Tis the season for Christmas brunches, lunches and dinners. Here is a list of Christmas menus from all around BC including Vancouver, Whistler and Okanagan, BC. Check out some Holiday events and activities around town and if your can’t think of what to give for that hard to gift person, check out these gift ideas.
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.
“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.
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We are pleased to announce that Chef James Walt has confirmed the menu for the Vancouver Araxi Longtable event, taking place in picturesque Stanley Park on Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 3pm. The Vancouver event is the first of three in the annual summer series, and will feature a striking longtable with a capacity of 300 people, giving guests an opportunity to experience Araxi right in the heart of the city.
Chef James, who is well known for working closely with local farmers, ranchers and fishers, will craft an exclusive four-course menu showcasing his internationally recognized farm-to-table creations. Wine Director and 2013 Sommelier of the YearSamantha Rahn will carefully pair the menu with select Mission Hill wines. An exclusive Farmers’ Market will be on site at the Vancouver and Whistler events, allowing guests to meet the producers and taste Chef James’ favourite ingredients in their raw form.
MENU Saturday, July 27th – Prospect Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver
3pm cocktail reception Wines by Mission Hill + spirits by Pemberton DistilleryReception
Moonstruck White Grace Cheese + Sweet and Spicy Pepper Poppers
Hollie Wood Oysters featuring Satori + Zen Oysters with Ponzu Pearls
Paradise Valley Pork Cheeks with Okanagan Apple chutney Pemberton Distillery Cocktails
Mission Hill Martin’s Lane Riesling 2012First
Tofino Dungeness Crab + Cold Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon
rolled in avocado and egg with local cucumbers and Rootdown radishes
North Arm Farm summer vegetables Mission Hill SLC Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Local Heirloom Tomatoes + Buffalo Mozzarella
Rootdown spicy greens, smoked salt and cherry tomato vinaigrette
tomato chips and organic black olive tapenade Mission Hill Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir 2011
Main Okanagan RR Ranch Beef
grilled whole fillet with cheek and shortrib ravioli and toasted peppercorn jus
roasted Pemberton beets, baby onions and chimichurri Mission Hill Quatrain 2009
Pemberton Raspberries + Okanagan Cherries
“New Style Black Forest Cake” with brandied cherries and white chocolate
North Arm raspberry, yuzu and mint ice with raspberry jellies
Mission Hill Reserve Riesling Icewine 2011
A percentage of ticket sales will go to The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, supporting regional chefs, producers and the local food industry.
Other Longtable Dates
Saturday, August 3rd – Lost Lake, Whistler
3pm cocktail reception Wines by Quails’ Gate + spirits by Pemberton Distillery
Saturday, August 17th – North Arm Farm, Pemberton
3pm cocktail reception Wines by Le Vieux Pin + LaStella + spirits by Pemberton Distillery
Neil Henderson, Restaurant Director, 604 932 4540 or email@example.com
$175.00 per person, per event
(includes reception, wine, four-course menu, tax and gratuity)
Food Persuasion’s annual 2012 Vancouver Holiday Menus Guideis here featuring Christmas brunches, lunches, dinners and buffets. This is still a work in progress, if you would like to add your Holiday menu on this list please email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the comment section. New this year is my Turkey To Go Section.
Food enthusiasts and bloggers from Vancouver’s food bloggers meetup, gathered at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Giovanne Café to sample some of their delicious delights. Before I launch into my review, I recommend anyone partaking in a few events if you consider yourself a food enthusiast. Trying out food and meeting new friends…it’s the perfect marriage!
Now the sweets….
Signature Sugar Bun with Vanilla Cream filling. This was not heavy or overly sweet. The texture was creamy and light but, the flavor was just not there. Yes, it is a simple pastry but, as a signature item, I found that it lacked oomph. 2.5/5
Yule log was my favorite. Nice light hazelnut mouse with chocolate and wafers to add a crunchy texture.
Overload on chocolate, check.
Intense explosion to the senses, check. 4/5
Lastly we sampled the black forest cake, a nice take on a traditional pastry. Still trying to decipher what was in the cream, I believe it was Kirsch. Lighter than the black forest cakes I previous had but, if they kicked it up a notch and infused a stronger cherry flavor it would have been perfect. 3/5
To help you get started on your 2011 Christmas festivities I’ve created a list featuring Christmas brunch and dinner menus. This is a working progress, if you have any recommendations please send them to me in the comments section.
December 5th thru 31st from 5-11pm $32 – 47
If you are planning a corporate of private party, consider a set menu such as the two, four-course examples shown below. They will also be open Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and Boxing Day (Dec 26), offering regular dinner service.
On a warm lazy Summer Sunday afternoon, we chilled on Cadero’s patio, overlooking Coal Harbour Marina and the North Shore mountains. With a cold and refreshing pitcher of Sangria and a plate full of mussels I was in heaven.
This is a tourist hotspot so come here early or be prepared to wait, especially for a patio seat but, it’s worth it.
Cadero’s Dining Promotions (Ongoing):
Mussel Mania – Every Weekday 3 – 6pm. $10 for a Granville Island brew and mussels