Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar Competition

MOTT’S CLAMATO BEST CAESAR on VANCOUVER ISLAND COMPETITION 2014 BC SHELLFISH AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Show off your Caesar making skills amongst some of the best bartenders on Vancouver Island, as part of the 8th Annual BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival. Participating bars, pubs and restaurants will feature their signature competition Caesar on Sunday, June 22,…

Spirited People’s Choice Awards

The Results are in for BC Distilled’s Best of Show Presented by the Gin Society On Saturday, May 10, over 500 local spirits aficionados sampled their way through the province’s finest offerings at BC Distilled, British Columbia’s premier micro-distillery festival. The sold out inaugural event proved that the public’s passion for local ingredients includes local spirits…

New Zealand in a Glass

I am easily excitable when it comes to food and wine, and happy to admit it. So when given a spot at the New Zealand in a Glass, Pinot Noir master class here in Vancouver, well.. I jumped at it. Hosted by well known local wine guru, DJ Kearney, along with a panel of prominent Kiwi winemakers and producers, we sampled a selection of Pinots from some of New Zealand’s top regions, then headed to the tasting room to try the rest of the wines on offer.

Rosé Smack Down

Two weeks ago, in Vancouver, Haywire and Bartier/Scholefield went head to head with their Rosés.  It was a good publicity event as Michael Bartier and David Scholefield have been winemaking partners at the Okanagan Crush Pad for some time and produce wines under a variety of labels. Upon my arrival, Leann Froese, of Town Hall…

We’re Seeing Spots: The Okanagan Spot Prawn Festival Returns!

We’re seeing spots before our eyes!  Spot Prawns are back in season and we’re celebrating.  Wild BC Spot Prawns are a delicacy known around the world for their sweet, delicate flavor and firm texture.  They are most recognizable for their reddish brown colour, which turns bright pink when cooked, further defining the white spots on their tail and white horizontal bars on the carapace. Wild BC Spot Prawns…

ANNUAL CHOWDER COMPETITION

2014 BC SHELLFISH AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Supported in part by Vancouver Aquarium Oceanwise Chowder Chowdown June 21, 2014, Comox by the Sea Shellfish and Seafood Celebration, 12:00 – 5:00 pm, Filberg Lodge, Comox, B.C. The 2014 BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival will take place at Filberg Lodge in Comox on June, 21, 2014 as part…

Oh the places I’ve been…

It has been crazy busy in the wine and spirit world lately and MyVanCity.ca has had an opportunity to check out a number of events.   French Wine Connection   This was an incredible afternoon of wine tasting with so many more wines than you could ever hope to taste in one day. In order…

I’ve been to camp…Social Media Camp

I am probably the least techy person you could ever meet. I started out with the mantra “at least she knows how to type”. Those were once fighting words for feminists and eventually became my best attribute. So what was I doing at Social Media Camp? Learning a lot! Some may consider this a geeks…

Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Championships

NEW GRAND PRIZE! FANNY BAY OYSTERS SHUCKING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 BC SHELLFISH AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL June 21, 2014, Comox by the Sea Shellfish and Seafood Celebration Shuckers throughout BC are invited to register for the Annual Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Championships for the 8th Annual BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. The…

Chef & Winemaker’s Dinner Lineup Announced

We are all co-producers, co-winemakers and co-chefs In the Thompson Okanagan on May 18, 2014!   Join us in a regional food and wine celebration for Slow Food Thompson-Okanagan’s Interactive Chefs-and-Winemaker’s Dinner at 7 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort in beautiful Osoyoos. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are $75 per person. This…

Second Time Around at Hudson’s on First

Sometimes you discover a new restaurant and it’s really good, then you go back a second time and… this I can tell you about our second time at Hudson’s on First – it was just as good and definitely my “go to” spot for south/central Island dining.   A resounding YES and two thumbs up for our…

BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival June 13-22, 2014

Culinary Tours, Wine Pairing Dinners, Shellfish Producer Tours and more!   We are proud to announce new Grand Prizes for the Annual Chowder Challenge and the Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Championship as part of the June 21 Comox by the Sea Shellfish and Seafood Celebration. 1. Prepare the best tasting Chowder and you could win return transportation and accommodation to compete in…

GAMBERO ROSSO TRE BICCHIERI 2014 WORLD TOUR ON SALE NOW!

Gambero Rosso, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West  and the Vancouver International Wine Festival, is pleased to present Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri 2014 World Tour.     This prestigious event comes back to Vancouver – the only Canadian location this year – after the enormous success of the last year’s…

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM OPENS BARD ON THE BEACH’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with the return of Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Dream was presented during Bard’s inaugural season in 1990. Dean Paul Gibson(Associate Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach) reimagines this Shakespearean classic following his successful 2006 production. A Midsummer Night’s Dream It plays Tuesdays through Sundays in Bard’s 733-seat custom-built Mainstage Theatre tent in VanierPark from June 11…

Vancouver Foodster presents the 1st Taco Challenge

After a successful Creme Bruilee challenge comes a Mexican dish that features a mix of Mexican and non-Mexican restaurants. Here is our 1st Taco Challenge featuring 8 restaurants in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond that runs from May 9-31, 2014. Participating restaurants are showcasing Taco dishes that were specially created just for this challenge and all will…

Quails’ Gate Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Concert and Exclusive Wine Release

BC’s award-winning Quails’ Gate winery will mark its 25th anniversary this year. Over the course of the last quarter century, this Okanagan favourite has produced wines of outstanding quality and become a destination for wine connoisseurs from around the world. Quails’ Gate will celebrate its success this autumn with a weekend long celebration that highlights the release…

Bike to Work Week May 26 – June 1

May 26 – June 1 2014 is Bike to Work Week Hub bike to work week is fun, encourages people to bike to work and reduces the number of cars on the road. Register at Register before May 15 and be eligible to win a Sahn Helmet and a set of funky Monkeylectric lights. Once…

A late dinner at Cactus Club

A friend from Ottawa was in town for a meeting, so we met downtown at his hotel and went for a walk along English Bay to Third Beach in Stanley Park.  Then we headed back via Lost Lagoon and Robson Street.  We were debating where to eat and passed by Earl’s and Milestones looking for…