Fall Events in Vancouver

October Events Around Town:


International Chefs Day: Oct 18. To create awareness and to salute chefs who have set remarkable industry standards. This event includes a hosted culinary competition and demonstrations and charity events to raise funds for the international culinary community. Event takes place at Oppenheimer Park

4th Annual BC Beer Awards and Beer Festival: Oct 19. This one-day-only event will include not only the awards ceremony itself, but also the BC Beer Awards Beer Festival. BC’s best breweries will be on hand, showcasing their talents and doing what they do best – making great beer. Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, When: Sat, Oct 19th, 2013, Time: 1-6pm. Tickets available on eventbrite

Harrison Beer Festival – Oct 25- 26. Harrison Hot Springs is celebrating Craft Beer Month with three must-attend events over two days: Cask Night, Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance.  Beer lovers and weekend adventurers alike are invited to partake in the celebrations and stay for the weekend to enjoy scenic Harrison Hot Springs.

UBC Apple Festival: Oct 19 -20. More than 70 varieties of heritage, new and “tried and true” varieties are available, grown both conventionally and organically. Also at the event is The Vancouver Island-based BC Fruit Testers Association who host a physical display of the nearly 200 apple varieties that are still grown in British Columbia. Members of the association are also on-hand to give demonstrations of grafting and cider-pressing. Admission $4, cash only. Kids under 12 are free. Where: UBC Botanical Garden

Taste of Yaletown: Oct 16 -27. Record number of 30 participating restaurants. This year, the popular dining event will move away from limited 3-course menus to offer creativity and flexibility to chefs. Expect to see emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients as a result of this change. Taste of Yaletown will also expand to offer set-price lunch menus in addition to dinner this year.

Full Pig Butchery Oct 29. For those who want to get their hands bloodied. A four hour, hands-on class is designed for the home cook. Guided by Pasqual Stufano, of Sebastian & Co. in Dundarave, West Vancouver, participants will learn how to split sides into primals and cut those primals into cookable cuts. The class will include tips for buying and conversations you should be having with your butcher, as well as cooking and curing techniques to try out at home. Tickets on eventbrite. Price: $175, When: Oct 29, Where: The Modern Pantry

Hop Scotch Festival: Nov 11 – 17. Tons of dinners and tastings. Main tasting event Nov 15 – 16 at the PNE forum. Over 100 booths and over 300 products to taste.

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Dialogues Inspired by Cooking and Food Project – Free Cooking Classes

A first of its kind in Surrey, the Dialogues Inspired by Cooking and Food project offers six free, interactive cooking classes led by culinary experts. Participants will create delicious, nutritious, international foods, while learning about the origins of ingredients, recipes, preparation traditions and the histories of the people who created them. Through sharing of food from around the world and group dialogue, participants will explore their role in making Surrey a welcoming and inclusive community.

Date: A series of 6 sessions: October 10, October 28, November 5, November 25, January 28, and February 12

Agenda: 6pm-9pm

Location: Guildford Park Secondary School Kitchen (10707 146 Street, Surrey)

For more information on “Dialogues Inspired by Cooking and Food” and other Surrey Welcoming Inclusive Communities projects visit www.wicsurrey.org

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Vancouver Biggest Ever Networking Party! – Aug 22

networking event, community event

For those who don’t know I have been writing featured posts on Hello Vancity for a while and I am super pleased to announce Hello Vancity and Spark Metric 3rd annual VANCOUVER BIGGEST EVER NETWORKING (Thai Cuisine)

DATE: Thur, August 22 

TIME: 6pm-10ish

VENUE: The Profile, 375 Water St, The Landing, Gastown


  • Authentic Thai cuisine (included in the ticket price)
  • Sinful desserts (included in the ticket price)
  • Many chances to win lots of fabulous prizes
  • ‘60 Second Power Tips’ from business influencers through out the night (Not self promotion speeches, but powerful business tips and advice that will impact your life and business.)
  • A spectacular harbour view from The Landing and The Profile in Gastown
  • A cash bar at your service by our partner Carte Blanche Events
  • A feature presentation on ‘How to Access Your Intuition for Business Success’
  • Thai Cuisine cooking & vegetable carving demonstration by Benjarong Thai Cuisine

Use special promo code ‘hellovancity’ and pay only: $29 each

More info: http://sparkmetric.com/vbep2013/

Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary

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When:  August 24 – 25

Enjoy this exciting weekend festival celebrating Stanley Park‘s 125th anniversary featuring 5 festival zones to visit throughout Stanley Park!

Celebrate! Stanley Park gets even better with historical tours, program schedule, event app and more

“The Park Board has developed an event app for mobile devices, which is now available at sp125.ca,” said Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair Aaron Jasper.
Coast Salish canoe race

Imagine a weekend where you:

  • Discover Stanley Park’s rich history on a walking tour
  • See magnificent hummingbirds up close
  • Visit the mounted-police horse stable
  • Admire beautiful vintage cars
  • Meet park gardeners

Enjoy all this, and more, at “Celebrate! Stanley Park” over the August 24 and 25 weekend.

“Celebrate! Stanley Park” is a summer festival by City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board to mark the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park.
Plan your festival experience with the schedule and mobile app

“Celebrate! Stanley Park” has over 200 activities and performances taking place at five festival zones throughout the park. Afternoon events are free.

Browse the program schedule at stanleypark125.ca

“The Park Board has developed an event app for mobile devices, which is now available at sp125.ca,” said Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair Aaron Jasper. “This handy app features the full program schedule, festival map and trivia quiz, and will improve visitors’ experience while reducing the need for printed material.”

  • Savour stories and historical tours
  • Get a closer look at programs in the “Memory Lane at the Gardens” festival zone, near the Rose Garden.
  • A bird expert will band hummingbirds to track their migration routes. See these magnificent birds up close and discover what makes them so special.
  • With a historical interpreter, explore how Vancouver’s active women found freedom in the park: on Brockton Point’s grass hockey field, on the archery range, boating in the harbour, or trotting on horseback along Bridle Path.
  • Hear stories of giant Douglas Fir trees and celebrate Red Cedars along the way, the largest trees in North America outside of California.
  • Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the park, visiting its sights, and listening to the sometimes surprising tales that led to their creation. Learn about the natural and political storms that shaped our favourite park.
  • Learn the fascinating story of families and communities that have called Stanley Park home.
  • The Indigenous Plant Diva will lead you through the trails in Stanley Park, sharing stories about the historical and current use of traditional food and medicine plants by Coast Salish peoples.
  • Celebrate Stanley Park’s vehicular history with a display of vintage cars from the beginning of motoring through to the 1970’s and 80’s, hosted by the Vancouver chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada.
  • Meet the gardeners who created the floral displays around Stanley Park’s stunning Rose Garden. Ask questions, get tips, and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the grounds with knowledgeable Park Board staff.
  • The Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit, which patrols and responds to calls in the park, is offering stable tours on a first come first serve basis.
  • Mingle with more than 20 of Vancouver’s top historians for questions and answers about the park’s (and Vancouver’s) remarkable past.
  • Theatre Under The Stars looks back at the 67-year history of this iconic summer tradition in Stanley Park with its museum and backstage tours of Malkin Bowl.
  • Play sports, take in live music, and bring the kids
  • Activities at the Brockton Sportsapalooza festival zone include rugby, speedminton and cricket games and demos, Coast Salish canoe races, tours of HMCS Discovery and a licensed area.
  • The Live at Second Beach festival zone features a full all-Canadian line up of amazing musical performances, food trucks, outdoor sports, and a licensed area. Headliners include Arkells and Born Ruffians.
  • There’s also much going on at the Family Fun at the Arch festival zone. Children’s entertainers Bobs & LoLo, Coast Salish performances and artisans, and SPES organized wildlife safari walk and forest walk are just a few of the highlights.
  • Bus, bike, and walk to the festival
  • Large crowds are expected, so public transit, biking and walking are highly recommended.
  • TransLink’s #19 bus route stops in Stanley Park near the Miniature Railway, in the middle of the five festival zones.
  • There will bike valet parking areas at the zones “Live at Second Beach”, “Family Fun at the Arch”, and “Brockton Sportsapalooza”.

“Celebrate! Stanley Park” is supported by funding from the Government of Canada, local government, and local businesses. Stanley Park Brewery is the presenting sponsor.

Since its official opening on September 27, 1888, Stanley Park has established itself as an attraction of international status and a National Historic Site of Canada. The park is on the traditional Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Ask. Tell. Connect.

CC: http://vancouver.ca media release

5th Annual Garlic Festival – Aug 25

5th Annual Garlic Festival in Richmond
5th Annual Garlic Festival in Richmond CC:sharingfarm.ca

Metro Vancouver’s only Garlic Festival

Get your breath mints ready, The Sharing Farm’s 5th Annual Garlic Festival is back this August 25th at Richmond’s Terra Nova Park.

Open to all ages, this free event combines organically grown artisan garlic and garlic goods with family friendly activities like: live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors and everyone’s favourite, garlic ice cream.

Some of the highlights for this year’s festival include:

Over 1,000lbs of fresh organically-grown artisan garlic for sale
Contra dancing to the Sybaritic String Band (We want to you dance!)
Cooking Demonstrations by West Restaurant, Graze Restaurant, and Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
Wood Fired Cob Oven eats by Steveston Pizza
The groovin’ sounds of Brehdren
Earnest Ice Cream with Garlic or Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Kids Activities with demonstration honey-bee hives, hay pile, crafts, and more!
Free workshops: Learn to grow your own garlic

Free Admission! Free Parking! Free Valet Bicycle Parking!

Garlic Festival History

The Sharing Farm’s annual Garlic Festival is the only garlic festival in Metro Vancouver and the place to be for garlic lovers. This is a great family event so mark your calendar and plan to spend a few hours. Festival highlights from previous years include artisan garlic sales, garlic ice cream, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, fun kids activities, local exhibitors, and food vendors.

For several years, The Sharing Farm has hosted the only Garlic Festival in Metro Vancouver and the largest agriculturally-based festival in Richmond. Bringing together great food, great music and great garlic, this free event is open to all ages. Come shop, eat and enjoy the beauty of Richmond’s multiple award-winning Terra Nova Park. Even with threatening rain clouds and a very small advertising budget, last year’s festival was attended by over 2,000 garlic lovers. This year we anticipate between 2,500 and 3,000 guests to our largest single fundraiser of the year.

CC: http://garlicfestival.sharingfarm.ca/


Proceeds will be split between A Better Life Foundation and Jamcouver Cultural Society

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 25, 2013 – On Saturday, August 3rd JAMCOUVER 2013, a full day skateboarding and live music event, will have people enjoying full bellies and a better understanding of how to help end hunger in our streets. JAMCOUVER 2013 is taking place at Sunset Beach with proceeds raised at the event going to the Jamcouver Cultural Society and A Better Life Foundation. Facebook page

The Jamcouver Cultural Society is honoured to have Save On Meats on-site, serving food throughout the day. Money raised by food sales will be split between A Better Life Foundation and the Jamcouver Cultural Society’s mission to build a permanent indoor skateboard facility in the City of Vancouver.

“Mark [Brand] and his team understand skateboard culture and know what it takes to help a community. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to feed our guests and athletes.” Said Sandro Crison, Jamcouver Cultural Society Chairman.

A Better Life Foundation is re-defining the way people face the challenges of hunger in Vancouver while Jamcouver Cultural Society aims to change negative stereotypes surrounding the skateboard culture and build a permanent place where the community can grow.

“Vancouver is recognized as one of the best cities to skate in the summer months,” said Mark Brand, owner of Save On Meats, acknowledging the need for a permanent indoor park. “Jamcouver Cultural Society, with the right partners, is the organization to realize it.” adds Brand. 

By partnering together on a free all-ages public event, both non-profit organizations will have a platform to interact with curious spectators and inspire crowds to think differently about the world around them.

Event Details: Official event hashtag: #Jamcouver


Skateboard contest ($10,000 purse), vendor fair, fireworks display, musical performance by The Goat (L.A.) and others.

Location: Sunset Beach, Vancouver BC

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/133585020182714/

About Jamcouver Cultural Society:

“Jamcouver” is an annual flagship event that began as an idea to bring creativity back to skateboarding and spotlight arts and culture. Today, the Jamcouver Cultural Society non-profit group has grown to include a wide variety of cultural programming throughout the year, while maintaining its original mandate of promoting skateboarding through arts and culture with a focused goal on achieving a sustainable indoor skateboard facility for the City of Vancouver.

About JAMCOUVER 2013:

This year, Color Magazine has teamed up with Skullcandy to present Canada’s biggest skateboard contest, where the nation’s top talents will compete for cash prizes and get creative on a one-of-a-kind street course you’ll have to see to believe. On location at Sunset Beach in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators, JAMCOUVER 2013 aims to bring world-class skateboarding back to the City of Vancouver for the whole world to see. @jamcouver

About A Better Life Foundation:

Founded in 2012 by Mark Brand, ‘A Better Life Foundation’ strives to support people in need. The overarching goal of the Foundation is to raise critical funds towards providing food security to women, children, and those in assisted living as well as providing job training and employment opportunities for the community at large. By looking for and working towards sustainable solutions, ‘A Better Life Foundation’ aims to contribute towards meaningful change.