Introducing the 2020 Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival

Have you run the Half Corked Marathan in the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country in previous years.  Guess what?  COVID has cancelled the in-person event, but there is a VIRTUAL run now, plus lots of other related fun events that will happen by a travelling roadshow.  Read about it in this press release below.  Cheers!


Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country transitions its signature sold out event due to the pandemic; now featuring a multi-destination roadshow, virtual marathon and online wine experiences.

OLIVER, B.C. (August 12, 2020): This month, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will launch a transformed version of its award-winning signature event. The six-week long Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival is a multi-faceted, mixed-reality wine festival, which will bring all the elements and magic of British Columbia’s famed wine run to participants in a safe and responsible way. 

“Our small team has worked exceptionally hard to innovate during this challenging time and bring all the elements of our well-loved event directly to our participants,” says Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. “Communities in B.C. and Alberta have been welcoming and supportive as we have worked with them collaboratively to ensure the safety of each of our Roadshow locations. Our pandemic-proof format will ensure the well-being of both our participants and winery teams, while delivering thoughtful, educational and engaging content to help share the story of our incredible region.”

Originally inspired by Bordeaux’s Medoc Marathon, the Half Corked Marathon has attracted thousands of participants to the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country region over the past twelve years, to run between the vines while sampling the region’s wines at eighteen stations along the route. 

Available exclusively for 2020 ticket holders, the Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival will include:

Half Corked Marathon Roadshow: Between August 23 and September 8, 2020, participants are invited to attend a Half Corked Marathon Roadshow in a dozen communities across British Columbia and Alberta, where they can enjoy wine tasting and local treats, enter contests for high value prizes and collect their Participant Race Pack, which includes two bottles of wine, tasting picnic pack from Oliver Eats Ltd., tote bag and more. All Roadshow events are in partnership with local communities, with approved permits in place, and will closely adhere to local health and safety regulations with strict health checks and required distancing at every venue.

The Roadshow schedule includes: Oliver (August 23rd); Kelowna (August 24th); Kamloops (August 25th); Abbotsford (August 27th); Burnaby (August 28th & 30th); Cloverdale (August 29th); Vancouver (September 1st); Victoria (September 2nd); Castlegar (September 5th); Cranbrook (September 6th); Calgary (September 7th); and Edmonton (September 8th). 

Half Corked Marathon Virtual Route: Participants will receive access to the virtual race route, which takes viewers on a journey between the vines, along the river and through the middle of some of our best known and loved wineries. The footage, which participants can enjoy at their leisure, captures the magic of running through the region’s vineyards with endless South Okanagan blue skies beyond, punctuated by encouraging messages from winemakers along the way. 

Costume & Skit Contest: For the past thirteen years, participant’s creative costumes have helped set the Half Corked Marathon apart from other running events and this year will be no exception. All participants are encouraged to enter photos of their costumes and comedy skit videos virtually, via email (to or on social (tagging #HCM2020) for the chance of winning high value prizes. Submissions are open until August 14th and online voting will be open from August 19th to 22nd via the Half Corked Marathon Facebook page.

12 Days of Half Corked Marathon Virtual Wine Festival: Starting on September 12th and running for 12 days, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will roll out a series of educational sessions hosted by many of the region’s winemakers and winery principals, exclusively for participants. Segments will include wineries sharing their love of a specific varietal; behind the scenes winery tours; vertical tastings of well-loved and signature wines; spotlights on regenerative farming; food and wine pairing inspiration; and cooking demos hosted by many of the region’s wine industry icons. 

Giveaways: will run throughout the festival and will include multiple Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country “Cellars”, a bottle from each of the region’s 44 member wineries, valued at $1100 each; magnums of wine from Black Hills Estate Winery and C.C. Jentsch Cellars; a two-night stay at Silver Sage Winery; exclusive experiences at Culmina Family Estate WineryStoneboat Vineyards and Castoro de Oro Estate Winery; new wine releases from Hester Creek Estate Winery and Hidden Chapel Winery; and more. 

For more information and questions about the 2020 Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival, please visit, or follow on Facebook:

About Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

Uncork the Sun in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and encounter colourful characters, award-winning wineries, and stunning scenery which all give this decorated region its unique glow. Situated at the very southern tip of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, in one of the warmest areas of Western Canada, the region’s 44 wineries have won more accolades than any other wine region in Canada. The sunny slopes of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country are also the perfect place to enjoy fine dining with winery views, the opportunity to stay on a winery and wake up surrounded by vines, and to experience compelling annual events such as the Half Corked Marathon, Pig Out food and wine festival and Savour the Sun winemaker dinners.

For our full list of winery members, visit

Blue Mountain Pairs Up with les amis du FROMAGE for Innovative Virtual Cheese and Wine Tasting

Les Amis du Fromage has a fabulous selection of cheeses and Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, top sparkling wine.  Enjoy both together!  Here is a press release about how you can enjoy this through a guided online event.


July 20, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is pleased to partner with Vancouver’s les amis du FROMAGE for a unique virtual cheese and wine tasting. The event will be live-streamed on the evening of Sunday, August 23 2020. Ticketholders will enjoy an hour-long guided tasting that will be both informative and indulgent, all in the comfort of their own homes. The interactive event will be hosted by les amis du FROMAGE founder Allison Spurrell and will feature 2 Blue Mountain wines, the Gold Label Brut and the 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve Cuvee.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online starting July 22nd at 9AM. Each $75 ticket is for 2 people. Ticketholders will pick up a package containing a selection of amazing edibles from les amis du FROMAGE to taste along with Allison. Ticketholders can pick up their package from either of les amis du FROMAGE’s locations during the 3 days prior to the event.

Your ticket purchase also entitles you to a 10% discount on the 2 featured Blue Mountain wines when you purchase them online from Marquis Wine Cellars. You will receive a discount code at the time of ticket purchase.
Alternately, you can order directly from the winery by Monday, August 17th. Blue Mountain offers FREE BC-wide shipping on orders of 6 or more bottles, so this is a great time to try out the winery’s new releases, including the Blue Mountain 2019 Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Then join us for the live-streamed guided tasting on les amis du FROMAGE’s Facebook page.
Only 100 tickets will be sold for the event, so don’t wait to get yours!
Virtual Cheese & Wine Tasting
$75 for 2 people + Blue Mountain wines
Tickets available online starting July 22nd at 9AM
Streaming on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 23, 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm

About Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars: 

Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land that is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.
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About les amis du FROMAGE: 

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, we also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients.  Founded in 1985, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business.  Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service.
les amis du FROMAGE social media:

Indigenous Tourism BC Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day And National Indigenous History Month

Did you know June 21 is Indigenous Peoples Day?  I like to learn about people from around the world, and we have within our province the ability to learn about our Indigenous peoples.  Here is the press release about National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day.  


Coast Salish Territories / Vancouver, BC (June 9, 2020): June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples DayIndigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) is encouraging communities across British Columbia to get creative with this year’s celebrations. Due to ongoing travel restrictions and limitations on social gatherings due to COVID-19, ITBC is celebrating online throughout this month and a signature experience on June 21, 2020. ITBC is encouraging responsible activities that support Indigenous businesses, culture and artists.

National Indigenous History Month was first instituted in June 2009, as a way to educate, connect and promote reconciliation in Canada. National Indigenous Peoples Day was declared in 1996, with the date of June 21 chosen to coincide with the summer solstice and the start of berry-picking and fishing season. Both holidays invite Canadian residents not only to celebrate Indigenous culture, but also to reflect on the rich history of Indigenous peoples in BC.

Indigenous Cultural Festival in Victoria (Image courtesy Indigenous Tourism BC)

Indigenous Cultural Festival in Victoria (Image courtesy Indigenous Tourism BC)

For the past seven years, ITBC has hosted the Indigenous Cultural Festival in Victoria to honour BC’s 200-plus First Nations with a weekend dedicated to lively performances, engaging tours and traditional artisan goods. This year’s event has been cancelled to respect requirements for physical distancing; instead, ITBC has compiled a series of actions outlining how the public can safely pay homage to Indigenous peoples throughout the month. These include:

  • Honour physical distancing requirements in Indigenous communities. Follow local travel recommendations to protect Indigenous elders, children, resources and lands.
  • Add Indigenous tourism experiences in BC to your travel plans. Download the Indigenous Tourism BC app to find local tourism operators. Include Indigenous tourism in your travel plans.
  • Connection to Land, People and Culture. Commit to learning about the land where you live!
  • Support Indigenous digital economies. Resourceful entrepreneurs are now serving patrons through online orders, delivery service and virtual events. Shop online for Indigenous fashion, food, wine and art to show your support for Indigenous lands, cultures and businesses. 
  • Join a virtual gathering. Summer events might be cancelled, but virtual gatherings are going strong! Online conference and streaming tools make it easy to attend virtual powwows and drum sessions, and new means of connection are emerging daily. Follow ITBC’s social media channels to stay in-the-know about upcoming virtual celebrations.
  • Explore educational tools. Set aside time to learn about the historic keepers of our land – one suggestion is First Voices, which offers interactive language learning tools. You can also enhance your child’s homeschooling with resources that explore Indigenous perspectives on contemporary curriculum content. 
  • Browse Indigenous culture. Whether literature, film, music or artwork, Indigenous culture is rich with stories told by local artists. Browse online collections hosted by museums in BC, check #IndigenousReads for recommendations of captivating books, and search free collections of Indigenous film
Whether buying arts and crafts, visiting tourism businesses that are open and accepting guests, or following ITBC on social media to enjoy celebratory content throughout June, there are plenty of ways you can dive into the enthralling history, culture and storytelling of BC’s diverse First Nations. For more ways you can celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month in BC, visit, or follow ITBC on social media:
Twitter: @IndigenousBC
Facebook: IndigenousBC
Instagram: @IndigenousTourismBC
About Indigenous Tourism BC
Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC) is a non-profit, Stakeholder-based organization committed to growing and promoting a sustainable, culturally rich Indigenous tourism industry. Through training, information resources, networking opportunities and cooperative marketing programs, ITBC is a resource for Indigenous entrepreneurs and communities in BC who are operating or looking to start a tourism business. ITBC works closely with tourism, business, education and government organizations to help BC’s Indigenous tourism businesses offer quality experiences and actively promote these experiences to visitors and local residents.

Celebrate Europe Day, May 9 With BC Liquor Stores

I didn’t know May 9 was Europe Day, but now I do.  BC Liquor Stores is showing off some very interesting European wines to help you celebrate Europe Day on May 9 as well as throughout the month of May.  Here is their announcement. Cin cin.


The EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, together with BC Liquor Stores and local wine importers, is organizing during the month of May the second edition of “Emerging Wines of Europe” in-store promotion of selected European wines in 30 BC Liquors Stores.
Celebrate May 9th Europe Day savouring “Old World” wines during the entire month of May! Explore a dozen of delicious European wines – recently emerged and gaining popularity in BC Liquor Stores – selected for us by a Master of Wine, Barbara Philip.
The promotion comprises special displays and features in 30 selected BC Liquor Stores and advertising on BC Liquor Stores, EUCCCW websites and in social media channels.
Please find below more details, including the names of wines, tasting notes and the list of participating stores.
Rueda Verdejo
SKU#: 28100
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Menade
Varietal: Verdejo
Region: Rueda
Country: Spain
Price: $22.99
Tasting notes
Brimming with white fruits on the nose. The palate is a sea of citrus, lime, mango and nectarine in a medium-rich style. Think of this as an upscale Sauvignon for the senses with the perfect yin and yang for the palate. 

EM BIO Mavrud & Rubin
SKU#: 169436
Vintage: 2016
Winery: Edoardo Miroglio Ltd. Varietal: Mavrud 75%, Rubin 25% Region: Thracian 
Country: Bulgaria
Price: $18.99
Tasting notes
A certified organic wine from Bulgaria, made from indigenous grapes of Mavrud and Rubin. Aromas of cherry and eucalyptus, with flavours of tart cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. 
Chateau Dereszla – Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2013
SKU#: 285643
Vintage: 2013
Winery: Chateau Dereszla
Varietal: 75% Furmint, 25% Harslevelu
Region: Tokaji
Country: Hungary
Price: $48.99
Tasting notes
This pale gold dessert wine displays notes of honey, ripe pear, apricot and spice. The palate is smooth with intense flavours of honey, peach, lemon, dried apricot and orange zest. With a long, mouth-watering finish, the Tokaji Aszu has refreshing, lively acidity to balance the sweetness.
Monograph Assyrtiko by Gaia Nemea  
SKU#: 214120   
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Gaia
Varietal: Assyrtiko    
Region: Nemea
Country: Greece
Price: $ 21.99
Tasting notes
A youthful, intensely fruity 100% Assyrtiko, with a bouquet of honeysuckle and citrus fruit and a refreshing acidity on the palate. A classic pairing with fresh seafood. Unoaked. 
Bollicini Sparkling Rose
SKU#: 155116
Vintage: NV
Winery: Bollicini
Varietal: Glera ( Prosecco)
Region: Veneto
Country: Italy
Price: $19.99 Retail
Tasting notes
Crisp and fragrant notes of strawberry and red berry. Delicious on its own or with appetizers, shellfish, salads, grilled veggies, or fruit desserts. 
Tokaji Muscat Late Harvest
SKU#: 057802
Vintage: N/A
Winery: Grand Tokaj Zrt
Varietal: Yelow Muscat
Region: Tokaj
Country: Hungary
Price: 18.99
Tasting notes
Black locust and fresh flowers with a hint of botrytis on the nose. Smooth citrus and floral taste with botrytis notes and apricot with mint appearing at the end. 
 Finca Cuarta Mencia
SKU#: 30000
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Prior de Panton, MGH Wines Group
Varietal:  Mencia
Region: Ribera Sacra, Galicia
Country: Spain
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
Intense aroma of red fruit on a backdrop of complex toasted notes of wood aging. Smooth and well-structured on the palate with hints of coffee and ripe red fruit followed by a long finish.
 Vinho Verde Maria Bonita
SKU#: 185986
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Maria Bonita
Varietal:  Loureiro
Region: Vinho Verde
CountrY: Portugal
Price: Whl. $11.20 – Ret. $14.99
Tasting notes
This is a dry style of Vinho Verde, attractively perfumed with a herbal edge. The wine has a touch of spice that highlights the smoky citrus flavors. The wine is crisp and intense and has a long lingering finish.
“Labrusca” Lambrusco
SKU#: 030163
Vintage: NV
Winery: LINI910
Varietal:  Lambrusco
Region: Emilia-Romagna
Country: Italy
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
Dry and tangy, with ripe black cherry fruit, candied current, balsamic and spice box notes. Enjoy this dry Lambrusco chilled with rustic Italian food like pizza, pasta, antipasti, & charcuterie.
Teodosio Aglianico del Vulture
SKU#: 783498
Vintage: 2015
Winery: BasIlisco
Varietal:  Aglianico
Region: Basilicata
Country: Italy
Price: $21.99
Tasting notes
A full bodied and textured wine with soft fruit aromas of plum and Morello cherry. Well balanced and full bodied with a long-lasting finish.
Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner
SKU#: 458034
Vintage: 2017
Winery: Laurenz V.
Varietal: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Region: Kremstal, Weinvertel
Country: Austria
Price: $18.38 Whls, $23.99 Est. Retail
Tasting notes
A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity. It sings on the palate!
Stina Cuvee Red
SKU#: 997742
Vintage: 2018
Winery: Stina
Varietal: Plavac Mali and Merlot
Region: Brac
Country: Croatia
Price: $18.09
Tasting notes
Dark red in color, the wine is dominated by spicy notes and red and black fruits. Supple tannins, it also offers notes of dried plums and cherry. 
Find these wines at the following participating
50 Sidney
76 Richmond Brighouse
77 Northgate
79 Kam. Columbia Pl
90 Jericho Village
98 Tsawwassen
102 Dunbar
107 Westview
 111 Commercial Drive
117 Broadway & Maple
120 Richmond Ironwood
125 Victoria Westshore
129 Alberni & Bute
148 Kel. Mission Park
158 Langley
 160 39th & Cambie
163 Westwood Centre
167 Kel. Orchard Park
175 Caulfeild
177 8th & Cambie
179 Whistler Market Pl
181 Broadmead Village
183 Peninsula Village
191 Yaletown
208 Squamish
218 Fort Street
224 Solo
228 Park Royal
233 Robson Street
247 Lynn Valley

BC Liquor Store Special Events for January 2020

BC Liquor Stores e-newsThe BC Liquor Stores have many special events for you to experience this month; some related to the upcoming Chinese New Year as well.  Here is their list of events. Enjoy 2020!


Ring in the new year with BC Liquor Stores! There are a wide range of exciting events this month to celebrate the New Year. We have an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all spirit enthusiasts and avid collectors alike. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

Every Wednesday
3:00pm to 5:00pm | Multiple locations
Excite your palate with something fresh every week! Each week will feature an exciting theme with products hand-picked by our experts.
January 8 – Low Calorie Options
January 15 – New & BCL Select
January 22 – 90 Point Wines
January 29 – New & BCL Select

Friday, January 10
Friday, January 17
Friday, January 24
4:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Saturday, January 11
Saturday, January 18
Saturday, January 25
4:00pm to 8:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Experience the taste of Grand Marnier, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message, perfect for the Lunar New Year.

Saturday, January 18
3:00pm to 7:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Friday, January 24
3:00pm to 7:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Does music make wine taste better? Learn about Frontera wines while listening to some live music.

Monday, January 20
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
On the Global Release day for Bruichladdich Octomore 10.4, Reed Pettit, Remy Cointreau National Brand Ambassador, will conduct a master class featuring Octomore 10.1, 10.3, and 10.4. Reed will walk you through the philosophy of Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridian Distillery and the production of Octomore peated whisky.
Tickets are $25

Tuesday, January 21
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Welcome the 2020 Lunar New Year with a lineup of premium spirits including Courvoisier, Glenrothes, and Macallan. Try the newly released Courvoisier Sherry Cask Finish and the highly-awarded Glenrothes 18-Year-Old. The night will conclude with a draw for the chance to purchase select Macallan products.
Tickets are $50

Tuesday, January 21
8:00pm to 10:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join us for the release of the highly sought after Macallan 72-Year-Old. A draw for the chance to purchase the oldest whisky ever released by Macallan will be held at 8:00pm. Limited quantities of the Macallan 25-Year-Old, 30-Year-Old, and the 12-Year-Old Double Cask Year of the Rat will also be available. Draw tickets will be handed out starting 5:30 p.m. Customer must be present at the time of the draw to purchase.

Wednesday, January 22
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
A walk through elevated tasting and education session of The Dalmore’s history and Principal Collection with Louis-Jérôme Doise; Dalmore’s Single Malt Specialist for Canada. Each Scotch will be paired with a selection of small bites.
Tickets are $35

Thursday, January 23
5:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join us for an elevated tasting experience showcasing the new Penfolds vintage released in the Penfolds 175th anniversary year. Edward Lee, Luxury Wine Ambassador will share his passion and wine knowledge with international audiences in both English and Chinese. Customers looking to gift wine this Lunar New Year will have the opportunity to taste and create a personalized message for your purchased bottle.

Thursday, January 30
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Explore Chinese Baijiu (including Chinese rice wine) in this first ever Baijiu educational seminar. Learn about the history, major varieties, production process and the culture behind one of the most popular spirits in the world. Guests will be introduced to the unique aromas and tastes of Baijiu as well as their food pairing potentials. The event will also be an introduction to Chinese drinking culture. Food pairings will be provided by Peninsula Seafood restaurant. Guests will receive a special gift with every purchase. Tickets are $20

*Events are free unless otherwise specified. All event tickets include a complimentary transit pass and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

A Surprising Twist This Holiday Season Tulalip Resort Casino Chefs Are Serving Exotic Sweetness Dec. 2-Jan. 1

The Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington State. always puts out quality food and wine.  Here is their latest holiday creation.  Enjoy!




Tulalip, Washington — Honey and Spice specials will provide a surprising twist to many holiday favorites. Tulalip Resort Casino’s culinary team has selected several types of exotic honey and spice flavors to showcase in their holiday dishes. From seafood to desserts, Executive Chef Perry Mascitti inspired his chefs to share the complexities of how different kinds of honey and spices can take a dining experience to a new height.

This exclusive Honey and Spice promotion will run from December 2, 2019, through January 1, 2020.

Savory Honey and Spice dishes at the Resort include: Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse’s   Braised Lamb Bruschetta served on olive crostini with ricotta, crispy farro and a date honey; Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar’s Honey & Spice Alder Roasted Sockeye Salmon laced with anise, cumin, orange and Skagit Wild Flower Honey; Cedars Café’s Grilled Lamb Sirloin Grilled Lamb Chops glazed with honey, horseradish, mustard and fresh mint; Journeys East’s signature Deep-Fried Beef Short Ribs tossed in a honey and Maggi seasoning sauce with assorted sweet peppers and topped with fried garlic and fresh cilantro; and The Draft Sports Bar & Grill’s Grilled Sriracha Spiced Honey Chicken Skewers glazed with their house-made Sriracha and bacon spiced honey.

For a little Honey and Spice on-the-go, guests can enjoy the Carvery’s Asian Chicken Salad with sesame-roasted chicken breast, cabbage slaw and Mountain Wild Flower Honey Blossom vinaigrette.

Guests can also order a Honey and Spice and Everything Nice Pizza served hot right from Blazing Paddles’ stone-fired pizza oven. This extraordinary creation is prepared with their house-made fresh dough, mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, serrano chilies, Italian hot ham and pepperoni. The Honey and Spice pizza special is baked to perfection and finished with a drizzle of local Wildflower honey and fresh basil to top it off.

Pastry Chef Nikol Nakamura’s Honey and Spice desserts include Tula Bene Pastaria + Chophouse’s Ricotta Fritters tossed in a house-made spice blend, lemon curd and drizzled with honey; a Spiced Apple Tarte Tatin served vanilla bean ice cream and blackberries at Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar; or a Baked Pecan Tart at Cedars Café. The tart filling includes toasted pecans, honey and a house-made spice blend, topped with spiced whipped cream and orange.

For more information about the Honey and Spice promotion or Tulalip Resort Casino, visit here.


About Tulalip Resort Casino

Award-winning Tulalip Resort Casino is the most distinctive gaming, dining, meeting, entertainment and shopping destination in Washington state. The AAA Four-Diamond resort’s world-class amenities have ensured its place on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold and Traveler Top 100 Resorts lists. The property includes 192,000 square feet of gaming excitement; a luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites; 30,000 square feet of premier meeting, convention and wedding space; the full-service T Spa; and eight dining venues. It also showcases the intimate Canoes Cabaret and a 3,000-seat amphitheater. Nearby, find the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Cabela’s and 130 designer names at the Seattle Premium Outlets. The Resort Casino is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. just off Interstate-5 at exit 200. It is an enterprise of the Tulalip Tribes. For reservations, please call 866.716.7162 or visit us at Tulalip Resort Casino. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Haut Dogs – Size Matters Edition at TWB on August 31st

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish. Paired with Moët Chandon Rosé PC: Emrys Horton EPH Photograpy EPH4796

In a continuation of its very successful Hot Dogs, Cool Bubbles event this past June, TWB –The Wine Bar is once again morphing into The Wiener Bar at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 with Haut Dogs, Size Matters – Big House Champagnes and Foot-Long Hot Dogs.

Provence/TWB Wine Director Joshua Carlson came up with the idea as a tribute to London’s famed Bubbledogs. “We received such great response to our June event, we decided to do it again,” says Carlson. “This time, instead of Grower Champagnes, I’ve enlisted David Hall of Charton Hobbs and Moët Hennesy who will be guest pouring champagnes from their portfolio.”

Carlson, along with Provence/TWB Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff, have created two very haut pairings available for only $30:

The Coney Island Foot Long Hot Dog
Dressed with Chili, Cheese, Onions – Tater Tot garnish
Veuve Clicquot Rosé

The Ball Park Foot Long Wiener
Dressed with Mustard, Relish, Ketchup – Cracker Jack garnish
Moët Chandon RoséAs with the previous event this is first-come, first-served with the Haut Dog pairings available only while supplies last.

In addition to the two rosé champagnes featured in the above pairings, Hall will also be pouring an assortment of champagnes which may include some from  Krug, Ruinart, and Dom Perignon at the ‘dealer’s choice’ price of only $25/glass and TWB will be offering a 25% discount on all bubbles that night.

Join The Wiener Bar (aka TWB-The Wine Bar) for a very special sparkling Saturday starting at 5 p.m. on August 31 for Haut Dogs, Size Matters. Cheers to ‘no champagne, no gain!’

Champagne poured into glasses

The West Coast Culinary Experience

A press release about a very interesting tasting of BC wines and enjoying culinary dishes prepared at PICA on Granville Island.  Enjoy now till Oct 13, 2019.


PICA (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts) highlights BC’s best in new culinary activity

Vancouver, May 9, 2019 – The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is excited to announce the debut of The West Coast Culinary Experience; an immersive exploration of British Columbia’s vibrant culinary landscape.
From the ocean to the mountains and Okanagan Valley, British Columbia boasts a rich and diverse terroir that produces a vast selection of regional ingredients. The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) will be highlighting the many flavours of the West Coast in their new culinary activity, The West Coast Culinary Experience is available for bookings now until October 13.
Located at the gateway to Granville Island, one of Canada’s most visited neighbourhoods and home to the iconic Granville Island Public Market, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is Vancouver’s leading culinary education center with classes for everyone from aspiring professionals and home chefs alike.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is a deep dive into the flavours of British Columbia and begins with a walking tour of Granville Island. The walking tour weaves through the bustling public market where guests will work up an appetite as they take in the many local artisans and food purveyors from butchers and chocolatiers to bakers and baristas. Tour guides are globally trained chefs, certified sommeliers, food writers, and food experts from PICA, who will answer questions and provide cooking tips, while they point out historical details and reveal hidden, cultural landmarks.
A sommelier-led wine tasting follows the walking tour and features four exceptional BC wines: Mission Hill, Quails Gate, Blue Mountain, and Hester Creek. Guests will experience the province’s different wine regions while learning about grape varieties and what’s new in winemaking during this interactive tasting session.
With thirsts quenched and appetites peaked, up next is a cooking demonstration and tasting. The instructing chef will share best practice for selecting the freshest fish and seafood and demonstrate various cooking techniques. This may include an exploration of traditional recipes from West Coast aboriginal nations or how to clean, filet, and debone a whole salmon. Guests will leave with a better understanding of local seafood and insights on current flavours and cooking styles.
three-course meal at PICA’s Blue Hat Bistro concludes the West Coast Culinary Experience. Guests will have two or three dishes to choose from for each course including vegetarian options.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is an interactive and immersive journey through the traditions, history, and trends of British Columbia’s cuisine. Guests will see, taste, and learn what makes the Vancouver and British Columbia world-class culinary destinations.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is available for booking seven days a week from May 1 until October 13. Tours begin at either 10:00 AM or 3:00 and last approximately 3 hours. Each tour can accommodate up to 16 guests and costs $167 per person before tax. For more information or booking, please call: 604.734.4488 or email: or via eventbrite.

Come Attend Vancouver Foodster’s Between the Buns Crawl on March 27

A new type of Tasting Plates is being offered by Vancouver Foodster.  Come to this inaugural event!  The announcement is below.


Join us and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants/establishments in the East Village/Hastings Sunrise area of East Van. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday, March 27 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster

The restaurants/establishments will be serving up savoury and sweet Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants, bakeries and other establishments throughout the walkable event, partake in a beer and wine tasting and learn about each of the participating spots.

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: High Point Beer Wine Spirits – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Between the Buns Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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High Point Beer Wine Spirits

2769 E Hastings Street


Twitter: @HIGHPOINTbws

Instagram: @highpointbws

Our name accurately represents what we love about what we do. A celebration of quality, good times & the pride we have in our store & our neighbourhood.


Italia Bakery

2828 E Hastings St #104


Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Serving the East Village community for over 34 years! All of the products at Italia Bakery are made from scratch, and by hand. They offer a variety of items, from bread and desserts to an excellent variety of the finest deli meats and cheeses imported from Italy.

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Wheelhouse Seafoods


Instagram: @wheelhouse2605

Cuisine: Seafood market and deli

We are a family owned fish and meat market established in 2001. We specialize in local fish & seafoods delivered daily and free range meats.


Di Olvia

2632 East Hastings Street


Twitter: @diolivastore

Cuisine: Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings Bar

Di Oliva Tasting Bar has over 50 kinds of Extra Virgin Premium Olive Oils from around the world and Balsamic Vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.


Delish Gluten Free

2166 E Hastings Street


Instagram @delishglutenfree

Cuisine: Gluten-free bakery

We provide delish gluten-free baked goods. From scones to muffins, BREAD, brownies and cookies we have got you covered. It’s all gluten free and DELISH! Everything is baked in a 100% gluten and nut free facility to avoid cross-contamination!

Purchase Tickets Here


Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before March 18, 2019

Advance Tickets $45 per person after March 18, 2019

Regular $55 per person after March 24, 2019

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the evening on this self-guided tour. (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/establishments subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Explore California at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival

The BC Liquor Stores have some recommendations for you to buy California wines during the Vancouver International Wine Festival, which kicks off on Feb. 25, 2019.  Here is their press release.  Enjoy.


The highly anticipated Vancouver International Wine Festival this year is featuring California as the theme region, making this the perfect time to explore the wines of the Golden State. Winery principals representing 160 wineries from 15 countries will travel to Vancouver to showcase their wines. Visit the onsite BC Liquor Store Festival Wine Shop for a selection of BCL Select exclusive, festival exclusive and collectible bottles signed by the winemakers themselves to add to your cellar or give as a gift.

What makes California wines so exciting right now? California has been blessed with fantastic vintages for the past seven consecutive years from 2012 to 2018. The majority of California wines featured at this year’s festival will be from the 2015 and 2016 vintages. In the 2015 vintage, the challenging growing season resulted in wines that are high quality but with low yields. The 2016 vintage experienced a near-perfect growing season.

If you can’t make it to this year’s festival, BC Liquor Stores carry a great selection of California wines all year-round. Give these wines a try:

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon, and Windstorm Lodi Old VIne Zinfandel

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon, and Windstorm Lodi Old VIne Zinfandel


Woodwork Chardonnay, Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Crusher Petite Syrah

Woodwork Chardonnay, Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Crusher Petite Syrah