July Special Events at BC Liquor Stores

From BC Liquor Stores; enjoy!

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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.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

RUM SUMMER MUSIC EXPERIENCE!
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.

COURVOISIER – DISCOVER CANADIAN HIP HOP
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.

WINES OF AUSTRALIA
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.

APEROL SPRITZ – A TASTE OF SUMMER IN ITALY
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!

GRANVILLE ISLAND BREWING – REFRESHING BREWS OF 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.

BC LIQUOR STORES NEW & EXCLUSIVES
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.

PARK ROYAL

ENJOY CANADA’S COCKTAIL ALL SUMMER LONG
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.

39TH & CAMBIE

SAILING INTO SUMMER WITH MOUNT GAY
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.

ELEVATE YOUR SUMMER!
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!

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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.

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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.

#ItsGoodToBeHere

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.

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ChocolaTas

(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-Logo

 

 

 

 

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!

http://www.barbaraarnoldart.com

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 

Tickets:

$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.

The Fraser Valley Culture and Craft Beer Festival is Back!

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

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Fraser Valley Culture and Beer Festival in action

Fraser Valley Culture and Beer Festival in action

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a 19+ event.

Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festival is generously sponsored by

Platinum Sponsor: Waterstone Law Group LLP.

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

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

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

Entertainment Sponsor: One Yellow Tree.

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

Media Sponsors: Chilliwack Progress, The Drive.

Accommodation Sponsor: The Royal Hotel.

Glassware Sponsor: Doug’s Keymart.

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

Palate Promenade

A Few Notes from Palate Promenade: Granville Island Discoveries

As part of Dine Out Vancouver, Vancouver Foodster presented the “Palate Promenade: Granville Island Discoveries“.  Did you know that there is now a distillery on Granville Island or an artisan sake maker?  I did not, but glad I attended this event and found you, and now you know too.  Below are a few brief notes of my experiences.   Enjoy!

Dockside Lounge

Our starting point of the event.  Dockside poured us each a glass of Marina Light Lager and paired it with some pan-fried squid with chili and scallions.  The squid was cooked to perfection, soft and not too chewy, and the chili gave a subtle amount of spice.  To this we had lime wedges to add some citrus to the squid, and I also used it with the lager, enhancing both.  The Marina Light Lager is light bodied, not too much hops.  Not too challenging to drink, but tastes more refreshing with a squirt of lime.

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

Marina Light Lager and chili squid from Dockside Lounge

Marina Light Lager and chili squid from Dockside Lounge

Artisan Sake Maker

One of my surprise stops, I have not had sake for a long time.  This one, a Junmai Nama-zake (sake), was served slightly chilled, in an ISO wine tasting glass.  It has a nice light citrus and yeast aroma.  Light body with cantaloupe and peach flavours.  Low acidity, soft in the mouth.  Finishes with a light acidic prickle.  If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris, you will like this sake. I was surprised to find out that the rice for this sake comes from Abbotsford, BC.

Another related surprise was the SakeKasu rice cream and rice bran cookie.  The ice cream is made from the lees that remain after the fermented rice mash has been pressed during the sake making process.  It had a sort of nutty or roasted grain flavour to it.  Very enjoyable.  With the rice cream, we had a rice bran cookie, with the bran coming as a byproduct of the rice milling process.  I recommend visiting Artisan Sake Maker.

Web:  http://artisansakemaker.com/

Junmai sake from Artisan Sake Maker

Junmai Nama-zake (sake) from Artisan Sake Maker

SakeKasu rice cream from Artisan Sake Maker

SakeKasu rice cream from Artisan Sake Maker

Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Truth Vodka from Liberty Distillery

Another first for me is this distillery on Granville Island, producing both triple distilled vodka and whisky.  The whisky is a work in progress as the distillery must age the whisky in barrels for 3 years before selling it, but the vodka is currently available for consumption.  One of the owners, Lisa, lead us through a brief tour of the distillery and told us about the fermentation and distillation process for both the vodka and whisky.  Organic wheat is used for the whisky and organic barley for the vodka; both coming from BC.

Web:  http://thelibertydistillery.com/

Still apparatus from Liberty Distillery

Still apparatus from Liberty Distillery

Granville Island Brewing

Is pulled pork poutine and beer a perfect pairing?  Yes.  At Granville Island Brewing, they let us sample three of their beers:

  • Island Lager
  • Robson Street Hefeweizen
  • Auld Skool Scottish Ale

For my tastes, I am a full-bodied beer lover, so the Scottish Ale was my favourite.  I enjoyed the roasted malt and coffee flavours.  Some of my friends on the tour enjoyed the Hefeweizen, slightly off-dry with some banana and orange flavours. Again the lager, although good, with light hop flavour, is a bit too light for me.

Web: http://gib.ca/

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

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

Liberty Wine Merchants

Liberty Wine Merchants has several stores in the Vancouver lower mainland.  The Granville Island store, is their newest location, opening about 2 years ago.  I like to stop here for wine, when I’m shopping at the market.  We sampled 2 wines from the BC winery Nichol Vineyard. Their 9 Mile White 2011 is a blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer.  The Gewurztraminer added some lychee, while the Riesling added some citrus and a round mouthfeel.  I think this is a pretty versatile wine to enjoy with cheese or seafood dishes.  The Syrah 2011 had nice aromas and flavours of violets and red fruits.  A well structured wine to pair with some grilled lamb chops or sausages.

Web: http://libertywinemerchants.com/pages/about-us.php

Nichol red and white wines at Liberty Wine Merchants

Nichol red and white wines at Liberty Wine Merchants

Oyama Sausage

Oyama Sausage is my go-to place for terrines and pate.  Today we had a sample of their saucisson sec (dry sausage) and their country pate.  The sausage was very nice.  It was not overly fatty and has peppercorns to add some spice and flavour.  The pate was also very good, with a higher fat content, just melted in your mouth.  Quality food products.

Web:  http://www.oyamasausage.ca/

Saucisson sec, country pate, and a cornichon from Oyama Sausage

Saucisson sec, country pate, and a cornichon from Oyama Sausage

Jackson’s Poultry

If you are looking for lower fat alternative meats, there is Jackson’s Poultry serving up chicken and turkey (maybe duck too?). They served us a Turkey finnochio sausage and hot buffalo chicken wings.  I in particular liked the sausage.

Web:  http://www.jacksonspoultrycompany.com/

Turkey finnochio sausage and hot buffalo chicken wings

Turkey finnochio sausage and hot buffalo chicken wings

A Bread Affair

Chevre with pistachio and chive and a pecan cranberry spread on baguette slices were served to us at A Bread Affair.  The bread is made right there, with fresh products constantly being brought out.  How can you go wrong with freshly baked bread, and chevre spreads?

Web:  http://www.abreadaffair.com/

Chevre with pistachio and chive and a pecan cranberry spread on baguette slices

Chevre with pistachio and chive and a pecan cranberry spread on baguette slices

ChocolaTas

For those of you with a sweet tooth, there is ChocolaTas in the Market, making beautiful looking (and tasting) chocolates.  We were given three to sample:

  • lavender – Mild lavender flavour, smooth dark chocolate. Not bitter.  Very nice.
  • Salted Caramel – Lightly salted, soft caramel. Not sticky.
  • 67% Chocolate Ganache – quality dark chocolate. Again not too sweet, or bitter. Just right.

I prefered the lavender and the Chocolate Ganache, being a dark chocolate lover.

Web:  http://chocolatas.com/

Lavendar, salted caramel, and 67 percent chocolate ganache

Lavender, salted caramel, and 67 percent chocolate ganache

 

 

There was also Agro Cafe on the tour, but I ran out of time.  They offer a range of coffees and dishes, such as shepard’s pie, mac & cheese and pesto pasta salad.  Thank you to Richard Wolak, aka @vanfoodster, for the invitation to this event.