Milano Coffee Wins Two Gold Medals at International Coffee Tasting Awards in Guangzhou

Coffee typically in the morning, and wine in the afternoon and evening.  That arrangement is probably the schedule for many people.  We have an award-winning coffee roaster here in Vancouver: Milano  Coffee.  Below is their press release about their reward, plus when you can try their winning coffee.  Enjoy!

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Vancouver, B.C. –  Milano Roasters wins gold. Master roaster and co-owner, Brian Turko, is celebrating the success created in his “mad-scientist” coffee roasting laboratory after being awarded two gold medals for Milano’s Silk Lili and Concept #9 espressos blends at the prestigious International Coffee Tasting Awards in the category of Non-Italian Blends or Single Origins Beans for espresso. A win for Silk Lili, named after Brian and Linda Turko’s daughter Liliana, feels especially sweet.
The additions of Silk Lili and Concept #9 to Milano’s previous gold wins for blends entitled La Futura, Butter, Velvet, Miscela Royale, Nuovo, Lucky 13, Cognac, Suave Rico, New Italian and Franks brings Milano’s grand tally to twelve gold medals in six years – which is no small feat. All the award-winners are available under Milano’s  Espresso Master’s Reserve line.
“The goal that drives us to keep our team striving for success is simple,” says Brian Turko. “To continually improve on creating and serving the best coffee in the world to our devoted customers and the coffee loving community in Canada.”
The eleventh edition of the international competition organized by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters was held in Guangzhou, China in December, 2017. Of the 162 coffees, 39 gold medals were awarded to coffees from Italy, Canada, China, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand. Milano’s coffees were the sole winners from Canada. Evaluations are completed by a panel of 28 international sensory judges who taste the coffees blind and have proven skills based of the method developed and established by IIAC and CSA. The International Institute of Coffee Tasters is an independent and scientific association for coffee tasting founded in 1993.

Meet the Makers 

January 25 | 156 West 8th Ave | 12:00 pm to 4:00pm
Milano owners Brian and Linda Turko, and Barry Henry, invite coffee lovers to ‘meet your maker’ on the afternoon of Thursday, January 25 at Milano’s West 8th coffee shop and roasting facility. Linda and Barry will be on the bar making the gold medal winning coffees, while Brian passionately shares all the details behind the blends. Go behind the scenes to see where all the roasting magic happens.
Milano’s Black Series 
Few roasters are producing dark coffees right now,  which makes it the perfect time to reveal Milano’s new Black Series. The luxurious dark roasts produced under this table are unique and special, offering great flavours that are dark but silky smooth. These coffees include Black Beauty, Black Jam, Black Lili, Black Candy, Sweet Black and Perfume Noir and are available at Milano locations.

Espresso Yogurt – a Milano Coffee x Tree Island Yogurt Collaboration

Yogurt and espresso lovers prepare! Milano Coffee and Vancouver Island’s Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt are combining two breakfast staples for a delicious collaboration that’s sure to give a kickstart to mornings. Customers across Canada can look for the product on grocery shelves this March at Milano cafés, Whole Foods, Urban Fare, Nesters, Choices, and anywhere Tree Island is sold.
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Get Your Tickets for Noodle Mania on January 10, 2018

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Vancouver! This 5th annual noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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See Richard Wolak (Creator/Founder of Noodle Mania and VancouverFoodster.com) on the Global TV Morning News Saturday Chef with Chef Ui Ratsomjit in 2016.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates 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.

You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on Food Finds (view here).

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by car or use transit.

Registration: tba -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports.

Participating Restaurants

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1741 Robson St, Vancouver

Web: https://www.facebook.com/flowerandhorseinspring/

Instagram @flowerandhorseinspring

Cuisine: Yunnan style of Chinese cuisine

 

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Robba Da Matti 

1127 Mainland Street,  Vancouver

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti 

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Cuisine: Italian

Yaletown’s Italian Tapas wine bar, a family-run, authentic Italian restaurant. We source the highest quality imported ingredients from Italy & combine them with seasonal ingredients.

Watch for the full line-up of restaurants in January

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before December 22.

Advance Tickets $45 per person before January 7, 2018.

Regular $60 per person after January 7, 2018

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

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or 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 and everyone is welcome.

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

The holidays are coming, so why not treat yourself before you treat others?  Coming up is Vancouver Foodster’s Holiday Market.  Details are below.  See you there!

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Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

 

Join us for a night of tasting to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at several markets around the city roving through a few neighborhoods from South Granville, to False Creek to Kitsilano. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday December 6 from 5pm until 9pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each market will feature multiple vendors serving up a wide selection of savoury and sweets, plus beverages for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to try many different foods and beverages throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the producers and chefs, and learn about each of the participating vendors and markets.

Kick off your holiday cheer with us, taste local and international food and drink. It’s the perfect evening to do something festive, catch up with friends, and get some holiday shopping done.

Registration: Milano Coffee Roasters – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Holiday Tasting Passports and menus.

 

Featuring these Markets:

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

3002 Granville Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Neighborhood: South Granville

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local and international food and beverages.

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Instagram @milanoroasters

Neighborhood: False Creek

The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from the skill of the torrefazzioni – a secret method roasting and blending, closely guarded, personally taught, and handed down generation to generation.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Instagram @befreshlocal

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Instagram @silkroadtea

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.

They will be featuring their line-up of teas and other products.

 

Tickets

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ultra Early-Bird: $18 per person before November 22, 2017

Early-Bird: $25 per person after November 22, 2017

Regular $30 per person after November 29, 2017

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

Ticket price includes tasting at each of the participating markets throughout the evening.

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 in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating markets and vendors subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Tasting Plates North Van BRUNCH on November 25

If you live in Vancouver, but have not spent much time across the Lions Gate Bridge and into North Vancouver to try the restaurants there, here is your chance.  Richard @vanfoodster is having a Tasting Plates North Van Brunch on Nov 25.  Below is his announcement.

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Join us and explore the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants and cafes. This brunch tasting extravaganza is on Saturday November 25 from 10am until 2pm 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, and learn about each of the participating places.

Check out our most recent Tasting Plates Brunch tour here!

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

Registration: Welcome Parlour – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and establishments

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Maru Korean Bistro

125 2nd St E, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-6292

Web: http://www.marukoreanbistro.com/

Instagram: @marukoreanbistro

Chef Bobby Shin and David Jo’s first restaurant after Bap’s Kitchen catering service. Here, we minimize the usage of artificial food ingredients and MSG for health of customers and try to offer the best meal at all the times with our heart and soul. Our restaurant is inspired by the “Baek ban jip”, a folksy dining restaurant that offers home style and casual foods.

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The Juicery Co

254 1st St E, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

Twitter: @TheJuiceryCo

Instagram @TheJuiceryCo

The Juicery Co is an Organic, Cold Pressed Juice & Nut Mylk Shop that Delivers throughout Metro Vancouver. As a family they have decided to share their knowledge of juicing with their community to provide others with the specific nutrients they require to improve quality of life.

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Two Daughters Bakery

121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Instagram @twodaughtersbakeshop

A gluten-free, vegan bakery that provides delicious, fresh- baked goods that appeal to everyone!

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream

277 8th St E, North Vancouver

Web:http://welcomeparlour.com/

Twitter: @welcomeparlour 

Instagram @welcomeparlour

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream is North Vancouver’s one & only authentic, artisan ice cream parlour. Our delicious ice creams are uniquely hand crafted using the best local NATURAL ingredients & are made freshly in artisan small batches with our culinary partner Eleanor Chow Waterfall of Cadeaux Bakery. We offer 11 delicious flavour at Welcome Parlour that rotate seasonally, always offering 2 amazing dairy free options

Watch for more restaurants/establishments which may be added closer to event date.

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person before November 17, 2017

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after November 17, 2017

Regular $60 per person after November 22, 2017

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 event. (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.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Is Cooking Up A Tasty Lineup For 2018

DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL IS COOKING UP A TASTY LINEUP FOR 2018
Canada’s largest food and drink festival returns January 19 to February 4

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018

Vancouver, BC, Canada (November 8, 2017)Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns in 2018 with a mouth-watering lineup of special menus, culinary events and travel perks for its 16th year. Locals and visitors alike can look forward to a citywide celebration of feasting and fun at Canada’s largest food and drink festival, taking place January 19 to February 4, 2018.

Once again, hundreds of participating restaurants will dish up prix fixe menus at $20, $30 and $40 price points, many with BC VQA wine pairings available for an added cost.

Foodies from afar can take advantage of Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s special hotel rates, starting at $89/night at participating hotels; indulge in Dine & Stay packages that pair overnight accommodation with a Dine Out dinner; or splurge on Club Amuse-Bouche Collection hotel packages, for a one-of-a-kind luxury food experience. Book a flight with Air Canada to receive a 15 percent discount (available from anywhere in Canada and select U.S. cities; see the website for details).

The 2018 event calendar will see returning favourites like the Secret Supper Soiree and Street Food City, as well as soon-to-be-announced brand-new events.

Finally, prepare your palates for the Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan, the coalition loyalty program that brings its members closer to the people and places that matter most, which will bring international culinary stars to local kitchens. Full details coming soon.

Key Dine Out Vancouver Festival Dates:

November 15, 2017 – Event tickets and hotel offers on sale at dineoutvancouver.com.
January 8, 2018 – Aeroplan exclusive: The list of Dine Out restaurants and menus is made available to Aeroplan members, giving them a three-day jumpstart on securing a table through advance reservations. To get this perk, sign up for Aeroplan now.
January 11, 2018 – Public reveal of Dine Out restaurants and menus at dineoutvancouver.com.
January 19, 2018 – Dine Out Vancouver Festival begins – dig in!

Mark your calendars now and check dineoutvancouver.com for more information.

About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:

Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 200-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, the wines of British Columbia, and the city’s exceptional culinary talent. Dine Out‘s premier partner is Aeroplan; festival partners are the Wines of British Columbia and YP Dine; and preferred partners include Air Canada, OpenTable, Metro newspaper, The Westin Bayshore, Tickets Tonight, Vancouver MagazineWestern LivingWhere and The Georgia StraightDine Out VancouverFestival 2018 runs from January 19 to February 4.
dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

Strathcona Beer Company Celebrates One Year with Special Edition Beer Launch and More

Strathcona Beer Company

Strathcona Beer Company

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Strathcona Beer Company will celebrate their one-year anniversary this November 17th and 18th with a special edition beer launch called Primo, a Double IPA, and a weekend-long open house with brewery tours. In addition, they will release new branded clothing and feature an art installation in the tasting room from the infamous New York graffiti legend, KR.

Located on the corner of East Hastings and Campbell Street in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest residential neighborhood, this world class beer company and tasting room has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for both locals and visitors from outside the area. In their first year, they have experienced substantial growth with their lineup of classic, local and international beer styles, winning several awards, while constantly striving to push the boundaries of craft beer and design.

Strathcona Beer Company’s collective interests in art, music, skateboarding and design have influenced all aspects of the brand’s contribution to the craft beer scene. They are a community based brewery that is focused on supporting local, from charitable and non-profit groups to incorporating local ingredients into their product.

“We are proud to be located in the Strathcona neighbourhood working in collaboration with local artists like Andrew Dadson and Matt Aiken along with international creators such a Rob Cristofaro from Alife and Craig Costello from Krink.” says Strathcona Beer Company President, Tim Knight. “This has been a year of learning, improving and being humbled by the incredible growth we have experienced to date. We look forward to our second year in business and what we will be able to accomplish together as a team and community.”

Strathcona Beer Company’s Primo Double IPA is a limited release and will be available exclusively for tasting and purchase in the brewery’s tasting room (895 East Hastings St.) starting on Friday, November 17th.  An official anniversary party for customers will take place on that same date from 6pm to 11pm with music by special guest DJ Flipout.

About Strathcona Beer Company:

Strathcona Beer Company is driven to provide a premium, fresh and quality product. The company was founded by an impassioned group of friends with deep-rooted connections to the neighbourhood and an appreciation for local and international beer. Proudly located in the heart of Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest and most diverse commercial and residential neighbourhood, the world class brewing facility produces a modern style of traditional beer coupled with unique offerings to tempt the palette of the most discerning beer drinkers. www.strathconabeer.com   @strathconabeer  #strathconabeer

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

Wines of Austria Tasting with Marquis Wine Cellars

3 Austrian wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

3 Austrian wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Many people probably have not tasted wines from Austria, but you may have heard of the hot white grape, Gruner Veltliner .  Here is your chance to taste this exciting white wine as well as Riesling and other white and red wines from Austria.  Bonus is that you will have Willi Klinger from the Austrian Wine Marketing Board to host you through their wines. This tasting is put on by Marquis Wine Cellars.  The price of this tasting event is very excellent.  Buy your tickets quickly before they sell out!  Here is the announcement by Marquis Wine Cellars.

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity and be part of the tasting highlighting Austria’s Seven Elements of Uniqueness. Willi Klinger, the Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, is coming from Austria to be our host. He will introduce to you a selection of prestigious indigenous varieties as well as some of Austria’s famous “liquid gold” sweet wines.

Below, is a list of the wines we’ll pour:

• FX Pichler 2015 Gruner Veltliner Urgestein Terrassen Smaragd
• Hirsch 2014 Zobing Riesling
• Jamek 2015 Gelber Muskateller Federspiel
• Kracher 2013 Chardonnay No.3 Nouvelle Vague
• Kracher 2014 Muskat Ottonel
• Kurt Angerer 2012 Zweigelt Barrique
• Loimer 2013 Gumpoldskirchen Pinot Noir
• Loimer 2015 Riesling Langenlois
• Rudi Pichler 2015 Gruner Veltliner Terrassen Smaragd
• Tement 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Steirische Klassik
• Triebaumer 2013 Blaufrankisch Reserve
• Weingut Nigl 2015 Gruner Veltliner Gartling
• Weingut Stadt Krems 2012 Krems Gelber Traminer
• Weingut Stadt Krems 2015 Gruner Veltliner Lossterrassen

You can’t miss the opportunity to taste those 15 wonderful and exclusive wines!

Where Is It and How To Buy Tickets?

When: Friday, October 13th 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Marquis Wine Cellars Event Space (1034 Davie St. – free parking in the back)
Cost: $29.99

Tickets at this link.

A Few Whisky Events in Vancouver – Get Your Tickets

If you are a whisky lover, here are a few events in October presented by BC Liquor Stores in Vancouver.  Here is their announcement.

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Warm up this fall and explore the ever changing world of whisky! BC Liquor Stores has an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all whisky enthusiasts and avid collectors alike.

Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming whisky events happening at BC Liquor Stores. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

39th & CAMBIE

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.

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.

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.

PARK ROYAL

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.

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.