1st Ever Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates in Port Moody Sept 21

The newest Tasting Plates adventure takes you to Port Moody.  You can either drive there, or take a skytrain to Lougheed Mall then a bus.  It is an easy ride.  There are several craft breweries in Port Moody, and you get to try 2 on this Tasting Plates event.  I will be there.  Join me!

Here is the tasting announcement.


Tasting Plates Port MoodyTantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and breweries in Port Moody. This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

Registration: Gabi & Jules – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants: 

Gabi & Jules

2302B Clarke Street

Twitter: @gabiandjules


Type: Bakery


The Parkside Brewery

2731 Murray Street

Twitter: @ParksideBrewery

Instagram: @parksidebrewery

Type: Brewery


Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

2801 St Johns Street

Twitter @Spacca_NapoliPM


Type: Italian Cuisine


Moody Ales

2601 Murray Street

Twitter: @MoodyAles


Type: Brewery


Rocky Point Ice Cream

2800 Murray St

Twitter: @RPIceCream

Instagram: @rockypointicecream

Type: Ice Cream


Meat Craft Urban Butchery
114 Moody Street
Twitter: @MeatcraftPM
Type: Butcher and meats

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before August 31, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after August 31, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 18,, 2016

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

WHENWednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) – Add to CalendarWHEREGabi & Jules – 2302B Clarke St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1Y8 – View Map

Calgary International Beerfest on May 6 and 7 – Get Your Tickets

Calgary International BeerfestThe Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the 10 best beer festivals in the world.  The 2016 edition will cover over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in Calgary making it the largest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite with over 500 local, national and international craft beers, while being able to sample tasty food from over 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.

If you are in BC and enjoy tasting new beers, you may want to consider catching a short flight to Calgary and expanding your beer horizons.  I think there is a lot going on to keep you busy if you attend one day, or both days.  It sounds like lots of fun.


Friday May 6: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 7: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm


  • BMO Centre at Stampede Park
  • 20 Roundup Way


This is an 18+ event. Please bring a piece of government issued photo ID for admission to the event


  • Online Advance Tickets: $19
  • Weekend Passes: $30
  • Beer Geek VIP: $25
  • Beer Geek VIP Weekend Passes: $40
  • Tickets at the door are $25 and entrance is subject to capacity

Tickets available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com

VIP Beer Geeks

VIP Beer Geeks get several perks, costing only $6 more than General Admission tickets! They have their own separate entrance, early access to the event and free access to one Cooking with Beer Seminar and Brew Master Seminar of their choice. They will also receive a sampling mug, a Beerfest program and Beer Geeks will get first crack at meeting the brewers and sampling their beers! The first 100 VIPs through the door each day will receive tickets to Calgary Oktoberfest on September 23 and 24.

Calgary International Beerfest – a Sampling Event

Upon entry, each guest will receive an official sample cup to use throughout the event and take home afterwards. All beer and food can be sampled by purchasing sample tokens. Tokens are sold in sheets of 10 for $10. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens, but food and specialty beers may cost more. Each beer sample is a legal 4 ounces, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.

Festival Highlights

  1. Brew Master Seminar – Hosted by Craft Beer Market
  2. Cooking with Beer Seminar – Hosted by Rickard’s
  3. People’s Choice Awards – Presented by Metro
  4. Live Local Music at Village Square, Mill Street and Black Bridge Brewery Stages
  5. ATB Financial Beer University
  6. The Distillery District (in case you need a break from beer)
  7. ABF Social Media Lounge

Do You Like Beer, Are Artistic, and Live in Alberta?

Here is a cool contest that came across my email.  The Alberta Beer Festivals has a contest to have someone design a label for a beer specially made for their Craft Beer Festival.  You have to be an Alberta resident to apply for this contest, but it would be cool if BC Craft Beer organizers also did something similar here.

If you are from BC and traveling to Calgary in May, or to Edmonton in June, why not try to go to one of these beer festivals?

Here is the press release from the Alberta Beer Festival.


Alberta Beer FestivalEvery year, Alberta Beer Festivals partners with the Olds College Brew Master Program to brew a beer to celebrate the Calgary International Beerfest (May 6/7) and the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival (June 3/4).  This year, ABF is holding 3 separate contests to help us CHOOSE the style of our beer, then NAME the beer, and finally design the beer LABEL for the beer.
Click HERE for a list of awesome prizes you could win!


NAME IT contest – February 1st to February 7th, 2016

Last week’s contest helped us name the beer and the winning name is RALE YARD RED ALE!  Congratulations Tamara Konrad of Edmonton, Alberta who wins some great prizes for having her name chosen. Thank you to everyone who participated! Now that we have a name, it’s time to Label It!


LABEL IT contest – February 16th to March 4th, 2016

You voted on the style and the name, now we want you to design the beer label for Rale Yard Red Ale, the official 2016 ABF beer:

  1. Go to www.albertabeerfestivals.com/label-it
  2. Review the label requirements and start designing
  3. Submit your label design before noon on March 4th, 2016 to be entered to win!


Design the LABEL for the official 2016 ABF beer and win! Alberta Beer Festivals wants you to design the beer label for its official 2016 beer. The winning entry will receive a fantastic prize pack, including an invitation for them and a friend to be beer judges at the Calgary International Beerfest. The winning entry will be showcased at the Calgary International Beerfest in May and at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival in June. The winner will also be invited to be part of the team that brews the beer on March 9th, the media launches in both Calgary and Edmonton in April, and will be featured in an article in Branded Magazine!  Contest open to all Alberta residents.


Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island on January 20

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

As part of Dine Out Vancouver, there are also walk-about type events, such as Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island.  I participated in a similar event a few years ago on Granville Island and it was a lot of fun.  It is an easy walk to all the participating venues.  I really enjoyed the Artisan Sake, made here using rice grown in the Fraser Valley!  There is also beer, distilled spirits, food and chocolates.  Will I see you at the event?  All the participating venues and artists are described below, along with a link to buy your tickets.  I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.


Get set for an extraordinary night of art, eating and drinking on Granville Island. Visit resident artists, local producers of beer and spirits, and taste dishes from several of the island restaurants at some of Granville Island’s finest restaurants, breweries and distilleries.

Following your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites, sips as well as have a chance to meet the artists, chefs, tour breweries, a distillery and discover more around the island.

Visit each of the participating restaurants and establishments at your leisure by walking, bike or moped.

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Participating restaurants and establishments

include some of the Granville Island’s best including:


artisan sake maker

Artisan Sake Maker

1339 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @ArtisanSake 

Web:  http://artisansakemaker.com/

Establishment: Sake Winery

Artisan SakeMaker is known as a unique commercial winery that produces award winning, hand-made, small batch and fresh sake. Our brand name “OSAKE” is widely recognized as “Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium sake” and its popularity has reached across the country and beyond.

Handcrafted in our artisan studio located at Railspur Alley on Granville Island, Osake is the first “fresh premium”Junmai Sake [Namazake] of its kind produced in Canada. Fermented from top-quality Japanese sakamai, then hand-pressed and hand-bottled, Osake is left unfiltered to optimize its fresh, delicate, fruit-like aromas and flavours.


dockside restaurant


Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston St, Vancouver

Twitter: @eatDockside 

Web:  http://www.docksidevancouver.com/

Cuisine: Restaurant and brewery

Located on the shores of False Creek, Dockside Restaurant in the Granville Island Hotel offers a wide range of superbly prepared classic dishes in an award-winning setting like no other.

Combining a menu which emphasises sustainable Ocean Wise seafood with panoramic views of downtown and Yaletown, Dockside Restaurant is an iconic West Coast destination 12 months of the year. Whether guests enjoy the views through floor-to-ceiling windows or on its patio, named “Best in Vancouver” five years in a row, a visit to Dockside Restaurant is always memorable.

Granville Island Brewing 

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

1441 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @granvillebeer

Web: http://gib.ca/

Establishment: Brewery

Our Brew Story

In 1984 something happened that forever changed the local beer industry: Granville Island Brewing opened the doors to Canada’s first microbrewery and our iconic Lager. It wasn’t long before we were adding more new and unique West Coast inspired beers to our lineup.

Over the years, we’ve become more than just a local brewery. We also focus much of our efforts towards ongoing community investment, including sponsorship and charitable support of community organizations and more. We’re just as proud of that as we are about what we put in our bottles.


Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

1494 Old Bridge St, Vancouver

Twitter: @TLDistillery

Web:  http://thelibertydistillery.com/

Establishment: Distillery

Established in 2010, The Liberty Distillery is a true craft artisan distillery located in the heart of historic Granville Island.  Selecting only the best British Columbia organic grains, The Liberty Distillery carefully ferments, then triple distills in traditional copper pot stills to produce hand crafted spirits with character and distinction.

Traditional, classic, quirky, knowledgeable and fun; TLD’s enthusiastic team invite you to step back in time at their 110-year old Saloon Bar to taste Classic Old Fashioned cocktails, or to enjoy one of their Signature creations.  Uniquely crafted drinks range from the familiar to the astounding, but always show the beauty of their artisanal spirits.



Off The Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro

1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver

Twitter: @tracksbistro

Web: http://www.tracksbistro.ca/ 

Establishment: Cafe and bistro

Off the Tracks is a Granville Island original, providing the best of local talents, whether it is roasting beans to their absolute perfection, crafting a perfect cup of coffee, or creating the most mouth-watering House Salad on the entire island. We want to showcase the best of our local community and what it has to offer.


bon macaron

Bon Macaron

(Located during the event inside New Leaf Editions)

Web: http://www.bonmacaronpatisserie.com/

Twitter @BonMacaronVic

Cuisine: Patisserie

After delighting customers in Victoria, Bon Macaron Patisserie decided to take a leap and tackle the Vancouver market with a brand new location in Kitsilano and one in Granville Island Public Market! With over 50 flavours ranging from the traditional to the most creative sweet & savoury, everyone will find something to their taste! All of our macarons are naturally gluten-free and we make a number of dairy-free options as well.







(located inside Granville Island Brewery during event)

Twitter: @Chocolatas1 

Web:  http://chocolatas.com/

Establishment: Chocolatier

More restaurants/establishments may be added


Participating Artists






New Leaf Editions Is a collaborative printmaking studio specializing in traditional and contemporary print media.

New Leaf was established by Peter Braune in 1986 to work with artists seeking new forms of expression. The goal of a collaboration is to offer artists the ability to explore new forms of image making using print media. New Leaf has worked with many locally and internationally acclaimed artists. Services provided by New Leaf include: copper and zinc etching, photo-etching, relief printing, lithography, letterpress, and steel facing. We have also been working with architects and designers to etch images into all kinds of metal. These projects range from commercial to residential, all custom made pieces.

New Leaf invites community participation into the world of printmaking by co-ordinating the BIG PRINT PROJECT (check out our last Big Print Project on youtube) and the Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition (BIMPE). For more information check us out at newleafeditions.com, or look up New Leaf Editions on facebook.

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Barbara Arnold, Artist

Studio 206-1656 Duranleau Street

T: 604-760-4465

Dutch artist Barbara Arnold invites you to her working studio and gallery. Her abstract and representational mixed media paintings are an explosion of texture and intense colour generating an organic energy and tension that flow across her wood panels. She also offers private, semi private classes in her art studio and accepts commissions. Visit the studio on the second floor to see her work and have a chat with the artist.  Find out more about Barbara Click here!


Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects 

1333 Railspur Alley

T: 604.669.9663

Dalbergia represents the work of Federico Méndez-Castro. A confluence of craftsmanship with the graphic elements of pure forms. Fine furniture, sculpted objects and accessories in wood are created with one purpose: enhancing the poetry of space. Balance, simple lines and clear shapes find their ways in Federico’s work. The one of a kind is the standard for this Artisan.

More artists may be added

Purchase the Club Amuse-bouche tickets; in addition to the food and beverages tasting, and visiting the resident artists, you will also receive a Canvas, use of paint supplies and guidance from one of our resident artists as you paint your own masterpiece.


Purchase tickets here 


$65* General Admission
Early Purchase Discount: Save $10 before December 31, 2015
$110 ** CLUB Amuse-bouche

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included

Registration: Granville Island Hotel -this is where you will show us your tickets and will pick up your Dining Passport Map Cards

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, car, or walking.

Ticket price includes tasting plates and/or cups at each of the participating restaurants throughout the event.

This event takes place during the Dine Out Festival 2016 presented by Tourism Vancouver.

Vancouver Foodster presents the Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge

Who knew you could make cocktails from beer?  I haven’t had one before, but when I look at the creations below, it peaks my interest.  Maybe yours too?  You can try these creations and vote for your favourite cocktail.  Details about participating locations and how to vote below.  Cheers!

Vancouver, BC – Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to create and enter a cocktail creation that includes Craft Beer and other ingredients into a unqiue cocktail into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their creations on their menu from October 1-25, 2015.

A few of the unique creations in this challenge:

The Apron

The Gearshift

The Gearshift

The Gearshift 

Price: $8.00

Description: Shift your night into high gear with this twist on the classic bourbon cocktail

Ingredients: Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon, Southern Comfort, Red Truck Ale, Angostura Bitters, Marachino Cherry, Lemon Twist

Created by: Allister Cave

Offered: Lunch and Dinner 9am – 11pm

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr


American Grille




Price: $8.95

Description: a beer cocktail that celebrates the spirit of the spooky season combining Parallel 49’s Pumpkin Ale, with vanilla vodka and a scoop of pumpkin ice cream

Ingredients: 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka, 175 ml. Pumpkin Ale, 1 scoop Pumpkin Ice Cream

Created by: Donovan

Offered: All the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://american-grille.com/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR


Darby’s Public House

Bodega Breeze

Bodega Breeze

Bodega Breeze

Price: $9

Created by: James Olivier.


Ingredients: 3oz Steamworks Pilsner, 1oz Rangpur or Bombay Gin, 1.25oz IPA, lime, basil simple syrup, 3 basil leaves, 1.5oz lemon juice, .5oz lime juice, 1 lemon twist, *Cascadia Hop sugar

Offered: 11am-midnight everyday

Darby’s Public House

2001 Macdonald St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 731-0617

Web: http://www.darbyspub.ca/

Twitter: @darbys_in_kits

The full list of participating restaurants can be found here

For our Challenges, we have 2 sets of winners. The People’s Choice winners will be selected by the public who are invited to visit any of the participating restaurants and order the Craft Beer Cocktail creations and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge by casting their votes.

For this challenge we have 3 media judges and they are:

Joe Leary

Host of Just Here for the Beer Radio, Broadcaster, Feature Writer/Columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper, Feature Writer BC Lions Magazine

Twitter: @reallyjoeleary

Benjamin Yong

Freelance writer and journalist for Darpan Magazine and other publications.

Twitter: @b_yong

Henry Yuen

Freelance writer for Beyond Chopsticks and other publications.

Twitter: @beyondchopstick


The public is invited to order these Craft Beer Cocktail creations at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from October 1-25, 2015.

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Craft Beer Cocktail creation. 

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Craft Beer Cocktail creations on October 26, 2015.

The Fraser Valley Culture and Craft Beer Festival is Back!

Craft beer is a growing concern around the world.  In the Vancouver lower mainland I am constantly tripping over new craft breweries.  The celebration of this craft, and sharing experiences with other beer lovers happens with beer festivals.  One such festival is happening at the Fraser Valley Culture and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Below is the information I recently received about the event.  Enjoy!


Fraser Valley Culture and Beer Festival in action

Fraser Valley Culture and Beer Festival in action

CHILLIWACK, BC— Calling all lovers of craft beer, culture, and community spirit – the Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festival is back! Taking place on Saturday September 26, 2015 at 7:00PM, the third annual fall fundraiser will once again fill The Centre with the sounds of laughter and good cheer. And the very best thing? All funds raised at the event go towards supporting The Centre’s arts and crafts programs! Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society president Doug Wickers had this to say about the event: “Culture and craft beer are a happy union again this fall. Both previous events sold out well in advance, so don’t delay in getting a group of friends together for an evening of suds, food, and live entertainment – and get ready for an incredible night supporting the arts!”

Combining the best of British Columbia’s thriving microbrewery industry, delicious bites, rocking live music and an astounding selection of prizes in the silent auction, the Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festival is only getting bigger and better every year! 2015’s festival will see the brewery count increased to an amazing 25, bringing in more beers for patrons to sample than ever before, as well as the entertainment factor cranked up with performances from both rhythm and blues/rockabilly band Six Gun Romeo and folk/rock duo LB 4 LB! To add even more fun to the festivities, the Silent Auction will be overflowing with unbelievable prizes, including the tantalizing ‘Beer for a Year’ supply from Chilliwack’s own brew-master, Old Yale Brewing. If a weekly 32 ounce growler of local craft beer sounds good to you, then that is the bid you do NOT want to miss out on!

With craft beer’s presence in our region exploding in recent years, The Centre cannot wait to provide patrons the opportunity to sample suds offered by some of British Columbia’s best breweries! Joining our hometown favourite, Old Yale Brewing, will be household name of craft beer Granville Island Brewing, plus Howe Sound Brewing Company and Steamworks Brewery. Other breweries available for patrons to sample will be: Big River Brewing Company, Black Kettle Brewing Company, Bomber Brewing, Bridge Brewing, Canuck Empire Brewing, Dead Frog Brewery, Fernie Brewing Company, Four Winds Brewery, Hoyne Brewing Company, Mission Springs Brewing Company, Moon Under Water, Old Abbey Ales, Pacific Western Brewing Company, Phillips Brewing Company, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, Ravens Brewing Company, Red Truck Beer, Russell Brewing Company, and Yellow Dog Brewing Company, as well as Beverage Concepts International and McClelland Premium Imports, who will be pouring a select range of beers. With this incredible line up, whether your beer of choice offers the sharp sensations of IPA, flows with the dark texture and flavour of Stout, or carries a velvety Porter finish, this fantastic event is guaranteed to hit the spot with those who like to wash down their culture with a delicious brew… or two!

And capping off the night will be the Festival Favourite announcement! Upon entry patrons will be handed a token with which to vote for their favourite brewery, with the winner being presented a trophy celebrating their role as best of the fest! Finally, if you pick up a taste for a particular brew throughout the night, Best Western Liquor Store will be on-site in The Centre’s Odlum Brown Studio to make sure you can take home a few bottles of your new favourite craft beer. 10% of sales will go right back into The Centre’s arts and crafts programs, so for a completely guilt-free beer shopping trip, make sure to give these guys a visit!

The previous two Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festivals truly hit the spot with our patrons, and with both events selling out months before the big day you do not want to wait for last call to pick up a ticket for this exceptional and exhilarating local fundraiser. Chilliwack Cultural Centre Development Officer and festival organizer KellyAnne TeBrinke summed things up perfectly! “The idea to create a craft beer festival in Chilliwack occurred three years ago, and with every year selling out well in advance, this event only continues to evolve. We are so grateful to our community for their support of the arts, and love that they love craft beer! With the amazing breweries on board, caterers and restaurants represented like never before, and a Silent Auction featuring one-of-a-kind prizes, you truly do not want to miss this year’s Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festival – it has put Chilliwack on the map for sure!”

Tickets are $45 and are available now both online and from The Centre Box Office, so either visitwww.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or call 604-391-SHOW(7469) to get your fill of craft beer, culture, and ridiculously good times!

This is a 19+ event.

Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festival is generously sponsored by

Platinum Sponsor: Waterstone Law Group LLP.

Gold Sponsors: LawnPro/Weedman, Major League 2 Pub, Murray Honda, Promontory Liquor Store/Dukes Pub, Sarah Toop.

Silver Sponsors: Canex Building Supplies Ltd., Soprema Inc., Bathe Plumbing.

Bronze Sponsors: Chill-Air, Chilliwack Carpet One Floor & Home, Minter Country Garden, Edge Nutrition, Drake Entrust Mortgage Services, FYidoctors, Mike’s Computer Shop, Mt Waddington’s Outdoors, O’Connor Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Sandal Foods Inc., True North Brew Supply, and Unika.

Entertainment Sponsor: One Yellow Tree.

Producing Partners: The Rotary Club of Chilliwack, The Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society.

Media Sponsors: Chilliwack Progress, The Drive.

Accommodation Sponsor: The Royal Hotel.

Glassware Sponsor: Doug’s Keymart.

Food Sponsors: Curly Kale Catering, Faspa & Co., Fraser Valley Meats, Guerilla BBQ, Hofstede’s Country Barn, and Simply Savory Valley Catering.

Galiano Island Wine Festival August 8 – Get Your Tickets

Galiano Island Wine Festival

Galiano Island Wine Festival

The Galiano Health Care Society is hosting its 23rd Annual Fundraising Wine & Beer Festival.

Where and When?

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm.

Entrance fee for general public 19+ is $45pp.  The entry fee includes one wine tasting glass, one beer tasting glass as well as unlimited finger food all afternoon. 
This annual event is a major fundraising initiative for the Galiano Health Care Society which provides quality health care to Galiano Island residents and visitors.  Galiano Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands and is easily accessible by BC Ferry via Victoria or Vancouver.

Which Wineries and Breweries Are Attending?

Reserve tickets at galianowinefestival@gmail.com. or call Jenelle at 250-539-2422.

Reservations are available from May 1, 2015 and close 5pm Friday, August  7th, 2015.

Please note that tickets do sell fast. Purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our 2013 & 2014 Festivals sold out on the day of the event.

For more information, please visit the links for the Galiano Health Care Society, the Galiano Wine Festival and the Galiano Chamber of Commerce:

2015 Calgary International Beerfest – Brew Master Seminars Schedule Announced!

Are you in Calgary, or plan to be in Calgary the May 1st weekend? Do you like beer, or like to learn more about beer?  Then you should attend the Calgary International Beerfest.  Details about the Brew Master Seminars are below.  Cheers!


Calgary, AB (April 23, 2015) The Brew Master Seminars, hosted by CRAFT Beer Market, are back at the Calgary International Beerfest this coming May 1st and 2nd in the BMO Centre on Stampede Park.


“The Brew Master Seminars are a fantastic opportunity to hear the history of different breweries and the creativity that goes into each of their beers. And the best part is that you get to sample the beers as you hear about what makes them special,” says Rob Swiderski, Operating Partner of CRAFT Beer Market.

Get the inside story about craft beer straight from local, national and international sources while sampling some of the beer they brought just for you to try!

This year’s Brew Master Seminar Schedule:

All guests of these seminars get to sample the beers that are being discussed, and Beer Geek VIPs get into one seminar of their choice free (seminars are 2 tokens otherwise).


Event Dates and Times

Friday May 1st: Beer Geek VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 2nd: Beer Geek VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm

BMO Centre on Stampede Park


Tickets available at all Brewsters, Sobeys Liquor, and Sobeys Grocery stores, as well as online at www.albertabeerfestivals.com.

Beer fest seminar schedule

Alberta Beer Festivals – Brewing Beer Culture

At Alberta Beer Festivals, we strive to educate our fellow Albertans on all things beer related! Part of what we do is promote craft beer created in our own back yard, in addition to creating a brew culture with positive experiences for everyone.

2015 Calgary International Beer Festival

Just in case you are one of my readers in Calgary, or are travelling to Calgary for May 1 or 2, and you like beer, this festival is for you.  Read on.


Glass of beer

Glass of beer

Already rated as one of the 20 best beer festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of the Calgary International Beer Festival, presented by Sobeys Liquor, is expanding to over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in the BMO Centre and Corral on May 1st and 2nd making it the biggest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favorite amongst the hundreds of local, national and international craft beers while being able to sample tasty food from over 40 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries. Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF) has a mandate to not only promote & celebrate the craft beer industry, we also believe it is important to be environmental conscious and strong members of the community. If you require further event information, a media kit, tickets for contests or yourself please do not hesitate to contact us. What to Expect This year the festival will take up all five halls of Calgary’s BMO Centre and the Corral, boasting over 250,000 square feet of beer! On top of the great beer selection, some of Calgary’s best eateries will be featuring their food at the Calgary International Beer Festival.

There will be special seminar stages where people can sample food and learn about some unique breweries and beer made right here in Alberta! We have local bands taking part in the festivities to keep up your spirits, and keep the atmosphere lively. It’s good to be a VIP! These tickets get you early access to the festival via a separate entrance, free swag, great door prizes and free access to seminars. On top of that, many breweries will be bringing special cask beers to the event and Beer Geeks get first crack at these beers all for six bucks more! As a way for people to enjoy a wider beer and food selection this is a sampling event!

Event Dates and Times Friday May 1st: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm Saturday, May 2nd: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm BMO Centre Halls A,B,C,D & E and the Corral at Stampede Park Alberta Beer Festivals – Brewing Beer Culture At Alberta Beer Festivals, we strive to educate our fellow Albertans on all things beer related! Part of what we do is promote craft beer created in our own back yard, in addition to creating a brew culture with positive experiences for everyone. Along with ABF`s charities of choice Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary (AAFS) and Kids Up Front we want to invite you to be a part of this year’s world renown Calgary International Beer Festival. For more information please visit www.albertabeerfestivals.com.

Vancouver Foodsters East Village Tasting Plates – The Review

This week we enjoyed visiting restaurants, cafes, a distillery and a brewery in the East Village area (centered around Hastings & Nanaimo) in Vancouver.  I really enjoyed myself and was quite full by the end.  The portions served by each place I visited was substantial.  I have found a few new places that I would like to visit again.  Below is the menu from each location and a picture or two that I took throughout the night.  Enjoy!



Featuring Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Beans:

  1. Espresso
  2. Americano
  3. Cortado  < I had the cortado, which is a double shot of espresso with milk in a small glass.

3 types of gluten free goodies:

Gluten Free Epicurean

  • Double Chocolate Salted Espresso Cookie (V) < I am a push over for chocolate, so this was my favorite.
  • Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie (V) < With this as my runner up cookie.

Italian Bakery

  • Italian Cookie (V)
Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

Gluten free cookies at Platform 7 Coffee

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7

My cortado and cookies at Platform 7



Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Cocktail Salteña (V) – Baked pot-pie, slight spicy and juicy, Beef or Vegetarian, filled with vegetables, potatoes and raisins. < I had the beef option. Full of slow cooked beef flavour.  Has a small amount of sauce inside to make it moist.  The pastry was flaky.  I will buy again.
  2. Quinoa Salad (V) – From the Bolivian Andes, mixed with fresh vegetables
  3. Alfajor (V) – Perfect light sweet cookie sandwich filled with Dulce de Leche and border with coconut < a wonderful, soft neutral flavoured cookie with a layer of dulce de leche through the middle and along the rim and bordered with coconut.  Really tasty and a good match with coffee.
  4. Beef Saltena, Quinoa Salad, and Alfajor cookie

    Quinoa Salad, Beef Saltena, and Alfajor cookie

Saltenas baked goods menu

Saltenas baked goods menu



Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Parsnip soup (V) < a nice earthy root flavour with creaminess from a hint of dairy
  2. Sardines on toast, salad cream, radish and celery salad < Would be nice with a cold beer, or maybe a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris.
  3. Beets and Apples, bitter greens and goats cheese (V)
Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel and March

Parsnip soup, Sardines on toast, and Beets and apples from Kessel & March



Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of spirits (TBA at location) < We sampled their East Van Vodka and their Creme de Cassis liqueur.  I asked what serving temperature to use for the vodka.  I was told that room temperature is OK, or a slight chill from the fridge.  I picked up some floral notes on the nose and cherry fruit on the palate.  The Creme de Cassis liqueur was sweet, but not cloying and full of cassis flavour.  You can buy both at the distillery.  The vodka costs $36 and the Creme de Cassis costs $22.

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur

Odd Spirits East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis liqueur



Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

1) Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast: A unique pork experience from our premium pork supplier North Thompson Heritage Ranch in Barriere B.C. You will receive a portion of 10hr slow charcoal roasted Heritage Pork carved directly off the hog. < nice crispy skin.  The meat was so tender as it was roasted for 10 hours.  Would be great with a beer from Parallel 49 Brewery!

2) Irish Stout Chicken Sausage w/ Caramelized Onion. Made from LOCAL FREE RANGE chicken served with Kosliks Triple Crunch mustard. < lots of flavour in this chicken.

3) Asado NY Striploin kabob; Our house Argentinean Asado marinaded PEI (Free Range) NY Striploin Beef hot off the BBQ. < striploin was very tender and flavourful

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co

Heritage Pork WHOLE Hog Roast at Windsor Meat Co



Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of beers on offer (TBA at location) < The whole flight of their beers, 9 in total, was available to us to select one to try. I tried to find one similar to a Kilkenny. I was poured their Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale.  Nice level of hoppiness for me.

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

Parallel 49 Brewery Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery

9 beers on tap at Parallel 49 brewery



Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

  1. Doichaang coffee < This is made from Thai coffee beans.  A first for me.
  2. Cinnamon roll (V) < The cinnamon bun is very good.  Not thick and doughy.
  3. Tom Yum Soup < If you like spice, you will like this soup.  It had nice slices of mushrooms in it and pieces of chicken.
Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe

Doichaang coffee, Cinnamon roll, and Tom Yum soup from Sweet Tooth Cafe



Our Tasting Cups will include your choice of a selection of teas (TBA at location)  < I did not have a chance to visit Steam.  It was very busy with a long line up so I went to Sweet Tooth Cafe.