra flavour and spice. The rare beef was well-done by the time it reached me, but it could be because of how many people were there for the Noodle Mania.  A place to try again.

pho rare beef brisket and beef balls in noodle soup at Basil Garden.

Pho rare beef brisket and beef balls in noodle soup at Basil Garden.

Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres

I am happy to see youth cooking.  Skylar & Chloe were presenting their locally made tomato pasta sauce, served with fettuccine noodles.  Keep supporting our children and show them good food.

Skylar from Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres grates parmesan on their locally made pasta sauce with pasta.

Skylar from Kids Can Cook Gourmet at Organic Acres grates Parmesan on their locally made pasta sauce with pasta.

Port Moody Tasting Plates – What To Try

Vancouver Foodster took us to a brand new part of the lower mainland for his latest Tasting Plates experience, Port Moody.  Located to the northeast of Burnaby, the restaurants and breweries wanted to show us what they have to offer.  There are several breweries in Port Moody, and during this event we sampled craft beers from two of them; Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  There was also sweet and savoury at the Tasting Plates.  Enjoy the pictures that I took during the event, along with my brief commentary.

My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes

Starting off with savoury, we visited Spacca Napoli Pizeria and Meat Craft Urban Butchery.  Spacca was very busy, and from discussions, seems to be busy all the time.  They offered us a meatball, frittelle (a fried fritter that had pieces of seaweed inside), Rigatoni Bolognese, and a slice of Neapolitan style pizza.  I really enjoyed the flavour of the tender meatball along with the tomato sauce.  The slice of pizza was also good, but could have been served hotter.

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Meat Craft Urban Butchery offered us a choice of a mini-smokie in a bun topped with slaw, and a side of potato salad.  Although the specialize in meat, their slaw and potato salad were excellent.  One smokie was garlic flavoured, and the other two had beer from either Yellow Dog or Moody Ales.  I tried the Moody Ales flavoured smokie.  It was grilled lightly.  You could get the flavour of the ale without it being over-powering.  A place to visit to buy more smokies, kebabs or other meats for the future.

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

With some food in me, the next stops were to Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  Both offered us 4 beers to taste.  My preference was for the darker, brown ales, while my friend preferred the lighter lagers.  Between the two breweries, and the others just down the street, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I have also been told that on weekends you can find food trucks beside the breweries, so grab a bite and a brew!

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

After our fill of savoury food and beer, it was time for dessert.  First stop was Rocky Point Ice Cream, a well-loved establishment in Port Moody, and the new Gabi & Jules pie shop.  Rocky Point Ice Cream made 3 special treats for us:  a mini Sweet Georgia Brown sundae, a strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, and a mini ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich.  All were very tasty.  I enjoyed the sundae and the chocolate cup the most.  The sandwich cookie was a little too hard, and would have been spectacular if it was a bit softer.  The basil and balsamic reduction showed flair and really worked with the strawberry ice cream.  I highly recommend this place for ice cream.

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Gabi & Jules rounded out the evening with a slice of pie; mine being apple and blackberry.  Apple pie is in general my favourite type of pie.  The blackberries, scattered throughout, added a floral note to the pie.  It was not overly sweet, and the crust was very flaky.  Enjoyed this with a cup of decaf coffee.

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Thanks to all the restaurants and breweries for letting us sample from them, and for Vancouver Foodster for branching out of the well-known foodie areas of Vancouver.

Join In August 20th in Whistler Blackcomb for the 2016 Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

What’s Cheese Rolling, You Ask?

It’s when a flock of Canadians chases an 11-pound wheel of cheese – slipping, tripping, and tumbling towards the finish line. The first one across gets the cheese + 2 ski season passes to Whistler Blackcomb. You can race valiantly or simply take in the action, but one way or another get ready for an incredible day!

Wear Your Cheesiest Costume

Don a big smile with your silliest costume and you could win one of 3 fantastic prizes including gift cards from local restaurants, gift baskets from sponsors, and more! Costume contest host and Just for Laughs comedian Ivan Decker will reward the best individual, team, and child costumes. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Get a Taste of Canadian Cheese

Explore the wonderful variety of cheeses Canada has to offer at theCanadian Cheese Market, discover pairing tips and tricks at a cheese seminar with expert David Beaudoin, and try fabulous new recipes featuring Canadian cheese at a cooking class with Chef Ned Bell.

Attend the Après Cheese Party

When all the races are over and the 2016 Cheese Champions have been crowned, head on over to Black’s Pub & Restaurant for the Après Cheese Party.

Treat yourself to a special selection of dishes featuring mouth-watering Canadian cheeses while you enjoy the spectacular view. And if you’re one of many lucky attendees, you may go home with some amazing prizes and giveaways!

Event Details

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 – 11am – 4pm

Whistler Blackcomb, BC (view map)

REGISTERING FOR THE RACE

To race with other grown-ups, teens, or kids, you can register for FREE starting at 11:00 am at the festival entrance (where you exit the Excalibur Gondola). Come early as it’s first-come, first-served. (Protective gear will be provided.)