July Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

From BC Liquor Stores; enjoy!


Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming events in July. We have a variety of exciting events in our stores this month. Join us and taste Australia’s finest wines, learn how to make the perfect cocktail or try this summer’s best brews.


Friday, July 6th at Langley & 39th & Cambie
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 13th at Alberni & Bute & Kelowna Orchard Park
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 20th
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Nordel Crossing

Friday, July 27th at Fleetwood
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

BACARDÍ amplifies the summer music experience with the best cocktails and the best way to keep the tunes playing all summer long.

Friday, July 6th at Park Royal
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th at 39th & Cambie
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Join Courvoisier and learn how you can discover more Canadian hip hop artists. This event will also give consumers the opportunity to receive a personalized label.

Friday, July 6th & 20th at Alberni & Bute
3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7th & 28th at Langley
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 14th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 39th & Cambie

Saturday, July 21st
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Join Wine Australia for a trip down under to get up close with trendy Australian Wines paired with delicious gourmet cheese.

Saturday, July 7th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Friday, July 13th, 20th & 27th
3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Park Royal

Saturday, July 28th
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 39th & Cambie

This event will educate consumers on creating the perfect Aperol Spritz at home. A great cocktail for summer!

False Creek Raspberry Ale, Lions Summer Ale, and Leinenkugel’s Lemon Shandy are refreshing favourites that go with sunny days, beaches, barbecues and picnics. Fruit pastries will be served alongside these two beers. Please check our website for event dates.

Thursday, July 19th

Looking to excite your palate with something NEW? Join our Product Consultants for an opportunity to taste new and exclusive offerings–only available at BC Liquor Stores. Come and try products hand-picked by our experts in an informative tasting session. 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. Please check our website for a list of stores and times.


Saturday, July 14th
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy Canada’s cocktail all summer long and try Mott’s Clamato Caesar drinks paired with fresh summer appetizers.


Friday, July 13th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Gez McAlpine, Brand Ambassador for Remy Cointreau will lead a Mount Gay educational seminar, product tasting and discussion about rum.Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

Friday, July 27th
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Introducing ‘Le Grand Fizz’. Elevate your summer with Grey Goose paired with ST-Germain Elderflower Liqueur!


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

Taste Of Tulalip Oktoberfest 2017: A Bavarian Journey

Bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer.  Sounds fun doesn’t it.  That and more is what you can expect at the Oktoberfest celebration as part of the Taste of Tulalip in WA state.  Below is the announcement about the festival.  Have fun!



Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest

Tulalip WA — Holding true to Tulalip Resort Casino fashion, the culinary team will draw from the original Munich Oktoberfest for their first annual Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest on Friday, September 22 from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Draft Sports Bar and Grill Patio. Sommelier Tom Thompson and Executive Chef Perry Mascitti will showcase authentic German dishes along with imported, local, and domestic Oktoberfest inspired beer at the enjoyable Taste of Tulalip celebration. Tickets are priced at $45 per person, ages 21 and over.

The Draft’s Chef Brent Clarkson carefully prepared the menu with options including hearty platters of Uli’s Famous Brats and Sauerkraut, Beer and Cheese Soup with Bavarian Pretzel Crouton, and a traditional Spätzle Bake (German Spätzle pasta lightly buttered and layered with Black Forest ham and Emmenthaler cheese topped with caramelized onions). Rounding out the selections are a Savory Bavarian Pretzel Bread Pudding with mustard caraway rye cream, Pork Schnitzel “Pops” topped with bacon and wild mushroom cream sauce, and a Cheese and Wurst Display, featuring traditional German frankfurter and classic Weiss Wurst sausages (served with an assortment of cheeses, pickled vegetables, gherkins, and breads).

Tom Thompson’s team will serve up a grand selection of beers from noteworthy breweries featuring: Backwoods Brewing, Deschutes, Dru Bru, Georgetown Brewing, Leinenkugel’s, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Hofbräu, Paulaner, and the Hacker-Pschorr.

“Oktoberfest is a time of year where millions of people gather to celebrate great Bavarian food and beer throughout the world to honor this German tradition,” shares Executive Perry Mascitti. “The good news is you don’t have to purchase a plane ticket to Germany in order to celebrate this Oktoberfest.”

During the evening’s festivities, guests can take their chance with lady luck and enter to win from one of two raffle drawings. The two prizes will each include two tickets to the Robert Cray show on November 17, 2017, one overnight stay at Tulalip (some restrictions may apply) and a $100 dining credit applied to the winner’s room.

Doors open for the Taste of Tulalip Oktoberfest 2017 at 6 pm and tickets are priced at $45 per person all-inclusive. To purchase tickets, call (360) 716-1625. All attendees must be 21 and over.

The Resort didn’t think a one day celebration was enough for this beloved, time honored Bavarian festival, so they started the celebration early at the following eateries, which will feature German fare from September 5 through October 31, 2017:

Cedars Cafe will serve Bavarian style Wiener Schnitzel with warm sweet and sour coleslaw, mashed potatoes; topped with crispy onion straws, lemon beurre blanc, and blackberry sauce. Dessert includes Cedars’ Black Forest Ice Cream Sundae with chocolate ice cream, Kirsch cherry compote, whip cream, and chocolate shavings.

Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill presents their Seared Apple Marinated Duck Breast with apple-duck demi & Thuringer sausage with apple-mustard demi, along with onion potatoes, green beans, red cabbage and bacon and a dessert featuring Apple-Raisin Strudel with vanilla bean ice cream.

Carvery/Hotel Espresso makes their mark with Bavarian Ham Sandwich Black Forest ham on a fresh Bavarian pretzel roll, Munster cheese, dill pickles, and stone ground mustard.

The Draft Sports Bar will offer Pork Schnitzel Pops bite sized pork thinly pounded, skewered, breaded, fried golden brown and topped with bacon and wild mushroom cream sauce. Served with warm bacon potato salad and braised apple and red cabbage.

Tulalip Bay’s menu is embellished for the season with Spicy Sausage and Truffle Potato Fritter with stone ground mustard sauce and a dessert of Linzer Torte with beer ice cream.

Eagles Buffet will offer Amber Ale Braised Beef Brisket with buttered Spätzle in September and Bavarian Pork Ribs with braised red cabbage in October.

For more information about Oktoberfest 2017, visit TulalipResort.com. Don’t forget to wear your lederhosen!

Port Moody Tasting Plates – What To Try

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

My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes

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

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

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

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

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

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

Getting a Fill of Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island for Dine Out Vancouver has now passed.  I attended, along with a guest.  It was a wonderful night; missing the rain the day before, and what was yet to come.  Granville Island is an easy walk from one end to the other.  This evening we tried food to eat, wine/sake/spirits to sip, and art to devour with our eyes.  At the end of the event, all your senses were satisfied.  Below are a few pictures I took during the event along with a few of my comments.

The Signature Chili Squid was a great way to start the event at Dockside Restaurant.  The squid was nice and soft; not chewy.  The spice was not too hot, so everyone could enjoy it.

Dockside Restaurant - Signature Chili Squid

Dockside Restaurant – Signature Chili Squid

If you like spicy tacos, Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro has one made with slow cooked chorizo and yam.  I like spicy food and this rated 6.5 on my scale.  Other people marked it much higher.  If spice is not your thing, how about nice?  Their carrot cake with cream cheese icing was not too sweet, but full of flavour.

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Have you ever tried sake?  Did you know we have a sake maker in Vancouver, that grows their own rice in the Fraser Valley that they use to make their sake?  Artisan Sake Maker should be proud of what they do.  Their Junmai Nama sake is very tasty.  If you like a restrained Sauvignon Blanc, you will like their sake.

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

There were more distilled spirits.  Liberty Distillery were offering their Endeavour Gin, Railspur No. 1 White unaged whiskey, and their Basford cocktail sampler.  The cocktail was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the aromatics of the Endeavour Gin.

Liberty Distillery - Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Liberty Distillery – Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Moving on to wine Liberty Wine Merchants was offering a Cellier de Monterail GSM red blend from the south of France and a white Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet.  I in particular loved the ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins of the GSM.

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

A change of pace gave us beer, another taco, and milk chocolate salted caramel.  The beer, a Hey Day Hefeweizen and an Infamous IPA were from Granville Island Brewing, along with their Flank Steak taco.  The milk chocolate salted caramel came from ChocolaTas.  I am an IPA fan, and it really made a nice pairing with the milk chocolate salted caramel.  Give it a try!

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

On the art side, we have New Leaf Cerative Solutions, who were showing a printing technique (it looked like copper plate, using glass instead), Barbara Arnold, a painter who made some mixed media paintings that showed off Vancouver, Studio 13 Fine Art run by 3 artists that each has their own style to create paintings that grab your attention, and Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects that creates wooden sculptures.  I did not take any photos of these artists work, so you need to go to Granville Island to see them for yourself.  Barbara Arnold did have The Lemon Square company at her studio offering us their bright citrusy squares to sample.  Bon Macaron had a selection of Macarons inside of New Leaf Creative Solutions also for sampling.  Both very tasty.

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample


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.